I start today's blog with a question.
And don't get me wrong--I state my premise and ask this question for a PURPOSE. I'm NOT making a prediction! (Although I COULD BE--who knows?)
"Jesus is going to descend in the air TODAY and take millions of believing Christians home. He's been TELLING believers about the Rapture FOR DECADES, but NOW it's FINALLY THE TIME!"
HOW DO YOU REACT TO THIS KNOWLEDGE? (BE HONEST!)
DOES THE IDEA OF JESUS' COMING IN THE AIR FILL YOU WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING?
DOES HIS RETURN FILL YOU WITH GRIEF, BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT YET LIVED YOUR FULL LIFESPAN--OR FULFILLED ALL YOUR WANTS AND DESIRES?
OR DO YOU JOYFULLY ANTICIPATE MEETING HIM FACE TO FACE?
THE WAY YOU RESPOND TO THIS NEWS TELEGRAPHS A TRUTH--AND THIS SHOULD SHAKE YOU TO YOUR INNER CORE!
FOR IF YOU DREAD HIS RETURN, YOU MIGHT NOT BE TRULY READY!
IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO KNOW YOU'RE READY, AND BEFORE THIS BLOG SERIES IS FINISHED, THE WAY TO BE READY WILL BE CLEAR....
This is HOW it will the Rapture happen: It MIGHT even be TODAY!
Here's the story:
"Jesus appears in the clouds (which is the Shekinah Glory of God), and His voice blares like a TRUMPET: 'Come up here!' In that twinkling of an eye, the world is changed like never before! Not since the GREAT FLOOD arrived--in the days of Noah--has such an event of momentous proportions occurred. Millions of people surge into the sky to meet the Lord in the air, exactly like they were promised.
"Some people did NOT HEED the WARNINGS while they were given. Now, they twist their heads--and look around with wide eyes. 'Where's Grandma?' 'Where's my baby?'
"Panic sets in. Heart rates increase. Muscles go weak. Some people fall to the earth in a faint of absolute terror.
"Some people, IGNORED the WARNINGS--and IGNORED the Gospel as it was preached. They delayed accepting the Lord's free gift of salvation through His shed blood. Now, a horrible realization hits them--they'd put off their decision for Jesus ONE INSTANT too long.
"These people (LEFT BEHIND) know they'll see wars, natural calamities and the wicked reign of a man called "the Antichrist" (someone a thousand times worse than Adolf Hitler!) They KNOW because "Auntie" or "Grandma" or "the next door neighbor" told them how BAD the world would be, and they had the audacity to laugh.
"Other people coldly REJECTED Jesus, REFUSING to confess their sins (which were too much fun to give up anyway). They wanted NOTHING to do with all that FAITH and TRUST in Jesus junk. Blinded by their closed minds, and with hard calloused hearts, they FAIL to realize that they FACE an earth full of angry mobs of radicals--overrun with delirious demons. In their UNBELIEF, these people, after the first initial shock of the BIG DISAPPEARANCE, say, "Good riddance to the those intolerant Christians. We'll forge a much better world for ourselves--now that those trouble-makers are gone."
I DO NOT make this STORY up! This is NOT the overworked imagination of a woman who loves to write THRILLERS. Every statement and description I've used can be backed by BIBLE TRUTH.
Many of you may have read the LEFT BEHIND series, a fictionalized account of the prophecies of Isaiah, Daniel, Zechariah, Jesus--and the book of Revelation.
I can ASSURE you of this FACT, the events depicted in the LEFT BEHIND series are MILD in comparison to what the WORD OF GOD declares about the coming Tribulation! I can GUESS that the books' authors CONSTRAINED themselves from being TOO GRAPHIC, because IF they expanded to the FULL PICTURE, people probably WOULD NOT have purchased their books.
The BLESSED HOPE in the MIDST of this APPALLING scenario is this: You don't NEED to wake up someday and discover yourself in a NEW and FRIGHTENING world where EVIL runs RAMPANT and UNRESTRAINED.
Jesus has LEFT US with a glorious PROMISE: John 14:1-3--"Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were NOT so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
The Apostle Paul wrote of "the blessed hope" of the Church (true "born again" believers in Jesus) in several of his epistles. The one I quote today is 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18.
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep (have died) in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep (who died in faith in Jesus)...
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first...
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP ("harpazo"--"rapture"--snatched up quickly) together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we EVER be with the Lord...
"Wherefore COMFORT one another with these words."
For those who have asked Jesus to live inside their HEARTS and LIVES, the message of the RAPTURE is ONE of COMFORT and PEACE and BLESSING. It's "the blessed hope" of TRUE CHRISTIANS.
I could go on and on about the WONDERS of this PROMISE--given by Jesus--to CATCH UP His Bride, the TRUE Church (the OVERCOMERS in the Church) to Himself in the air--keeping us FROM that TERRIBLE HOUR which is to TEST and JUDGE the WHOLE world during the TRIBULATION. However, this blog is long enough for today.
I've several other ideas I want to pursue (concerning the RAPTURE) and will do so in the next few installments.
I've quoted John 14:1-3, and want to elaborate about how the RAPTURE fits the structure of a Jewish wedding, especially the TYPE given in scripture of Abraham sending a SERVANT to gather a BRIDE for his SON.
I want to continue, going FORWARD from THE PROPHECY of the AGE of the CHURCH in Revelation 2 and 3. AFTER the letters to the Churches we will see a PROFOUND event in Revelation chapter 4. We'll investigate that.
Then I want to delve into the question: Can we KNOW when the RAPTURE is SOON to happen? To glean that answer, we'll look at some SIGNS in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. We can NEVER know the DAY or HOUR of the RAPTURE, but we can certainly DISCERN the TIMES and SEASONS (and we will do so). We can SEE and SENSE that the RAPTURE approaches. (I SENSE IT THIS YEAR--LIKE NEVER BEFORE!)
Now, I circle back to THE WAY I opened today's blog--IF Jesus came TONIGHT to gather His Christian believers to Himself, WOULD YOU BE READY?
Is your heart full of FEAR when you think of these things? If so, get on your knees right now and pray! Make SURE you are RIGHT with the Lord!
If you are filled with JOY and HIGH ANTICIPATION, join me in a round of PRAISE and THANKSGIVING! We will SOON see Him FACE TO FACE, and ENTER those MANSIONS that He promised us!
EVEN SO, COME, LORD JESUS!