In the Left Behind series, it was conveyed that Israel was attacked and defended by God's intervention prior to the Rapture. I believe the booked referred to it as the Gog/Magog war, but i could be wrong. Now, I fully understand that this scenario is just one man's interpretation of the end time events to come. I have read other interpretations from various members on this board and elsewhere that the Rapture will happen first, followed by the attacks on Israel.
To be as humbly honest as I can be, my official position is: I just don't know. And, when it all comes down to it, my heart is at peace not knowing the specific chronology of end time events leading up to the beginning of Daniel's 70th week. In my mind, God's plan is already laid out, His will be done, regardless of whether or not I put the puzzle pieces in the right spots.
That being said, I've had somewhat of a dilemma (shaped like a marble) rolling around in my head. At present, I work with a group of guys in a tech setting (computer programmers and the like). All day, every day, I have to put up with swearing, blasphemy, sexist remarks concerning their weekend conquests, and how great the beer was that left them stranded at a bar, calling for a ride.
I want so bad to quit this job, but it's like an anchor holding me back. I have minimal community college educatation, never graduated, so no degree. Yet, over the course of the past 20 years, I've watched my career climb to the point where I am today: $75k/yr, full benefits, matching 401k, even eye care! I have a $1500/mo mortgage, our first house, coming up on five years of ownership. Plus, medically speaking, I have degenerative disk disease (at 40!) and my wife is going through some allergy issues, both of which would break our back account had it not been for the employer-sponsored prescription plan ($100 pills for $5.... Um, heck yeah!).
So, day after day, I stick with my job because I'm too afraid at my age and with my medical issues to interview elsewhere. I couldn't compete with the younger and brighter kids fresh out of school. I stick with it to provide a roof over our heads and a warm, familiar bed to sleep in. I do it so my wife doesn't have to suffer for lack of pills due to lack of dollars.
So, on to the main point/question of this thread: Let's assume for the sake of this discussion that the events depicted in the Left Behind novel is accurate. Israel gets attacked, God intervenes and Israel comes out of it unscathed while her attackers equipment and bodies are strewn far beyond the eye can see. Many in the media offer no feasible explanation, but we here in the forum know exactly what happened.
We know the rapture can't be too far behind this event, but we just don't know the timing. Could be days, weeks, months or even years.
Having seen God micariously save Israel from her attackers, would you continue life as normal, as if nothing happened in Israel, or would you quit your job, cash out your 401K and use it to survive on until the rapture takes place?
My thoughts do lean to the latter. The most exciting prospect of it would be instead of spending all day working for someone else in pursuit of the almighty dollar, I could be at home, immersed into the Word as my full time "occupation" - not stopping until the Bible falls to the floor from my vanishing hands.
So, given that scenario, which again is merely hypothetical as we don't know the day or the hour of the rapture and the attacks, what would you do? I am sincerely interested in your opinions. This has been playing over in my mind for some time now and I'd like to know if I'm missing something. Thank you, brother and sisters.