The Solo Rapture
By Greg Laurie
lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.”
The Bible tells us about a man who experienced what we might describe as a solo rapture. He was caught up to meet the Lord in Heaven all by himself. His name was Enoch, and he’s a fascinating character.
We can read about him in the book of Genesis as well as in Hebrews 11, which says, “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—‘he disappeared, because God took him.’ For before he was taken up, he was
known as a person who pleased God” (verse 5 NLT).
So God “took him,” meaning that one day Enoch was taking a walk with the Lord, and he was caught up to glory. Maybe as the two were walking
along, the Lord said, “Hey buddy, we’re closer to My house than yours. Why don’t you come home with Me?” And he did.
Enoch lived in what we might describe as the last days. His
last days, however, were the days before the flood. So Enoch was a last-days believer in the sense that it was the time before God sent His judgment on the earth.
In fact, Genesis tells us that people
were so wicked that “the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart” (6:6 NLT). Yet Enoch lived a godly life in an ungodly time.
I believe that we, too,
are living in the last days. And we have the same spiritual resources that Enoch had. I would even say that we have more than he did because Christ had not yet come and died for the sins of the world. Believers today have Jesus living inside of them and the
Holy Spirit empowering them.
Enoch walked with God, and that’s what I want to encourage you to do today. Just simply walk with God.