When I was a kid in second or third grade way, way back in the 60s, my favorite TV show was Lost in Space. (Yes, we actually had television in the 60s!) The futuristic science fiction show first aired in 1965 and focused on the Robinson family who were being launched into space in the year 1997. Back in 1965 those 30 plus years in the future seemed incomprehensible, but it was so exciting imagining what the world would be like at the end of the century. Based on the show, space travel would be the norm for that day and age as well as robots, jet packs and life on other planets.
Now that 2015 has arrived I’m more than a little disappointed that I don’t have my own jet pack or domestic robot yet. Obviously the operative word in science fiction is fiction. The future cannot be portrayed as actual science fact and is merely the interpretation by those who dare to dream and write in that genre.
The older I get I find the turning of the calendar a bit alarming. Time is rushing past at an impossibly fast pace – which can be the cause for much fear and worry for my generation. Movies and books can depict the future, but the fact remains that the future will always be one big mystery.
When I first became a Christian in the late 1970s I was thrown into a revival movement that believed that the second coming of Christ and the Rapture was going to happen before the end of that decade. Thirty years later we’re all still waiting for that glorious occasion that at times seems a bit like science fiction as recorded in the New Testament.
We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. (1 Thess. 4:15-18 NLT)
While science and technology has made great strides towards giving us many computerized or robotic conveniences, I think it’s safe to say that our culture is a long way away from the lifestyles depicted in Lost in Space . Realistically though — how close are we from the voice of the archangel, the trumpet call of God and being caught up in the air to meet the Lord?
As we grow older there’s no point in sitting around and worrying about our unknown future. The future with its technological advances that boggle the mind is coming whether we worry about it or not. Our time would be better spent waiting and watching expectantly for that day when the trumpet calls us and we’re caught up in the air to meet Jesus.
Hollywood can put their spin on the future, the Rapture and the Second Coming, but no one knows exactly when the exact date will be. I hope it happens during my lifetime, but if it doesn’t, I know I’m going either way. In the meantime, I think I’ll be all prayed up and keep looking up and tune my ear for that trumpet call. I have no worries that I’ll be Lost in Space but found in Him. What about you? Are you ready?
Blessings and as always happy reading!