For Whom Is Christ Coming?
By Ray Brubaker
"Do you believe in the Second Coming?" he inquired.
When they turned to answer him, he had vanished, leaving
his seat belt fastened. Upon arriving at the end of the Thruway, drivers related to the toll collector their story which
he had already heard a dozen times before.
Dr. Lydia M. Fish of Buffalo State College has a collection
of some sixty such reports.
Could these accounts be true? In Hebrews 13:2 we read,
"Be careful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares."
Anyway, the case of the vanishing hitchhiker will serve to
remind us of a day coming when many will disappear from off
Ian Macpherson writes in a prophetic magazine of an airline in the United States that positively refuses to permit two
Christian pilots to be jointly responsible for the flight of any
of their aircraft. Why?
Well, the reason is that they take seriously the biblical
teaching of Christ's Second Coming to rapture the true church.
At Christ's coming those who are truly His will suddenly
disappear and, if this were to take place when a plane was in the
air with two Christian pilots at the controls, disaster could
Perhaps you've read tracts on the subject or have seen
the Rapture Journal with the headline, "Multitudes Missing,"
relating the disappearance of millions of people from off the
earth--showing express trains traveling at high speed and
suddenly left driverless; of storm-buffeted ships on the high
seas without helmsmen; of airborne passenger-laden planes
plunging to their destruction as Christian pilots are raptured.
Is this fact or fiction?
Will the number of missing persons make a tremendous
impact upon the world, or will it all happen without headlines?
It is reported that some newspapers have the headlines already
made up, with the complete story from the Bible as to the
meaning of the event we call "the rapture," to use when it
We read of one Bible teacher who expects that UFOs will
be blamed for the disappearance of people from off the earth.
He sees the antichrist rejoicing in the fact that all of the
religious zealots are gone, for they would surely seek to
hinder his program of a united world political-religious system.
Today we would like to ask the question, "For whom is
We fear lest many have the mistaken idea that our Lord
will return for all believers regardless of their state or condition. Sarah Foulkes Moore, in HERALD OF HIS COMING,
points out that our Lord gave exhortations to uninterrupted
watchfulness. She notes: "He gave His disciples no reason
to believe that their readiness for the Rapture rested on any
experience of salvation they may have had. He made it pointed
and plain that their conduct at the moment of the Rapture
meant the winning of the prize." And she warns: "All teaching, all preaching, all activity, religious, secular or otherwise,
that today ignores the Lord's solemn warning to His own to
"watch and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy"
dissipates watchfulness and makes for sloth and carelessness."
For whom is Christ coming?
Will He take all of the babies when He comes ?
One Bible expositor says: "Yes." He replies: "I believe
that little children who have not reached a time of accountability will be caught up in the rapture." Another claims that
all children under seven will be raptured and pictures a woman
of the world screaming because her child is missing.
On the other hand, a well-known prophetic writer was sent
this question: "Will children who are dedicated to Christ
before the Rapture, even if both of the parents are not born
again, be caught up with the Lord at that time?"
His answer: "No, they will not!" He further contends,
"The Rapture is a special blessing for born again people."
He goes on to explain: "The only way children under the age
of accountability will be caught up in the Rapture, is if one
or the other or both of the parents is a born again believer."
His reasoning is based on I Cor. 7:14 which states: "For
the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your
children unclean; but now are they holy."
So the possibility does exist that if one or both of the parents
are born-again Christians it would have its effect upon the
children who are under the age of accountability. According
to this interpretation, babies of believers who are raptured
will also be gone when Jesus comes.
Who, then, will be raptured when Jesus comes?
The Rev. Basil G. Mowell, writing in the PROPHETIC WITNESS
says: "Some believe that all who profess
to be Christians will be taken. But our Lord's parable of the
wise and foolish virgins who all went out to meet the bride-
groom contradicts such an opinion."
Continues Rev. Mowell, "Religion and church-going may
mean Christian profession, but if we do not possess the oil of
God's Holy Spirit, we shall not he taken to the marriage feast
when our Lord comes, hut will surely he left behind to face
the day of God's wrath on the nations of the world."
Mowell goes on to explain from the Scriptures who will he
taken when our Lord appears in the air.
1. Our Lord will come for those who belong to Him.
In speaking of the order of the resurrection, Paul writes:
"Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His
coming." (I Cor. 15:23)
Thus, our Lord is coming for those who are redeemed
by His precious blood and have their names written in the
Lamb's Book of Life. Only those who have been cleansed
from sin will enter Heaven.
2. He is coming for those who are looking for Him.
Hebrews 9:28 reminds us: "Unto them that look for Him shall
He appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
There seem to he many Christians who are not looking
for our Lord to come. However, for those of us who are
ready to meet our Saviour, the thought of rapture is our
"blessed hope." In view of the fact of Christ's coming, we
are told to comfort one another with these words." (I Thess.
3. Jesus is coming for those who are living lives of
watchfulness and perseverance.
How often our Lord commanded His disciples, saying:
"Watch: for you know not when the Master of the house
comes .... lest coming suddenly He finds you sleeping. And
what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch!" (Mark 13:35-37)
Again He urges, saying: "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 21:36)
Our Lord is very insistent that this should be our
attitude of watchfulness in order to be ready for His coming.
Billy Graham writes: "We do not know the exact time when
Jesus Christ will come; but we are to be on the alert. You
may be among the many thousands who at this moment are
not ready. You have never received Christ. Your heart is
not cleansed of sin. You're not ready to meet God. I beg of
you to make ready now."
One young man related how when he was a boy he thought
of Christ's Return as signaled by the sound of a heavenly
trumpet and the voice of the archangel. At the time, he wasn't
a Christian and he thought, "That will give me just enough
time to pray the sinner's prayer and get saved." Later,
however, he read where our Lord's coming will take place "in
a moment, in a twinkling of an eye." He decided it would be
too late then to get right with God, and made his decision at
once for Christ.
Carl Richardson, in admonishing listeners of the "Forward
in Faith" program, warns: "Don't wait until the Church
disappears. Come now. Pray where you are. Make things right
between you and God. Confess your sins. Believe on the Lord
Jesus. Welcome Him into your heart and prepare to go with
Indeed, in the words of Jesus, we would declare: "Be ye
therefore ready also, for in such an hour that ye think not,
the Son of man cometh."