Theologians and others with a great deal more wisdom than I have, have discussed a subject that bears mentioning in this column. It is the matter of ‘rapture’. When believers will be taken to return to Jesus (living and deceased).
A great many discussion points are involved here that for most believers are quite confusing. Matters such as the role of Israel in these events (Romans 11:16-24), the Scriptures discussion of a 1000 year reign of Christ (Revelations 20:2-7) and a period of time many believe to be 7 years when the anti-Christ will rule and play havoc with this world.
Of one thing I am certain. When I saw my father on his death bed after his passing, I became convinced his soul and spirit were no longer before me. What I saw before me was simply the human frame God gives each of us to travel through this life with. For me when we accept the Holy Spirit (being born again) into our life we are already starting our journey to that moment when we will meet Christ in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17) and one day be a part of His Kingdom. As one person said: “it is like going to the airport to meet the arrival of the King of Kings”.
Until then what is important to know about the rapture is that there will be one in some form so prepare yourself now. THE DAY MAY BE DRAWING CLOSER.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: The real importance of the rapture is our being received by our Redeemer.
DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: 1 Thessalonians 4:17 “saints caught up in the rapture”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord may I always be ready for Your coming.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- What is dispensationalism and its role in end times theology?
- How will Christians be protected if at all during the time of tribulation?
- Will Christians face the time of tribulation or are we in that period of time now?
- Are you prepared to be taken up with the Lord?