Don’t let anyone persuade you that there’s no such thing as the rapture!
God has lovingly left us with umpteen Scriptures that He IS going to return – promises from His very own lips! Yet many Christians these days don’t believe it anymore!
The disciples were perplexed as they watched the Lord gradually disappearing upwards out of their sight, “As they were gazing intently into the sky, behold two men in white clothing stood beside them and said, ‘This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, WILL COME IN JUST THE SAME WAY as you have watched Him go”’ (Acts 1:9-11).
“I WILL come again and receive you to Myself” (John 14:3)
“As lightening so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:27).
“They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with power” (Matthew 24:30-31).
“He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7).
“The son of Man is going to come with His angels” (Matthew 16:27).
“The Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
We may not know when the Lord will return. But He said He would, and that is why there are so many Scriptures advising us to be ready…
“Stay AWAKE” (Mark 13:35).
“Be on the ALERT for you do not know the day or hour” (Matthew 25:13).
“The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (Thessalonians 5:2).
“The Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him (Luke 12:40).
“WATCH therefore” (Matthew 24:42).
Does this mean we have to live like monks or nuns? No. The Proverbs woman is an example of how to live. She still kept busy, “She looked well to the way of her household” but deep down she had a joy of expectancy, “She smiles at the future” The word ‘future’ literally means ‘latter’ ‘She smiles at the ‘LATTER DAYS.’
The Proverbs woman always reminds me of the parable in Matthew 25 of the wise and foolish virgins and their oil lamps.
I’d never seen an oil lamp until we arrived in Spain as missionaries in 1970. I was fascinated by these tiny terracotta vessels that could light up a home that had no electricity. It’s called a ‘lamp’ because it shines brighter than a candle and doesn’t give off toxic fumes like a candle, and candles have to keep being replaced. Even though the wick of the lamp is a mere thin piece of string dangling in the oil; as long as that tiny vessel was kept topped up with oil that wick did its job of keeping a home from darkness.
In the parable of the virgins, all ten of them believed the same: that the bridegroom would keep his word and return as he’d promised. But five of them got tired of waiting, then doubt set in, eventually falling asleep on the matter, so didn’t bother to keep oil in their lamps as their ‘belief’ had run out!
But five of the virgins ‘belief’ had not run out! They were the ‘wise’ ones! They still ‘believed’ it! And all the promises in the word of God – are for those who ‘believe’ them. If you don’t ‘believe’ in the rapture – then He’s not coming for you!
The five wise virgins still believed, still expected! They didn’t doubt that the bridegroom would keep his promise. They didn’t believe the bridegroom lied! His promise was as fresh to them as when he said it. So much so, they didn’t only have oil in their vessels but even carried extra with them to refill just in case the bridegroom did tarry a while. I can imagine people mocking them saying ‘you mean you still believe that!?’ “Mockers will come saying ‘Where is the promise of His coming?” (2 Peter 3:4).
“At midnight there was a shout. Behold the bridegroom! Come out to meet him! The foolish said to the wise, ‘”give us some of your oil as our lamps have gone out…”
There are still foolish virgins today. I meet them often. They speak like believers. They even worship like believers. But when you speak with them about the things of the Lord, and especially about the second-coming, it is clear that they really aren’t ‘believers’ at all. You are an ‘unbeliever’ if you don’t believe the word o the bridegroom! These ‘unbelieving’ foolish virgins could easily throw cold water over your lamp of ‘belief’ if you stay around them long enough!
The five foolish virgins weren’t allowed into the wedding feast when the bridegroom had returned? Why not? “They were not able to enter because of their unbelief” (Hebrews 9:19).
“Be DRESSED in readiness and keep your lamps lit” (Luke 12:35).
What does it mean to be ‘dressed ready?’ How can we be dressed ready!?
Simple! By clothing yourself in truth!
Simple! By believing what the bridegroom said!
Simple! By still believing that he would do what he said he would do!
“Gird your loins with truth” Or “Put on the belt of truth.” (Ephesians 6:14).
In ancient times a ‘gird’ or ‘belt’ was a strong and firm belt wrapped tightly around the middle. It was a ‘belt’ or ‘gird’ of preparation. The ‘gird’ held items of preparation in readiness for anything unexpected! When someone had on their ‘gird’ or ‘belt’ it was clear to everyone that they were ready for something!
You can’t be ready for something if you don’t believe there’s something to be ready for!
Satan will always try to put doubt in your mind where God’s word is concerned as that is Satan’s job! It started with Adam and Eve when Satan cast doubt on what God had said, “Did God really say?”
Don’t let anyone who is not wearing a belt of truth make you feel foolish for still wearing one! For still believing God’s word! For still believing that the rapture is going to happen! Take note of foolish virgins who have let their ‘belief’ run dry as a bone and make certain you won’t be joining them! “
STAND FIRM (i.e. don’t abandon your position) with the belt of truth around you” (Ephesians 6:14).
The bridegroom IS coming back for his bride! Why? Because He said He would! And it will be well worth the wait!
In the words of the Master Himself: “Keep your lamps lit” (Luke 12:35)
Anyone could become a ‘foolish virgin if the soul is neglected!
If we keep on fattening up our soul we will stay awake!
Part message taken from The Skinny Soul.
Copyright. Living Devotions. 2018.
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