The Rapture of the Church
I’ve just seen a video put up by Gregory Miller – I Don’t Believe That You Don’t Believe In The Pre-Trib Rapture –
Most Christians are really not waiting for the Lord’s coming – but are not planning for the tribulation either. Through God’s mercy we will be saved out of that – See the letter to the Church at Smyrna (modern day Izmir)
But His coming is the Hope of the Church – so every Christian should be waiting for it. Jesus says “I come quickly” (Revelation 22:20)
I love this hymn, written by a Godly Russian, Daniel Otsing.
O Lord, with our ears and hearts open,
To the sound of Thy trump we would be.
The summons that calls us to heaven,
For ever to be Lord with Thee.
Thy word and Thy Spirit blest Lover,
As earnest is given to Thy bride,
Thou art near to faith’s vision, O Saviour,
But soon she will be by Thy side
O come! Thou, Lord Jesus, we’re watching;
And take now Thy spouse home to Thee.
Thine absence awakens deep yearning,
The bride her loved Bridegroom to see.
Thy heart, O Lord Jesus is throbbing,
With love, deep, eternal, we know;
Our hearts in response, with love’s “burning”,
Await Thee, with lamps all aglow.
The Spirit and bride are united
In saying, “Come, Lord”, yea, come soon.
Throughout the long night she has waited
To see Thee, her faithful Bridegroom.
Gross darkness, the earth doth now cover,
And night like a pall shrouds the land.
Thy flock is still here, Shepherd, Lover,
The sheep Thou hast kept by Thy hand.
Midst darkness faith clearly sees beaming
The light of Thy coming afar,
We watch for the dawn of the morning,
Blest herald: “The bright morning star”.
The word of Thy patience we’re keeping,
Its radiancy beams on our path,
Like a beacon us, heavenward attracting,
To meet Thee: The hope of our heart.
How sweet is Thy word, “I come quickly”.
“Amen!” answer Spirit and bride;
Responsive to love, faithful, holy,
That never has once turned aside.
Thy promise is sure; blest Protector,
“Not one shall be lost”, is Thy word;
Of the “men given” Thee by Thy Father,
We praise Thee; we bless Thee O Lord.
Petrograd (St Peterburg), 1917,
Selected verses in Little Flock Hymn Book Hymn 131