The purpose of this manual is twofold:

First of all, it is to warn those who receive this manual prior to the rapture of
the events that will take place in the last days as foretold in the Bible. Based
on what the Bible has to say about future events, nobody in their right mind
would want live on earth after the rapture. Hopefully, many will read, believe,
seek God, repent and be saved. Salvation is very simple, so simple to attain, in
fact, that most people cannot accept its simplicity; thereby reject it completely.
However, it is complex because it is life-changing and based on that which we
cannot see; it is based on faith. Simple, because Jesus does all the work. If
you want to be saved and have eternal life, simply pray in belief and humility to
Lord Jesus:

"Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and ask you to forgive me of my sins
and prepare for me a new heart. I surrender my life to you."

Secondly, to those left behind after the rapture, this is indeed a survival
manual. You still have an opportunity to repent and have eternal life. The same
prayer of salvation is applicable to you; the only difference is that you will
spend a little time experiencing a taste of hell while you remain on earth.

Let me be really frank with you. If you are reading this manual and the rapture
has already occurred, then you probably are not going to physically survive;
you most likely will die sometime un the next few years. This manual is about
the survival of your soul. You are going to go through terrible suffering. The
only question that remains is whether you will go to Heaven or go to hell when
you die.

Definition: Rapture--This is the event that will occur when Jesus calls His
followers (both gentile and Jewish believers) with a trumpet blast, and in the
"twinkling of an eye" they will be removed from the earth and transported to
be with Jesus in the heavens.

Biblical Foundation for the Rapture

"Take notice, I am telling you a secret. We shall not all die but we shall
all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trumpet call. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised
imperishable, and we shall all be changed"
I Corinthians 15:51-52

"For with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of
God, the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven, and those who died in
Christ will rise first. Afterward we, the living who remain, will be caught
up along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we
shall forever be with the Lord"
I Thessalonians 4:16-17

"...For I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when I have
gone and have prepared a place for you, I will come again and take you
to Myself so that where I am, you also will be"
John 14:2-3

Events and Circumstances Prior to the Rapture

At the time that this manual was being written, and for the remainder of the
time left in this age, the one word that describes the condition of the world is
change. All of this change is being accomplished through the work of Satan, as
he cannot tolerate anything that originated from God's creation. Originally, the
Bible tells us that when God created the world He declared that it was "good."
That means that it was perfect and no changes were necessary. Included in
His creation were standards to live by that He gave to Adam and Eve. These
standards covered everything from how to live in our private lives, to proper
domestic relationships, to principles for governing a community. Satan seeks
to change everything that God has created and established, thus he has used
his power and influence in the world to make subtle deviations to God's
original plan. Satan's goal is to establish a world order headed by his protege
(the world dictator known in the Bible as the Beast and anti-christ) who will
spend his time and effort changing everything to be in opposition to God's will
as expressed in the Bible. This is predicted in the Bible in the book of Daniel:
"and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law."

POLITICAL

In today's political environment there is no effective leadership in the world.
Every nation lacks strong and competent leaders able to deal with the
problems at home and abroad. The United States, which has been the world
leader for the last 50 years, has steadily lost its influence among other nations
because of political leaders in the United States who have no moral center to
direct their decision making process. However, this distrust and dislike of
government and government leaders is not just an American phenomenon but
is a common theme in Europe, South America, Asia and the entire world.
Because of this leadership vacuum in the world, there is now an opportunity
for a man to arise who is very charismatic, strong, and attractive to peoples of
all nations. Based on the prophecies in the Bible such a man will arise, and he
will be successful in uniting the various nations to rule as a dictator.

The move to unite the world under one government has been active since the
early 1950's, and in recent years this has become more of a reality as many
nations have given up their sovereignty to the United Nations during armed
intervention of conflicts (eg. Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia). In these conflicts, the
nations of the world contributed manpower and machinery to be used under
the flag of the United Nations. The United States of America surrendered its
sovereignty in these situations to much weaker nations by allowing its military
to be controlled by these nations. In addition to these military actions the
nations of the world also agreed to control trade and labor practices with
international treaties such as NAFTA and GATT.

