Left Behind For Bad Behavior, Follow Up

Q. I always thought that there was something more than just having faith to go in the Rapture. But after reading your article, I realized that Faith really encircles everything there has to be. Having the faith, we do what the Lord wants to be prepared for His coming. I would add, however, that the Lord does not want us to know the date and the time of the Rapture because, knowing it, we would continue living our worldly lives and start preparing by the appointed time. It would be very easy. Not knowing it means that we have to be prepared in advance and wait for Him to come.

A. Your opinion about why God hasn’t revealed the date of the rapture makes sense from a human point of view, but is not consistent with Biblical history. God keeps His enemies in the dark but not His friends. In Amos 3:7 He said, “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”

For example, He told Abraham what He was going to do before He did it. This included the gift of the promised land (Genesis 15:12-21) and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:17, 20-21). He had Gabriel tell Daniel the timing of the First Coming (Daniel 9:25), He had Paul tell the Church that we should recognize the signs of the end times (1 Thes. 5:4-5), and He told post-Church believers how to know when the second Coming would take place (Matt. 24:15-21, 29-30).

In none of these examples did He give a day or hour, but each time He gave unmistakable signs that would indicate the time was at hand, and that includes the Rapture.

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