Have you ever started sharing end-time truths, only to be rebuked by, “That’s just escapism?” The comment comes because few people understand the reason for the rapture. They think it means we get to escape the worst of the evil events that mark the first few years of the Day of the Lord.
We do, as God promised! But that’s not the end of the story. I hate to break this to you, but we don’t float up to Heaven to sit on fluffy white clouds to play heavenly harps. No, we have a job to do, a purpose to fulfill. It’s called the Heavenly Calling. It’s prophesied in Ephesians 1:3-14. Take a moment to read that powerful passage.
It’s pictured in the Book of Esther, one of two books that do not speak directly of God. The other is the Song of Solomon. Both are powerful portrayals of the Bride of Christ. For close to two thousand years, our Lord has been establishing His Church, building His Body, and wooing His bride. As we get closer to the Appointed Day, the essence of being the Bride of Christ will take precedence.
Before entering the King’s chambers, Esther underwent two periods of preparation. The first involved spices that purified the body and removed the toxins. The second involved soaking in precious ointments that saturated the body with pleasant aromas. In 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, Paul explains the purpose of this preparation time: through us the Godhead diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
This is why it is so crucial that when we assemble together, we need to enter into God’s preparation time and not what humans have prepared for the service. A love-struck bride is consumed with the thoughts of her bridegroom. Speak, Beloved, what is on Your mind?