Last week, I shared with you about the uniqueness of the start of the Feast of Trumpets.
No other Feast was linked to the start of the New Moon.
And, just as the exact timing of the first sighting of the New Moon was unknown, so is the exact timing of the Rapture of the church.
While the exact day and hour of Jesus’ coming for His Bride is unknown, He still tells us to watch for the cosmic signs and world events that precede it.
When the disciples asked Him in Acts 1 if He was restoring the kingdom to Israel at that time, He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons…”
Now, the Jews would have seen the allusion in His use of the word seasons to point to the seven Feasts.
Yet, several years later, Paul wrote of the Rapture in his first letter to the Thessalonians saying, “of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need for me to write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.”
Today, we have the advantage as well as the responsibility to understand the season of history in which we now live.
We have the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
We have the list of ‘birth pangs’ like wars, famines. pestilence, earthquakes, comets to tell us that the season is truly upon us.
Jesus tells us that when we see these things to look up for our Redemption draws near.
Some folks say, “So what! People have always thought the Rapture was near.”
Well, the point is that we have to live with the mindset that expects Him to call us upward at any moment.
If you thought this way, how would that impact your decisions, your relationships, your willingness to share the gospel?
Do you want to be on your way up thinking, “Oh No! I never shared Jesus with…”
The folks that are left behind are here for the Tribulation and reign of the Antichrist — the most horrific time in history.
Who do you want to be caught up with you? Make a list.
Then, ask them for 15 minutes to share some good news.
If they give you the time, share the message of the cross with them.
- Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fal short of the glory of God.”
- Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
- Romans 5:8 “For God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinner, Christ died for us.”
- Ephesians 2:8,9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not that of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one can boast.”
- Romans 10:9,10 “For if you confess with your mouth, Jesus as Lord and believe in your hear that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved….
It’s their decision to accept or reject Jesus and the Spirit’s job to work in their hearts with faith.
Our job is to share the good news and to live lives that are holy — different than the world around us.
Beloved, our Redeemer is drawing near.
Are you ready for His return?
Maranatha! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!