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‘Caught Up’ Ministering

Can there be any more of thrilling way to meet Jesus in the rapture than to have the very last thing that you do in life be winning a soul for Him? There is an interesting account in the bible found in the book of Acts.

Acts 8:26-30 King James Version (KJV)

26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.

27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,

28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.

29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

Acts 8:37-39 King James Version (KJV)

37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

The interesting thing about this account is that Phillip was led by the Spirit to go witness to a soul that needed salvation. After he had completed his ministry, Phillip was caught up by the Holy Ghost. This is similar to the way the church will be caught up when the last trumpet sounds.

1 Corinthians 15:52 King James Version (KJV)

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

As we approach the coming of the LORD, the people of God need to be in tune with the Spirit of the LORD. We must be willing to go where HIs Spirit bids us. We must witness to who He directs us so that we like Phillip will be caught up by the Spirit while we are actively working for Him.

It is likely that Phillip didn’t know he was going to be taken up by the Spirit in the manner that he was. What a dramatic way to leave a scene after ministering to a soul. Although Phillip was found at Azotus it is none the less a beautiful picture of how we should all strive to meet Jesus. Let us all be working to win souls and following the leading of His Spirit.

 Maurice Robinson

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