Question: Hi! As a young person, I am concerned about the Rapture. I want to know if those who are left behind have a chance to get into Heaven after the Rapture?
Answer: When the Rapture occurs, all Christians are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52), and caught up to be with the Lord in Heaven. (1 Thessalonians 4:17). At this point, the 7-Year Tribulation Period begins. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ returns to the earth and establishes His Kingdom which lasts for a 1,000 years. The last 3-1/2 years of the Tribulation Period is known as the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21). The reason: in the middle of the Tribulation, after 3-1/2 years, the Antichrist enthrones himself as being God and commands the whole world to worship him. (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
The Antichrist’s worshippers will be required to take the mark of 666 on their foreheads; or on their right hand. (Revelation 13:16-18). Those Christians who refuse and are apprehended will be beheaded. (Revelation 20:4). They will be labeled as trouble-makers, anti-establishment, and anti-world government; therefore, they must be eliminated. The true Christians will be labeled as "antichrist"; while the real Antichrist, himself, will be worshipped as God.
With this in mind, let us go to 2 Thessalonians 2:10,12:
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie ("The Lie," the Antichrist, see v.4.)
"That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
The Antichrist does not present himself as God until 3-1/2 years after the Rapture. Those who were lost and left behind at the Rapture can still be saved the first 3-1/2 years into the Tribulation. Remember the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11, the 144,000 Jews in Revelation 7:4, along with many others were saved at this time. Revelation 7:14 lets us know that,
"...These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
The ecumenicalism of today is nothing more than "programming" the populous to accept all religions and worship together. Those who follow this philosophy are pre-programmed to accept the Antichrist as God, be a member of his world church, and support his one-world government. God’s warning is,
"...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31).
"Come out of her my people(Christians)." (Revelation 18:4)
Or, don't suffer punishment with the unbelievers when the judgment falls on Babylon. It is such a severe punishment that it takes all of Revelation 18 to tell the story. This proves there are many people who trust Christ during the Tribulation.
Actually, the Tribulation Period will be a great time of soul winning and evangelism; but, it will come with a price.
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
For more information on the subject of Bible Prophecy, you will find Pastor Younce’s book, “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, A Book on Bible Prophecy” helpful. It has many charts and diagrams to make things clear. You can read it free here: Click Here to Read Online