Scripture: Revelation 4:2 NASB “Rapture: Too Good To Be True?”
“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.” Revelation 4:2
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 speaks of the event we call The Rapture, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” Verse 18 says we should be comforted by these verses. It only makes sense that we would be comforted if the verses meant that we would be sucked up to Heaven before any of the heavy shooting starts in the Seven Year Tribulation that precedes the bodily coming of Christ to earth for a thousand years. If we have to live through that horrible time of “hell on earth,” there would be no comfort.
John says that “after these things,” which I take to be the church age in chapters two and three, John was taken up to Heaven in the Spirit. It would make sense that John represented all believers who are raptured (see above, “rapture” is from the Latin which means “a carrying off”).
Someone has said that we should live as though Christ was crucified yesterday, resurrected today, and coming back tomorrow. That is slightly off. We should live as if Christ was crucified yesterday, resurrected today, and coming back at any moment! Here are some Scripture Matt. 24:36; 25:1-6; Mark 13:33-37; Rom. 13:11-12; 16:20; 1 Cor. 1:7; Phil. 3:20; 4:5; 1 Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 5:6; 1 Tim. 6:14; Heb. 9:28; Heb. 10:24-25; 10:37; James 5:7-9; 1 Pet. 1:13; 1 Pet. 4:7; Jude 21; Rev. 3:11; 22:17 and 20.
The “blessed hope” is the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus (Tit. 2:13). The “blessed hope” is not seven years of “hell on earth” during the Tribulation. Aren’t you glad Christ could come at any moment?
Have the attitude of expectancy! We could see our Lord any second now.
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
If you absolutely knew that the Lord was coming back tomorrow, what would you do the next 24 hours? Binge watch HBO? Go to a ballgame? Apologize to someone you knew you should have apologized to a long time ago? Read your Bible? Share Christ with someone?
If you wouldn’t do something 24 hours before the Rapture, why would you do it now?
If you would do something 24 hours before the Rapture, why not do it now?
Watch the news for a few minutes and see if you things are getting close to the end.
Now, what do you want to do today?
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: Going Up?