1994 was the year in which I saw myself and a friend being caught up in the clouds in a dream regarding “Rapture” [READ BELOW]. The second Rapture dream that I saw was several years later. It was a time when I was passing through a phase of spiritual barrenness; there were frustrations in life, worldliness and I was not living in close fellowship with God.
In the dream, it was night time and the moon and stars were shining brightly. I saw many people clothed in white ascending to the heavens from different directions. I stood watching and rejoicing about the fact that Rapture was taking place. Then a sudden realization dawned on me that I was only watching and not being caught up. This made me sad and my countenance fell. The dream ended there.
When I woke up the next morning, I was very sad because the Holy Spirit had hinted that I would be left behind because I was not walking in close communion with God.
The dream made me realize that unless one lives a holy life and is in close communion with God at all times, it would not be possible to be caught up with Jesus at Rapture. Repentance and drawing near to God was the right thing to do and I did the same with the help of the Holy Spirit of God.
Therefore be watchful all the time, asking that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:36)
1st RAPTURE DREAM
In the year 1994, one night I had a dream. In the dream, I was walking along with a very close friend of mine on the road near my clinic. Nothing spectacular happening. The usual buzz of people going about their businesses and traffic plying by. We seemed to be discussing some recent events in our lives, enjoying the good weather as we walked along.
We both had umbrellas to shield us from the slight drizzle that ensued. Suddenly it started getting dark. Still walking along we were not disturbed by the rain as it was very mild; but the darkness seemed to be getting worse. A very strange fear gripped me as the darkness increased. My steps faltered. I told my friend, “I feel something terrible is going to happen. I can’t go any further.” My friend reassured me, “Why do you worry? The Lord is with us.” The darkness not only increased but there was lightning and thunder. Never in my lifetime had I heard such thunder. It was terrible. It almost seemed to break my back.
My friends’ poise renewed my inner being. He said, “Come, let’s praise the Lord. No evil will befall us. The lightnings were now striking very near us. “Despite the terrifying atmosphere, we started praising the Lord whole-heartedly and took giant strides forward. “Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord”, we shouted in unison.
And then it happened. In a flash, in the twinkling of a eye, a huge lightning came right up to us and sucked us up into the skies. As we ascended into the skies, unspeakable joy filled our hearts. We were still praising the Lord. And there the dream ended.
In the days that ensued, I meditated on the dream a lot and delved deeply into the scriptures to find its meaning. I found the following 2 passages from the Holy bible corresponding to my dream.
Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-54)
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17)
These are the two most significant passages from the Holy Bible that speak of an event called “Rapture”. Though the word “Rapture” is not found in the Word of God, this is the term used by Bible Scholars for the above said event. This word brings indescribable hope and joy to some and confusion to others.
What is the “Rapture”?
The word “rapture”is derived from the Latin word “raptu”, which means “caught away or caught up.” This Latin word is equivalent to the Greek “harpazo” translated as “caught up” in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. This event, described here and in 1 Corinthians 15, refers to the catching up of the church from the earth to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air. It involves only the faithful of Christ’s churches. It literally means that when it is the Lord’s time, He will take born again believers away from this earth to be with him forever.
Rapture should be nothing less than the great hope and eager expectation of every true Christian. It is what the early church longed for and through the centuries has continued to be the hope of many who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s been 21 years now, since I saw the dream. I believe it will happen sometime in my lifetime. And may the Holy Spirit prepare you and me for that blessed moment.
The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is longsuffering towards us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)