“The world is getting really bad. I think the rapture will happen within the next 12 years.” I was dating a girl who made that prediction to me, and that was about 10 years ago. For those of you who are not familiar, the rapture is the term used to describe when the Lord takes believers out of the world before the seven-year tribulation period prophesied about in the Bible.
At the time she said that I was pretty skeptical for two reasons. First, the Bible is clear “that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2) and “…that day and hour no one knows.” (Mark 13:32) That guarantees that the only time we can rule out for the rapture is any specific time when somebody says it will happen. In her defense, though, she was not predicting a specific day and hour. She was just guessing a general time frame.
The other reason was that I looked back at the other times in history where God gave up on us turning it around and realized that He is very patient. Think about it. The first time he brought large-scale judgment down on people was the flood. He waited until Noah and his family were the only ones left worth saving in the entire world. That is patience! The other example is when God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. In that instance, He told Abraham that He was going to destroy those cities and Abraham negotiated with him. Abraham asked if God would destroy the city if there were 50 good people there. God said no. Then he lowered it to 45. God said no. Abraham kept haggling all the way down to 10 good people and God said He would spare the cities for the sake of 10. In the end, as we know, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because 10 could not be found, and Lot and his daughters were the only ones who survived. Again, God is patient!
All this being said, I am starting to think that she might not be as far off as I assumed at the time. It is hard to deny that end-time prophesies are starting to line up so well that it’s hard to believe that anybody can doubt the Bible anymore. There are even groups who are trying to push for the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem, which we know will be there during the tribulation. With dominos falling like they are it would not surprise me if her 12-year guess was close. Then again, it could be 100 years away still. The only certainty is that it’s closer now than ever before, and we should be prepared.
This is what gave me the idea for a rapture will. I’ve thought about writing a normal will before but put it off because I’m still young, healthy, and extremely attractive. I also think it is a big decision who to leave my money to. I’m single and have no kids so at this point I do not have a responsibility to take care of anybody. I used to think about who would have the most fun with it. As shallow as that sounds, it still matters to me. I would not want it to be wasted on somebody who follows the lockdown rules and sits inside hiding. I want it to be enjoyed. On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to leave it all to someone who would blow through it all on frivolous stuff like caviar and spider monkeys. One spider monkey, fine, but definitely not plural. Ultimately, what I really want is to leave my money to people who will use it for the most important purpose there is, to bring people to God so that they end up in Heaven. This makes the obvious heirs to my inheritance have one necessary quality. They must be good Christians.
This works when deciding on my normal will, but a big problem arises when it comes to a rapture will. All of the other good Christians will have been whooshed away with me. I can’t leave it to my parents because they will also be gone. Any Christian friends will have also disappeared. It would be pointless to leave it to my church because any true believers there will be with me. Unfortunately, I do have family members who may not believe and will still be around, but I do not want to give my money to someone who will not use it to spread the truth about what is going on and how to be saved. It sounds like I may as well just burn the money, doesn’t it? Wrong! I figured out a way to at least make an educated guess as to who to leave my inheritance to.
To do this we have to look at what we do know about the seven-year tribulation period after the rapture. We know that although Christians will have been removed from the world and the antichrist will be ruling, many people will realize that they missed the boat and will turn to God. Further, Revelation 7:1-8 tells us that 144,000 people will be sealed as servants of God during that time; 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. So, we know for a fact that 144,000 Jews will realize that Jesus is the Messiah and will become witnesses who bring others to Him during this time.
Now that we have this information to go on, I can narrow down who to set as my beneficiary. Since it has to be somebody who will be left behind, and I want the biggest probability that my inheritance is used to further the Kingdom of God, I will leave my money to a Jewish person who is both smart and preferably someone who has influence. My mind instantly went to my favorite radio personality and founder of Prager University, Dennis Prager, and another great mind and founder of The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro.
I have to admit, this was supposed to be the end of the article. Then I noticed Revelation 14:4, which says of the 144,000, “These are the ones who were not defiled by women, for they are virgins.” That throws off my plan since both Prager and Shapiro have children. They will not be part of the “sealed” group mentioned in Revelation. Fortunately, this does not mean they will not be saved. Revelation 14:9-17 tells us that a “great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues,” will be saved during the tribulation.
Knowing all of this, here is what I have decided for my rapture will. If at any time I go missing, and so do many other Christians including my parents, my sister Amber, and some Christian public figures like Pastor Jack Hibbs, Vice President Mike Pence, and Tim Tebow, then my money should be split evenly between Dennis Prager and Ben Shapiro. Since I have no way of knowing who are virgins, I have to take a chance that Prager and Shapiro will be part of the “great multitude” of converts. I know that they are both wise men who study the Torah (the Old Testament to Christians) and I think that makes them a better bet than most. However, if you see Ben Shapiro at the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem with a spider monkey on each shoulder, you know I made an incorrect choice.