Will You Be Caught Up?
The word “rapture” is not found in Scripture, but is taken from the Latin word “raptus” that is used to translate the phrase, “caught up,” in 1 Thes. 4:17. It is the translation of the Greek word “harpazo,” which means “to be grabbed by the collar and taken up with force.”
When we speak of the Rapture, we are speaking of a day in the future, known only to the Father, when in the twinkling of an eye, all born-again believers will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Instantly, we will be removed from this world and taken to our heavenly home to be with Jesus. Millions will simply vanish from the face of the earth.
And as we do, our bodies will be changed. Mortality will put on immortality. We will receive glorified bodies.
Paul writes: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” (Philippians 3:20, 21 NKJV)
That means, we will be given bodies just like that of Jesus. Bodies that do not age, get tired, sick, or die! Bodies that transcend gravity and travel at the speed of thought! In fact, according to C.S. Lewis, we will become so much like Jesus at the time of the Rapture that if we were to see our glorified selves walking down the street, we would be tempted to fall at our feet and worship ourselves.
Are you ready to be caught up? If not, you can be, simply by believing the promise and asking Jesus to be your Savior and Lord, right now. Then all of your sins, past, present, and future, will be freely forgiven. A glorious body will be prepared for you. And you will be ready for your appointment with Jesus in the air.
Wow, what a promise! This is something to get excited about. It makes me want to shout. “Maranatha! O Lord, come!”