Q. I recognize the times we are living in and know that the rapture of the church is close at hand. I believe we are that generation that Jesus was talking about. I want the rapture to happen as soon as possible and I pray for it. But I also feel torn because I have children, grandchildren, other family members and friends who are not yet saved. Is it being selfish to ask the Lord to deliver us out of this evil world while there are still so many that don’t know Him? Is it right to pray for the rapture knowing what those left behind are going to have to face?
Also, after we are raptured, do you think we will feel sorrow for our family and friends who are left behind here and going through the tribulation? Thank you in advance for your answers and may the Lord continue to bless you and the work that you do for Him.
A. The Bible promises a crown to those who long for the Lord’s appearance (2 Tim 4:8) so I think it’s OK to pray for the Rapture. I think it would be even better to pray that your (currently) lost loved ones will be saved in time to go with you. After we’re gone, we’ll understand that everyone gets at least one chance to surrender their hearts to the Lord and be saved, but that some will refuse. Rev. 21:4 says that in the New Jerusalem there’ll be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. AndIsaiah 65:17 says the former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. To me this means that the past will not trouble us.