As Jesus entered Jerusalem on what we call “Palm Sunday,” His many followers acknowledged Him as the promised King. They cried out, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38) The entrenched theologians of his day didn’t believe Jesus could be the prophesied Messiah. In fact they had given up hope that the prophecies were even true. They asked Jesus to set His disciples straight. Jesus had already criticized the Pharisees and their forefathers for not believing the prophets, and of even putting them to death (Matthew 23:29-36).
So Jesus said to the Pharisees, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”- Luke 19:14
Today, while Jesus’ predictions about the future (Matthew 24:4-8) are coming to pass right before our eyes, and the majority of evangelical believers wonder if the promised return of Jesus to take His believers away (known as the “Rapture of the Church”) might be near, many churches are neglecting this subject.
Peter warned that this would happen:
Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation. – 2 Peter 3:3-4
This is fascinating. While many churches have stopped looking for the “blessed hope” of the Rapture, Hollywood has adopted the message. Two major movies: one already out, and the other “coming soon” to the big screen are powerful reminders of this biblical teaching.
“The Remaining,” a Sony release presents the Rapture as a sudden event followed immediately by the various judgments of the 7-year Tribulation period (Revelation chapters 6-9). It is described on its website as,
“an action-packed supernatural thriller that addresses questions of life, love and belief against an apocalyptic backdrop. A group of close friends gather for a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by a series of cataclysmic events and enemies foretold by biblical end-times prophecies.”
On October 3, a remake of “Left Behind,” starring Nicholas Cage, will dramatize the theme of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkin’s record-setting novel series once again. The movie’s website describes the story:
“The most important event in the history of mankind is happening right now. In the blink of an eye, the biblical Rapture strikes the world. Millions of people disappear without a trace. All that remains are their clothes and belongings, and in an instant, terror and chaos spread around the world. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Planes fall from the sky. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. There is no one to help or provide answers. In a moment, the entire planet is plunged into darkness.”
So, if your local church hasn’t mentioned this vital aspect of Christian belief lately, you might want to make a trip to the theater to hear the message.