Did you know that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again to take all who have been redeemed by His blood to be caught up forever with Himself in heaven? We learn of this exciting event, the Rapture, from the only authoritative source of information about the future—God’s Word, the Bible. We also learn from this Book that certain conditions will exist in the world just prior to and following the Rapture. Because we see these signs of the “last days” (2 Timothy 3:1-8; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3) so prevalent in our current society, as well as prophesied political developments in the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere, we can say with all assurance that Jesus is coming soon. All is in readiness for the Rapture (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20).
The Rapture and the Believer
The greatest day of the believer’s existence will be realized when he sees Jesus face to face at the Rapture (Revelation 22:4). He will be changed to be like Christ (1 John 3:1-3), forever free from sin and all its effects (Revelation 21:4).
The purpose of the Rapture is to transport to heaven everyone who has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior since the first man, Adam. Though Adam sinned, and as a result all of mankind is subject to the wages of sin (which is eternal death and judgment), God in love provided a Savior for man in His Son. Jesus took the sinner’s place in death at Calvary’s cross. All who trust this blessed Savior, believing He died for their sins and rose again, are cleansed by His blood from every sin, and have eternal life (1 John 1:7; John 3:15,16).
The Bible tells us these are the ones who Christ will Rapture to Himself. “The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17). There are many other Scriptures telling of this wondrous prospect for believers, such as John 14:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-56.
The Rapture and the Unbeliever
The unbeliever will experience the worldwide effects caused by the absence of millions of Christians who suddenly go missing. Also—according to Bible prophecy—in the seven years following the Rapture, terrible times of trouble (the Tribulation) will be brought upon the earth by God, with billions of people suffering physical torment and death.
Though it is true that many people who have never heard the Gospel before the Rapture will be saved during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:9-14), the Bible says that all who refuse to accept Christ now before the Rapture (including you, if you reject this message) will be sent “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness”
(2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Ultimately, all unbelievers will have to face God at the final judgment, and will then experience eternal, spiritual death as they are cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).
The Rapture and You
Will the Rapture be the greatest day of your existence, or will it be the beginning of unspeakable horror and suffering for all eternity? It all depends on whether or not you believe on God’s Son (John 3:36). The most important matter you need to take care of is not making a will, or building an underground shelter, but preparing to meet God by taking His salvation freely offered to you now before His judgments fill the earth (Revelation 6:12-17). “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23; see also Ephesians 2:8, 9).
You are not ready for the coming of Christ unless you have seen your need as a lost sinner, and trusted Him alone as your personal Savior. If you are an unbeliever now and continue to reject or neglect this great salvation, you will never hear the “shout,” you will never be able to go to heaven (Hebrews 2:3; Luke 13:23-28). It will be too late to repent at the Rapture, which will take place with no further advance warning in a split-second of time
(1 Corinthians 15:52). “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Then you will be ready when Jesus comes, perhaps today! —Tim Johnson
If you want to accept Jesus as your Savior just say this prayer:
“Jesus, I know that I have sinned against you. I know the truth is that I have sinned by my own choice, and I am the one responsible for it. I know that I have earned punishment from You, and that the fair punishment would be death. Jesus, I believe that You died in my place. Forgive me for my sin. I cannot cover or take my sin away, I am relying totally and only on You. You are the only one who can save me. I reject my sin, I turn away from it, I repent. Come into my life, take away my sin, and show me how to live my life in a way that is right and pleasing to You.”
If you have prayed this, YOU ARE SAVED! You are now completely forgiven, a new creation, innocent in the eyes of God. Welcome to the family of God!