1 THESSALONIANS 4:17
“Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”
There is much debate about the Rapture. Some say it’s not in the Bible. Others say it is. Many just don’t want to think about it. Well…here it is! Today’s verse, of course, doesn’t use the word “rapture,” but “caught up” is where the term comes from. It’s a long story, but through translations from Greek to Latin to English, we get the term Rapture, to be caught up or snatched up.
It’s going to happen quickly. It’s going to be sudden. But it is NOT unexpected or unwelcomed by the believer. I remember a James Bond movie where he was rescued by a plane by a rescue rope tied to a balloon. The plane flew by snatched the rope which was descending from the balloon and 007 was snatched from the ground to rescue. He was expecting it and wanted it. That’s us with Jesus. We are expecting Him and wanting Him to snatch us up.
If you have little ones, you know they love to be picked up and carried. They will throw up their arms and practically jump into yours. They want to be snatched up. Why? Because they love you and want to be with you. The next time you do that think on this verse.
If your children or grandchildren are too old to “snatch up,” ask them if they remember you picking them up. They may not, so remind them. If you have a video or picture of that, show them. Then tell them about this verse. Jesus is coming back to “snatch” them to glory, if they are a believer. And just like you, He will do it because of His love for them.
Are you ready to be snatched up, to be raptured? Are you ready to be caught up in the air with the Lord? I pray you are. If you aren’t, you had better get ready. He is coming soon. He is on His way. He will deliver you from the evils of this world, if you will only trust Him and yield your life to Him.
I cannot wait for that ultimate thrill ride, Lord. I look towards the sky, anticipating Your strong arms to snatch me up to heaven. I long to feel Your embrace.