I’ve been reading a lot about this rapture thing and the end of the world that is supposed to be here on Saturday and I have a few thoughts about it.
First, I do have to admire the tenacity of the people who are preaching about this and, at least it seems so far, they are not attempting to make tons of money or anything of that ilk. They appear to genuinely believe this is the truth and, quite admirably, they want to save as many people as they can. While I find most of this dubious, I do find the intentions of at least some of the people to be good.
Second, the rapture is an invention. And, what flimsy scriptural evidence for the rapture there is [which, by the way, isn’t even in the big apocalyptic book everyone wants to point to as the place where we read all the horrifying details about the end of the world] never indicates whether the one who is taken or the one who remains is the ‘lucky one.’ So are we hoping to be here or be gone?
Third, there have been plenty of times that I have prayed for Jesus to come back. When things are so mixed up, so crazy, so impossibly tangled and I cannot see how things are going to work out, I do not know what else to pray for except for Jesus to come back and fix it. Set the world to rights. Wipe away every tear. Make all things new. We sure can’t fix it all by ourselves.
Fourth, the book of Revelation is a book of hope. I cannot say this enough. I’ll even say it again. The book of Revelation (ahem, that is Revelation, not RevelationS) is a book of hope. What more hopeful thing is there than to know that God hears the cries of those who suffer, sees that we cannot repair this creation on our own and is coming to help? What more hopeful thing is there than to know that God knows there is evil in the world that has wrought pain, suffering, loss and death to his precious creation and he will destroy that evil? What more hopeful thing is there than to know that God promises he will come to live with us, to heal all that is broken in the world, to make everything new again? I know of nothing more hopeful. So if Saturday be the day, though I doubt it will be for the obvious reason, then let it be so! Bring about the Peaceable Kingdom where the lion lays down with the lamb! Set the table for the great Messianic Banquet!
Worthy is the Lamb!
Please, come Lord Jesus