1 Cor. 15:51,52 – Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I am currently studying the book of Revelations again preparing for my Bible College class. It is bringing me back to the early days of my conversion and memories from the Jesus movement. Before my conversion I had found a discarded copy of a Christian newspaper called the Jungle Express. The particular issue that I found, crumpled up in a garden, was filled with articles about the end of the age. It spoke of topics such as the rapture, the antichrist, and the great tribulation. I remember feeling excitement and fear intertwined as I begin to soak in all the information I could about the last days. That was one of the key factors that lead to my conversion, I didn’t want to be “left behind” if the rapture came.
One of the voices in those days was Dick Mills who ultimately became a spiritual mentor to me. He would often speak of the return of Christ and would use the phrase “an atomic second”. He said the return of Christ would happen so suddenly that everyone would be caught by surprise. Here are some of Brother Mills thoughts on today’s verse.
“moment, atomos : Uncut, indivisible, undissected, infinitely small. The word is a compound of a, “un,” and temnos, “to cut in two.” When used of time, it represents an extremely short unit of time, a flash, an instant, a unit of time that cannot be divided. A second can be calibrated to one-tenth, one one-hundredth, and one one-thousandth of a second. But how do you calibrate an atomic second? Christ’s return will be in an atomic second.”
If that is true, if Jesus will return suddenly and unexpectedly an atomic second will give no one a moment to get prepared. Are you ready for the coming of Christ. How do you get ready? It’s not your doctrinal beliefs or even your position on when Christ will return that will get you ready for that atomic second. The only thing that will prepare you is to be born again. Jesus said it Himself, “You must be born again or you will never see the kingdom of God”. So why not get ready today? Invite Christ into your life to be your Lord and Savior.