Sharing one more PLANETBOOM song with y’all before we move back to some more traditional worship music. I’ve been loving this group since I stumbled upon them last week. Here is another bumping track.
13Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
If you ever wondered where the idea of “The Rapture” was written in the Bible, congratulations, you have just read it. Surprisingly, you will not find any mention of Jesus coming back to raise the dead and the living into the clouds anywhere else in the Bible. These verses above have inspired the imaginations of many throughout the years, most notably the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. This series spanned 16 novels and covered from The Rapture through Tribulation and all the way to the events of Revelation. I remember as a young adult my Mother had read all those books and tried to get me to read them but at that age I was not interested at all.
It’s somewhat strange that the Apostle Paul gave this vivid imagining of Christ calling up both the living and the dead in only this one letter. You would think that a vision such as this would be worth mentioning to all the early churches. Paul’s words here suggest that many of the early Christians believed that Christ would return in their lifetime. But the world has seen hundreds of generations come and go since the time of Paul. We are all waiting for Jesus’ glorious return. And how 2020 has played out, we could all go for Jesus’ second coming right about now, Rapture or not! But as y’all will see tomorrow, we never know when that day will be.
Reading plan: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Deeper reading plan: Jeremiah 11, 12
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.
Fitness challenge: Distance run day. Run as far and as long as you want, but make sure you are out there pounding pavement for at least 30 minutes.