The Harshness of the Rapture
Penned by:††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kevin K OíConnor
Date penned:††††††††††††††††††††††† Oct. 16, 2017
Thought:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† To examine the spirit behind the Rapture
Scriptural Springboard:††† Mat 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Mat 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Luk_17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
Luk_17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luk_17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Thereís an intellectual acknowledgment and then thereís the heart acknowledgment. Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. The Kingdom of God is more than name it and claim it or blab it and grab it, itís in power and not just word only; 1Co 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
When I was about 9 and my sis was about 8 years old, my Mom had me and my sis sit down on the couch next to her while she proceeded to share the plan of salvation (The Greatest Love story thatís ever been or ever will be from Godís Word), I was blown away that God loved me sooo much, that He gave His Son Who died for me and then rose from the dead. I could hardly wait to invite him into my heart to be my Lord and Savior. At the time, it seemed that my sister was just following along with what I was totally blown away with for in my teenage years, while growing hungrier and hungrier to know God personally, my sister ended up dropping out of school and hanging out with those who did those kinds of things. What Iím trying to communicate here is that there are those that make the confession of faith due to believing from the heart (the only ones that are truly saved) and then there are those who are merely confessing with their mouths to follow the crowd but their hearts arenít truly involved.
And, just as this is so true as in the situation relayed herein, so too this was the case with the wise/foolish virgins in our Lordís parable which He gave us in Matt 25:1-13. There are those who are TRULY waiting for Him passionately and expectantly for their hearts are truly into it, then again, there are the wannabees that are there because itís the thing to do. The celebration that our Father has prepared for His Son is NOT for those Ďalong for the rideí but for those who are passionately involved with His Boy from the heart! This is such an important event and unlike all of the other events of inviting all who will come, for itís the final call to board just as at the airport when they make the final call to board or you will be left behind. That will be the time (The Rapture event) NOT to be trying to get others onto the aircraft, but to board yourself just as Godís Word makes that clear. Lotís wife was concerned about those who werenít with them so her heart was back from where they left and so turned instead of leaving as she should have and ended up missing out. Those whose hearts arenít truly committed to departing, wonít. Passion is a personal thing, itís NOT something you can share with others hence the response from the wise virgins to the foolish ones that had lacked the personal passion from their hearts. The other scriptures shared from Luke just confirm how many people will be involved in this life with each other, with one being totally and passionately involved with the King and expecting Him, while others are there, but whose hearts are not.
This message is extremely important for Godís kids to hear and some have taken this opportunity to make YouTube videos and title them with some kind of title concerning the rapture since MANY of Godís kids are NOT getting this kind of teaching from their local churches and end up sharing a video concerning the Great commandment of Loving the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength; Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And, their videos may be wonderful but I will dislike them and tell the author that their video while being excellent was deceptive in its title and that had they titled it correctly it would have gotten a thumbs up from me. There was a time when the Apostles needed to know exactly what the Greatest commandment was and was told, BUT, there was also a time when they needed to know about the end time events and so they asked. Upon asking the Lord about end time events in Matt 24, Jesus didnít tell them about the Greatest commandment and neither should those who are deceptive in their effort to get their own message across.
This message is very serious in regards to those who confess Jesus as Lord, for Godís Word makes it clear in Matt 25:1-13 and in His conversation to the 7 churches in Rev 2 & 3† that not ALL of His will be taken to avoid the trials that are to come upon the whole earth. And yet, this message isnít getting preached within churches hence there will end up being MANY VERY disappointed and angry (and rightfully so) Christians at their pastors for NOT preparing them. Hence the reason I get so angry with those that confess Jesus as Lord who are purposely misleading Christians sincerely looking for teaching in this regard and then end up pushing their own agenda onto those looking for answers in regards to the Rapture. I donít care if theyíre trying to tell their viewers about the Greatest Commandment, then let them know thatís what itís about, NOT about the Rapture!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus Who clearly and concisely told us His parable in Matt 25:1-13 and also His communication to the 7 churches in Rev 2 & 3. Ever help us take to heart the importance of preparing our hearts for the greatest event this world has known since Your Son came to this earth. For itís in His Name, Jesus, we pray, Amen.
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