>Sunday’s In The South – Rapture Weekend

>Well, it seems that those who had surmised that the rapture would occur this weekend were incorrect. People have been buzzing about it on Facebook, Twitter, the office… I even saw a roadside rug salesman holding a sign that said “doomsday sale”. I guess I just took a tongue and cheek stance and made some very flippant comments about the whole issue, some of whom looked at me as if to say, “your a minister, go do something”. As a Christian, I have no fear of the end of time. For those that do, and those who know me, know I am always available to share what I believe. I have always believed that in God’s own time and in His own way, God will bring about the end of time and will do so in such a manner that there will be no mistaking from whence it came. It’s not something I worry about, ever…. The scripture is pretty clear on this matter. Below is the text of Mark 13. Read it for yourself. It speaks to many signs that will point to His triumphant return and what you can expect. But as to a precise date and time, well.. I’ll let you read it for yourself…..

Mark 13 – NIV Version

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times
1 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

9 “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. 11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

14 “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’[a] standing where it[b] does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 16 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 17 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 18 Pray that this will not take place in winter, 19 because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.

20 “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. 21 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

24 “But in those days, following that distress,

“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[c]

26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it[d] is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

The Day and Hour Unknown
32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert[e]! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”


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6 Responses to >Sunday’s In The South – Rapture Weekend

  1. Susan Hemann says:

    >Well I slept right the the end. lolMy daughter was nervous, I told her about the scripture you wrote about in your blog. Thing is I remember as a young person they were predicting the end would come in 1987. I was terrified and it was always on my mind. I saw on CNN a story about a young boy who had the same fears as I did.Some people had sold everything, emptied their bank accts etc.. because they thought the end was coming. To me it is a crime that the people who make those predictions spread such fear!


  2. >Very, VERY well said!!Have a great Sunday!Connie


  3. PetRose says:

    >A thoughtful post. The Savior's words were that no one knows, not even the Son, and how anyone reading scripture could translate no one knows into May 21, 2011 is and was plainly absurd.


  4. greggo says:

    >Very nice and to the point. The point of grace that is.


  5. Cherie says:

    >I knew there was a reason I liked you! I never gave the crazy news a second thought because it all lies in God's hands. Crazy humans are always trying to outsmart God!!


  6. Lona says:

    >Sometimes arrogance knows no bounds. When I heard the reports of even some local people here buying into these preachers I just had to shake my head. It breaks my heart. When he comes will be a total surprise and cannot be predicted any more than any of us can predict the day of our deaths.I think the point is is that since we cannot know, to be sin free and ready no matter the hour or the day. That is a good rendition of the Cry at Midnight Hour Chris.


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