Friday I posted a piece on Friday Fictioneers called “No Fake News” in which I theorized that a playground of children disappeared as a new reporter was standing by. She was shocked. What happened to the children? My question, “Was it perhaps that the rapture had taken place and the children were caught up with Jesus?” I did not have an answer. I still don’t. But there were some comments that made me want to expound on this event.
I remembered having written something at one time. I cannot find it on the blog, but I did find the subject on FB from 1914. I copy/paste it. Please give me some feedback on this subject.
QUESTION: Does anyone out there have a definitive answer about whether children below the age of accountability will be taken in the rapture? LeHaye/Jenkins Left Behind series indicate that they will be. I have heard young people (parents) express that they know enough about not taking the mark of the beast that they will not partake of such in that time. But I believe they have no idea of how easy it will be to take the mark rather than watch their children starve. I’m afraid they rest in a false peace. I call this a false hope based on scriptures such as Mark 13 and Matt. 24 that warn of the plight of the pregnant women and nursing mothers, numerous accounts of the destruction of cities where children are destroyed along with adults, as well as devastation caused by the sins of fathers to third and fourth generations. I’m afraid we are being led to saying “peace, peace” based on the premise of unaccountability. But I would surely like a message of peace if it is scriptural. So, anybody who can tell me? If it depends on parents, what if one is a Christian and the other is not? It is easier to just say they will be caught up, isn’t it? But I sure would like some scripture.
Please give me your thoughts.
If I blogged this category before, WP might pull it up in the extended reading at the bottom. If so, we can read it together. 😀 It will jog my memory. At least it would be worth checking comments if something does come up. We’ll see.
Hi, Mrs. Oneta! I’d like to share the post below. While it talks mainly about Mental Disabilities, however I believe it may help in this discussion about kids, also.
I would also like to add that it is in people’s best interest to accept Christ prior to the Rapture of the church. Regardless of a person’s motivations, during the Tribulation, willfully taking the Mark of the Beast will doom them to the lake of fire and brimstone.
I did read your link. I agree. My issue is that I am afraid parents will believe their children will be raptured even if they (the parents) are not. I’m sticking with the subject a few days. I appreciate your input.
Oneta, two scripture passages come to mind. One, Romans 5:13 says, “(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” Romans 4:15 says,”Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”
I have always been taught that the meaning of these statements is that where there is no knowledge or understanding of sin, there is no punishment for sin. Babies have no knowledge of sin and salvation; they are not. under condemnation. We do not know what the so-called “age of accountability” is for children. I do believe that when the parents start teaching them God’s Word when they are very young, that knowledge and understanding comes quite early. All four of my children asked Jesus into their hearts before they were five. There are people who object that a child so young can be held accountable for his behavior. I disagree. Some believe that a child needs to be at least eight or nine before he knows the difference between right and wrong. I think we do our children a dire injustice by following that “wisdom.” They’re a lot more aware than we give them credit, when they are that old. They know when they’re lying, or being disobedient.
I would also refer you to the story of David when his son with Bathsheba died, as God had said. David’s words are recorded in II Sam. 12: 22-23. “And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether [b]the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
Thank you for your patience in giving me your perspective. I will be on the subject a few days. Thanks for bringing to light some angles I have not considered.
I say all that because I believe without doubt that children, alive and dead, who were too young to understand sin and salvation, will be raptured. Our God is, after all, a God of great mercy.
I agree that they will be saved, I’m just not sure about the “raptured” if there is a rapture. It is important to me because I believe more parents would see the danger in waiting if they know their children will suffer also.
Challenging questions, especially the one about letting children starve rather than allowing them to take the Mark of the Beast!
Our “peace,” though, is not in just assuming children will go in the rapture. At the bottom line is our faith, out trust in The Judge of All the Earth. Like our father, Abraham, we will say, “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” and we must answer in the affirmative!
As I trust in Jesus to be merciful, I leave the inclusion of who will be raptured, who will have to endure the chaos of the first three and half years of “tribulation” and who will have to escape from the judgment time of the last three and half years in His hands.
He does not require us to have all the answers; only to trust Him to be faithful, loving and just. He does not make mistakes. 😃 Hallelujah!!
I was thinking of the father/mother who might take the mark in order to buy food for the children. I wonder at what age the antichrist will demand the mark! Yes, our trust is in the Supreme Judge to do right. He will. But we need to know that what we are believing is based on scripture and we need interpret scripture soundly. Hey, thanks. I want to know when/if I am headed down a wrong alley.
Oneta, you will not find the words “rapture” in the Bible as it is used in this context. However, there are passages that describe it. The meaning is “to take away quickly.” Here is a website you may find helpful:https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/rapture-bible-verses/
Good thoughts, Oneta. It is one thing to withstand personal torture, but to watch your children (and grandchildren) suffer — !
I heard a story a long time ago which has stayed with me for decades now, of persecutors who were trying to force a father to renounce his faith. Instead of torturing him, they were torturing his little boy. The child cried out as he was dying, “Don’t do it Daddy!”
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