I’m hearing reports that the rapture is taking place on Saturday. This is quite shocking! I haven’t made any arrangements. I haven’t stopped my mail. I haven’t started on my bucket list. I’m not even sure what my bucket list is.
In Christian circles there are a few interpretations related to the rapture. Some think it will occur before the tribulation, which is that terrible time of suffering right before Jesus comes back to kick tail and take names. Those Christians who hold that view apparently think we’ll get a free pass. I wish that were the case, but I just don’t see that happening. Others think the rapture will be during the tribulation, and still others right after.
Anyway, it’s an in-house debate. But, one thing that no Christian believes, if they’ve done even a cursory read through the bible, is that they, or anyone else, can predict when the rapture will take place… unless, I suppose, someone makes a really lucky guess. This is because scripture clearly says that no one knows the date. In Matthew 24:36, Jesus says:
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”.
There’s no ambiguity there. Or what about Mark 13:21:
At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it.”
That’s also pretty clear. So, who is this guy that thinks he knows the day and the hour? What gives him such great prophetic power that it even exceeds what Jesus knew in his incarnate state? Nothing! He’s a false prophet, which will be clear Sunday morning. Of course, that doesn’t mean we still shouldn’t be ready.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” Matthew 25:13.
In fact, even if the rapture happens hundreds of years from now, you could step off a curb tomorrow and be flattened by a bus. Either way, rapture or roadkill, that’s the end of your time here.
So, make sure you’re ready. Get right with God. But, don’t worry about whether to make plans next week. And, if I’m wrong, and this guy did make a lucky guess, feel free to comment and tell me so. Just don’t expect an answer. I won’t be here.