Now How, But Where
With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
—2 Peter 3:8–9
I am glad God didn’t answer my prayer back in 1972 when I was praying with many other believers, “Lord, come soon.” Here’s why: A lot of people have become Christians since 1972. The Bible says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
For believers, the Rapture means no death. It doesn’t mean that some will not die. But it does mean there is a generation that will not die, a generation that will not have to go into the grave, a generation that will be caught up into the presence of the Lord.
Now, the question often arises, “Are we that generation?” I don’t know. We could be. I think I could make a fairly good case for it. But no one can say with complete certainty. The Lord may not come in our lifetime.
But I want you to know if that does not happen, if the Lord does not return, then I won’t be disappointed, because my hope is not in the coming of the Lord. My hope is in the Lord that is coming. I hope yours is too. That is what is important. I know that I am going to heaven one day. And what is exciting to me is not how I get there as much as where I am going. I have that hope. Do you?
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