There is no dominant nation to provide leadership to the world, thus the stage
is set for a man to arise out of the masses to unite the world as dictator.

SOCIAL

The foundational building block of society, that element which has always been
responsible for social order and peace, is the family, and it has been virtually
destroyed. The family is to be a man, his wife and their children. The man
provides for the wife and children, the wife nurtures and educates the children,
and the children obey their parents. In a community of families, adults hold the
other adults and children accountable for their actions. The family is based on
marriage.

Marriage is an institution of God and therefore hated by Satan. The devil has
worked very hard, primarily through communications media such as TV,
movies, news journalists, and entertainment in general to convince women that
marriage is detrimental to their freedom and fulfillment in life. Satan has
deceived women into believing that they have the same sexual desire as men
and that all differences are the result of culture. Satan has worked hard to
divide men and women and have them at war with one another, and because
of this, the violence between men and women has dramatically increased.

Civil war has been a constant theme of this age and unrest will continue into
the end times: man vs. women, black vs. white, Moslem vs. Jew, Catholic vs.
Protestant, Moslem vs. Christian, one Moslem faction vs. another Moslem
faction, one black African tribe vs. another black African tribe, nation vs.
nation, people vs. people. Whatever divides people into different groups,
Satan uses to inspire hate, strife and violence.

Homosexuality and all sorts of perverse behavior are accepted as normal. The
world dictator (anti-christ) himself will not have the normal sexual attraction to
women and may be asexual. Many theologians believe that he will probably be
openly homosexual as indicated in the Bible in the book of Daniel 11:37: "and
he will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women".
And therefore, after the rapture, more than likely marriage will be discouraged
or illegal, and homosexual and lesbian relationships highly encouraged.

ECONOMIC

On the economic scene, the trend is toward poverty for the masses with
wealth concentrated into the hands of very few people. These controllers of
the wealth will be the kings of commerce and banking and also be the power
behind politics of the world. Small businesses are merged into larger
companies and the larger companies merge with themselves to increase
profits. The result is huge multi-national companies that have no allegiance to
any community, state, nation or people, whose only allegiance is to increased
profits for management and shareholders. The result is workers who are little
more than peasants and presidents of companies who are more and more like
kings. It will be these "kings" who usher in the world dictator to protect their
wealth and power. Expect all commerce, buying and selling, to be controlled
by a mark on the right hand or forehead of every person who wants to
participate in the economy. Only those people with the mark will be able to
buy and sell, but the consequences of taking the mark is eternal damnation
(Rev 14:9-11).

Therefore don't take that mark. You will have a very difficult time surviving,
and probably won't, but you will save your soul. Again, don't take the mark on
your right hand or forehead.

GEOPHYSICAL

In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, Jesus spoke to his disciples and
indicated to them that one of the signs of the time of the end of the world
would be, "...as it were in the days of Noah so will the coming of the son of
man be." We read in Genesis that in the days of Noah "the earth was filled
with violence.". This speaks not only of the violence that men inflict on one
another—war, civil wars, rape, brutality, murder, abortion, and other
indiscriminate, random acts of violence—but the earth itself is also filled with
violence. We see increasing earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes,
floods, drought, lightning storms and unusual atmospheric phenomena. While
all of these have existed in the past, over the last 50 years, the number and
intensity of these conditions and the property damage associated with these
natural catastrophes has increased. As the level of violence that the human
species has inflicted on one another has increased, so has the violent reaction
of the earth increased.

