Friday, May 20, 2011

The End


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.

Ahem.

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.

7 comments:

Marianne Evans said...

Oh, Annette, picture me delivering a standing ovation and enthusiastic applause. Brilliant post! Love it! I'm going to promote it on Facebook and Twitter.

Faith and Friends Bible Study said...

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Author Sandra D. Bricker said...

Beautiful.

Annette M. Irby said...

Thank you, dear readers! Isn't God so good to love on us, remain with us, help us?! Love Him for that!

Hugs to you! And God bless your May 21st. ;) :)

Steve said...

God uses EVERYTHING for his glory. Yeah a lot of people get the mistaken impression that Christians are "nuts", but what if some take a hard look at their lives and ask: "If tomorrow is the Rapture, am I ready?"

Of course no one can predict the end of the world. I pray that when it does come, I will be raised up.

Annette M. Irby said...

Steve, you're right. And God is not mocked. If anything, He's exposing the folly of humans who think they know better. It's that humility you allude to that we have to walk in. Only God knows all. May He lead us ever deeper into relationship with Him. That's what matters. That and being found faithful.

XOXO Dr. Kay Elizabeth said...

AMEN! I often times wonder if everyone that says they are ready are really ready! I think that instead of trying to figure it out, we should be trying to get our hearts right and worry about winning souls. The Lord is coming like a thief in a night and thieves usually don't leave memos and post it notes letting you know when they will come. Stay blessed and thank you for the post. :)