"...We interupt your regularly scheduled piece of life to bring you of some terrifying news. There has been a massive, widespread dissapearance of people. Hundreds, thousands maybe even millions have gone missing. We've received numerous reports from witnesses that tell our newsroom that the driver in front of them simply vanished before their unmanned car crashed into oncoming traffic. The highways are impassible because of these multi-car pileups. Pilotless planes are crashing down all over the world. We even have an unconfirmed report that a nuclear powerplant has melted down, adding to the already spreading disaster. Even women pregnant are calling in telling us that their unborn children just vanished from inside their wombs. Please stay calm, wherever you are. The world leaders, whichever ones haven't disappeared, are gathering now. They are trying to figure out what happened and if it is going to happen again..."
Obviously this hasn't happened, yet. A grim picture like this will indeed happen someday. When it does, this post will seem very prophetic. What exactly is depicted in this post and how does this relate to you? Let's find out...
This event is widely known to theologians as the Rapture of the Church. This event is where God's redeemed people are taken from this world and reunited with Him. I know this is something that may seem a little far-fetched but bear with me a little.
The Bible describes this event as the main even that ushers in the Great Tribuation before Jesus' Glorious return. After a seven year period, Satan will be judged and unfortunately the world will be judged with him as well. This marks the end of time as we know it.
"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words." (I Thessalonians 4:16-18 NIV)
Who are the redeemed? Those who believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God who died for their sins and rose from the dead. Otherwise know as born-again. (John 3:3 &3:5-8) We have accepted Jesus as our personal Savior.
Why are these people taken from their loved ones? To escape the coming wrath of God that will be poured out onto the rest of the world. Why would he do that? Did you really believe that God could exist and not eventually judge the world for all of its crimes? Of course not!
Sir Isaac Newton's 3rd Law states "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." This isn't just some weird thought up idea, it's a law. A spiritual law at that. Sin cannot exist without the eventual Day of Reckoning.
There is some good news to go with this bleak forecast. You and your loved ones can be saved from that day of wrath. All you have to do is accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He died on the cross for your sins and want's to see you forgiven. (John 3:16) The gift of eternal life is yours for the taking, all you have to do is reach out and take it.
Another warning though: DON'T DELAY! Please make that decision now, RIGHT now! Tomorrow may never come and, God forbid, you could wake up tomorrow and get the news depicted in the beginning of this post.
I don't have all the answers, I do know, however, that the day of wrath will come without warning like a thief in the night.
"For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." (I Thessalonians 5:2-3 NIV)
"You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." (Luke 12:40 NIV)
"Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed." (Revelations 16:15 NIV)
Please heed the warning and choose a side today. If you are reading this and the event above has already happened, please know that all is not lost. Find a Bible and read it. It will save your soul. The Book of Revelations will reveal all that is to happen.
May the Holy Spirit minister to you and open your eyes to the Truth of Christ. He wants to save your soul!
There is no way to fully explain this event in one posting, so keep watch for part 2.