Signs of the Times

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him about the signs that would be a precursor to
His coming and the end of the age His response, recorded in Matthew 24,
was:

* Wars and rumors of wars
* Nation will rise against nation. It is very interesting to note that the Greek  
word that is translated as nation is "ethnos" which deals with ethnic
background and race. Most of the wars and conflicts in the 1980's and 1990's
are wars among ethnic groups and tribes.
* Kingdom will rise against kingdom
* Famines
* Earthquakes are “like the early pangs of childbirth.”As the time grows nearer
and nearer to His coming, the frequency and intensity of these five signs will
increase.
* The followers of Jesus will be handed over to be persecuted and killed. This
is happening with more frequency in the Moslem controlled nations in the
Middle East, and in Africa where Black Moslems are enslaving Black
Christians.
* Christians will be hated by all nations on account of His name. In many parts
of the world, Christians are jailed and killed for their beliefs; in the United
States those who are Christians are hated by the media and liberals, and are
known by the code words "religious right."
* Many will fall away...that is, many who claimed to be Christians will recant
their faith, and betray and hate Christians.
* Many false prophets will arise and deceive many.
* Due to excessive lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.

The Rapture

This is an event that will not be hidden. The concept of the rapture has already
been made known to the masses. It will be treated with ridicule, contempt and
mockery by the world's media, but God will see to it that it will be highly
publicized before it occurs just so that those left behind might still come to their
senses. It will occur in the open, and everybody left behind will know
someone who was raptured.

It will happen suddenly, unexpectedly, and lightning fast--"in the twinkling of
an eye," as the Bible puts it. And there will be evidence all over the world that
this event occurred. Some national leaders will disappear, celebrities in
entertainment and professional sports will disappear, entire families will
disappear, disbelieving spouses will see their mates vanish, children will
disappear. Bank accounts, homes, cars, businesses and relationships will be
left behind. The problem for the world's leaders will be trying to convince
people that it didn't happen. Because if the world's leaders admit that it did
happen then, logically, everything Christians preached about Jesus Christ being
the Son of God, the Savior, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, the Lord of
Lords and King of Kings and everything that Jesus preached and taught must
be true. And if all of this is true, then the only logical response would be to fall
on one's knees before God in confession and repentance and absolute
submission to every word of God (as revealed in the Bible). But all of this is
diametrically opposed to the way of the world, which preaches freedom from
the constraints of God's word, perverse sex, materialism and the devaluation
of human life. So, although the rapture will shock everybody and will be
covered in the media and everybody left will be aware of someone who is
gone, the leaders of the world will begin their great deception, trying to
convince the population left behind that there was no rapture.

How is this going to be accomplished? Well, pretty easily because most of the
people left behind are already in a state of deception. They have been
deceived into believing that Jesus is not the Messiah; they have been deceived
into believing that the word of God is not true; they have been deceived into
living a lifestyle that only brings constant pain and suffering instead of the
freedom and paradise that God offers. The world's leaders will declare that
there was no rapture, that a mass hysteria took place, and the news media will
follow the party line. Then to make things easier, shortly after the rapture, one-
fourth of the world's population will be decimated due to wars, famine and
plague. Those who were raptured will be counted among the dead.

After the Rapture

Shortly after the rapture, a seven-year period known in the Bible as the Great
Tribulation will take place. It will begin with the signing of a peace agreement
between Israel and her enemies and it will end with the physical return of Jesus
Christ to set up His kingdom on earth. In between, will be seven years of
terror for those on earth. The following events and trends will take place in
that seven-year period:

A man will arise who will achieve victory after victory both in politics and in
war(Rev 13:7). This man, who should be easily identified by his rapid rise and
popularity, is your the anti-christ. Many people believe that this person must
be Jewish. That is, in order for Jews to accept him as Messiah, only a Jew will
suffice. This is not necessarily the case. The Bible does not specify that he is a
Jew, and it does not specify nationality. Only God-fearing Jews will require a
Jewish Messiah. The liberal, ungodly Jews who dominate Israel will be as lost
when it comes to Biblical truth as the Gentiles of the world and will be
deceived by his charisma, and more than likely, the desires of the world's
media. Currently the new nickname for the United States is the Great Satan.
This may have some significance. Violence will increase in all parts of the
world, both nation against nation (ethnic wars) and domestically. Men will
indiscriminately slay one another as peace will be removed from the earth (Rev
6:3-4).

