I hope it's when I'm at church. Can you imagine: some churches almost completely empty and others with no one missing? It would be painfully obvious that it was the rapture if it happened on Sunday morning.
I would prefer to be at home, and prefer to be awake, when our Lord calls us. I drive for a living, and would not want my truck to careen into oncoming traffic.
I would rather be caught on the toilet rather than be caught engaging in sin. That would be embarrassing.
I have a whimsical notion that we will hear different things at the Rapture; I expect to hear the song "Gospel" by the Marchforth Marching Band.
If you will indulge me, here is how I would dramatize the Event on film, if I had the skill, resources, and time:
The song's opening horns are slow, and, while the Rapture happens in the twinkling of an eye, in my mind time all but freezes for the Believers.
Scene: a crowded city sidewalk. The Believers are bathed in shafts of light, and they glance around at people (unbelievers) who are moving so slowly they seem to be frozen. Lighted Believers pick each other out in the crowd, and pure joy fills their faces.
Scene shifts to a cemetery, with a grieving congregation gathers around a coffin prepared for burial. A shaft of light hits the coffin (and, numerous graves, visible in the background). When the song's chorus begins to sing "Rise up....to the sky", the coffin lid opens, and the person inside climbs to his feet and begins slowly to float upwards. Light-bathed believers among the mourners shield their eyes as they watch him, then look around at the graves opening around the cemetery, as more formerly deceased believers begin to rise.
Scen shifts to a high altitude, and we see people rising toward a central point in the sky, where our Lord stand with open arms.
When the chorus begins to sing a second stanza of "Rise up...", then the believers who were still mortally alive begin their ascent. As the chorus ends, and the trumpets kick back in, time begins to speed up, and the Lord and His Church begin to soar past stars and galaxies.
The end of the song returns to the earth, with those left behind looking around with wonder and concern. Those in the cemetary are walking among still-open graves--proof of what just happened. One person pulls out a Bible and begins to read.
I don't think it will be a secret, but I do wonder if the people witnessing will understand what is happening: Like Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus. His fellow travelers heard something but didn't see anything. Or Daniel's vision, where others were there and didn't see anything, but were terrified....I don't believe in a "secret" Rapture; the Lord will come for us with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God, and I do believe it will be witnessed by many. Those who have receptive hearts will come to a saving knowledge of the truth. But there will be others who will refuse to believe it even if they see it. Remember Jesus performed his miracles in plain sight of everyone and yet many in Israel wouldn't accept him.
I used to worry about my house being in order, too. The devil is going turn us into villains anyway. So do not worry.Have to agree with you Andy, I do not want to be there either but I guess it really doesn't matter anyhow. I do hope my house is tidy, it normally is but there are the odd occasions when things are not all in good order.
We probably, in that moment, will realize how unfirm "solid ground" is.I believe the moment it happens we will be filled with an incredible feeling of warmth, safety, and happiness.
Praying for them to come to belief in Jesus as their Lord and saviour before the rapture!I'd like to be standing in front of my stepson and stepdaughter, who refuse to believe in their messiah, Jesus .
I'd like them to see me just go poof! and disappear before their eyes, with my clothing, etc. falling into a
puddle on the ground in front of them. THEN, maybe they would begin to consider that what I have shared with them
is really true!!!