Yes, The Rapture Is About Floating.

There is a Minneapolis group called the Pretty Good Bluegrass Band.  “Pretty good” is about as far as any of us should judge themselves.

I wrote a blog way back I thought was “pretty good.” It was about the various views on what would happened at the Rapture.  One view is Jesus will float down, gather the good people and float back up with them.

The other view is Jesus will float down, stay a while, gather the good people and float back up.  I made light of all this Jesus floating.

One of the critics of that blog said the Bible does not refer to floating, so I was off base to make fun of it.  Today, I received confirmation there are Bible-based Pastors who think Jesus floats.

Every few months we get a tabloid from a local  Baptist church.  The preacher fills it with the Biblical citations we see from literalists.  He cites Acts 1: 10-11 which is about Jesus’ return to heaven after he died temporarily.

The preacher elaborates with a narrative that includes  “…as He nears the edge of the celestial city slowly floating in…”  Then, he wrote of a”…deafening noise in heaven when Jesus touched down..”

We know there is no gravity where our space ships travel. Since Jesus “touched down” we learn there is gravity in heaven.

If you believe Acts 10,  a Jesus going back and forth, you have to believe in what I would call “the literal floatation.”  I suppose I’ll be criticized again.

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      1. Henry

        The rapture is distinguished from meeting the Lord in the air at the final hour. The rapture supposedly harvests the Christians from the earth before the really bad stuff happens.

        1. entech

          Mathew 24:40. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.

          harvests the Christians from the earth

          Sounds like selective harvesting to me.
          All Hail-Bopp (comet).

          1. entech

            Whatever you say henry, as always whatever you say.
            Did you hear about the guy that arrived home to find most of his family and friends had disappeared, appears the “rapture hour” happened while he was in the Tavern for the “Happy Hour”.

          2. entech

            This instant. Actually I adapted it from another, as you know there is nothing new under the sun.

            The one I borrowed from was a two part cartoon, panel 1 had the old man with the traditional billboard “Repent the end of the world is nigh”, panel 2 was updated “The end of the world came and went while you were on Facebook”.

  1. Michael Ross

    1 Thes. 4

    13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore comfort one another with these words.

    Verse 18 is thw key to the purpose of this discourse. It is to comfort those that morn. It was not given as an eschetology. But a complete false doctrine has been built around this “rapture” or being “caught up”. This event DOES happen but it is one and the same event as the Second Coming” and WILL occur at the end of history when the Kingdom of God has triumphed on the Earth and “all the Earth will be filled with the knowlege of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9).

  2. entech

    So many interpretations, and every other is a “false doctrine”, whatever is a poor seeker after truth to believe? Could it be that old Khayyam was right when he said:
    Alike for those who for TO-DAY prepare,
    And those that after a TO-MORROW stare,
    A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries
    “Fools! your Reward is neither Here nor There!”

    I would have thought that if scripture is the inspired word of God he would have inspired his scribes to make the script a little more comprehensible, a little more precise and with a little more clarity and fewer things (not contradictions, heaven forfend) that needed to be reconciled or harmonized. Or perhaps it is intentionally designed to be difficult to believe, don’t want heaven overcrowded, only the faithful need apply. And if there were no failures, no rejects to go into the suffering zone the pleasure of the righteous would be diminished (Tertulian and Aquinas both seemed to think watching the suffering would add to heavenly joy).

    1. Henry

      entech: “I would have thought that if scripture is the inspired word of God he would have inspired his scribes to make the script a little more comprehensible,”

      Obviously that was not the case. He spoke in parables to confound those that thought highly of themselves. At the same time, children, Samaritans, fishermen, adulterers, and dirty tax collectors clearly understood Him.

          1. Stan

            Entech, you remember that Jesus spent time with them to SAVE them, not to encourage them. 😉

            It does worry me that 16,000 have to be hired to administer the punishments for ObamaCare.

      1. entech

        Whatever you say henry, as always whatever you say.
        Early afternoon here, the evening is getting on there, me to swimming you to sleeping – we can all hope we don’t get to blinded by the activities of the here and now and miss the (immanent) hereafter.

        1. Henry

          entech: “and miss the (immanent) hereafter.”

          My advice to you is do not worry about the immanency of the “hereafter”. No one knows when.

    2. Stan

      If you believe in the Rapture or not is no indication of being saved. Accept God as your Lord, accept Christ as your savior, do onto others……… The details could sometimes be considered politics.

      1. entech

        Do not do unto others that which you would hate being done to you, the rest is commentary. Rabbi Hillel.

        (Prefer the negative version. not do unto others … they may not like it, but don’t do hateful things)

      2. Stan

        Both work, Jesus was trying to put a positive spin on it. I find, since there are times I don’t really care for myself, that Paul’s injunction “All that you do, do in love” works better for me.

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