The Disappearances Part 1
by Caroline Alderson
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Janet was married to Joseph, and had a ten year old daughter named Emily. Janet’s husband was a deacon in the church they went to. Janet at the age of eight had said the sinner’s prayer to get saved, only to shut her mom up who kept insisting she be saved. None of it had made sense to her and still didn’t at the age of thirty. God didn’t care about her; why would she want to be a real Christian? But, her mom and her husband were Christians, and she thought she could appease God by talking him out of sending her to hell if she went to church, and played the part of a good Christian wife, and mother to Emily. Her husband Joseph had insisted their daughter go to the Christian school his church had, and so Janet had reluctantly gone along with it. What kind of fun would Emily have going to a stuffy religious school, where they thought everything was a sin?
Emily loved her school and her friends. Even though, like her mom Janet, she didn’t think she needed God, and could do things on her own. She told all her friends and her daddy she was a Christian, and they had believed her. She didn’t believe God would send her or her mom to hell, since he was a loving God. They didn’t do any bad things, well not too bad anyway. They would get to go to heaven too. Only bad people went to hell, Emily thought.
It had been a normal day for the family. Joseph had gone to work, and Emily had gone to school. Janet had gone shopping. Browsing through clothes, she watched as the lady next to her suddenly disappeared leaving her clothes behind. Janet had watched in seemingly slow motion as the ladies’ clothes had fallen to the floor. At first shock had set in, and then she heard people screaming. Wondering what was happening, she turned around and a sales lady was holding clothes up where someone else had disappeared from. Suddenly, sermons her Pastor had preached, and things she had heard from her husband and friends came back to her. This was the Rapture everyone had been talking about. The Pastor had been preaching for some time that God was separating the true Believers from the world, and the religious people who thought they were Christians, but were not. Janet remembered yawing at the sermons, thinking it would never happen in her life time. Wasn’t there supposed to be a lot of darkness and bad folks around when it happened? It hadn’t seemed all that bad to her. The technology was great. They had the super internet implemented now and they had it, even though they had to pay a hundred dollars a month for it. Surely the rapture wouldn’t occur for another 3 or 400 years or so. Yet, it did appear that that was what was happening here. There had to be some other explanation. Maybe it was a star trek thing or something. Another race of people who had advanced and had abducted people. It was only two people who were taken, wasn’t it?
Shaking her head at her silly thoughts, she made her way to the exit to get to her car. Walking out the door, she heard a crash, and rotating around, she saw that a car had careened out of control into another car. She looked, and there wasn’t a driver in that car. The person in the passengers seat was crying and holding up the drivers clothes. What was going on here?? Janet began to run to her car; she better go find Emily, and make sure she was okay.
Arriving at the school, there was hardly anyone around. A few people could be seen running here and there. Emily seeing her mom, ran to the car in tears and shock, blubbering. “Mom, all my friends are gone! They just disappeared! Gone. Right out of their clothes, mom! Where could they be?? They’re not here!” Sobbing, Emily got in the car, and hugged her mom.
Janet gazing at Emily, said, “Maybe it was the Rapture.”
Lifting her head and giving her mom a look, Emily said, “Oh mom, you can’t believe that! That was a fantasy. It had to be something else.”
“What else could it have been?”
“I don’t know, but it couldn’t have been that. Because we would have been taken too, mom. And we’re here.”
A far away look crossed Janet’s face, as she spoke, “Maybe we were left behind, Emily.”
Horror rose up in Emily’s face at that prospect. “I hope You’re wrong….”
“I hope I’m wrong too, baby.” Janet sighed thinking she wasn’t wrong; that that was exactly what happened. Did God have mercy on those left behind?? Was there a chance for them now? What were they going to do.
Turning the car around, Janet sped for Joseph’s work place. Oh God, please let him be there! What if Joseph was amid the missing, and it was the Rapture? What would they do without him? She wasn’t even working! How would they survive??
Driving her car into the driveway where Joseph worked, nervously, fear gripping her heart, Janet jumped out of the car, and ran, stumbling into his office. She looked around, but he wasn’t there. Lunging for his chair, looking to see if his clothes were left behind, she didn’t see any. Sighing in relief, thinking that could mean he was still here, she went looking for him. People looked shocked, as she ran down the hall, and into the reception room.
“Has anyone seen Joseph?” Janet blurted out. Then she saw them. At one of the coke venders, lay Joseph’s clothes crumbled on the floor. Shock and horror filled Janet’s eyes, and she ran to the clothes, picked them up, hugging them to her, hot tears streaming down her cheeks.
