Rapture Ready is not a new site, not by any means; it was started up in 1987, apparently. With many scripture-based articles, one would not expect to leave the site feeling a bit jaded; a bit cold. One would want to be filled with compassion from a site that articulated the very essence of Jesus.
Maybe it is because the site is bent on getting the attention of a largely apostate world so as to deliver it’s urgent central theme — the theme that one should ready themselves (get right before God) — for the arguably rapidly-approaching End Times? Maybe in the world wide web and fighting the background noise of modern American media the site needs to be ‘loud’ and outspoken in order to ‘break through’, as it were? Maybe they just do things bigger and better in the US of A? Or maybe it is because Rapture Ready feels that Christianity in the United States has gone soft and are going belly-up, throwing the white towel in to Islam? Maybe.
Yes, Yeheshua is returning to earth as the Lion of Judah to rule righteously with a “rod of iron”. He is not to be perpetually re-crucified as in the apparent sadistic repetitions of Catholic mass. The Bible means what it says and says what it means. We need not entertain ideas of floating off in a lagoon of frangipanis encircling an exaggerated, italicised “LOVE” in large emboldened red. With the Bible, we need to be realistic and pragmatic as well as spiritual. Realistic post-modern Christians (what’s left of them) have come to understand this – indeed, expect no less.
But post-modern Christians still expect love. Post-modern Christians still expect faith. And post-modern Christians still expect humility from a Christian site.
Brazenly entitled “The Infidels”, the author leads with a politically incorrect joke as a case in point, explaining that:
Today’s politically correct world no doubt frowns on such humor. For some reason no one can explain, humor involving fun-poking at religious, ethnic, or homeland content – other than when directed at Christianity, Caucasians, and America–is considered bad form at best, and hate speech at worst.
Quite rightly, the author then goes on to point out that the word “Infidel” is not exclusive to the Islamic faith; that it too can be found in the pages of the Bible (2 Corinthians 6:15 and 1 Timothy 5:8) and other sources. The argument sounds valid: has the Christian West surrendered use of the word “infidel” over to Islam, who has essentially claimed it for itself? This, Rapture Ready argues, is symptomatic of the West being “too meek”.
Too meek. Or do they mean too “weak”? Could this just be a typo? Meek or weak, is it all just semantics?
Humility can be thought of as freedom – freedom from pride and arrogance. Humility means to be meek, not weak. Meekness is strength under control, probably best described by Paul (Galatians 5:22-23).
Seventeen times the bible uses the word “meek”: it is used to describe Moses (Numbers 12:3); the meek will be saved and they will inherit the earth (Psalm 149:4); we are implored to seek righteousness and meekness (Zephaniah 2:3); God values meekness very highly (1 Peter 3:4); and Jesus himself says that the meek are blessed for they shall inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).
God wants us to be meek. Rapture Ready warns us against being “too meek”.
Joyce Meyer makes this distinction:
God doesn’t want you to be weak or taken advantage of. He doesn’t want you to be walked on by others, but He does want you to be meek.
When we read something, especially something that is as important as eternity, we need to know we are on the right track – we are always on the look-out, surveying for little tell-tale signs and clues which may reveal the bona fides of the author or frequent and various details in the passage which confirm their understanding of the topic of discourse. We need to know we’re in safe hands.
At the bottom of Rapture Ready’s dazzling home-page one reads:
Several people have asked me if they could reproduce articles found on this web page. I always say, “Yes of course.” In fact, readers may disseminate this information via mail, e-mail, airmail, oral conversation, billboards, carrier pigeons, pony express, smoke signals; by means of telephone, television, telegraph, teletype; through Braille, sign language, placing messages in bottles, drum beats, books, CD’s, radio, and telepathy for you New Age folks. When the rapture should take place, resulting in my absence, it will become necessary for tribulation saints to mirror or financially support this site.
While reading, we wonder is Islam really the West’s foe? Perhaps it is. What of hard-headedness? Is Rapture Ready meek? Does Rapture Ready teach meekness? To be ready for the Rapture we need to know Christ. After reading “The Infidels” are we closer to Christ?
Bold and assertive is so appealing in modern times – perhaps always has been so. Reputations hard-fought can be easily lost though. Under-promising and over-delivering may be the way to go after all. Not just for products or services, books or websites – no, not for entire nations but as a guide for life itself. Meek. Humble.
For the risk of something that claims to be, an established something no less, will always be that it is anything but.
In Jesus’ name