Rapture Ready ?
Although the word “rapture” is not found anywhere in the bible the event that it describes is. It is listed along with the signs of the end times. This event directly precedes the Tribulation. It is the first of many world-wide judgements of the Lord ending the dispensation of grace/church age.
We are cautioned time and time again in the scriptures and specifically by the words of Christ not to be caught by surprise when it occurs. Almost immediately following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, God began the outpouring of the Holy Ghost upon all flesh. The purpose for this is twofold 1) to be a keeper to those that are born again 2) to convict of sin unto repentance in those that are not. After the plan of salvation was accomplished it was time for the Gentiles to have an opportunity at fellowship with the God of the bible. The early church after searching the scriptures were so fully convinced that all had been accomplished and that the rapture could take place at any moment that they literally forsook all this world offered. Today we know more than anything that we are that much closer to this phenomena yet as the scriptures warn against, many of us if not most remain unprepared.
I was at a memorial service and I listened as friends and loved ones shared their memories of the deceased. A common thread in their comments had to do with how they knew that the deceased was in a better place. They indicated specific traits and attributes displayed over time that for a stranger would be a compelling argument to gauge their destination. One phrase stuck out to me “A prepared man for a prepared place”. Now all this fits together nicely when the person who lived as a believer into old age has some health issues just prior to leaving this world. You know (or assume) that they spent some of their final weeks or days reflecting on their life and making sure that everything is in order. Often it’s during this time that certain relationships are set in order through humility and forgiveness. But what about for those who die unexpectedly, do they get a chance to clear their conscience so to speak before dying? The bible says in Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: II Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. From this I gather that the answer is NO! That means we too must be ready.
I’m talking to the young and vibrant with our whole life still ahead of us, with all our big plans, and dreams to accomplish. I’m talking to that mother looking forward to completing a chapter in her life waiting to see the youngest of her children walk the stage to get their college degree. I’m talking to that man who is doing everything now to prepare for his future retirement. To that teenager/young adult that says to themself I know that Jesus is real but I still got time before I get saved. We must learn to live our lives like tomorrow (or our next breath) isn’t promised. When Jesus came on the scene the disciples of John (the Baptist) had searched the scriptures so diligently that they saw the old testament prophecy and caught the revelation of Christ. Today we attempt to survive these last days by somewhat regular church attendance, a handful of feel good scriptures/ church cliches, fwd:fwd:fwd Jesus emails/text/ postings and some Christian music.
With this state of carnality in churches today it’s no wonder why sinful lifestyles are now not only tolerated (in the church) but embraced by the ignorant and or spineless. It’s time that we call right, Right and wrong Wrong. This must be done even if we ourselves haven’t gotten it right yet. II Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
II Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
II Peter 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
II Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
II Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
II Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
This gospel or good news turns bitter in the belly of those who don’t receive it as absolute truth. We, must, like the early church cling to this gospel in God’s word more than our next breath. It’s time that we as believers be willing to in the words of my Pastor “stake my life on it”. I mean it’s only “eternity” for ourselves, loved ones that I’m referring to. It’s time we get to know the God of the bible through relationship with Jesus Christ. We must forsake the ideal of a personal idol we call “Jesus” that we turn to as the heathen turns to their god’s made in their image and likeness. It’s time that we surrender this “free will” given to us by the creator and allow Him to sit on the throne of our heart. It’s time that there be a clear distinction between us and the world.Let us in our present have the testimony of Paul that we are free from the blood of those to whom our lifestyle attests to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We must strive for mastery but until then repent, forgive and forsake in our present that we may be accounted worthy to obtain the promise. We can’t change yesterday. We have no promise of the future but right now God has given of us a choice that will never be violated. My prayer is that we all choose to repent, forgive and forsake now while hope yet remains.
If after reading this you doubt the certainty of you being ready for the rapture repeat aloud this prayer:
Dear Heavenly father I come before you now in the name of Jesus. Lord, I thank you for continuing to draw me by your Spirit. I ask for your forgiveness for all of my sin. I repent for thinking that I could live this life without total dependency on you. I repent for my lack of prayer, reverence and dedication to you. Father I believe that you sent Jesus to shed his innocent blood and to die in my place that I might have fellowship with you through his name. I believe that you raised him from the dead by your Holy Spirit and that Jesus is now seated on your right-hand praying continuously for me. I renounce all my compromise with the enemy through dead works in my flesh. I ask you now Jesus not only to be my savior but that from this day until my last be my Lord. Father right now in your presence and the holy angels I declare you alone to be my Lord in Jesus mighty name amen.
If you said this prayer from your heart be sure to get plugged in to a local body of believers. If you have a church home start there if not ask the person who sent you this when their services are being held. God Bless until we meet in Heaven.
Grace & Truth,