A Vision of the Rapture
March 2007 (Prophetess Choice Nwachuku Ph.D)
It looked like any other day as I was walking along the street. Then I heard the sound of a bell ringing. The sound was much louder than the normal pitch of a regular church bell. I looked around to see if I could trace the sound to its source and found that it was coming from above. I looked into the sky and I saw the heavens open and the biggest bell I hasve ever seen ringing. The bell was so big that there is no natural bell that can be compared to it. As I looked at this bell in amazement, I saw that people were being lifted one by one from the ground towards the heavens. Then I began to shout in excitement saying “it is the rapture, it is the rapture.” I was jolted back to reality and realized that it was a vision.
That was a vision of the real rapture that is to come. Yes, the rapture is real as your name is. Some people are probably asking themselves what the rapture means as they read this, while some other more religious folks are saying: “the bible does not use the word rapture”. Which ever question is asked, it does not change the truth that God will rapture or take up His people some day (1Thessalonians 4:13-17 and Matthew 24:38-42).
So what exactly is the rapture? Simply put it is the event that transports God’s children (those who really accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and saviour) physically to be with God. Let’s not go into deep theology or argument that has stirred and divided the church for decades about this subject matter. You know; the controversy about the name rapture, and whether it will occur before, during or after the tribulation. If you ask me, I think that all of this debate and scholarly discussions sometimes distract our focus from the main point. AND THAT POINT IS THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST.
Sometimes in the aim of trying to be religiously correct in teaching people about the rapture we miss the very purpose of the rapture. We concentrate on trying to explain in the Greek, Hebrew, and Latin the meaning of rapture as opposed to the importance of rapture. We forget the importance of preparing the church for the rapture by emphatic teaching on the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The scriptural reference for rapture (1Thessalonians 4:13-17) clearly teaches us that the church will be caught up. It does not stop there, but says that we will meet Him in the air. Meet who? The Lord Jesus Christ, our saviour. There is no doubt that Jesus is coming back again. The book of Matthew 24 and Revelations 1:7-8 clearly emphasizes this point. The question is do we believe it or not. Unfortunately, our perspective on this matter does not change what God has already set in place to happen.
Brethren, any day now the trumpet will sound and the end will come. Are we prepared to face the King of kings and the Lord of lords? Have we prepared any one else by preaching the gospel of repentance to them that they might be saved as well? You know, it is what we do for the kingdom of God that counts, because that is what will last for ever. If we believe this then we will live our lives as one that knows that all does not end here in this world. We will live as one that knows that the day of reckoning and accountability will come. So what should be uttermost in our hearts is how to please our Father, God. Just like in the vision, that big bell is already ringing. It is now ringing in our hearts to warn us that the day is near and that we have to get our acts together and be right with God.
The apostle Paul said that he keeps his body under and brings it into subjection so that after he has preached the gospel to others he would not be a castaway (1Corinthians 9:24-27). The people of God have to take this scripture very seriously. GOD FORBIDS THAT CHRISTIANS PLAY CHURCH AND BECOME CASTAWAYS due to the fact that we were not able to bring our bodies into subjection to God’s rules and regulations. This decision is however left for the believer to make. Let us decide today to be rapture-ready by walking with God. The bible says that God told Abraham to walk before Him and be perfect (Genesis 17:1). This is possible to achieve or God would never have required it. Noah walked with God and was perfect before Him (Genesis 6:9). Enoch also walked with God and God took him (Genesis 5:24).
In the New Testament, we are told that as many that are lead by the Spirit of God are the sons of God (Romans 8:14), we all know the adage “like father like son.” In order to walk with God we are to be lead by the Spirit of God, who definitely will lead us only in the will and purpose of God. The Bible admonishes us in Galatians 5:16 to walk in the Spirit which enables us not to fulfill the lust or desires of the flesh. It is my prayer that the church will always be lead by the Spirit of God so that we can be caught up to meet our Lord in the air, in Jesus name . Amen.