Joe Chappell (9
thoughts about the Rapture and the " Final Harvest ""
A few weeks ago, there was a discussion in the Sunday morning
bible class I attend regularly about the Rapture. I have tried
to keep my comments to a minimum when these discussions occur,
as I feel that I generally say way too much, and I sense my
friends are growing weary of it. I really struggle with
wanting to just burst out and shout about the nearness
The discussion took several turns, and the opinion was expressed
that we will not see the Rapture, until the great Harvest of
souls promised in the scriptures occurs. I sat there thinking to
myself, about the Laodicean Church, of the Last Days, and how I
don't see any great Revival in that description. Or the Book of
Jude, which many feel is the last description of the Church,
just before the Tribulation, again no "Great Last Days Revival"
As I said, I was trying to keep my mouth shut, but finally lost
the struggle. When I opened my mouth, I was surprised at
what came out. I began to share about the Holy of Holies,
and how that it was originally a threshing floor, purchased by
King David. I told how the place was originally where
wheat and chaff were separated, and more , about the first
fruits harvest, and how that the Rapture is exactly that,
a harvest of something that is so ready, that it is fairly
falling off the vine so to speak. The "Rapture " is merely
the beginning of the " Final Harvest" , that will continue for
the next seven years. The Great Tribulation, is all about
the Harvest. The word Tribulation is derived from the word
Tribulum, which is a wooden device used to separate the stubborn
wheat from the chaff.
In other words, the Great Harvest of Souls, may very well take
place after the Rapture. When you think about it, it makes
sense. Can you imagine the first Sunday after the Rapture
? All our dear loved ones we so faithfully prayed for and
witnessed to , will now know we were right. They will sit there
in the pews in that most dismal of Church services, when the
Holy Spirit is absent. Many will know full well what is coming
in the next seven years. Many will sit in mortal fear , knowing
that they will probaby be forced to die for their faith in order
to escape the Mark. The book of Revelations says " who are
Sometimes I think we are so concerned that a loved one will miss
the Rapture, that we miss the most important thing, which is
their Salvation !
I am beginning to feel more and more, that there will be so many
born again Christians, who will be saved, but will not make the
Rapture. I pray that I will make it myself. Someone joked
with me the other day, ( since I have been so out spoken , I am
sure ) that maybe I would miss the Rapture, so that I could stay
behind and show others the way ! I really didn't
appreciate that remark. But don't you know, there will be that
dear friend or family member who will rush up to us in Heaven,
and catch us with a huge bear hug, and say " Thank You So Much "
! and we will be so surprised and overwhelmed to see them !
I kind of feel that people who will be caught up in the Rapture
, will be those Christians, that have that sweet forgiving
nature that we all have seen in rare individuals. Just like a
piece of delicious ripe fruit, that you can eat right off the
vine ! They will be suddenly missing !
Christians who are contentious, back biters, quarrelsome,
grumblers, complainers ........I wonder. Lord anything you
see in me , I give you permission to deal with it !
I have come to a new peace about those around me who just don't
want to hear it anymore. I say as little about the Rapture as I
can , and do my best not to Preach. I have asked the Lord to
give me " a Voice ", and by that I mean a voice that will be
heard. Whether I am speaking words, or with deeds, if you know
what I mean.
Like most of the Doves , I feel that we are down to possibly
days, or maybe weeks. I have lost my desire and taste for just
about anything worldly. My passion for anything of the flesh has
waned to a new low. I hesitate to ask my children if there is
anything of mine they want, it sounds a little spooky to them I
am sure. It probably won't matter anyhow. I know they will not
fight over anything, I really have very little anymore.
I am sad to leave so many dear ones behind sometimes, who will
face such horror. At the same time, the joy of seeing Jesus is
almost too much to comprehend ! I have given them to
God. His Word will be in their hearts regardless.
Doves,......... Looking forward to meeting you soon !