Pandemonium. Horror. Fear. Those are words not normally associated with a dance, but when Jesus comes back, those nouns take on a whole new meaning.
The Lamb has finally returned, but now as a lion. The despised and rejected Lord has come back as a righteous and judgmental King. He came and went in a blink of an eye, and in that brief moment, hundreds of millions of people went with Him. The disappearances will never be forgotten. The chaos that followed will never be equaled. Most will be searching for answers, but some already know what happened. The hearers of the “Good News” have the explanation: the Saints are “caught up in the clouds.” The Christians are finally with their Savior for eternity. The hearers, but not the believers, know that their Christian friends have gone home. This is the last dance.
For thousands of years, God has been speaking to the world through the Bible, shedding light for what is to come. Most of them have come true. Actually, none have failed. If you don’t believe me (because, let’s be real, I’m just human, I can lie if I want), check out this resource for yourself that shows the Bible as highly credible. If possible, read through it completely and understand that the Bible has never been proven false or unreliable. It has been assumed so many times, but never successfully proven untrue. It has tons and tons of prophecies that have all come true. Every single one has been fulfilled in its time, and the “rapture” will be no different. It will happen. We can know this for sure because (as all proof suggests) the Bible is true and because it tells us so in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 (“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no way precede them that are fallen asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” ASV). This verse tells us that, someday, Jesus Christ himself (the One whose name is so often used as a swear phrase) will come down to earth “with a shout” and with a trumpet call, and the Christians who have died in years past will rise to meet Him in the sky. Continuing on in verse 17, “then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (ASV). To Christians, these are the words we live for. Every one of us looks forward to the day “shall we ever be with the Lord.” But to those not yet saved, these last three verses can be confusing and scary. The dead will literally rise into the sky?? People will be caught up in the clouds??? The Trump of God?!?! First off, I don’t think Donald Trump has anything to do with “the Second Coming,” although we’re praying he will be apart of it (chuckles). Actually, all indications are that that “trump” is just short for a trumpet, but you probably figured that out by now.
Anyway, I’ll try my best to explain the passage for you, but there are many others who are infinitely more knowledgeable on this topic than I am. That comes with spiritual maturity, which usually comes with time.
What do you believe happens when you die? Nothing? You just end and that’s that? Maybe reincarnation? Haven’t really thought about it or just don’t care? If you’re in the last boat, you’re not alone. Most people just live for the moment, and others are happy to be done with the “torture” of life sometimes. But, life doesn’t end with death. In fact, your life on earth is only a small fraction of how long your whole life will be. Bluntly speaking, after you die, you go to heaven, or you go to hell.
Some people believe that in order to go to heaven you have to be a good person. It almost makes sense, doesn’t it? Well, if so, that’s bad news for us. I can’t tell you how much I’ve sinned and disobeyed the rules God laid down for me. In fact, out of the Ten Commandments (only ten rules to follow), I’ve broken most of them. But it only takes one. God says that if we break even one, we are guilty of breaking them all. God is a loving God (John 3:16), but He is also a righteous and judgmental King. He is perfectly Holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. But we are not perfect and thus, can’t be in His presence as we are. The Bible says that “all men [everyone] have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This means that His standard is a perfect one. In order to get to heaven on our own merit, we can’t sin. At all. Well, all of us have dashed that hope to pieces. It looks hopeless. But look at John 3:16 again. God loved the world so much that He wanted us to come to Him. In one verse, Romans 6:23, God sums it all up by saying this: “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Wow. We deserve death, alright? I do, you do, we all do. That’s the cost of sin. But in all that black mess, there is a light: God offers you a free gift of redemption and “eternal life” in Christ Jesus our Lord. Powerful stuff.
Consider this a giant game of chess. In chess, turns go back and forth, right? It’s my move and then you move, then it’s mine again. You can’t go out of order, right? If one of us moves twice in a row, it’s illegal. Against the rules. With your spiritual life, God made the first move. He’s created a way for you to come to Him. He also has forgiveness waiting around the corner. He loves you and wants to give you that forgiveness and start a beautiful relationship with you, but it’s your move. He can’t move twice in a row. You have to realize you’re a sinner, and turn away from your sin (repent). Believe in your heart that Jesus is God’s Son and that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9). Saved. From hell. From Satan. From everything evil. You don’t have to be scared anymore. You don’t have to live in regret. You don’t have to be depressed. You begin a new life. God wipes the slate clean, and you start anew. But that only happens if you make your move.
The last dance is coming. Jesus is going to return. You need to be ready. Everyone does. God has waited roughly 2000 years for everyone who has ever lived to come to know Him. Yes, He is judgmental to those who reject Him over and over again. But He is loving to those who accept Him and want to know Him on a deeper level. When you become a Christian, an unexplainable thing happens. You feel different. You are changed. You desire to please God because He’s done such a glorious thing for you! In fact, 1 John says that obeying God’s Word is proof of our salvation.
Jesus is real, and He’s coming back. The last dance is going to be here, and Christians can only hope that it’s not anytime soon because although we want to go to heaven and be with God, we realize the horrible disaster that would be for those who haven’t been saved yet. Don’t be caught sleeping. God is waiting for you with open arms. If you have any questions at all, visit our Contact Us page, and we’ll try our best to answer your inquiries.
Please don’t hold back. Every second that passes might be your last chance to go to heaven. I hope and pray to see you in the last dance, up in the clouds with the One who makes life worth it.
PS: Keep your eye out for some visual improvements coming to the blog in the next week.