What is it? When is it? How is it? Where is it? Who gets to participate?
According to Merriam Webster:
rap·ture noun \ˈrap-chər\ : a state or feeling of great happiness, pleasure, or love.
Full Definition of RAPTURE
1: an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion
2a: a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion
b: a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things
3often capitalized: the final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time according to Christian theology
According to Wikipedia:
Rapture is a term in Christian eschatology which refers to the "being caught up", as discussed in Thessalonians 4:17, when the "dead in Christ" and "we who are alive and remain" will be "caught up in the clouds" to meet "the Lord in the air".
A Modern Mystical or Metaphysical view:
Rapture is a beautiful experience, as one becomes aware of the continuity of all things. It is not a place wherein you float out into space, wherein you simply sit in a state of constant and eternal bliss, it is instead a state of surrender to any condition and any circumstance in your life upon the earth; absolute surrender because you know that God's love is the constant here and you know that you can find freedom and salvation for your soul in any given moment by remembering this."
Put very simply, one experiences the Rapture as one attunes to the love in their heart and thus they transcend time and space. As all of life comes together in a beauteous moment, that is called "Rapture".
A Recent Revelation:
When you find and follow your passions, you will find yourself in Your Own Rapture ... as if transported beyond both time and space!
But, as you are not and cannot be apart from God (or you wouldn't even exist) this is You In Rapture, with God and as a part of God-Goddess and all the Is, Was or Ever Shall Be! Yes, You, the Divine Spark that walks this earth with me!
The RAPTURE A New Spiritual Look at some Old Religious Concepts
The Rapture will not come when finally you jumped through the last religious hoop and the Lord Jesus Christ finally recognizes you as one of his own. The Rapture will come when finally you fall in love with the earth as a part of heaven; loving all people, animals, minerals, plants just the way they are and honoring the air you breathe, the water you drink and the ground you walk on, as the parts of God that they are. Yes, we even will love the politicians, their militaries and those who believe that they finance it all, right along with those who have no finances, for these too are a part of God-Goddess and All-That-Is, containing the All-in-all.
You, we and I chose lives in which we could enjoy the beauties of the earthly experience, along with those of heaven, for heaven is everywhere – all the time; as is God-Godess. We have chosen this earthly experience to wake up to love in this rapturous adventure.
The possibility for a conscious awareness of Heaven, you see my friends, is in each and every being, thing and situation, no matter how large or small; it is even in those that we consider insignificant, inanimate or less than we are. You see, all existence has its own awareness, for it is all God and it is all connected to you, or you would not even be aware of it.
The man Jesus knew this, however you doubt it and that is the only difference between you and Him. Like you, He was born “The Son of Man” … and woman, as a human just like you. He came from heaven, just like you, to live as a human being, to walk the earth with a loving awareness so that you too might be inspired to love one another. This was His only “Saving” grace. Thus in your last days, He does not save you except as you are inspired by his loving energy and actions, and exercise them in your day to day life.
You too are connected to the Heart of God-Goddess, as was He and HE lived his life that way in his day, hoping that you may do also.
Jehovah, Joshua, Jeshua or Isias, the son of Joseph did not come to wave a magic wand to save human kind, though He was and is a Magi, for He knew that your ever loving, everlasting soul is eternal and that there is nothing that can destroy a soul except if it shrouds itself in darkness forever. But, He also knew and knows that there is always a spark in the center of that darkness that will some day burst forth with life, as every seed of God is destined to do. This is your “Predestination”, and not anything less. Beyond that, all is “Free Will”, in love.
Thus, the “Rapture” is not His to reward, as you, too are a son or daughter of God-Goddess, able to love as He showed us and thus able to raise up your own vibrations to come in tune with the Rapture of Loving it ALL!
The Rapture will not come when finally the Armageddon has brought the entire world to shambles; it comes when we finally love, honor and respect the people and the world around us as equal partners in this heavenly experience that we call life.
John always travels with Spirit
A PERSONAL NOTE
You, too, may experience The Rapture while still in physical reality
After driving to the Yavapai Food Bank to pick up a donation container and finding their gate closed, I took a drive on Fain Rd., down from the head waters of the Agua Fria River. As I drove, relaxing and open to the beauties that surrounded me in the golden light of sunset, I noticed the golden fields of grain, the purple mountains, the blue sky with white and grey clouds. All this beauty of nature that I was in the midst of touched something inside me ... and I could feel that everything was alive!
Now, all this nature in and around me wasn't quite as alive as what I experienced when I had the Shared Near Death Experience (SNDE) with my wife, Rev. Martine (24 hours before her last breath on earth), but it seemed like I was experiencing the passion of being connected with God, Nature and even Life itself and was thus feeling the Love and The Rapture ... and yet I'm still here to write about it, now!
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