“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:37)
“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;” (Luke 17:28)
In both of these verses, life is proceeding as usual, wars are being fought, men love and hate, the earth is being replenished while others find the end of their lives approaching. The seasons continue, the sun rises and sets, some seek the face of the Almighty, serving for His glory, most do not, but the truth of these two verses is this, they both speak of the impending judgment of the Lord.
“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.” (Amos 5:18)
This verse, which is in context of the subject matter of our two opening verses and the inference given of others in the context is not one you will hear quoted very often, for it brings a feeling of shame upon those who greatly desire the Rapture. We are indeed to comfort one another with those words, we are to look up for our redemption draws nigh, but far too many do so for only selfish reasons.
If you are praying diligently for the Rapture, you have forgotten what door that will open upon all of mankind when it happens, you have forgotten the task set before you, and I would suggest this, that if you are in a hurry to stand before the Lord and give your account to Him of your life, then you must feel assured within yourself that your life has been devoted to Him.
Let me be blunt here, if you have such a great desire to be in the presence ofleast aing God, instead of praying for the Rapture, why not pray that He will end your life, so that those who understand the need to continue to search for those lost sheep may by His mercy and power have at least a few more days to do so?
I am going to presume that those of you who greatly desire the Rapture found that statement offensive. So be it.
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matt 24:21)
Those who desire to meet the Lord in the air and whose main focus is the Rapture, the signs, real or imagined, live in fear, not for the purpose of serving Christ, love of self has overridden love of their neighbor, escape, not perseverance and patience is the path they have chosen. In one sense, they remind me of King Hezekiah when he said, “Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?” (2nd Kings 20:19)
“I want to leave because what is happening in the earth frightens me, I do not care what happens to those who will be left behind, I just want to escape because I am afraid.”
Shame on you.
If you want to be with the Lord so bad you would honor Him here by serving as He calls you to, no matter the circumstances or the possible consequences to yourself. You would get up every morning, ask for His guidance, pray to be led by the Holy Spirit, say “Thy will be done,” and then search for the lost, rebuke the wicked and encourage the brethren. You would serve, not seek a means to escape.
“Of whom the world was not worthy: they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” (Heb. 11:38)
This verse is not applicable to those this short letter is written about, a rough letter, a very direct letter, but a truthful letter as well. Those it is written for will seek for every possible excuse to deny what has been penned here, but they will find no ground to stand on.
Those who gave their lives for the glory of God who came before us will have little to say to them.