|The End times - where would you be?|
The mass media hysteria by the Rev Harold Camping declaring that the end is near and that rapture will occur on 21 May 2011 was roundly criticised and laughed at when it did not occur. Rev Camping had billboards calling for people to repent.
Some Queer theologians mocked it not only because 21 May 2011 did not happen, but that the rapture the selection of the few to heaven whilst others are "left behind" and suffer persecution by the anti-christ is against the inclusiveness of God. Surely the grace of God is wide enough to include all. However, only the elect is raptured in the bible.
(1 Th 4:16 NKJV) For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And
the dead in Christ will rise first.
The working of God's grace is not found in giving everyone a first class ticket to heaven, but the grace is in giving us what we do not deserved, His Son, Jesus Christ. God's ways to be consistent with His righteousness and our responsibility to bear the outcome of our sins was that the assurance of Salvation would come when we take the step of faith to believe Jesus' attoning work. We are already judged as righteous in Christ Jesus.
We are all queer and different coming from different faith traditions, practices and experiences. However, the gods that we worship are no less real and are spiritual deities of incredible power. There is a Spiritual warfare in the heavenlies and if we confess that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour, we belong the God of Israel. At the end of times, will be the final defeat of the demonic realm, and we will be re-united with Christ in heaven.
(Gal 3:28 NKJV) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Therefore our inclusiveness is not universal, but in Christ. When we are in-Christ our difference matters no more - our race, culture, gay or straight, male or female, the things that differentiates us in society becomes of no consideration. For our baptism into Christ, is the only consideration. Therefore when we take the grace of God for granted to extend it to all other religious faiths, we make it cheap and irrelevant.
Rev Camping talked of great earth quakes and judgement calling for his followers to camp out in the open in preparation for the rapture. However, the bible makes it very clear that nobody knows the exact date and it was not annouced nor prepared for.
(Luke 17:34 NKJV) "I tell you, in that night there will be two men in
one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left.
In this story, they weren't prepared. They were working in the fields grinding, and sowing the fields, and resting from the daily chores at night as per their daily routine. The coming of Christ will come so suddenly and unexpectedly. It will be a date not calculated by Rev Camping, or declared through CNN when all will be awaiting, for it will be a date when we least expect it to be.
Notice also the normality of life. These people were not suffering nor persecuted by the anti-Christ. They were not under tribulation nor lived their lives hiding in the hills. They never had time even to say good bye to their loved ones.
(Luke 17:26 NKJV) "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
The issue with some queer people of faith is that they mock the warning given that Christ is coming back, and we are to respond by believing by Faith through God's grace that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour. Not all will get into the ark and will be saved, but only those who chose to believe and decide to enter the ark which is a type of Christ. When we say that the rain will not come on us because God is inclusive, we will be drowned when the flood comes because our sin is the sin of unbelief making the Gospel of no effect.
(Luke 17:32 NKJV) "Remember Lot's wife.
We are also to remember Lot's wife because when the time of destruction comes, nobody will be left behind either in Noah's time or in Sodom, because the entire earth will be destroyed and all within consumed. There are none left behind for in that day of the Lord, the day of rapture and the coming back of Jesus Christ, is also the day when the whole earth be destroyed. in the case of Lot's wife, there was so little time and they were in a very big hurry to escape, so it will be when Jesus Christ comes back. For those who do not believe in Jesus Christ, must in a moment of time, bow down to Jesus, and not look back lest they be consumed as well by the destruction. The grace of God extends even to the very last minute.
The Grace of God is indeed wide, not that he is inclusive in a universal religious sense, but His long suffering that we would come back to Him is eternal. Noah was the Son of Lamech, who was the Son of Methusaleh who was the longest living person in the bible at 969 years of age. His name means "when he dies, it [the flood] will be sent". God's mercy and grace was so great that Methusaleh was the longest living person. The flood came, a few years after he died. Thus, he became the reminder to all of the impending flood/judgement. He was the countdown timer.
It is surprising that the bible puts it as "two men in one bed" which means that the men are gays and shared the same bed ie are married together. Perhaps it is talking about two people in general that will be separated when judgement comes, one being raptured to be with Christ, and the other to destruction on earth. Yet, if we love of our families, those we spend our bed with, surely we longed that they too be with us in rapture.
(Luke 17:37 NKJV) And they answered and said to Him, "Where, Lord?" So He said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together."
The disciples wanted to know where they will be raptured to and the answer Jesus gave was encryptic, wherever the body is, the eagles will be gathered. The eagles are not clean animals but were predators attacking the dead body.
The Aquila was the eagle standard of a Roman legion. When the eagles are talk about the body of Christ being tortured and wounded by the Romans. Therefore, we will be taken and raptured to the City of Jerusalem.
(Acts 1:10 NKJV) And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He
went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
Jesus is coming back to Jerusalem, to the Mount of Olives. Are we ready for the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ? The trumpets will sound and we will rise up to meet Him in the heavens above. Will you be in that number.