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Rapture – 13 November 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

“Rapture” is the word used by many Christians to describe a time when believers will be “caught up…in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.
~ New American Standard Bible

With this Bible passage in mind, I wrote the following poem today:

Rapture of the Innocent Animals
Mary T. Hoffman
(Written 13 November 2008)

How wonderful it would be
If every eye on earth could see
God’s rapture of the innocent
Into the air to meet the Lord –
God’s eternal plan unfold,
No animals bought or sold
On blood-soaked earth –
All vanished from land and sea,
To be with the Lord for eternity.
Exploiters’ lab and farm
Emptied by the Lord – no harm,
No more torture and no fear
For “beasts” far or near.

Arrogant humans would be stunned
To see that those they shunned
As “soulless beasts” found God’s favor
While they themselves remain
To cry for deliverance in vain.

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