It will be a day just like today. In fact, it just might be today. You’ll be going through your regular routines–at the office, at the gym, on the freeway, packing the kids’ lunches or tucking them into bed, “marrying and giving in marriage,” when a trumpet blast, a shout of command from a beloved voice you have never heard before, will interrupt your texting, driving, love-making, arguing, teaching, complaining, praying, genuflecting, exercising, shooting up, crying, eating, packing, hiking, surfing, mourning, celebrating–
If you know Jesus, you will recognize immediately, “It’s time!” What you think is unfinished is–finished. What you think needs to be done first–doesn’t. That letter you are about to mail, that wrist you are about to slit–not going to happen. The ones you meant to tell, the ones you should have forgiven, the ones you want to come with you are on their own. They, too, are either ready or–not. (We trust the little ones who cannot yet make the choice will go directly to His heart, “for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”)
Are you ready to have your life interrupted by the “upward call” of Jesus, Lover of your soul, to enter eternity with Him? When the trumpet sounds, our heads should jerk upward. Not, I have to go get— I’ll just finish this—–. No, in the blink of any eye, He’s here! It’s time! He’s ready to take you Home! Are you ready to go with Him? If things of this life tug you earthward, if your heart says, “no,” or “not quite” or “just a minute,” your opportunity will be gone.
You can still trust and serve Him as the world is plunged into the Tribulation, but it will be much, much–much–harder. Think of a world without the fellowship and help of others bearing His light and love, filled with His Spirit–the motivator for all altruism and self-sacrifice.
If you need to tell your loved ones that you could leave them suddenly at any minute, if you need to urge them they can come, too, if they receive Jesus as their sin-bearer, if you need to ask for or offer someone forgiveness, you had better do it now. He said we are to be as wise and practical as farmers who see clouds gathering and prepare for a storm. When we see the “signs of His coming,” prophecies being fulfilled that these are the last days–and they are adding up, coming together, more of them and more quickly than ever in history–be sure you’re not only on the passenger list but have your heart and mind packed and ready to go, because He is coming and He will not wait for you to dally, making up your mind or tying up loose ends.
“Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8.
The crown of righteousness is for those who do not just believe theologically in the return of King Jesus but those who love, long for, look forward to, eagerly wait, crave and welcome His appearing.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
More verses about the Rapture and Tribulation: https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/rapture-bible-verses/