About 21 years ago (1995) the term “The Rapture” was brought to the forefront of Christian society. Debates and discussions occurred, asking if Christians would be Raptured: pre-, mid-, or post-Tribulation. Quite a few leaned heavily upon the pre-Tribulation side of the debate. As for myself I’m “pan-Tribulation”, it’ll pan out in God’s timing and His way.
My concern is that many may have taken the pre-Tribulation Rapture approach and thought within themselves: “I don’t have to worry. I’m going to heaven before any of the disasters begin.” And they relaxed. They quit chasing God as hard as they once had. When I read the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) I am concerned for many Believers. What if, while not having a care in the world, we don’t keep our lanterns topped off? What if we quit being vigilant? How many may have fallen away because they became apathetic? “I’m good, God’s good, I’m not going to see any tribulation this side of paradise.”
Now I’m certain that many who believe in the pre-Tribulation Rapture are still keeping their lanterns topped off with oil. To all who seek God diligently, keep up the good work.
Baqash is written in a world where the Rapture hasn’t happened yet. What will life be like for the every-day Christian in a society that has collapsed? Will Christians be hunted down and martyred? What if you were stuck in such a society? How would you fair? When the Mark is instituted how will you obtain food?
Baqash puts Sarah in a world that blames all Christians and Jews for the condition of their world.