Reports of my untimely rapture are greatly exaggerated. Why today? It's not even September 1st. Besides, I have Rosh Hashana in mind or some time around there or afterward, and although it would be lovely I am not at all dogmatic about it, just hoping. And not even completely hoping since I'm torn about those who would be left behind.
And besides, I'm scared to death of suddenly flying up into the air.
And besides again, I wouldn't be the only one from EvC to be raptured. Probably Phat, jaywill, mike the wiz, ICANT, iano and some I'm no doubt forgetting.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night....
The Rapture is to usher in The Day of the LORD which is referred to many places in scripture. This is another term for the Great Tribulation. Both terms refer to a seven-year period that is the as-yet-unfulfilled prophecy of the last "week" of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9, that were all fulfilled but this last one.
Timing issues aside, if anyone has even a smidgen of an inkling that any of this might be true...
Remember that the thief on the cross who was crucified beside Jesus went to Paradise with Him because he admitted he was guilty of the crime that he was being punished for, and acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah. Salvation is that simple. (Luke 23:39-43)
And the prophet Joel said: "Whoever calls on the Name of the LORD will be saved."
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
And besides again, I wouldn't be the only one from EvC to be raptured. Phat, jaywill, mike the wiz, ICANT, marc9000, iano and some I'm no doubt forgetting.
And perhaps some you would never expect. Or maybe they will all get raptured and we will get stuck here with the religious nuts! THAT would be horrible
Add By Edit:
The Play would go something like this.....
*Poof!!* Rapture happens one day....out of the blue. jar looks around, scratching his beard and wondering what sort of logic, reason, or reality led to the scene he now sees. GOD: Yes, jar. Faiths God AM I. Go ahead and laugh.
jar: *bursts out in laughter at the irony of it all.* Don't put me near those religious nutjobs if any of them made it! I can't imagine a worse hell.....
ringo: I'm not talking to any gods today. I've done just fine without them...but I notice all my street folks are up here, and they are no longer asking for spare change! Surely this must be a place full of liberals!
tangle: This whole day is preposterous! Look around! Go ahead...we have no evidence, but we surely will get some momentarily. Wheres the religious nuts anyway? They always had some fantasy about all this!
dWise1: Oh for crying out loud! This entire scenario has the markings of a drug-induced hallucination! We all know that the book was written as a marketing gig!
*meanwhile, Phat, jaywill, mike the wiz, ICANT, marc9000, iano and some Faith forgot are suddenly realizing that everyone left except them!*
Phat: Well, there goes the Forum! I'm actually quite angry! The economy is collapsing and I deserve better! God owes me BIG TIME!
jaywill: You have so much to learn. Sit down and have a Bible Study!
Faith: Even though we got left behind, I'm 100% certain that scripture has an explanation...apart from that pesky Matthew 25 that jar used to always talk about! In fact, I'm convinced Satan took them because we are believers and yet here we sit!
Edited by Phat, : added EvC Forum Play
Chance as a real force is a myth. It has no basis in reality and no place in scientific inquiry. For science and philosophy to continue to advance in knowledge, chance must be demythologized once and for all. –RC Sproul "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." –Mark Twain " ~"If that's not sufficient for you go soak your head."~Faith You can "get answers" by watching the ducks. That doesn't mean the answers are coming from them.~Ringo