Evangelical Christians that hold fast to the hope of a “rapture” (a resurrection and catching away to be with the Lord) as prophesied in Scripture are sometimes accused of being “escapists” (individuals who are too preoccupied with “getting out of here” and escaping world problems and the realities of living in a world like ours).
Well, let me report… the Bible does teach a “catching away” (i.e. the “rapture”) and the resurrection – but, on the other hand it does not support irresponsible “escapism!” I just read the balanced teaching of Scripture on the issue this morning (and I fully embrace it as true!).
“Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed! For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’” (1 Corinthians 15:50–55 the NET Bible)
In the very next verses Apostle Paul makes very clear this doctrine – this clear teaching of Scripture – should not be construed as irresponsible “escapism!” This is what he says… “So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm! Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is NOT in vain in the Lord!” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NET)
So, based upon the teaching of this passage, here is what I want… I want the sounds of my redemptive efforts on behalf of the Kingdom of Heaven to blend in a beautiful duet with the sound of the “last trumpet” heralding the Lord’s return and our “catching away” to be with Him forever! Isn’t that what you want as well?