There will be extreme inflation, poverty, and lack of food as one day's wages
will buy enough food for one day for one person (Rev 6:5-6).
In a very short period of time, one-quarter of the earth's population will be
killed due to wars, famine, pestilence and wild beasts. These wild beasts could
very well be viruses, bacteria and other microbes. In late 1995, Time
magazine ran a cover story on the rise of new infections and called microbes
"malevolent little beasts" (Rev 6:7-8).

Many people will experience a religious conversion and become followers of
Jesus Christ and most of these people will be hunted down and killed (Dan 7:
21).

There will be a great earthquake, the sun will be blackened, the moon will turn
red and all mountains and islands (which are underwater mountains) will be
moved (Joel 2:30-32).

There will be a brief period of calm on the earth following this great
earthquake which will give those who survive a false sense of security.

One-third of the earth, one-third of all of trees and all the green grass will be
burned up due to a comet or meteor that hits the earth (Rev 8:7).

A meteor will hit the earth causing the sea to become like blood, killing one-
third of all sea creatures and destroying one-third of all shipping (Rev 8:8-9).

A "star" named Wormwood will fall from the sky and poison one-third of all
fresh water killing many people (Rev 8:10-11).

The sun, moon and stars will be darkened by one-third. The day and night will
be reduced by one-third. There is some speculation that this means the
rotation of the earth will be changed so that a day lasts only 16 hours instead
of 24 hours (Rev 8:12).

Fearsome locust-like beings will be released from underground who only
attack people who are not followers of Jesus Christ. These attacks will be
very painful but last only 5 months (Rev 9:1-11).

An army of 200 million horse-like creatures will kill one-third of mankind (Rev
9:13-19).

Two men (known as witnesses, see item 7 below) of Jewish origin will preach
the Gospel of Jesus Christ for 3 1/2 years and be killed at the midpoint of the
7 year tribulation. These two will be responsible for a 3 1/2 year world-wide
drought and will be killed by the anti-christ (also known as the beast in the
Bible).

People will be required to receive a mark on their right hand or forehead in
order to buy and sell. Those who receive this mark will develop a loathsome
and malignant sore on their bodies within a short period of time (Rev 13:13-
18).

The oceans will chemically change and become like the blood of a dead man
(congealed?) and everything in the sea will die (Rev 16:3).

The fresh waters will become like blood (Rev 16:4-7).

The sun will scorch the people on earth with fierce heat (Rev 16:8-9).

The throne of the anti-christ and his kingdom will become darkened (Rev 16:
10-11).

The Euphrates river will dry up allowing the kings of the east to march
westward (Rev 16:12).

The kings of the world will gather their armies together to battle God at
Armageddon.

There will be an earthquake so great that all of the mountains and islands will
disappear.

There will be hailstones weighing close to 100 pounds that will crush the
armies that have gathered (Rev 16:17-22).

Shortly after this great earthquake, Jesus Christ will return with His army to
claim the earth as His possession (Zech 14:3-5).

The Two Witnesses

These two men are God's gift to the people of the earth who refused to submit
to the lordship of Jesus Christ prior to the rapture, but who will recognize the
error in their life and seek God knowing the terrible mistake they have made.
These two men will proclaim the gospel and provide hope for those left
behind. Their message is for the salvation of the soul. They will have no
message as to how you can avoid the hell that life on earth has become,
because there is no hope to avoid that tribulation. If you are left on earth, then
your destiny is to suffer and more than likely die. But you still have the hope of
salvation. Listen to what these two men are preaching and turn to God.

