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We have been sharing excerpts for the book “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.” This book is on sale right on this site for a special price. Think Easter, which is only a couple of weeks away. This book is perfect as a gift at this time.
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The excerpt today lets you wonder what it will be like when the rapture comes.
Beware—Driver Disappears after the Rapture
We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God
will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep [died] in him.
1 Thessalonians 4:14
The bus full of people goes off the road. There isn’t a driver! The car ahead of you crashes into a tree. The driver is gone. The person who was skiing ahead of you on the slopes suddenly disappears. The high school swim team is leading in the big district meet, but all of the relay team disappears right in the middle of the winning race. You are having a nice dinner in a crowded restaurant, and it is suddenly nearly empty. What if you are in an airplane and the pilot disappears? Talk about shock and awe! What a close encounter with God this will be!
Can you imagine all the different things that will happen when the Rapture takes place? It will be chaos! People will be panicking, and fear will overcome them.
The wonderful thing about this is that you will be the one that disappears—if you believe in the Lord and accept His offer of salvation! This makes it very clear for you. Believe in the Lord with all your heart and you face life for eternity in the presence of Jesus.
Theologians have also pondered a very interesting situation that may prove true. Because there are so many Christians in theUnited States, when the Rapture occurs, it is possible that so many leaders of business and government will “disappear” that our country will no longer be a world power. This may put theUnited Statesin peril and those left behind in great danger. I believe this is very possible.
None of us wants those we love to miss out on eternity with Christ. We need to be talking to them about God’s gift of salvation. We don’t know when the Rapture will occur. It could happen while you are reading this.
I am not trying to scare you with these thoughts. I want you to find comfort in them. It’s that simple. Those of us who have turned our lives over to the Lord are in for a free ride when the Rapture happens. And we need to share that truth with those we love.
If you aren’t certain about where you are in your belief, stop right now and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Tell Him you have sinned, and seek forgiveness. It is an easy thing to do.
Act now. It’s time to ask God to forgive you of your sins and accept His gift of salvation. Then the Rapture is something to look forward to.
Here is a simple prayer to open your heart to God: Dear Lord, I know that I have sinned against You. I am not worthy of Your loving grace. I need Your forgiveness to free me of these chains that Satan has wrapped around me. I give You my life. I give You my sins, and I want to serve You from now on. Thank You, heavenly Father, for Your grace. Amen.”
We who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in
to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
1 Thessalonians 4:17
When will the Rapture occur? Can I wait until later to worry about it? I will give my life to God tomorrow. I am having too much fun right now.
You’d be surprised how many people on this earth live with that mentality. One survey shows that a high percentage of people believe there is a God, but a much smaller percentage of the world actually follows Him.
What’s wrong with this picture? Why are there people who believe but do not surrender? People are having too much fun. But the most important factor is that they don’t want to give up control of their lives to God. They do not want God to direct them. They may suddenly cry out to Him when they’re in trouble, but they’re not willing to totally commit to Him. How sad it will be when the Rapture comes and they start screaming, “But God—I was going to give my life to you! Can’t I still come with the others?” You already know the answer to that.
Something to Ponder
Isn’t it funny that those who love this world will lose it, and those who despise their life in this world will keep it for eternal life? Have a look at John 12:25.