As they sped toward the moon, newsmen, searching for comparisons, made the incredible statement that the energy expended to lift the gigantic ship from the launching pad equaled the power of all rivers of our nation, if harnessed.
With bated breath, people saw the prodigious spaceship slowly lift from the earth, then gain ever-increasing speed and quickly streak out of sight.
What a technological achievement for science, and what an exhilarating experience for those astronauts as they raced to the moon.
However, the energy of the spaceship was anemic compared to the awesome power Christ will unleash when He bursts forth at the Rapture.
Multiplied millions from around the globe will suddenly be empowered to ascend to meet the Lord in the air. What a fabulous meeting that will be when we meet our Lord and millions of fellow believers!
The Bible is clear as it differentiates between the Rapture and the Second Coming of our Lord. The Rapture will be secret and instantaneous (2 Cor. 15: 51-52), while the Second Coming will be public (Rev. 19:11-14; Zech. 14:4).
Here is a synopsis of the Bible’s teaching of the future:
n The Rapture (1 Thess. 4:16-17) could happen today.
n The following Seven-year Tribulation (Dan. 9:24-27; Rev. 12:6)
n The following Second Coming (Matt. 24:30)
n The following Millennium (Rev. 20:1-6)
n The following White Throne Judgment (vv. 11-15)
n The following New Heaven and New Earth
Naming that epoch-making event the Rapture, or the translation of the Church, many of us today eagerly anticipate the return of Christ, which could take place at any moment. His coming will be secret and unannounced, and we who are His followers will be whisked away forever to be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:17).
Though you and I get excited about this truth, it must surely sound preposterous to people who hear it for the first time. Yet, that notable book, the Bible, clearly, emphatically teaches the doctrine of the Rapture.
It states: “Take notice; I am telling you a secret. We shall not all fall asleep [die] but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet call. For the trumpet shall peal and the dead shall be raised imperishably, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:51-52).
There will be millions upon millions of people who will never die, and if we are living when Christ returns, we will be among those millions. We will take a plain air trip through the sky, past the moon, the stars, the sun, and into heaven.
We will be changed suddenly, as quickly as you blink your eye, and you do that in 11/100th of a second! Little wonder that Christ likens His coming to that of a thief who slips in quickly, and quietly carts off valuables from a home.
The Lord will return and secretly sweep us from this world. We will vanish in thin air — think of it! Those left will not even be aware of the event until it is all over.
Christ wants you to know that He is coming back, and He wants to take you with Him to heaven. The most startling phenomenon since the resurrection of Christ could happen any hour, and that is the rapture of believers.