God has not revealed the exact time of this great event. In Matthew24:36 we read, “but of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only”. However, while we do not know the hour, we do know the season. We are living in it!
We read that in the time of the end, life will be going on as it was in the days of Noah. When the flood came, Noah’s peers were living life just like they had lived it the day before, the week before, and month before. No dramatic event signaled that the rain was about to start, and no dramatic event will indicate that the Rapture will take place in a day or two. We must be ready day in and day out. After the door of the ark was shut and the rains began, the people of Noah’s time realized that they should have heeded his warning. Then they knew but it was too late to prepare.
That is how it will be at the time of the rapture of the church. Once it takes place, people will know, but it will be too late. That is why Christ warned again in Matthew25:13, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the son of man cometh.” The time to prepare for the Rapture is now. Jesus said, “Watch”. We must be ready when the trumpet sounds.
Some years ago, my wife Debbie went to Hawaii with her sister. Our daughter and son were teenagers at the time, and I encouraged them to make their beds and keep the house vacuumed as if they expected Mom to arrive home that day, rather than waiting until the day before her return to prepare. I wanted to be sure that when Debbie did come home, things were in good shape. When the Lord returns, we wants to be sure that our lives are in order. We must not neglect taking care of details or resolving matters that need to be resolved. If we put off doing what we know we should do, we risk being left behind! When christ comes back, it will be too late. The time of opportunity will be over.
This world os preoccupied; people pay little attention to making spiritual preparation.
Are you ready for the rapture? You can be! If you are not saved, make preparation today. Take inventory of your life, repent, and seek God for salvation. God will not turn away one who comes to him in true surrender. If you are serving God, make sure that your spiritual life and your earthly relationships are in order, and that there is nothing left undone. Let us always, in everything we say and do, purpose to be “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus2:13).