It’s Gonna Be Loud. And Bright. And Glorious.

Nothing secret and silent here.

As a young Christiain I watched a number of movies about this secret rapture.  I particularly remember one called “A Thief in the Night.”  The opening scene shows a young woman waking up with the radio on announcing the sudden worldwide disappearance of thousands.  She calls out for her husband a couple times, gets no answer, so she gets up and goes into the bathroom only to find his electric razor laying in the sink buzzing.  Terrified, she screams.  

It’s gonna be loud.  It’s going to be noisy.  And bright.  And impossible to miss.

Some Christians believe that Jesus will return secretly, and the “rapture,” when Jesus “catches up” believers into the clouds of glory with him will be secret.  As a young Christiain I watched a number of movies about this secret rapture.  I particularly remember one called “A Thief in the Night.”  The opening scene shows a young woman waking up with the radio on announcing the sudden worldwide disappearance of thousands.  She calls out for her husband a couple times, gets no answer, so she gets up and goes into the bathroom only to find his electric razor laying in the sink buzzing.  Terrified, she screams.  

You can watch the opening sequence of “A Thief in the Night” here.

My friend Jim recently told me that when he was 11 years old at a church camp they showed all the kids that same movie in the rec hall right before bed.  “We were all scared after we saw it, and it made a big impression on me.”  Jim said that every morning the camp would play reveille over loudspeakers and everybody would get up, make their beds, and go down in front of the dining hall, line up, say the pledge of allegiance, and march into dining hall.  If not there, you’d get in trouble.  When Jim woke it was thundering and lightning.  He looked around and everybody was gone.  No one was in the cabin. Terrified he thought the rapture had happened.  He ran out of the cabin.  All the cabins were empty. The dining hall was down the hill.  He ran down and could see that nobody was lined by the flag pole.
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