I have always had a fascination with End Times prophecies. It’s an interesting subject. I read the Left Behind series by Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye, and the Christ Clone Trilogy written by James BeauSeigneur. Both are interesting and well-researched, but regarding the Rapture, I think both are wrong.
Left Behind has people being Raptured out of their clothing. The Bible tells about 2 people who were Raptured: Enoch and Elijah. Neither of them was Raptured out of their clothing, though Elijah’s mantle fell from him. What about the rest of his clothing? Surely Elijah was wearing more than just his mantle (or coat). I believe that Elijah’s mantle was left as a sign of the double portion of Elijah’s anointing having passed to Elisha. What happened to their clothing, and what will happen to ours in the Rapture? I believe that just as our physical bodies will be transformed into spiritual bodies, so our clothing will be transformed into new clothing. Is anything too hard for God?
While we’re on the subject of physical transformations at the resurrection: it’s silly to think that God can only resurrect a body that has been buried and preserved whole. Lots of people shun cremation, believing that God can’t or won’t resurrect a body from ashes (scattered or not). Absurd! What about all the Christian martyrs whose bodies were eaten (and pooped-out) by lions? Do they think that God just throws up His hands and says, “They should have been buried whole. There’s nothing I can do!”? Or what about the Christian martyrs that were burned at the stake? What about Christians that drown at sea? Or Christians blown up by bomb attacks? Or beheaded, with their heads separated from their bodies, like John the Baptist? Ridiculous! They think that God, who made the human body in the first place—made a man out of dirt and made a woman out of a rib, can’t resurrect a body that’s not preserved whole.
All the dead in Christ worldwide will be resurrected and raptured in the twinkling of an eye. God, who can do that, can also recover bodies and missing body parts from ashes and dust. The problem is that many people (maybe even most people) have an idea of God that’s way too small.
I even had a funeral director dig my father’s grave in the wrong place, despite my very clear instructions. She said that the reason was so that when Jesus comes to raise the dead, my father (and eventually, though she still lives) my mother will be raised standing just as they stood at their wedding: he to her right. Poor Mom was very upset when she saw that the grave had been dug in the wrong place. I told the funeral director that it is utter nonsense. Jesus clearly says that in the resurrection there is no marriage (Matthew 22:30). I told her to fill-in that hole and bury my father where I had told her to dig.
The Christ Clone Trilogy has a different error. In the Rapture, it has all the Christians being found suddenly dead. Again, Enoch and Elijah did not leave their bodies behind. If they had, then they would have been counted as dead like all the rest that had gone before them. In Elijah’s case, 2 Kings 2:11 (and following) would also contain an account of Elisha burying Elijah’s body.
A lot of conflicting theories about the End Times are circulating on the internet, and I realized that it would be useful to know what’s true and what is erroneous speculation, like the aforementioned Rapture errors. When I prayed about it, the Holy Spirit reminded me that Daniel asked these same questions, praying and fasting for the answer (Daniel 10). So today I am starting a fast to understand the true End Times answers.
One thing I want to make clear: I am not asking God when Jesus will come to Rapture the Church away. Jesus said that only the Father knows, not the angels and not even the Son knows (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32). So to ask God to reveal something to me that He is keeping even from Jesus is pointless. It blows my mind that some people think they have that revelation, when the Bible is so clear about it—and somehow they convince others, too!
Here in my blog I will keep a diary of the progression toward understanding the End Times. You’re welcome to join me in fasting and praying for the important answers to these questions. Please let me know anything that God reveals to you.
Blessings to all of you! God is good!