Q. I am very excited about learning prophecy and pray for the rapture to come now! I get very excited talking about it and try to get people around me to get excited about it and to pray for the rapture. It is very frustrating that I seem to be the only one that gets excited about this and I can’t get anyone else to join me. So, I started thinking maybe it’s just me…do you think it’s possible that I’m on the wrong path? I know Jesus wants us to love/enjoy this life here on earth, and I do, but I know the next life is going to be so much better than this one, so how could I not pray for that to come?
Also, does the bible warn about speculating when the rapture might happen? I have to believe that if Jesus didn’t want us to watch/look and speculate, he wouldn’t have told us about the signs to watch for.
A. Among born again Christians less than one in ten looks forward to the rapture. This shows how Earth centered most people are in their perspective. Even a stated desire to “do more for the Lord” or “get all our loved ones saved” are not good reasons to delay the rapture because the Lord will get all His work done without us, and we don’t have either the power or the responsibility to save a loved one.
Of course we want them all to be saved, and so does the Lord (2 Peter 3:9). But once we’ve shared the gospel with them, the only thing left is prayer. The decision is between them and the Lord. As Paul said in 1 Cor. 7:16, “How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?” When push comes to shove we are the only person we can be sure of saving.
People like to use the phrase “no one knows the day or hour” when we talk about the rapture, but that phrase is only used in conjunction with the 2nd Coming (Matt. 24:36-37, Matt. 24:42-44, Matt. 24:50, Matt. 25:13). About the rapture we are supposed to know when it’s near (Luke 21:28) and shouldn’t be taken by surprise (1 Thes. 5:4).