Q. I have two brief questions. Considering that we are experiencing great economic difficulty throughout the world, do you think the Rapture will occur before conditions become worse and if so then could this momentous event we are anticipating cause a global economic collapse?
A. In Rev. 6:6 we can read about the effects of hyperinflation on the world’s economy.
Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”
This verse shows two things. First, for the average person it will take a whole day’s wages to purchase enough food for that day, and second the rich will not be harmed. These are classic signs of a failed economy. Many people believe we’re seeing the beginning of this kind of inflation in rising food prices today. If so, then the fulfillment of Rev. 6:6 is not far off.
But remember, the rapture takes place in Rev. 4 and the Church is visible in Heaven in Rev. 5, so no matter how close Rev. 6 is, Rev. 4-5 are closer. Therefore I think there’s a strong likelihood that the rapture of the Church could be the event that puts the final nail in the coffin of the current world economy. If so, those who are left behind will have a monumental task on their hands to restore some sense of security and will be desperate for a leader who can help them.