The Bible does not say who these two men are. Many speculate that they are
Elijah and Enoch, two ancient prophets of God who never died. Regardless,
they will be responsible for many of the natural catastrophes that will wreak
havoc on the property and economy of the earth. They will have the power to
prevent rain, and there will be a 3 1/2 year drought on earth until they die.
They will turn water into blood and cause all kinds of plagues on earth and, in
general, make life miserable for those who are living on earth. Also, they will
be invincible, as many will try to kill them only to be killed by their own hands.
Those who attempt to blow them up will themselves be blown up; those who
attempt to shoot them will have their guns explode in their hands; those who
attempt to poison them will be poisoned by their own efforts. Only the world
dictator will be able to kill them and only when God allows it.

The purpose of all the misery that these two witnesses inflict on the earth
dwellers is to turn people back to God in repentance. The misery will be so
great that when the world dictator does finally kill these two, the world will
rejoice in a Christmas-like celebration, giving gifts to one another. Three and
one-half days after their death they will be resurrected and, in full view of the
entire population of the world, ascend to heaven at the command of God
when He calls them to "Come up here." Shortly after he kills the two
witnesses, the world dictator will declare himself to be God. He is the anti-
christ.

The 144,000 Jewish Witnesses

Shortly after the rapture, God will call His army of 144,000 Jewish believers
into service to provide a voice of hope for Jews throughout the world. The
best friends and most staunch supporters of Jews have always been true,
believing Christians. It was this element of the world's population that provided
help and support for Israel and Jewish people. The rapture removed the
Christian people from the earth and awakened the 144,000 to their purpose.
These 144,000 preach to Jews worldwide that Jesus is the Messiah. These
144,000 will be spread out worldwide and more than likely go about in pairs,
two by two, as Jesus instructed His disciples to do. It will be these 144,000
who will oppose Israel signing a peace treaty for protection; it will be the
144,000 who will identify the anti-christ for who he is; it will be the 144,000
who will warn Israel of the treachery of the anti-christ, and it will be the
144,000 who will lead the Jews worldwide to the hiding place prepared for
them by God in the Judean desert. These 144,000 Jews are going to be
strange people by normal standards: they will be celibate, very bold, fearless,
spiritually strong and probably very much like John the Baptist. You can read
more about the 144,000 witnesses in Revelation 14.

Money

Hard currency will become obsolete. This is no surprise, as banks and
governments have been working to eliminate currency, coin money and paper
transactions for decades. Currency and coin is expensive to produce, lends
itself readily for drug trafficking and, with high tech equipment, is too easily
counterfeited. Banks desire to eliminate the teller position as an expense item,
and with the elimination of paper checks and currency, all financial transactions
can be handled with a computer. The debit card will become the tool for all
personal financial transactions. However, at some point after the rapture,
probably right after the two witnesses are killed, everyone will be required to
get a mark on their right hand or forehead in order to buy and sell. Do not, do
not, do not under any circumstances participate by receiving this mark. All
those who receive this mark known as "the mark of the beast" are doomed for
eternity. By taking this mark you are swearing allegiance to the anti-christ. You
may as well attempt to enjoy life as best you can because eternity for you will
be hell. It is at this point that God will have separated His followers from
Satan's followers. Those who have taken the mark will persecute those
without the mark. God will render judgment on those with the mark by
inflicting them with a disgusting looking and very painful ulcer covering their
bodies.

So how can a person without the mark survive and still buy and sell? Again,
this will almost be impossible, but there will be people who are part of the anti-
christ's regime who don't believe in the anti-christ; they are just "survivors"
who pick the "winner" and seek to profit from that relationship. Therefore,
save up for yourself gold; gold has always had value as money and always
will, even in a cashless society. Identify one of these profiteers and seek to
purchase food and living supplies from him. However, don't ever disclose to
him how much gold you have and where it is. You want to be more valuable
to him as a dealer than as a bounty. By the way, you will have a price on your
head for not taking the mark. Obviously you won't be living an open life, as
you will be in hiding somewhere at a remote location or in the forest on the
outskirts of a large city. Your only goal will be to eat to live and hope to
escape the militia hunting for you and those like you. Should you get caught,
your fate will be either death or slavery.

