There are many who don’t believe in a Rapture of the church. True, enough, the word is not in the Bible, it’s called a catching away or in the Greek harpezo, meaning to snatch by force. It is like snatching someone from a fire or off a train track, not just taking their hand and walking them off. And true a lot of the teaching started in the 1800’s. Knowledge has increased more people, could read. God has a time clock, not like ours. We have just celebrated the Jewish New Year. And the Day of Atonement, could He come in the fall? Perhaps.
And those who believe in the Rapture, for it is a more familiar term, will be either pre, or mid trib, or think you go through the Great Tribulation. Without going into great detail, let me say, I agree with pre trib. There are arguments for the others but knowing Jesus as I know Him, He won’t leave us in that. Why? Didn’t God spare some from the Flood and Sodom and Gomorrah. He went to great lengths to send Jonah to Nineveh, He even gives woe to cities of doubt and unbelief, saying others would have repented.
He went out of His way for the woman at the well, and waited for Lazarus to die, so He could raise him to show God’s glory. He went to the cross, He has pursued me in all my shortcomings, even though I thought I was chasing Him, Psalm 34:4, says to seek peace and pursue it. I have been pursuing the Prince of Peace a long time, but He was really following me.
People think the Rapture is the second coming of Christ, but I don’t. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says we are caught up to meet Him in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. He doesn’t come to earth, that’s later to defeat the AntiChrist which is not much of a battle for Him and His returning saints, then when He sets up His kingdom, the Millenial reign, that is the Second Coming. Now, this is what I have been taught, learned from my studies.
To me, it is more important to know you are a believer and shine a light for others. Jesus said we would have tribulation but He had overcome it, this is different that the Great Tribulation, that spans seven years, though that time is very different on heaven and earth, that’s why we don’t know. I have a very deep, personal feeling that He would like to return, but the Father will say when or at least I think they will agree, they are waiting for every soul who will believe in His love, He is wanting to heal and deliver, so please, give Him a chance.
While there are those who think they can influence the time of the Rapture or bring on the AntiChrist with hate and violence or even war. God is still in control. We need to have self discipline and self control. We need to be the beloved the figurative church that is the proverbial Bride of Christ, without spot or blemish, to walk in white with no wrinkle in the wedding gown, which is in truth a robe of His righteousness.
The only way we can do that is to be yielded to the Spirit and to be walking in love. So it is safe to pray to the Lord to help us give our will over to His, for His ways are perfect, and pure. The Holy Spirit helps us pray and His prayers are perfect. Even Jesus prayed not my will but yours as He wrestling the temptation and fear away from Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane.
If you don’t think He was afraid, remember He was human as well as the Son of God, and fear and torment aren’t the norm in heaven, even the very Son of God had to trust Him and was in need of the Holy Spirit’s power and guidance. So, we as followers of Christ are not greater than He, Jesus knew we needed His Spirit, and that is why He returned to heaven. He knew one day He would welcome the Spirit and the bride. Rebecca Jones / Mihai Staphan, thanks.
Thank you joining me for Supernatural September that turned into Holy Spirit September. My October Writing Challenge is on again, Monday, this is the 4th year I have participated in it with Crystal Stine, unfortunately, it is the last year she she is hosting, but I wish her the best. I am doing. ” What Kind of Soul Are You? ”