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Rapture Phobic – The Fear of Rapture

I was in the bathroom that morning in my third or fourth year of Uni.  I had gone to visit my friend who was staying off campus and yeah, we were both believers then, but I was still struggling with habits. Tunrayo my friend, had her act together or so I thought- but actually, she had a deeper understanding of the gospel than I did.

I had been in the bathroom for a while and I didn’t hear anything from the room. So I called out:

“Tunrayo, are you there?”

Silence rang in the empty room and for a split second, fear gripped my heart. Had rapture happened? Did I miss it? I came out of the bathroom in a hurry, and was super relieved to see my friend on the bed. After I told her why I was so afraid, she responded calmly.

“Babe, there is no way rapture will happen and you’d be left behind.”

It was a simple statement. But it stuck.

Are you a Christian? Does the word ‘rapture’, accompanied with visions of you going to hell, make your heart beat faster? Have you ever thought the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, with this verse given to support the claim: “For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night” (1Thessalonians 5:2 NLT)?

I used to be afraid too. However, if you just move some two verses downwards, you’d find something encouraging: “But you are not in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief.” (1 Thessalonians 5:4 NLT).

...the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. But you are not in the dark about these things, dear believers, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. 1 Thess 5:2,4… Click To Tweet

See. You won’t be surprised. It won’t shock you. It’s your Daddy coming home. There’s nothing to be afraid of. Nothing. Nothing at all.

Rapture/the second coming of Jesus for a believer won't be a surprise. It won't shock you. It's your Daddy coming home. There's nothing to be afraid of. Nothing. Nothing at all. Click To Tweet

“…When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV).

You have the assurance of His Spirit, living on your inside. As a seal. A guarantee that He is returning for you. What type of business man do you think God is? One that will leave a deposit and forfeit  His goods?

I think not.

He is returning for you.

You have the assurance of His Spirit living on your inside. As a seal, a guarantee. What type of business man do you think God is? One that will leave a deposit and forfeit His goods? He is returning for you. Click To Tweet

Written by Eniola Sobayo

Read Next – How Should Christians Respond to Visions of Hell?

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