“then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up (harpazo) together with them in the clouds.”
“the evil one comes and snatches away (harpazo) what has been sown in the heart.”
Harpazo in Greek means to be, “snatched away with force.” The Latin word rapture is what we apply to the first scripture. We see ourselves being snatched away by the Lord as He steps out onto the clouds. He will snatch us out of this dark world and translate us into His wonderful kingdom of light. All the signs of Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are in place so we, as Christians, are spending a lot of time these days looking towards the clouds. We don’t know the time He will step out and call us home, but based on the signs around us in the world, we are definitely in the last season. But the point I want to make today does not have to do with that, but something far more important to us who serve the Lord today. You see there is another snatching away by force that’s happening right now in the kingdom of God. It is our age old nemesis, the devil.
In the second scripture, which comes from the parable of the Sower, he is snatching the Word of God away with force from every human being that he can. That’s right! While we’re just bidding our time waiting for the Lord and cloud watching, we are allowing him to continually steal the Word from us. The Word of God is just as important today as it was when Jesus was speaking it Himself. There is nothing that we can do for the Lord or that He can do for us that doesn’t come directly from the Word of God. The Word is the power of God in this world. So we must get busy and keep watching, but watch that the enemy doesn’t get the Word away from you. We must be studying and praying at all times. We must meditate on the Word, for this will make us prosperous and successful! There is nothing we can do without the Word. Dr. Fuschia Pickett, who was one of my seminary professors, said it this way, ” It doesn’t matter how good the praise and worship is. It doesn’t matter how much the gifts are being stirred up within the body. If the Word of God is not given, there is no power available to change anybody or anything.” The devil knows this so he will continue to snatch the word away every opportunity he has. So what do we do with the Word?
Every time we get a word from someone, hear a sermon, read a scripture, or however we might receive the Word, no matter what form of medium we receive it, we must meditate on it, study it and pray on it until it moves into the fertile soil of our hearts. This is where it will bring forth the fruit that the world needs today. I’m sorry but I can’t stand people using their cell phones in church. I’ve been told that it’s easier. Oh I believe it is easier, easier for the devil to steal the Word. No my friends. We need to be coming to church with Bible, a pad and paper. We must be writing everything down so that we don’t forget it. We must be taking it home and studying it and meditating on it. We must be praying over it until it becomes real to us. This is the only way the enemy will not be able to snatch it away. It’s not a time to be lazy. Some of you don’t believe me. Well let me ask you a simple question. What did your Pastor preach on last week? What about the week before? What where the main scriptures that he/she gave you? There you go! A very large % of you couldn’t say off the top of your heads so you had to check your notes, oh, wait a minute, you didn’t take any notes. Guess what, the enemy just snatched the Word.
So, in conclusion, there is nothing wrong with watching the clouds for Jesus to step out, as long as we understand that until He does, we each have work to do. And the only way to get it done is through the Word of God. So let’s not let the devil steal from us any more. The world needs what we have more than ever. The world needs Jesus. Is His Word living and active in you? Better yet, is He, the Word, alive in you? Good question. So what are you going to do?