The Spirit and the Bride say Come

Bride

I have written about what will happen on earth when Jesus returns to Rapture us away.   The Rapture will leave great chaos because the Restrainer (the Holy Spirit active within us) will be taken out of the world (see The Rapture and the World Left Behind).  Then all hell will literally break loose.

So why do we, as believers, long for His return?  It’s not because we want any of this bad stuff to happen, believe me.  It will be a time so terrible, like the earth has never seen before.  If the cruelties and mass murder of Genghis Kahn, Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, and every other tyrant and serial killer ever born were all rolled together, it wouldn’t equal what is coming.  I shudder as I write this because I know it’s true.

And the antichrist will come in the midst of all the murder and mayhem, and he will restore peace for a while.  He will seem so good after all the evil the world has seen in the early days after the Rapture.  And people will so long for peace that they will love him.  They will worship him.  They will be completely deceived by him.  It will be a false peace, and it won’t last.  He will begin a murderous campaign against Christians (those who remain because they were not watching for the Rapture and their converts, see The Rapture Lesson of Lot’s Wife and Scoffers and Rapture Deniers).  He will hunt them down and have them beheaded for their faith.

So, in light of all this, why do we long for Jesus’ return?  There are two reasons.  First, the Rapture is the beginning of our seven-year-long wedding feast, which will be a glorious time of intimacy with our divine Bridegroom.  Who wouldn’t want that?

Let me tell you a story for illustration of the second reason that we long for Jesus’ return.  I was the last girl born in our branch of the family until my granddaughter’s birth this past December.  So I was often surrounded by boys, and played with boys a lot.  Naturally, I became a tomboy, climbing trees, riding my bike, building forts, and exploring the woods.  In pursuit of these activities, I got a lot of splinters.  Whenever I got a splinter, I would go find Mom.  Mom would get one of her sewing needles.  I watched nervously as she lit a match and the needle turned red-hot over the flame.  Then she cooled the needle with rubbing alcohol, gently dug out the splinter, and dabbed the wound with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol.  While I hated to see the needle, I always went back to Mom the next time I got a splinter.  Why?  Because, unpleasant as it was to have a splinter removed, afterwards I always felt better.

That’s the same for the world.  The world has chosen to live without God, and He will withdraw and let them taste life without Him for a while.  But then Jesus will come back to earth (I’m speaking now of His Second Coming, in which His foot actually touches down on the earth[1]), and at that time He will restore all things.  In other words, the things that sin brought upon the earth (war, pestilence, death, and decay) will be removed, and the glorious divine order re-established.  Like Mom’s sterilized needle, it will be temporarily painful, and then blessed relief.  And that is why we long for Jesus’ return.  The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!”

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”  And let the one who hears say, “Come!”  Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.  And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus[2].

[1] Zechariah 14:4 and Revelation 19:11-21.

[2] Revelation 22:17-20

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