It’s good business practice is to debrief after major events to better prepare for the next go round.
What rapture-related events took place on Saturday? Nada. No surprise there. But what can we learn from this non-event? Two things come to mind.
I listed a verse in my last post which everyone and their brother has referenced lately: No one knows the day nor the hour. Something has gotten into Camping’s head that makes him think he’s exempt from that statement. Nobody means nobody, and that includes you Mr. Camping. Before you snicker, though, consider this: he’s not the only one who does that. Lots of people ignore plain statements in Scripture to justify, excuse, or prop up sinful behavior. From cheating on one’s spouse to cheating on one’s income taxes, the plain statements either don’t apply to them or suddenly take on a metaphorical meaning that run directly contrary to simple and uncomplicated words. Just like Mr. Camping.
Peter likens Christ’s return, and the cataclysmic events accompanying it, with the flood of Noah’s day. Scoffers will mock the idea of the rapture, because that would be a deviation from the physically observable norm. We can explain everything – including creation – through natural means. It’s ironic that in Noah’s day, they scoffed at a meteorological phenomenon we now call…rain. People today scoff at the “spiritual event” of Christ splitting the sky. What’s the correlation? To both sets of people, the named event had never happened before…therefore, there was no room to believe it would happen. Well, Noah’s friends were wrong – it did rain, and it’s been raining ever since. The fact that one does not believe in Judgment Day does not mean it won’t happen. The fact that Mr. Camping presumed he could name the Day and got it wrong – that doesn’t change the veracity of His return, either.
The pressing question is not when we’ll see Him, but are we ready for when we will see Him face to face? Regardless of when Christ returns, eventually 100% of us face a 100% death rate. So, pick your method of transportation. But don’t miss the main point, which the prophet Amos articulated so well centuries ago: Prepare to meet your God! The key to desiring His return is to embrace the purpose of His first Advent:
Hail! The heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail! The Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die!
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"
May we greatly anticipate His return in glory,
P.S. – Don’t take it too hard Mr. Camping, we all make mistakes. It’s not the end of the world :-)