Awesome rapture preview experience!

storm cloudsOn Thursday morning December 22, 2011, just after 3:30 am, I had an amazing experience that lasted all of about 15 seconds. It may have been a dream or a vision, but it felt incredibly real! I was sound asleep in bed at home, with my wife Judy to my side and our two cats, Ocala & Tangy, at the foot of the bed.

When the experience began, I suddenly awoke to a sensation coursing through my body that I have never felt before. It was like a swirling energy, almost tingly, that permeated my entire body from my head through my toes. It started in my torso and spread to my arms and legs. I was being changed, in the twinkling of an eye! I felt the presence of Christ, and I was thinking "Praise the Lord!" and "This is it!". My body began lifting in the air, and I passed right through the ceiling and roof of our home as if they were not solid objects! For just a moment I saw the roof of the house, and then I was in the clouds, as it was rainy and foggy all that night. I couldn't see anyone else for all the thick clouds, so I was calling Judy's name to make sure she was with me. I didn't feel any cold or wetness in the air, but I could see everything vividly, and I was moving rapidly upward. I'll have to say that it was the ride of my life (so far anyway)!

Then all of a sudden I was back in the bed and wide awake, excited but disappointed that this wasn't the real event. After a few minutes, I looked over at the clock, and it read "3:41 am". My body still had this swirling, tingly energy sensation which gradually waned down over the course of an hour. (I still vividly remember the feeling now, almost 3 years after the event.) I think I finally managed to go back to sleep around 5 am, just 20 minutes before my alarm went off. Later when I was at work, I was still shaking and awestruck many hours after the event! Praise God for this most amazing gift to me at Christmastime!! Other people around the world have reported a very similar experience to mine, with exactly the same kind of physical sensations.

Just a couple of days before this event, in my prayers I asked God to give me a sign or dream about what lies ahead. God never fails to answer my prayers! Since then, He has revealed that the real event will be very, very soon -- very likely within just a few years of the preview, considering the war preparations actively under way in China, Russia, Syria, Iran, and Israel and the likelihood of the start of World War III. Two of my visions (about a half-second each) confirm this: in the first, I saw a newspaper headline reading "MAny Strikes On Nation-State", and the second was just a glimpse of many warships in the Persian Gulf.

It is so important that we do all that we can to witness to as many people as possible about the salvation of Jesus Christ before this sudden event. I would not want anyone to experience the coming Great Tribulation if they can choose not to.

"You yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, 'There is peace and security,' then sudden destruction will come upon them... For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5: 2-3, 9 (ESV)

Grace and peace to all of you in Christ Jesus ,
Stephen Cottingham