It was 1988 and the rumor around school was that the rapture was going to happen that September day. What's more, God was going to come for His people, collecting us all in Noah’s Ark.
We’re still here. :)
Now, there’s a rumor that the Rapture will happen tomorrow, May 21, 2011. Haven’t people learned you can’t predict it?
For one thing, God cannot trust people with this kind of secret. Obviously. Look what happens when we try to figure it out. The only good coming of everyone hearing about this rumor is even atheists are considering what the Rapture (which is a true event) is.
So, what’s wrong with their predictions? (The lies are listed below with my comments.)
23 years of tribulation: Uh, no, the Bible says there will be 7. They'll occur AFTER the Rapture.
End of the church age happened in 1988: Uh, no, the Church is still on the earth. We are living in the church age.
God is no longer in His church: Uh, no. He visits us every week. At our church, we've seen people raised from the dead, healed, get out of wheelchairs, deaf ears opened, and blinded eyes opened. I know He’s still in the church. We experience Him every time we gather. And there are plenty of other churches who experience Him too. Not to mention the personal attention He gives His people. Prayer, worship, Bible reading are all pleasures!
Those are only a few of the misconceptions I noticed as I read their site.
Here’s what I know. God is good. He hasn’t left us. When the rapture happens, it will be unmistakable, unpredictable, and I believe most people won’t mock. (Because it will be devastating to those left behind. Not a laughing matter.)
And I thank God that He hasn’t given up on His church (the way they term it). He is with us and His Spirit is in the world, working, healing, bringing life. For now. And thank God.
I urge you to make sure your heart is right with God, to be ready for HIS timing. Being forgiven is the best feeling in the world. If you’d like to be saved, pray a prayer like this:
Dear Jesus, I recognize I need forgiveness. And I know you lived a sinless life, then died a sinner’s death so I could be saved. Please forgive me. Rescue me. Make me Yours. Help me live for You. Thank You for hope, for life, for freedom, and forgiveness. In Your name I pray, Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, get ready for some changes. God’s about to bring adventure and newness into your life. And relax. You’ve just made the best decision you’ll ever make. Rejoice! God is yours and you are His.