Q. Do you receive many questions or comments of people (1) dreaming of the rapture and what it will be like; (2) longing for the rapture; (3) sensing the rapture is coming soon. If yes, do you think this is a new ‘phenomenon’ i.e. the Lord preparing His church for departure; or ‘par for the course’ for people who study end times prophecy?
A. In the last couple of years I have noticed a significant increase in the number of people longing for the Rapture. I think this is due partly to our deteriorating quality of life and partly to a stirring in our spirit as the time for our departure draws closer. Even though the exact timing of the Rapture is a mystery to us, Paul said that as sons of the light, it should not take us by surprise (1 Thes. 5:4-5). Paul also said there is a crown in store for those who long for the Lord’s appearing (2 Tim. 4:8). It looks like He’s going to need a lot of those.