RITA Graduation Planning – “Soon” Becomes “Now” at Last!

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    • #1179
      MyWhiteStone
      Participant

      In the last many years we could have rightfully named this fellowship “RITA Soon.” But it feels like it truly has legitimately become RITA Now. Hundreds of us feel a deep conviction. An excited conviction!

      God has blessed our RITA project endeavor all along. You all know that. Just look at our erected Ebenezer! (1 Samuel 7:12) “Till now the LORD has helped us.” As a great bonus surprise, as of yesterday we have our really old comfortable family couch back from the upholsterer’s shop. He has sewn a tag onto the upholstery toward the back which reads “raptureintheairnow.com.” So sit down and relax! Right?

      I have a three relatives and a close friend who together have four high school seniors expecting their lives to somehow change dramatically. Big changes anticipated round Memorial Day. Then on through the summer… And then into next September, the biggest unknowns await…

      So they all four think…

      Personally, still out of step with my family and friend’s non-near-term Rapture expectations, I believe these four kids will never graduate from high school. Yeah, fool as I still remain, I expect we’re all going to graduate in April or May this year. And that includes these four beloved youth who know Jesus as Savior. So kids, listen to Poppy, and stop worrying about those scholarships! Oh, and those graduation robes? You guys have no idea! Wow!

      Group dynamics operate in all cases relative to pursuing every group’s mission together. Four questions, and these never out of order, must be answered by each member of the group. The four are:

      1 – Why am I here?
      2 – Who are you?
      3 – What shall we do?
      4 – How shall we do it?

      Like my relatives and friends are doing, we RITANs should all be making Graduation Plans! So we each know the answer to number 1. To glorify God. Since yesterday we’re having a grand time remembering number 2, Who are you – i.e., greeting our old dear friends here on our old reupholstered sofa. But for the fun of this unexpected expected reunification here, today we’re probably paying less attention to item number 3: What shall we do?  Not as a moderator here seeking direction, but as your old brother who also, like you, wants to honor Jesus… I ask you to share below your thoughts about item number 3: What shall we do?

      Okay, I’ll seed this discussion. Who among us are making lists of invitees and buying engraved invitations? Are those necessary? Can we really start a graduation party without invitations? FaceBook? Not necessarily bad. Snail mail? Don’t wait too long. Texting?… Hmmmm… What shall we do?

      You get the idea. Our entire project’s success depends on you too.
      ybiC,
      Dan

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    • #1202
      Carol Ramirez
      Participant

      Hello Dan,

      I too have a Senior Daughter who is wondering about her future.  A few months back in the counselors office talking about colleges, my daughter was getting excited and she felt a peaceful voice say it doesn’t matter.  She said she knew it was the Lord because she usually can’t calm herself the way she felt at that moment.

      #3- What shall we do?

      Praying daily for lost loved ones is my main focus and since I believe the rapture is soon to take place I’ve have put pamplets (101 Last Days Prophecies) everywhere…amusement parks, hospital stalls on every floor, etc.  I am not so brave to stand and hand them out so I pray over them and have written in each one (200 so far) the radio stations to get sound bible teachings, Christian music stations, and how much God loves them.  My family thinks I’m over the top but I keep telling them one day we will know how this has impacted someone, because God will bring in the harvest!

      God Bless, Carol :rose:

       

       

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    • #1223
      MyWhiteStone
      Participant

      Yes indeed, Carol. Thanks!

      Your work will be blessed — gold, silver and precious stones… As He says in Isaiah 55:11, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

      It’s great that your daughter feels peace.

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      • #1487
        Carol Ramirez
        Participant

        Yes and amen Dan, His Word being full proof is my confidence and knowing that it is not I who brings any soul to Christ but it’s the working of the Holy Spirit.  This gives me much joy! :good:

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    • #1252
      Yohanan
      Moderator

      That’s great, Carol! Prayer is the best weapon we have at our disposal. And if only one person who receives the tracks you hand out turns to Jesus, then all of your effort will have been worth it!

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      • #1488
        Carol Ramirez
        Participant

        Absolutely!  I think one soul is worth it all!  Like on the movie Hacksaw Ridge…just one more Lord. :yes:

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    • #1264
      MyWhiteStone
      Participant

      :good: :good:

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    • #1272
      BeckyE
      Participant

      I also have a senior graduating this year! :-) And while I’d like to say I’m confident we won’t be here, I’m not. I stopped scrapbooking a few years ago – about 2014 – thinking of how short our time was – and now I sort of wish I’d made those books. And last year, when writing a play for my drama kids to perform, I kept asking God, “Will it even matter? Will we be here?” And we were.

      So… I’m planning my daughter’s grad party. I’m helping her decide about next year. I’m sending out invites. And – I’m directing yet another play to be performed in May. But in my mind, I keep an eye on the sky. Anytime now, Lord! And we’ll occupy until He comes.

      #3: Daily loving others who God puts in my path. Praying for the sick. Showing Christ to the hurting. Training my children and loving my husband. Blogging about His return and His love. Trying to patiently wait on His timing.

