Okay, so this post is going to seem a little strange to most people. You may think I've gone around the loony bend, never to return. And that's okay. I'll risk forever being labeled as a loony to get this across. God has laid something on my heart, urging me to act upon it, and I can ignore Him no longer.
Our small group at church has been studying the book of Revelation. I've studied it several times before, but never with such interest and fascination, comparing it to the current world around me.
It is amazing, seeing prophecies play out in front of my very eyes. Some people would say this is a scary time we live in, and I agree that it could be...But not for me! I'm excited, amazed, expectant!However, in light of everything happening in the world, it has been pressed upon my heart to write this blog. It may never come to pass in our lifetime, but if it does, I don't want to leave anyone guessing.
You see, the Bible says there will come a time when Jesus will return for His people, those who have given their lives to Him. It will happen "in the twinkling of an eye". No one knows the day or hour, but it will happen. Luke tells us, "34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."
When Jesus returns for His bride, it will be in an instant. Those who belong to Christ will immediately disappear. There will be no warning.
People will try to explain it away. Aliens. Nuclear fallout. Spontaneous combustion. These and many more will be discussed. Complete chaos will ensue as people all over the world try to figure out what happened to their loved ones, their friends, their neighbors.
Now, it is my ultimate prayer that those reading this who do not already know Christ as their personal Lord and boss would seek Him immediately. However, I know for many that just won't happen. That is why I feel the need for this post.
If the "rapture" (when Christ returns for those belonging to Him) happens in my lifetime, I will be gone, instantaneously. Most of my extended family will be as well. My husband and children will be gone, because they have accepted Christ's forgiveness, they have acknowledged Him as the only begotten Son of God, but not only that, God Himself. John 1 tells us, 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Jesus IS God! He is part of the Holy Trinity.
If someday my family and I suddenly disappear, we were not abducted by aliens. We did not spontaneously combust. We heard the trumpet of the LORD and were called into the air to meet our Savior.
There is hope, however, for those left behind. You have a second chance. You may still call on the name of the LORD.
God wants NO ONE to perish! 2 Peter 3 says, 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
It is the desire of God that everyone would come to Him and accept His gift of grace. However, He is a gentleman, and He did not create robots. The decision is ours alone. We must chose to accept the gift. Those who chose to ignore it will be eternally separated from God. Those who accept His forgiveness can never lose this precious gift.
I feel an urgency in sharing this. Whether Jesus returns tomorrow, in 10 years, or after I'm already dead, I still feel the need to share this with you.
If I had the for-sure cure for cancer and kept it to myself that would be wrong. Well, I have the for-sure cure for something far worse than cancer: Eternal damnation. The answer is Jesus. He alone can rescue you. He is the only way to heaven. Call me closed minded. Say I have a crutch. That's okay. I'll risk that in order to have the opportunity to share with you something that will change not only your life, but your eternity.
I pray for those reading this. I pray the words are not mine but that I am only a vessel used of the Holy Spirit to speak truth. There are so many in my life for whom I have an overwhelming burden. If you truly seek Him, Jesus will reveal Himself to you.