If you receive this manual before the rapture and plan to be around after the
rapture, then start storing up food and living supplies and put them into hiding
in some remote and difficult to access area. You should include weaponry to
defend yourself and medical supplies as part of your living supplies.

Safety Concerns

This era will be the most violent of times in the history of the world. Death,
brutality and destruction will be part of everyday life. One of the defining
characteristics of the last days following the rapture will be a lack of peace.
There will be civil wars throughout the world: people will kill one another
indiscriminately. Random acts of violence will fill people with fear. Car-
jackings, home invasions, drive by shootings, and bombings will all increase
with an intensity that will leave people with absolutely no sense of security.

In order to survive this time, you will need to remove yourself from society and
live in a remote area that is difficult to access. Getting together with a group of
like-minded people would provide additional support and safety.

As mentioned earlier, stock up on food, medicines, living supplies, weaponry
and gold. You will need enough for 7 years. Don't plan on being able to
supplement your food with hunting and fishing because the stocks of wild
animals and fish will have been depleted and destroyed by the 3 1/2 year
worldwide drought and three successive meteor-like or comet-like objects
that strike the earth sometime after the rapture. The 3 1/2 year drought is
brought on by the two witnesses. The first object from outer space to strike
the earth will destroy 1/3 of all trees and all the green grass on earth. The
second object, more like a meteor, strikes the sea and destroys 1/3 of all sea
creatures and 1/3 of all shipping. The third object turns 1/3 of all fresh water
poisonous and kills many people. Needless to say, all of this will also seriously
deplete the food supplies for the world's population, causing food prices to
skyrocket. Those people in the world who never before missed a meal or
worried about food will become very familiar with hunger pangs and the
feeling of going without food for long periods of time. This will be one of the
causes of the increased violence as people become more self centered, short-
tempered, and competitive for the food sources in short supply. As Jesus
spoke to His disciples about these days, He said, "people will betray one
another and hate one another...the love of many will grow cold."

Health Concerns

Prior to the rapture, the world experienced an increase in health-related
catastrophes, an increase in new infectious diseases and an increase in the
return of diseases thought to have been eradicated or brought under control.
The past two decades have brought on AIDS, EBOLA virus, flesh-eating
bacteria, the return of tuberculosis, incurable gonorrhea, herpes and many
other virtually incurable sexually transmitted diseases. After the rapture, things
do not get better, as one quarter of the world's population will die as the result
of wars, famine and plague. Sometime after the two witnesses are murdered
and after people are required to take the mark on the right hand or forehead,
there will be a terrible plague causing a loathsome and malignant ulcer on the
bodies of those who have taken the mark. This will be a very ugly and very
painful sore that will make life miserable for those who have it.

In addition to all this, because of the poor economic situation worldwide and
the 3 1/2 year drought that depletes the world's supply of water, sanitation
practices will deteriorate even in what were advanced nations in Europe and
North America. With the short supply of water, there won't be sufficient water
for flushing toilets, taking baths, washing clothes and transporting wastewater
to treatment facilities. This will result in the increase of typhus, cholera,
salmonella and E.coli infections.

Therefore, since you have decided to reject Christ's offer to join in the rapture,
your concern is how to maintain good health in the post rapture era. You must
build a supply of multiple vitamins with particular emphasis on anti-oxidants
such as C and E and minerals. It will also be necessary to have a supply of
disinfectants, particularly one that can be added to water to make it potable.

Above all, do not accept the mark of the beast on your right hand or forehead.
If you do take the mark then nothing can be done for you—you will suffer the
malignant ulcer making the rest of your life almost unbearable. Did you ever
have a canker sore in your mouth? If so, then you know how painful that one
little canker sore was. Now think of having canker sores all over your body,
on your genitalia, in your mouth. Think how painful and unbearable your life
will be. Then follow that misery with eternity in hell. Don't take that mark.
The Post-Rapture Survival Guide
by Kurt Seland