When I was a teenager, this song and the movie that featured it, A Thief In The Night, were intense Christian media campaigns to scare people into getting saved and to wake up sleeping Christians. I am not criticizing the approach. Missing the Rapture is something to avoid at all costs.
I do, however, have something to say about the validity of the message. Please watch the video above, take the challenge it gives, comment here, and share!
‹ The End
Here’s the scripture
In 1977, We had messages that suggested a timeline of a rapture occurring before a tribulation. Hmm. Doesn’t look like it. And my son, Ryan who attended Bible College doesn’t see that. There was a teacher, Daniel Lewis who taught Bible prophecy, so we were very versed in end time scripture through that intense immersive teaching. And yes, that movie was a part of it. It was effective, but we questioned, not the word but how the timing was interpreted.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 24:29-51 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2024:29-51&version=AKJV
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Thanks Donna. Where I am from no one questioned it and they still don’t. The goal for me isn’t to shoot down a theory but rather to go back to Scripture and read it again, in community, and compare what we have been taught with what we find in Scripture, or at the very least be able to show from the Word what we believe what we believe
This song has always laid my soul bare and exposed all my shortcomings as a Christian. Am I ready? Doesn’t feel like it sometimes when I’m not in the Word, when my prayer life is lacking, or when sin rears it’s ugly head. However, the song has purpose if it convicts me and leads me to renew my relationship with Jesus. Pastor, what are your recommendations for being ready? I know prayer and the Word are good starts. I think I listened to the song about 5 times as I reflected on where I am at this time. BTW, I’m kind of partial to the DC Talk cover version of this song. Try it if you have not listened to it before.
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The only “readiness” is being in a faith/trust relationship with Jesus as per Romans 4:1-6. Daily we have to ask that Christ be formed in us.
I think the song definitely has purpose and will be appropriate right up until the day of the Lord.
Thanks Pastor. Daily I will ask.
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We are only ever ready because we trust God to call us righteous when we believe In Jesus
Great song to listen to. Always be ready–is the theme of the ten virgins.