You’ve seen the bumper sticker:
When the rapture occurs, this car will be driverless.
You probably chuckle, not sweat. The way the guy drives, you figure he won’t be counted among the righteous! And so many cars on the road are driverless now, thanks to texters.
Daily you hear new ecstatic predictions of driverless cars: Audi plans to introduce one by 2020. The Chinese talk of mass production by 2021. Intel forecasts a $7 trillion driverless car industry by 2050.
So maybe you snicker at the sticker: “Big deal, if the secret rapture ever comes, all cars will be driverless!” And if the same goes for the airliners, you can rejoice that there will probably be lots of empty seats to spread out in! More left for behind!
Pew Research in 2010 found that only 41% of Americans believed Christ would return by 2050. Ironically, as we careen closer to His return, scoffers will abound (2 Pet. 3:3-4).
If you know your Bible, here’s
The real secret:
The Bible teaches no secret rapture. When Jesus Christ returns to collect His saints, He’s coming like lightning from the east flashing to the west (Matt. 24:27) so that “every eye will see Him” (Rev. 1:7) The seventh trumpet blasts in every ear (1 Thes. 4:16-17)—enough to wake the dead!
OK, it’s obviously no secret. But don’t Christians change from physical to spirit “in the twinkling of an eye” and rise up in the air to meet Jesus in the clouds (1 Cor. 15:51-53)? If that sounds like a rapture, the Bible calls it the first resurrection–the better one (Heb. 11:35) with double portion for the firstborn (Deut. 21:17). OK, but could there still be crashing cars and plummeting airliners?
A Different Place, Different Time
The rapture theory calls for Christians being whisked off to heaven to escape the Great Tribulation. Actually the Bible promises God’s people will be transported by “two wings of a great eagle … into the wilderness” to the Place of Safety for this same 3-1/2 years preceding Christ’s return (Rev. 12:14).
So escaping the Great Tribulation, but in the Place of Safety, not heaven. God’s people would be resurrected from there–at the end of the 3-1/2 years, not the beginning. A much different time!
If it’s from Petra, the mode of transportation is camels, and those sure-footed beasts would probably easily come to a safe halt.
There are exceptions, such as the Two Witnesses, but Revelation says they rise from lying dead in a street of Jerusalem for three days (Rev. 11:8). Nothing about any transportation carnage.
When you read about all the chaos in the book of Revelation at the time of the end, where one-fourth of the earth has been killed by the end of the fourth seal (Rev. 6:8), and the Great Tribulation will be the worst time ever experienced so that no flesh would be saved alive if Christ didn’t intervene (Matt. 24:21-22), you have to wonder how many cars and airliners will be in operation anyway.
So let’s not worry about the rapture of driverless cars ahead. And when the seventh trump blows, here’s hoping we rise to the occasion!