The Rapture is Big Business
by Patricia Backora
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Over the past century there have been many who have commercialized the Blessed Hope of the saints: their imminent departure to be with Christ their Lord and Heavenly Bridegroom. Many theories have been espoused by wolves in sheep’s clothing and also by misled, but sincerely mistaken, “Prophecy experts” as to just WHEN My dear son shall appear in Glory to receive you unto Himself. The fact remains that the Rapture of the Saints is big business today, with a few “lucky” individuals raking in lots of cash from their bad guesses and questionable theories. Godly authors DO have a right to receive legitimate royalties for the work they do, and speakers have the right to ask for FREEWILL OFFERINGS to defray their expenses, for I surely know that you cannot usually travel the world free of charge. But the fact remains that this long wait for My Son’s return has proven very profitable for a few prophets who have already found a measure of “heaven on earth”. Some even wonder if their own hearts would be divided if the Rapture really DID occur in their lifetimes and they’d have to say goodbye to all the temporal rewards of earthly “success” in their writing, teaching, and speaking.
Some are humble and ask forgiveness if they feel they’ve misled anyone about specifics such as dates, etc., because they DO have a sincere desire to delve into My Word to discover the truth about something I have reserved as My own secret knowledge (Matt.24:36). Others, after REPEATED disappointing predictions, bluff their way out of blame and continue to “string along” their loyal listeners with comments such as: “My former speculation didn’t pan out because at the time I wrote my last book I’d received only partial light on the times and the seasons and have just received further revelation on this issue”. Instead of believing what My Son said about the Father ONLY knowing the exact date of His appearing, Christians turn to charts and Bible oracles and soothsayers to “shed more light on” a mystery I’ve reserved only for Myself. Like little children My people love to be thrilled so they continue their love affair with sensational, but doctrinally shaky, Bible prophecy fads. Instead of reaching out to a lost and dying world, My people obsess about the latest Rapture guru to come along and devour all his books, CD’s and speaking engagements. In the meantime many lost people sneer that “they’re only in it for the money, so why should I believe in that stuff”? The opulent, worldly lifestyles of rich rapture profiteers belie any notion that they’re eager to leave this world and go home to treasures up above. So their lost neighbors think it’s perfectly find to continue to pursue material wealth instead of seeking the spiritual treasures Christ offers.
Beware of the commercialization of the Rapture and all the worldly hype surrounding this event. It’s reaching the point where the lost (and countless Christians) put no more credence in the Rapture than the tooth fairy or Santa Claus. They hear of Rapture racketeers peddling the hope of an easy, quick ride to heaven while THEY ride high on the proceeds of their failed predictions. After all, even if their claims don’t materialize, their books and other merchandise have ALREADY been bought and the fruits of their sales have already provided an easy living for them. How many of these men and women would continue in the rapture business if they couldn’t make a decent living from it in the here and now? Paul preached the Rapture, but it didn’t make him rich in earthly wealth. It brought him joy to share this vital truth with persecuted Christian believers who knew this world wasn’t their home and who were seeking a far better home in a heavenly City whose Builder and Maker is God (Heb.11:10).
Keep the Hope of the Blessed Appearing of Christ alive in your hearts, My people. Don’t be discouraged by skeptics who deny this blessed truth of your impending deliverance from the earth and all its perils and temptations. Don’t worry about the timing, that’s in My hands. Just remember that what I have promised must ALWAYS come to pass.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word remains true and sure and it will be fulfilled in its appointed time (Matt.24:35; Luke 1:20).
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