Suddenly, Emily came bursting into the room, glancing about for her parents. Seeing her mom, she went rushing over to her. The look in her mom’s face, and her daddy’s clothes in her hands, told her what had happened.
“Daddy’s gone?! How could God have been so mean to take my daddy?!” Sobbing, she clung to her mom.
People heard what the little girl said, and shook their head. One man said, “It was space aliens who took everyone. We’re being invaded! We need to get out of the city!”
Another said, “Maybe NASA has been messing with genetic engineering too much and something went wacky, causing people with the wrong DNA to leave our plane of existence.”
“Perhaps it only happened in our city, and nowhere else.” Another offered.
“Turn on the tv, and see what they are saying.”
A lady with a microphone held to her, spoke with trembling lips, attempting to maintain her composure, said, “People all over the country are disappearing. Nothing like this has ever happened. We’re under attack from some unknown force. The military can’t find the enemy who is after us. They have sent them all over, in the air, the sea, land, but nothing… It’s a mystery, no one can fathom.”
Walking into her home, with Emily, Janet felt as though she was in a daze. Maybe she would wake up and find it was a terrible nightmare, and Joseph was here, and everything was normal. Normal, what was normal, anyway? Faltering into the kitchen, she collapsed to the floor, his clothes still grasped in her hands, and sobbed. She couldn’t stop crying; despair had taken her over. It was as though a dark thunder cloud had settled over her life, and hovered there, threatening to snuff her very existence out. Well, she wished it would go ahead and kill her. She had nothing to live for anyway, since her husband was gone. Taken. Abducted by aliens is what they were saying. She knew the truth in her heart; Joseph had been taken by God, what Christians called, the Rapture. The Rapture…. And her and her baby had been left behind by some cruel joke that God had played on the universe. What was she going to do now!? New tears formed in her eyes, pouring out upon her face, and dripping off, landing on her hand which laid in her lap.
Hours later, a memory came to Janet. She recalled Joseph saying if he was raptured, that he had left books and sermons for her, so she would know what was going on, and also websites, she could go to get information on what to do. Before, she had just shrugged him off, thinking he was too religious, and thought what silliness. Now, she thought, maybe there was hope for her and Emily. Getting up, she had to work out the kinks in her body from sitting in one spot for some long. Her eyes were dry from crying so much, and she rubbed them, while making her way to her husband’s office. Passing by the television, she heard someone say, all the babies and little children were gone under the age of ten. She thought, if Emily had been only nine, maybe she would be gone too.
Opening the desk in Joseph’s room, she took out two books, and a series of tapes, all on the Rapture. She found a tape of Joseph that he had made of himself talking and, tears starting to well up again, place it in the vcr that was in the room, and hit play.
Joseph appeared, and began to speak, “If you are hearing this, Janet, and or Emily, that means the Rapture has occurred and I’m not with you anymore. I have left tapes, books, articles, and websites for you, so you will know what is going to happen, and what to do next. Please, read and listen to them. They will save your life, and get you into Heaven when it’s your turn to leave. I will be waiting for you up here, when you are done there. All my love, your husband, Janet, and daddy, Emily, Joseph. I love you both!”
Janet still numb and in shock, took one of the books and began to read...
Cor 15:51 Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed)
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed).
1 Thess 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.
1 Thess 4:17 Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
Jesus will come back for his own, and those who have not accepted Him, and who are not serving Him, and living for Him, but are going their own way will be left behind. We will be caught up in the air to be with our Lord, and reign with Him as kings, forever more.
Jesus is Coming Soon!
When Jesus gave the signs preceding His coming He instructed us, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21:28).
Hallelujah! Jesus is coming soon! Satan is headed to the pit!
If Jesus were to come tomorrow, would you be satisfied with your condition?
Because the signs are everywhere. You can get your Bible out while watching the nightly news, and see the signs of His coming happening in the earth today. Even ungodly people are wondering, "What has our world come to?"
This is not the time to get in fear. It's time to get in faith. If you knew that Jesus was coming tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m., what would you do right now? You would probably quit reading this, jump in your car and go to all of your family member and friends' houses and ask them to receive Jesus.
Janet laid the book down on her lap, and prayed. “God, I don’t know who you are, or if you even give second chances, but if you will have me, here I am, Lord. Please, take me, and I will serve You all the days of my life.”
Just that fast, a peace came into Janet, and she knew, though she couldn’t say how, but she knew she was going to be fine, no matter what happened next. She had to talk to Emily about this.
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I enjoyed your story so very much. I just found this site about three weeks ago. I haven't found much on this type of story line, end days fiction, which I truley enjoy and try my hand at. I was surprised there were no comments on your story. Anyway I hope there is a part 2. God Bless you and meet you when we are caught up in the air!