Left Behind, Part 2
Babies, Little Ones and Parents
For the past two years or more God has been speaking to me to write about the Rapture and being left behind. Within the past couple of months, He has been giving me the words to write of which this is the second part.
God has given me the picture of parents who were not submitted to Jesus screaming and crying for their babies and little ones after the Rapture of God’s people, those who are submitted to Him. The child was just there beside the parent, or in the parent’s arms and suddenly, the child is gone. Or the child was playing in the yard or taking a nap and the parent goes to check on the them and they are gone. Where have they gone? Who would take them and why?
Then we have the couple where they were sitting or walking together and suddenly one is gone. Gone where and why? The wife goes to the store, comes home, and her husband is gone. Where? Or the one who goes to the store does not come home and is missing, along with other shoppers in the store. Where did they go? Their shopping carts are sitting there with what they were going to purchase, and they are gone, and so are some of the employees. Who took them and why?
God speaks of this in His Word, the Bible, in Matthew 24. In this chapter Jesus is telling us what it is going to be like when He comes back. Right now, we are going to focus on verses 36-44 but I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Matthew 24. In verses 36-44 Jesus tells us, “36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Notice what Jesus said about two being together and one is taken and the other left. This is where I got the illustrations I gave earlier.
I have been thinking, with my heart breaking a lot lately about my family, friends, and acquaintances. With some, neither of them knows Jesus as their Savior, but there are some where one does and the other does not, therefore, one will be taken and the other left. Of those I am thinking of, some have children who are not much more than toddlers or younger, they will be taken and, in some cases, both parents will be left, according to the context of the whole of God’s Word.
As Jesus says in verse 44 that we quoted above, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” What does Jesus mean when He says we are to be ready? To fully understand this, we first must understand that we are born sinners in need of a Savior from our sin and thereby our default destination is Hell. Jesus gives the answer in John 14:6 where He says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Note that Jesus did not say that He is one of the ways, or one of the truths or one of the lives to get to the Father, i.e. Heaven. No, rather He said that He alone is the way, truth, and life. Therefore, in order to be counted as one of His you must submit to Him, admitting to Him that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, and you realize that He is it. Ask Jesus to come and be your Lord and Savior and to forgive you of your sins. Then get into the Bible, which is His Word, and find a good Bible believing, Bible teaching church so you can grow in your relationship with Jesus.
Pastor Merwin Rhoades
Chemult Bible Fellowship