A classic text of eschatology is 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

Back in September of 1994, I saw a clipping on the prediction of our Lord’s Return and the rapture of Christians. Checking my calendar for the predicted date, I discovered that it was when I was to be at a pastors’ conference, out of town! My wife remarked about the rapture, “Oh that’s great – I was hoping we’d all go together!”

Rev. Danny Goddard is senior pastor at New Castle First Church of the Nazarene.