I was thinking today about that glorious day that is coming soon upon the earth; the day known as the rapture of the church. Yes, I still believe in the rapture! That day Paul talks about in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, where Jesus comes, not to the earth, but to the clouds, and where His bride is caught up to meet Him in the air and go to heaven.
But Paul was not the first person to talk about the rapture. Jesus was! The night before our Lord died, He promised His disciples something they had never heard before:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” – John 14:1-4
Notice the language in verses 2-3: I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Did Jesus say, “I am going to prepare a place for you and I will come again to set up my Kingdom”? No, that is not what He said. Jesus said that He is coming again to take us to a place that He is preparing for us … Heaven! The Greek word for receive is paralambano, which means to take to, to take with one’s self, to join to one’s self.
I, for one, am looking forward to that day when the Lord is going to take us to be with Him. That day when we will no longer see things dimly as through a glass, but we will see Him face to face.
As I thought about that day, my mind wandered to the things that I will leave here for those who are left behind. A modest house with a garage to empty out, a couple of cars that are not fancy but they run well, and more clothes than we need. To be honest, I will leave behind nothing of any real significant value. All those things that I mentioned are all temporary possessions that will rot and rust and fade with the passing of time.
What will you leave behind? What temporal possessions are going to be left for somebody to shuffle through? I have another, more important question for you to answer. WHO WILL YOU LEAVE BEHIND? Is there a loved one in your life that doesn’t know Jesus? Is there a co-worker that you have been praying for and thinking about sharing with? Is there a neighbor that you have never told that you are a Christian who would be left behind?
If your answer to any of those questions is “yes”, I encourage you to be intentional about sharing Jesus with them! There is nothing we can do to make someone follow Jesus, but it is imperative that we share Jesus with them and pray for them, remembering that God’s Word is living and powerful, and that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes. God’s Word NEVER RETURNS VOID!
May the Lord burden our hearts in these last days for those who are going to be left behind if they do not follow Jesus!Church, Encouragment, End Times, Persistence, Rapture, Revelation