There is nothing like a day at the beach enjoying the relaxing rhythm of the waves hitting the shore while watching your children at play. But then on the distant horizon of the ocean, you notice storm clouds beginning to develop. You estimate the distance and make a small mental note of it, returning to watch your children. Soon you begin to see flashing lightning in the distance and your sense of alertness picks up. Next you begin to hear the soft rumble of thunder and notice the clouds have moved closer. You give your kids a warning that their time is limited. Now the gentle breeze has turned into a constant wind and most of the sky has become covered in clouds. You tell the children it is time to pack up and go. Before you can finish, a large bolt of lightning strikes in the area with a large thunderous boom. You feel a sprinkle on your face and realize the fast, approaching storm is now imminent!
When it comes to the Rapture, one of the first and most quoted verses of scripture used to defend the coming of the Rapture is Matthew 24:26 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Just as all scripture is, this verse is absolute truth in that, no man knows the day or hour of the Rapture. But we also cannot hold one verse of scripture over others in order to render them meaningless. All scripture is truth.
The apostle Paul says we can “see the day approaching“.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25
In other words, Paul is saying, as we see the approaching day, we should be congregating ourselves together with other Christians to encourage one another in the face of the increasing evil of the world, for soon our Lord will come for us!
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 1 thes 5:1-6
In this passage, Paul is addressing the Thessalonians concerning the day of the Lord; the Tribulation period. He tells them not to be concerned with the dates for this dark period as it will come like a thief in the night, but also tells us we are not children of darkness that the day should overtake us as a thief and to be sober and watch for the approaching day. Since the Rapture comes before the Tribulation/Day of the Lord, and Paul is tells us the Day of the Lord will not come to us (Christians) by surprise, then we should know when the Rapture is near. It is very near.
Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. Nah 1:2
Today one of the biggest debates is that of the Pre, Mid, or Post Tribulation, but God has a stern warning.
Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? Amos 5:18-20
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 2 Peter 3:3-4
The day is coming though when the “good man”, the Christian, will not be found.
Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit. The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net
The Hebrew word for perished in this passage is abad and means to vanish! So the question is “can you see the day approaching”? If you are still enough, you may here the footsteps of Messiah as He approaches the door……..
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