Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of influential evangelist Billy Graham, weighed in on the mysterious case of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 with a blog post on her personal website.
In the post, titled, “Where Have All The People Gone?” Lotz ponders whether the mass confusion over the disappearance is a “small snapshot of what the entire world will experience the day after the rapture of the church?”
The Rapture is the doctrine that during the second coming of Christ, all believers will be taken up to “meet the Lord in the air,” according to theology professor Alan Hultberg of Talbot School of Theology.
Bottom line: Where are all the people?
The answers don’t seem to be forthcoming as I write this. But as I have prayerfully pondered all of the above, I can’t help but wonder…Is this worldwide sense of shock and helplessness, of questions and confusion, of fear and grief, a glimpse of things to come? Is this a small snapshot of what the entire world will experience the day after the rapture of the church? Because the Bible is clear. There is coming a moment in time when Jesus will come back to gather to Himself all those—dead and alive–who have put their trust in Him. And on that day, the world will be asking, Where have all the people gone? Not just 239 of us, but millions of us.
On that day, with millions of people directly impacted by their own missing friends and family members…in the midst of overwhelming shock and helplessness, of questions and confusion, of fear and grief…when the world searches for clues, how easily will they find The Answer in what I leave behind? Instead of an oil slick, will there be traces of His grace and glory and truth?
This is a thought I can’t seem to shake, so I share it with you. Will your life, and mine, be a light to the world (Matthew 5:14) that points people to Jesus…after the rapture?