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RAPTUROUS NEWS - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        confidence, end times
SCRIPTURE:    Daniel 9:20-27;  1 Thess.4:13-18, 5:1-11;
.             2 Thess.2:1-16, 3:1-15,
Style:        satire/conversation:  Fearful and Scared
.             start to run away.  Leader explains
.             the end times details to them so that
.             they don't have to be afraid.
Cast:         LEADER, FEARFUL, SCARED
Props & set:  bags of clothing and things

SCRIPT:

(SCARED and FEARFUL rush in carrying bags.
They stop to stuff their belongings further
into their bags.  LEADER walks in.)

LEADER   What’s going on?

FEARFUL  We’re getting out of here.
.        We are in the end times.
.        The Tribulation has begun.
.        This time - it really has begun!

LEADER   Wait-wait – wait a minute.
.        Do you not remember what Apostle Paul
.        talked about in his letters to us?

FEARFUL  But the guy down the street told us –

LEADER   You’d take his word over Apostle Paul’s?

FEARFUL  Well, what he said made so much sense.
.        And he has these powers –

LEADER   You mean, those tricks that he does
.        with smoke and mirrors?

FEARFUL  Well, and, I mean, look at all
.        the persecution and suffering everywhere –

LEADER   We are told to expect suffering
.        for the Lord’s sake - whenever.

SCARED   I don’t want to suffer.                        2

LEADER   No one WANTS to suffer.  But-
.        that’s just part of regular life.
.        Now - as for the tribulation,
.        the Bible says that before it begins,
.        people will be saying “peace and safety”
.        and THEN darkness and destruction
.        will fall on THEM – on THOSE left behind.”

FEARFUL  But what about us?
.        What if we’re left behind?

SCARED   And what about our loved ones
.        who have already died?

LEADER   There will first be a shout
.        and a loud trumpet.
.        The Christians who are already dead – will rise.
.        Then all the rest of the Christians
.        will be caught up with them
.        to meet the Lord in the air,
.        who will take us to heaven
.        to be with Him forever.
.        THEN the Tribulation will start.
.        THAT time here on earth, is not meant
.        for the Christians - the Church.
.        It is a time for the sinners to be judged,
.        and a time for Israel to realize
.        that Christ’s Second Coming to earth is near.
.        It is a time that was prophesized by Daniel,
.        which is when God will fulfill
.        His promises to the Israelites.
.        God has saved us from that time,
.        from the wrath to come,
.        so let us be encouraged and keep
.        building each other up.  Understand?

FEARFUL  Kind of.

LEADER   Paul explained to us that the Holy Spirit
.        is holding back the Abomination of Desolation.
.        When the Holy Spirit is taken away,
.        we will go with Him.  We have to,
.        because we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.
.        The Holy Spirit is in us.

SCARED   But we still need to get out of here.          3
.        We’re just going to head for the hills and wait.
.        You can see that the signs of the times
.        have already begun.

LEADER   When the disciples asked Jesus about the signs,
.        they were asking Him about the signs
.        of His ‘SECOND coming’ –
.        of His coming DOWN to earth.
.        Do not get that confused with
.        Him ‘meeting us in the air.’
.        The disciples didn’t know
.        that Jesus would be rejected and crucified,
.        which would be the beginning of the Church Age –
.        the gap that Daniel talks about.
.        They were expecting to just go
.        right into the Millennium –
.        the Kingdom of Heaven – which is the time
.        when Jesus takes the throne as King,
.        and all of God’s promises
.        to the Israelites are fulfilled.
.        The disciples wanted to know the signs
.        leading up to THAT time.
.        So once the Tribulation begins,
.        THEN the signs will start to happen.  

FEARFUL  Wait a minute...  Huh?
.        Now I’m scared AND confused.

LEADER   Okay, God made a covenant with the Israelites.
.        God made a promise that they would have
.        a perfect King.  Then God gave them
.        a timeline of when to expect their perfect King –
.        let’s call this timeline the Jewish Age.
.        Jesus came to earth the first time
.        to be their perfect King, but the Israelites
.        did not recognize Him as their King
.        and rejected Him.  Jesus was crucified,
.        and now there are seven years
.        left in the Jewish Age.
.        This is now the gap that Daniel mentions.
.        Let us call this gap the Church Age.
.        This is where God has a NEW covenant
.        with all the nations – where we can all come to Him
.        through Jesus’s work on the cross.
.        We are not told how long the Church Age will be.
.        So when no one is expecting it –
.                                                       4
SCARED   But we ARE expecting it.

LEADER   -Like a thief in the night –
.        who doesn’t let you know
.        when he’s breaking into your house-
.        a trumpet will blow, and
.        the rapture will take place.
.        And all believers dead and alive
.        will be caught up into the air.
.        THEN the last seven years will begin,
.        along with the signs.
.        The Israelites will see the signs
.        and remember that Jesus will be coming
.        to earth again soon to be their perfect King.
.        But those “signs” are also
.        the horrible judgments on the earth
.        for the people who did not become Christians
.        during the Church Age.

SCARED   But surely it will be soon.

LEADER   It could be.  But then it may be
.        thousands of years from now.
.        We just don’t know.  Only God knows.
.        What makes you think you know more than God?
.        Meanwhile, you can’t just sit around and wait.
.        You could be waiting a long time.
.        So, you must stop spreading these rumors
.        and stop making people afraid.

SCARED   But shouldn’t we make the people scared
.        of being left behind – so scared -
.        that they want to become believers?

LEADER   Our motive to tell others about Jesus
.        should be based on LOVE.
.        And someone’s motive for becoming a believer
.        should be based on LOVE.
.        Forget about the fear of being left behind
.        and going through the Tribulation –
.        what about the fact that anyone could die
.        tonight – because of health or in an accident?
.        THAT COULD happen at any time.  

FEARFUL  Now THAT does make sense.  But now
.        I’m afraid of dying tonight.
.                                                       5
LEADER   Look, God told us to fear NOTHING,
.        but to only fear God Himself.
.        You’re already a believer.
.        If you died tonight, you’d be going to heaven,
.        to be with God, in a perfect place,
.        never to suffer again.

FEARFUL  Oh!  Never thought of it that way before.

LEADER   Okay now, you need to get back to work.
.        God expects us to live a productive life.
.        Because of God’s presence
.        through the Holy Spirit, we can be confident,
.        stand firm, spread the good news,
.        and do good deeds, serving one another.
.        And we are to live with love –
.        in peace - not fear.
.        Are you going to trust the guy down the street,
.        or trust in God who promises us
.        that we have been saved from the wrath to come?

SCARED   I’d prefer to trust in the all-powerful God.

LEADER   Excellent choice.  Now let’s get back to work.

(LEADER points the way out. SCARED and FEARFUL pick up
their bags and head back out.)