Q. All of my Christian friends believe in a pre trib rapture. But not a single one of them wants it to happen any time soon. They say they still have things they want to do first, whether it’s becoming more successful, or doing more for the Lord, or making sure all their loved ones are going, too. Every one of them says it will be a great day when it does happen, but they don’t want it to happen right now. All this is very discouraging to me as I look forward to the rapture every day and it can’t come too soon as far as I’m concerned.
A. Even among born again Christians less than one in ten looks forward to the rapture. The examples you cited are the main ones I hear, too. They show how Earth centered most people are in their perspective. Even the desire to get all our loved ones saved is not a good reason to delay because 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.
If you haven’t shared the Gospel with your loved ones, better do it now. Because when the time comes, and it could come soon, we’ll be gone in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, ready or not.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18)