Didn't know what I would entitle this post until I listened to "One Day More" from (Les Miserables) available at http://www.youtube.com/ which came from a friend from NY this morning.
Thanks Steve, it is perfect. If you listen to the song, what can be considered a "joyful event" to some, would be horrific to others. You see, while some would be taken, those remaining would suffer a terrible loss. (I'm glad that the rapture is not one of the beliefs that I hold.) Losing those I love would be unbearable and unthinkable, in my selfishness, I can't let them go. My God is a loving God, yet another reason to hold this belief to be, "insane".
There are other factors to consider such as; timing. The way the world is we are never on the same schedule time wise, so how can one be so precise. The bible says that Jesus is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow--there is no such thing as time with Him, it is man-made.
I have read several accounts, some say 6 P.M. some 6 A.M., What! Can no one get the story right?
Then, of course are the ridiculous pictures of people floating into the air. These are living people. Are they to go through metamorphosis in the air? Certainly at some point there would be no oxygen. And where are they going? Astronauts haven't seen anything, any place as yet. I don't think there is enough suntan lotion to prevent burning up. What kind of delivery is that in the first place. There is no pie in the sky either, what will they eat. No bathrooms, I'm not going, willingly at least. What of those who are fearful of heights. We can joke all we want, but in thinking this entire thing over, it is truly irrational.
Timing or place a time that is , is a problem. Some have claimed that Jesus is already here. If you believe that, there is little hope for you. The bible is clear on how Jesus left, from where he left, and how he is to come back. The reason He will come back, and what will transpire after His return.
No, it will not be in a spaceship as some have suggested. We are told in (Rev. 1:7 ) "Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so. Amen" After reading that, how can anyone think that He has already come back? His coming back is expected, has been expected even since He left, and will be no secret. Further, coming with clouds. There will be cosmic signs. (Luke 21:25) "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; (26) "men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken." (27) "Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
The bible does not talk about rapture, and neither the Early Church...doesn't that strike you as odd?
Luke tells us when and how we are to be ready. (Luke 21:34) "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. (Unexpectedly, means unexpectedly! We will get no warning, thank you very much, whoever started this false rumor).
Matthew gives us a little more information in saying: (Matt 24:29)"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and power of the heavens will be shaken. (30) "then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
Mark concurs that the Son of Man will follow the tribulation. (see Mark 13:24)
Yes, there a time for sorrow, like the birth pangs, an image taken from childbearing and the crisis associated at the consummation of the Kingdom. But, let no one deceive you, only God knows when He will make His descent. We are to expect the return of Christ, in this generation, and await with vigilance in the face of the unpredictable time of His return.
Act offers the following: (Acts 1:9) "Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight." (11)two men in white said: "Why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him Go into heaven."
We must prepare ourselves....There is but one Kingdom, the Kingdom that is here now within, and to be fully revealed when He comes. We are not called to be looking up or to be sitting idly by, but, are called to be vigilant in imitating Jesus' example of greatness, consisting in humble service to others. On this will we be judged--not in faith alone, but in deeds. There are many opportunities out there, so why are you wasting your precious time? Do something to help someone else. Give until it hurts and find your place where you belong, in Church would be a good start. Just saying!!! We are not even promised this afternoon for that matter.
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