Friday, October 21, 2011

Rapture

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.  So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” {Mark 13:28-37}

I live in the city next to the city where Harold Camping’s church is located (I live in Berkeley and Mr. Camping’s church is in Oakland). He is the guy that has all these crazy predictions about when the world is going to end. He is a false prophet, in case you were wondering. The Lord warns against this in the Gospel of Matthew (7:15 and 24:11). I pray for Harold that he would realize what he is doing is creating false hope and ultimately making false promises which will make the people’s hearts harder to the true gospel. I am sure that I will meet people soon who fell for Harold’s compelling words and I pray for myself that I will have compassion and be able to trust that the Holy Spirit will jump in, fill my mouth with words and communicate the gospel better than I ever could (knowing me, and how I trip over words when I speak I’d muddle everything but I’m thankful for the promise that the Lord makes in Luke12:8-12 to not worry about what I am saying when I am confessing Him to others because the Holy Spirit will jump in and teach me what I ought to say). Boom isn’t the Lord crazy awesome?! He really thinks of everything.

Honestly, I wish that the Lord would come back. I want so badly to be in heaven with Him and be singing praises of His Glory (Revelation 3-5 gives you a little picture of what this might look like. Read it and weep, seriously it makes me cry and I don’t want to be the only one crying). The Lord keeps His promises and Jesus Christ said that “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”. Therefore I trust COMPLETELY that the Lord will keep His promise and come shortly.

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