Yesterday, our friends Pete and Marge drove us up to JFK airport in New York so we could spend a couple of hours with our grandson Kyle, who was on his way home to South Dakota from a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. We hadn’t seen him for nearly two years, and it was just wonderful to have this opportunity.
After Kyle was on his way, we headed through the departure area to get the elevator to the first floor.
It was chock full of people, from all different nations, standing in lines that seemed miles long as they waited for check-in. Hundreds of people, and just in one terminal of that vast airport.
Pete was pushing the wheelchair I was using, and we both commented on how incredible it is to think how many people are in the air at any one time, flying all around the globe, crisscrossing each other’s flight paths, and, for the most part, landing safely and going on with their lives.
And then my mind took a different turn. I thought about all those thousands of people traveling around the globe, and what it will be like for them when Jesus calls all believers to Himself, and takes us home to heaven. We call it The Rapture, because the Greek word, harpazo, is translated in the Latin version to rapio, and it means to snatch away.
I believe in the pre-Tribulation Rapture. I know there are many who disagree, and that’s up to them. I’m not writing this in order to start an argument. I’m just picturing how it will be if, for instance, the pilots of some of those planes are believers, and suddenly they are gone! People seated next to each other in close quarters are going to disappear. Planes will go spiraling out of control jf both the pilot and co-pilot are taken, leaving passengers screaming in terror. It will be a wonderful split-second of time for all who have trusted Jesus for forgiveness and salvation; it will be the beginning of terror and confusion for those who remain, wondering what happened, and dealing with the chaos that will ensue here on earth.
What should we be doing right now? Easy. We should be sharing Jesus Christ with all the people we can, every day that we can.
Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly!