Rapture, Preppers, and Tyrrany

I remember reading Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days for the first time over ten years ago.  It was a popular read among home schoolers, church goers, etc. and easily sucked readers into the well written series.  Its a captivating concept, but one that I have always struggled with and debated in the peer group.  And by no means am I suggesting that a rapture of some form won’t take place at some time of God’s choosing, I am describing the consequences that have come about because of issues of the heart among Christian culture.  What is interesting is the concept of “rapture”, that is this idea that before anything really bad happens all believers will be pulled up to heaven.  Perhaps this will happen one day, Scripture does not make this very clear in terms of timing or form, but here are some consequences of falling blindly into this belief– and these consequences are seen in other areas as well.  But first let us consider a few things.

The benefits of Liberty in the USA.  Liberty in the form of individual freedoms always create wealth.  Historically the USA has become the most wealthy of all nations because of free capitalism lead by morally upright men.  The focus over the years as a nation has instead of protecting Liberty (see Ron Paul’s sign off speech) indulged in its results: wealth and well being– “let us focus on the almighty dollar!”  Without delving on the biblical grounds of biblical liberty, consider that Christian culture has lost its understanding of Liberty.  Liberty is not something that simply happens– it requires a morally upright people to stand up and ensure it exists!

Rapturism has instead infiltrated Christian cutlture and given it only more excuses not to act.  Consider the consequence of believing such a concept in a time of huge government expansion.  I don’t believe it to be random coincidence that as these books were released Christian voters became even more pacified and consumed with individual gain as the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive wars, the Patriot Act, and the TSA exploded into existence.  It was almost as if the forces of darkness behind the scenes primed Christian culture with rapturism as a belief, set the stage for terrorist acts and thus reason for expanding the government, and then acted on it with no resistence from the only force that should have said NO, Christians.  The run away belief of rapture apart from bibical grounding destroys the active participation of the morally upright, for if you believe that before anything bad will happen that you will be pulled out, there is no reason to do anything other than indulge in the lingering benefits of what was once fought for and upheld over the years by the morally upright of the past: our Founding Fathers.

Consider history now.  2 kings 6:24-31, “24 Now it came about after this, that Ben-hadad king of Aram gathered all his army and went up and besieged Samaria. 25 There was a great famine in Samaria; and behold, they besieged it, until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a fourth of a [m]kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver. 26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!” 27 He said, “[n]If the Lord does not help you, from where shall I help you? From the threshing floor, or from the wine press?” 28 And the king said to her, “What [o]is the matter with you?” And she [p]answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ 29 So we boiled my son and ate him; and I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him’; but she has hidden her son.” 30 When the king heard the words of the woman, he tore his clothes—now he was passing by on the wall—and the people looked, and behold, he had sackcloth [q]beneath on his [r]body. 31 Then he said, “May God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat [s]remains on him today.”

Do you suppose that preparation for such things as a blizzard, times of famine, power outage, siege are an unbiblical thing?  Consider also the story of Joseph in Genesis in which Egypt is about to face an incredible famine.  What do they do?  They prepare by storing up for themselves food such as grain.  It is not a foreign concept in the Bible, Christian.  Why do we instead during times of economic crisis still indulge in absurd wastes of time like the super bowl, football, computer games, movies, and yet there is not an ounce spent on preparing for the consequences of a tyrannical government and the results of an out of control monetary system?

Does the future of our loved ones not matter to us that we instead fall for rapturism? indulgences in wealth?  Does the story of canabalism in 2 kings not remind us of the consequences of ill preparedness?

It is time to stand up, Christian.  A dollar is only as good as the man who guarantees it– and we have seen how good that guarrantee has stood up in places like Greece, Spain and others including Hurricane striken New York in recent months that have fallen into depression and starvation because of the beliefs of the affected individuals mentioned above, or lack of moral conviction.

~ by Majestic on November 18, 2012.

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