Today’s Scripture: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. Matthew 25:13
The word “rapture” is a word that can seem mysterious yet exciting. We are living in the Church age, and at the end of Revelation 3, Jesus says that He is standing at the door, knocking. He is not knocking on the door of your heart, rather He is seeking fellowship with Christians who have grown cold. God does not want us to be cold or luke-warm. He wants us to be on fire for Jesus Christ. He wants us to be living as though Jesus could come back at any second.
The church is repeatedly mentioned in the first three chapters of Revelation. We see the pastor represented, we see the believers represented, and the Church is being discussed. Suddenly, in chapter 4, we do not hear about the Church until the end of the period known as the Tribulation. All the rest of Revelation through chapter 20 does not discuss the Church. So, the question becomes, “Where did the Church go?”
There is a word that is not found in the Bible, but it represents a doctrine that is discussed repeatedly in Scripture. It describes a “catching away” of believers to meet the Lord in the air. The Rapture of the Church is a very clear doctrine in the Scriptures.
The Bible does not tell us when this will happen. It says that no man knows the day or the hour. However, we can discern the times and seasons. There are many signs pointing to the soon return of Christ. Believers, let us be watching for His return and working feverishly to bring others with us.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.