Tidings for Tuesday

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:13

What do you expect to be doing when the Rapture occurs? We can let our imaginations carry us to the wonderful experience of sitting at the Lord’s Supper and being suddenly caught away to see face to face the One we were contemplating. We can also imagine facing a difficult or painful situation and suddenly being caught away from all of earth’s sorrows and aches. But the truth is, we simply cannot tell what we will be doing at that glorious moment. Because all of the believers around the globe will be caught away together in that great event, there must be some Christians who will be sound asleep, some who will be eating breakfast, some who will be starting their work day, others eating lunch, attending boring meetings, driving or travelling on buses or airplanes, and still others eating supper or playing with the children as they prepare for bedtime. Because we know neither the day nor the hour, we need to be on watch all the time.

One of my pet peeves is the lack of attention being paid today to the Rapture. Few preachers minister on this topic. Few young Christians have a clear understanding about just what the Bible teaches on the Rapture. It is usually mentioned only casually during Gospel meetings. We are also being influenced more often by those who deny or reject the doctrine of the Rapture. When I did an Internet search recently, I encountered a Rapture-related link on a web page. Following the link took me to a definition of the Rapture, according to that particular organization. They defined the Rapture as an 1800’s invention of John Darby. The entire Reformed group of churches that reject the Bible’s presentation of the dispensations also rejects the doctrine of the Rapture. Are they right? Is it possible that we have been wrong about the Rapture all this time. The short answer is no! The long answer is no, no, no! But please, don’t take my word for it. Read the commentaries and notes of good Bible students on this subject. Even more important, read and study the subject yourself in the Word. The Holy Spirit will lead you to a correct understanding of the Rapture if you allow Him to do so.

If we conclude – and we must – that the Rapture is true, and that it is imminent, and that it is for us, then we must do what the Scripture says is our responsibility regarding the Rapture: watch. We must watch to discern the signs of His coming. We must watch to keep ourselves busy and ready for His return. We must watch to warn others to be ready. We must watch to teach other Christians of this glorious hope so they can appreciate and anticipate the Rapture too. -Jim MacIntosh

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