1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
Though you will not find the word ‘rapture’ in the Bible, we use it to describe the scripture God brought me to today. Webster defines it as a seizing by violence. God defines it as an instant transformation from earthly to heavenly; fleshly to spiritual.
Suffice it enough to say, there are no prophecies needing to be fulfilled for this next event to occur. When Israel became a nation on May 14th, 1948, it signified the biblical end times are now here. So, if at any moment, we could be taken from this world, what would you do today that you would regret in Heaven? Would it be to witness to that neighbor next door? Give the gospel to that coworker you’ve worked alongside for years? That family member; that close friend or the person at the pharmacy who knows you by name?
The full weight of this truth never really hits us. We have some desire to complete one more bucket list item; one more day of pleasure; one more… We put off and procrastinate until we look up and 2017 is almost over! We were going to lose that last 20 pounds, save for that vacation, fix that leak or plant that garden. New year’s resolutions are made for what we truly do not accomplish. We mean well enough to make a vow to never, to always or to change.
John 4:35 “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
The wheat turns white just before it rots. Jesus’ words are not just for the disciples of that day; it is for us, here, today as well. There is a harvest of souls awaiting us, who are saved, to tell them the most glorious news – Jesus saves whosoever will!
At that time, when the trumpet will sound and we which are alive and remain are caught away, that which is left in the field will have to endure the tribulation.
Jeremiah 8:20 “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”
What a lament! To know that we had opportunity and wasted it. To realize that what really matters is that which is eternal. Not the carnal; not the earthly; not what pleasures the flesh – but that which we are called upon to obey.
The faith that a person needs to be saved will not be changed or transformed by seeing how different my life became because of Christ, that is used to draw them. You see, without the Word of God, their faith will have not been brought to a decision point.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Not by observing my life – I am saved, yes; a saint true. But I am still a saint who sometimes sins. Satan will make sure that those watching us will find that flaw, that besetting sin and reveal to them that this ‘christian life’ is just a holier than thou posturing.
The convictor of the heart is the Holy Spirit using the Word of God. We must have His power; trust His leading; speak as He leads us. Divine appointments – those opportunities God presents to us each day, are best met with a humble, submitted heart and will to all that God wants to do through us. Saying that being a witness is a ministry to which some are called is utter disobedience to a God-given command to all His children.
We must not salve our conscience with any thought that would deter us from telling the most wonderful news anyone has ever heard!
Romans 13:11 “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
I have found that I am prone to procrastinate. But I have also realized that to put off such an important decision as to witness when prompted by God to do so, may very well find someone in Hell that could have been spared had we been obedient.
Aren’t you glad someone was obedient to tell you???