Imagine you wake up one day and one third of all the people you know are gone. They disappeared into thin air, off the face of the earth. It’s as if they were abducted by aliens.
You go to your neighbor’s house and they don’t answer the door. Their dogs are barking. Their cats need in.
You call your Aunt, and she doesn’t answer the phone and she always answers the phone.
You send a message to a friend on Facebook, no reply.
You send another friend a text and they don’t get back to you and they always do.
The person that watches your children is missing. You are forced to take them to work with you.
On your way to work you notice cars on the side of the road abandoned. You go to work and half of the people you work with are missing. They didn’t show up to work. And they are very punctual. Their always on time!
You turn on the news and the news is talking about some alien abduction, because that is what they are going to say. The news is claiming that millions of people are gone (abducted).
You go to have your car repaired during your lunch break and his shop is closed. The person that repairs your car is missing.
You have an appointment to get your hair done, not today they are gone.
Your favorite bank tellers are gone.
You want to order pizza and your favorite pizza place is closed because so many people didn’t show up to work.
I could go on and on forever, but you get the picture. And there is way more than just these examples that will be impacted, according to Mary Fairchild (April 16, 2020) there are 2.5 billion Christians in the world. If that number is accurate and they do believe in the birth, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and they have repented of their sins, then around 2.5 billion people “shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (Bible Gateway KJV 2022)
1 Thessalonians 14 “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (Bible Gateway KJV 2022)
What happened to all these people? Where did they all go?
Susie, Jennifer, Rob and Dave all tried to talk to you about Jesus, but you brushed them off. Saying “I don’t have time for that kind of talk”.
You dismissed them as Bible-beaters or do-gooders. Maybe you even thought they were naïve to believe a book written over 2000 years ago with crazy stories in it like Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Jesus walking on the water and turning the water into wine. And Jesus healing people and throwing out demons.
When Jesus returns will you be caught up in the air? In a twinkling of an eye…
1 Corinthians 52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (Bible Gateway KJV 2022)
Will you be asking yourself, Where Did All The People Go?