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MIDNIGHT CRY – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: what to do before the rapture happens
SCRIPTURE: 1 Thess.5, Matt.10:28, 12:39, 1 Cor.1:22-23
Style: drama, conversation: kids discuss the rapture
. and what they should be doing right now.
Cast: TEEN 1, 2, 3, 4, KID 1-6 (however many you
. want to include, just reassign the lines)
Set & Props: board game (or they could be playing Tag)
(TEEN 1 and 2 walk up to a bunch of KIDS playing a game.
TEEN 1 and 2 act all mysterious and intense.)
TEEN 1 Hey, did you guys hear all the noise
. last night?
KID 1 What noise?
TEEN 1 The midnight cry.
KID 2 (innocently) My baby brother woke me up
. last night. He was crying.
TEEN 1 Yeah? Your baby brother probably woke up
. and cried because he heard –
. the midnight cry!
KID 3 (getting scared) Wha-what’s the midnight cry?
(TEEN 3 and 4 enter and overhear this conversation and
see how scared the kids are getting.)
TEEN 1 The voice of doom that the days of horror
. are now upon on us.
(KIDS cringe in fear. TEEN 1 leans in.)
TEEN 1 The end is near!
TEEN 3 Ah, dude, lighten up.
. You’re a little confused.
. And you’re scaring these kids.
TEEN 1 What do you know about it? 2
TEEN 3 The midnight cry is at the end
. of the Tribulation.
TEEN 1 Are you sure about that? I definitely
. heard something last night –
TEEN 3 There are two things: the “midnight cry”
. which is at the END of the Tribulation.
. And there is “the shout” and a horn blast
. which will START the Tribulation.
TEEN 4 Yeah, but the Tribulation hasn’t even
. started yet. We will all hear the shout
. and the blast, and then all the Christians
. will be raptured up to heaven.
KID 4 I’m a Christian.
KIDS Yeah, me too...
TEEN 3 See, then we would not even be here.
. So you don’t have to be scared.
(TEEN 2 tries to keep the scary momentum going.)
TEEN 2 But it is coming soon!
. You can see the signs.
TEEN 3 The signs in Matthew 24 parallel
. the judgments in the book of Revelation.
. We do not have to worry about this –
. or be scared.
TEEN 2 But we NEED to see it coming.
TEEN 4 Why?
TEEN 2 So we will be sure to tell people about Jesus.
TEEN 4 And do you do that? Or are you just
. going around scaring people?
TEEN 2 (thinking) Well, if you knew the time was
. almost up, wouldn’t you act differently?
TEEN 4 It should not make difference. 3
. We should be doing – exactly
. what we should be doing – all the time.
TEEN 3 Very true. 1 Thessalonians 5 tells
. us Christians that we do not have to
. concern ourselves with the times and signs.
. The rapture will come –
. like a thief in the night.
TEEN 4 Yeah, I don’t think thieves usually
. send anyone a notice about when
. they are going to break into your house.
TEEN 3 Christians are in the light –
. and God promises us that the darkness
. will not overtake us. And it says
. that God has not destined us for wrath.
. The Tribulation is also called
. “The Day of Wrath”.
TEEN 4 Verse eleven - tells us we should
. be encouraging each other with this –
. not scaring each other.
TEEN 2 But if Christians were scared,
. they might obey God more.
TEEN 3 We are only to fear God – nothing else.
. Jesus died and rose again for us
. because He loves us. And our motive
. for becoming Christians and
. obeying God should be out of love.
TEEN 1 How come you know so much about this stuff?
TEEN 3 We did a Bible study on this.
KID 5 So we don’t have to be afraid?
TEEN 4 No - not at all.
KID 6 What should we be doing then?
TEEN 3 We should be alert – we should try
. to be doing what Christians should be doing-
. all the time.
KID 7 And what is that?
TEEN 3 Living in faith and hope - and love.
(TEEN 3 and 4 nod as each kid offers suggestions.)
KID 1 Encouraging each other?
KID 2 Living in peace with each other?
KID 3 Helping each other.
KID 4 Be patient with each other – because –
. we still all make mistakes.
KID 5 Doing good things for each other –
KID 6 And doing good things for others.
TEEN 3 This would include letting others
. know about Jesus.
TEEN 4 And – we should always be rejoicing,
. praying, and giving thanks.
TEEN 2 What about the signs?
TEEN 4 Matthew 12:39 says, “An evil and
. adulterous generation craves for a sign...”
. People like to have warnings – so then
. they think they can do whatever they want –
. right up until the warning –
. then they think they will quickly be good.
TEEN 1 Yeah, I’m definitely like that.
. My mom was always counting to 10 –
. and I would wait until she was
. almost going to say “ten” - and then I’d
. quickly be good - to avoid being disciplined.
TEEN 4 I think most of us have been there.
TEEN 3 Well, that is kind of what the Tribulation
. will be like... God counting to ten
. for those people who are not yet Christians.
. The midnight cry will be their final warning.
TEEN 4 But again, if we are Christians already,
. we know that we will not even be around for that.
. So for now, there are no signs.
TEEN 3 1 Corinthians 1:22-23 talks about
. the Jews asking for signs – because
. they are still waiting for their Messiah -
TEEN 4 And the rest of the world searches for wisdom,
. but we preach Christ crucified.”
TEEN 3 That is what it is all about.
TEEN 2 I guess that makes sense.
KID 8 I’m just glad we don’t have to be scared.
TEEN 3 Hey, some kids down the street have
. a lemonade stand. Let’s get some. My treat!
KIDS Yay!... Awesome!... Thanks...
(As they leave, some KIDS grab whatever pieces there are
from the game they were playing.)