Isaiah 31:5. “As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also He will deliver it: and passing over He will preserve it.”
When Jesus returns to defeat the armies of Antichrist, He will be accompanied by His heavenly armies, and angels flying, to destroy the armies surrounding Jerusalem (Joel 2; Zech. 14:1-5; Matt. 24:29-31; 25: 31; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Jude 14-15; Rev. 19:11-21).
People have always believed that the end times are near. They believed it way back in Jerusalem shortly after Jesus ascended back into heaven. Always, believers have hoped and prayed that the return of Christ would be soon. What we have to remember is that God is not contained by time. A thousand years are like a day to Him, and a day like a thousand years.
In the waiting, we need to be about the business of sharing the gospel with the people all around us. II Peter 3:9 says, ” “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
This verse is a clear indication that it is souls still coming to Christ that, in our thinking, “delays” the Rapture of the church. It is God’s desire that ALL should come to repentance, that no one should perish eternally in hell. So we who already know Him need to be about the business of bringing others to Him. It is soul-winning that will hasten the Rapture of the church.