Do you remember where you were when Pearl Harbor was attacked? Do you remember where you were the day the stock market crashed in 1929? Do you remember where you were when President Kennedy was assassinated? And how about September 11, 2011, remember where you were on that day and hour?
If you were alive and past the age of 8 or 10 years old on the dates of any of these events, then you probably do remember where you were when such monumental, sometimes life-changing events as these, happened. You probably even remember what time of day it was when you received word of these events. And even likely, recall details of what you were doing and who you were with—and how you felt.
While I realize that the events I have mentioned here as examples are all historical events that happened in the USA, they also indirectly and in some cases directly affected people from across the globe — in most cases. I’m sure you can think of many other events that were as memorable, in your own personal life.
It occurs to me that one day we will all also remember where we were when the Rapture of the church— the catching away of the Bride of Christ. That event will be the most memorable, most life-changing (literally) event of all time up to the moment when it happens. And it will be an event that affects everyone on this earth. It will be noticed by people in every country on planet Earth that millions have disappeared. The effects of those of us who make up the bride of Christ changing in the twinkling of an eye and then disappearing, will be profound.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
The Rapture will happen. One difference between this memorable event called the Rapture, and the historical ones listed above is that we did not know ahead of time that these events would occur. However, we do certainly know that the Rapture of the church will occur.
People not only did not know ahead of time when those historical eventswould occur; we did not know the day they would occur or the hour they would occur. And while we do not know the day or the hour that the Rapture will occur either, we still do know it will happen because God lets us know thru His Word..
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
So whether you are a part of the Bride of Christ at the time of the Rapture or not, you will be affected by this event. And I believe you will remember exactly where you were, who you were with and what you were doing. I have been wondering lately just where I will be and what I will be doing, and who I will be with when I hear that trumpet sound and hear that Voice say, “Come up here!”
I will quickly be in the presence of Jesus, surrounded by family and friends who are also believers. We will be laughing and kissing and hugging and shouting for joy, knowing that from that moment forward—for all of eternity—we will be forever changed, forever together and forever with Him. For me, the Rapture will be the most wonderful, most memorable moment of my life! And if you are ready to go, it will be for you too.
If however you are not a believer, not a part of the bride of Christ, the devastating events I listed above will pale in comparison to the everyday devastating events that will then become a part of your everyday life. If you miss the Rapture, unimaginable devastation will become your daily norm. Fear—no, sheer terror, will become your most prevalent emotional state.
God loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son. He also loves us so much that He gave us His promise of the Rapture. Where will you be on that glorious day I pray you will be with me in the clouds, in the presence of the Savior who died for you.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Please come quickly Lord Jesus, I want to go Home!