An interesting thing happened to me the other night. I was sitting alone in my living room watching a movie about the rapture that I had found on Amazon Prime when suddenly my twelve year old daughter and her friend from next door came bouncing into the living room and sat down. My daughter asked what I was watching, to which I replied, “a movie about the rapture.” Then the little neighbor girl who belongs to a church-going, Christian family said, “what’s the rupture?” I couldn’t help but notice the bewildered look on my daughter’s face as she replied to her friend’s seemingly ridiculous question, “when God comes back for us.” That was all that was said as the girls then got up and returned to their playing around in the next room.
Needless to say, I was a little stunned and taken aback by the girl’s ignorance of the subject, as she apparently hadn’t even heard the term rapture before. That, of course, leads me to assume that there is zero talk of the Lord’s return in the girl’s family and/or church. Maybe I’m assuming a little too much, and she simply didn’t hear what I said; or, maybe I’m correct and her family and her church are gravely mistaken and lead astray by unsound doctrine and the lack of teaching/understanding of bible prophecy.
Either way, the word rupture suddenly found new meaning to me in relation to the word rapture. We’ve all heard the arguments about the word rapture and it’s apparent absence from scripture, versus the evidence for it being derived from the text of the Latin Vulgate of 1 Thess. 4:17—”we will be caught up”, [Latin: rapiemur]. What I hadn’t considered was how apropos the term rupture could be concerning the end times and the rapture of the church. Take a look at the definition of the word rupture:
1. (especially of a pipe, a vessel, or a bodily part such as an organ or membrane) break or burst suddenly.
2. breach or disturb (a harmonious feeling or situation).
1. an instance of breaking or bursting suddenly and completely.
2. a breach of a harmonious relationship.
The message I got from this little girl’s mistaken words speaks volumes to me as I look at the actual definition of the word rupture. When the rapture happens, and Jesus comes suddenly for His bride; there will be an instant, sudden and complete breaking, bursting, and all out breaching of the world’s chaotic, yet harmonious, relationship (paradigm). The world will be irreparably ruptured and destroyed, leading to great peril and judgement falling upon the unbelieving world; while we, who are longing for and watching for the Lord’s return, are gathered together to be with Him forever.
This begs the question: are you ready for the rapture; or will you be caught unawares by the rupture?
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Matthew 24: 36-44 (KJV)
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-10 (KJV)
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Luke 21: 34-36 (KJV)
Luke 12:35-40 (KJV)
35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.