Do you consider yourself a "true believer?"

And I don't mean Marvel Comics, I mean about God's son Jesus Christ.

If you take a look at what's happening in the news everyday, I run the risk of being convinced that the world is ending and judgement day will soon be upon us.

Of course people have been trying to interpret what the Bible says about the end of the world for about 2000 years after Jesus ascended into Heaven.

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Recently a best-selling fictional series Left Behind has tried to tackle some of the issues regarding end times prophesy in the new testament and particularly the Bible's Final Book Revelation.

The series follows a group of people who were left behind after the rapture. That is when over a third of the world's population disappears in the blink of an eye, with only articles of clothing and personal effects left behind.

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All of the "True Believers" in Jesus Christ were taken out of this world, and the ones that are left are faced with the reality of facing the seven years of Tribulation that follows the rapture.

The people who are left now have to band together, helping others become followers and fighting against the forces of the antichrist in the process.

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It all leads up to the second coming of christ where he returns to the world and deposes the evil forces of the world. The series has had a very successful run and will likely create more followers as a result of its success with the christian and world views markets.

The fact is what does all of this have to do with you and me? Haven't people been preaching about the end of the world for centuries with no evidence to show for it? That's true, there have been many predictions about when the end will begin, but I will say this, the signs are there. Don't believe me? Just go and take a look at the gas prices at your local gas station.

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Unfortunately the economy is in dire straights. And so far none of our leaders are capable or willing to do anything about it. Will this last forever? I think its a bit of a stretch, but what gives me peace is knowing that these circumstances do not last, nothing ever does.

So what is it about the left behind series? Does it parallel what is happening now? Well yes. We are having to choose between food and gas, wars are breaking out everywhere and our economy is in really bad shape and seemingly getting worse.

With that said where does it lead us? Well we aren't exactly projected to get any better in the next few years either. Does that mean the rapture is going to happen soon? I can't say for sure but it certainly feels like it.

So what would the rapture be like? And what does it mean for those who will live through the Tribulation period?

My best guess is the idea that a lot of people will be caught off guard when it happens. I could be sitting here typing and the next I will be gone with the rest of my personal effects left behind. Once that happens the world will be thrown into complete chaos, the likes of which the civilized world has never seen before.

So what will happen?

1. All the people who are true believers will be taken away. That includes your friends, family, business leaders, even career politicians.

2. Gas and food prices will skyrocket at least a few whole dollars in a matter of days. Just like they're doing now.

3. Wars will break out everywhere, including in the states.

4. Your support system will now consist of everyone who wasn't a true believer. And those groups of people shall go unnamed.

Are you going to be one of those left behind?

Not if you are indeed a "True Believer" that means having a personal relationship with God's son Jesus Christ.

For me, I am a True Believer. As for everyone else, it's only a question of if that proclamation is true. They will find out.

What about you? I can't speak to what your beliefs are, I can only point out what I believe will happen in the near future.

The one thing I can say to the people who can't acknowledge the truth of our times, are more than likely listening to this classic song from the 1980s by Timbuk 3. Remember the lyrics:

"Things are going great and their only getting better!"

"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades!"

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