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      • #1489
        Carol Ramirez
        Participant

        I’m with ya BeckyE!  I am planning for my daughters graduation and keeping my eyes to the skys at the same time.  :good:

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    • #1275
      Donna
      Moderator

      Hi Dan ..  I like your take, that, it is time for graduation ~~ the spiritual contrast is becoming crystal clear that our Lord IS preparing to take Home His Bride, out of the way for the next 7 years we so see approaching ~~

      Prayer has great impact,  . .   so true, huh, Carol. this gift of trusting Jesus, knowing nothing gets by Him .    our Father ever the Great “I AM” rejoices with His children adoring Jesus, ever the Majestic Lord reigning from the Throne of God   ~ ~and the Power of the Holy Spirit?  He is ever our abiding . .always faithful in His protection and shielding, assuring us His Gift of peace is promised all the way to the rapture taking us to Heaven . . ~

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      • #1490
        Carol Ramirez
        Participant

        Yes definitely Donna, I find myself praying continually…more then I have in the past.  The spirit of supplication seems to have increased and I sense an urgency.  I am so excited and yet it is bittersweet knowing what those left behind will go through.  Donna, you are such an inspiration and I always loved your post and pictures!  Very grateful that this site is back and for those that made it happen! :yahoo:

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    • #1494
      Glorybound
      Participant

      Hello everyone…I, too, thought my last baby would never graduate high school because we would be caught up before.  Actually, I feel bad about it in a way because I was so sure we would be gone I had a hard time helping him to make plans for his future.  Well…he graduated in 1989…30 years ago this spring…and we are still waiting to go!!!  However, I’ve been watching since the 70’s and things have never ever lined up like they are right now.  I am totally anticipating OUR Graduation Day at any moment!  Love to all Ritans and hope to meet you soon in person!!!!!  :rose:

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    • #1507
      MyWhiteStone
      Participant

      Hi, GloryBound. I wonder if, as I was, you too were ultra excited about Whisnand’s “88 Reasons…”

      If your son has done well over the last thirty years, perhaps one might conclude that planning, particularly by the parents, may sometimes be overrated.  :wacko: Maybe if we have a chance for one or more avocations in the Kingdom you can at least be a sounding board for him then.

      I think it’s time again for “Rapture practice” though. You undoubtedly would have done this easier back in 1989, but just to get the general sensation: Bend down so your hands are limply hovering just above the floor, then raise them rapidly forward and up toward the ceiling, then in the same movement continue jumping up to reach the ceiling. Repeat this maneuver three times at least once every few days.  Yeah. Rapture practice. :yahoo:

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      …..or just use a mini tramp!!

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    • #1579
      Glorybound
      Participant

      Hahaha. that’s so funny you two!!!  Yes, I certainly was excited by Whisenant’s book and tried so hard to get others excited, too!  Thanks for the tip on how to be raptured!  Lol  You must have been privy to a dream I had once where I was flapping my arms up and down and actually started to rise…but I hit the ceiling …and woke up!  Oh well…one of these days when we least expect it…except I never have a day when I don’t expect it!!!!!  :yahoo:   :yahoo:   :yahoo:

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    • #1603
      BeckyE
      Participant

      This morning while praying about an event this summer, I felt like God said I wouldn’t be here. That hasn’t happened before. Every time I ask about his return, God says something like, “I am the alpha and omega, beginning and the end. I know the end from the beginning and my righteousness will prevail.” And yet today it was something different.

      And so I asked again. “For real??”

      Of course, it could be anything. My heart. My longing. Or worse – I just had a friend pass away yesterday after learning 2 weeks ago she had cancer, leaving behind a family. My heart is broken for her and the families of two other friends who’ve passed from cancer in the last 6 months. Another mother and a teen. So heavy. Hard. Suffocating loss.

      But maybe it WILL be over soon. And tears will BE NO MORE.

      In light of that, how should I live? I ask. As we all are asking. And He says to abide in him. Clothed in His righteousness. Looking to the sky for our hope and groom.

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      • #1606
        Yohanan
        Moderator

        My mom is a cancer survivor but last year was extremely difficult. She was just cleared by her doctors last week and we all breathed a collective sigh of relief. But tomorrow I will be attending a memorial service for my next door neighbor’s wife who die of cancer in January. It just guts the essence out of all involved, even when they survive. It’s difficult to put the pieces of your life back together. I cannot and do not want to imagine how the loss of my mother would have affected our family. My heart and prayers go out to you and your friend’s family :rose:

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      • #1621
        BeckyE
        Participant

        I’m so sorry for your loss, and I appreciate your sentiments. Our Memorial Service is Monday. I’ll be thinking of you all as well.

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      • #1622
        Yohanan
        Moderator

        Thank you, Becky! My prayers will be with you, too

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    • #1608
      Donna
      Moderator

      My husband passed away Feb. 17th after a 12 year battle of Lewy Body disease, his suffering seemed unnecessarily long . .  . . Especially rough as well is not knowing why? . .  Still God knew and does know His purposes as He is ever Sovereign . .    ~ Larry is now in Heaven, and that brings great comfort,  ~ ~ ~  soon God’s children will never suffer ever again, grief, pain, loss, and sorrow, in the rapture of our Lord’s catching away . .     ~~  . . . what a hope, what truth, our gifted faith abiding the believer ~~ As Becky says:  No more tears and sorrow ~

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      • #1704
        Geri7
        Blocked

        Donna,

        I’m so sorry for all that you been through!  I just wanted you to know you were a GREAT inspiration to me as I lurked over on the RITA board back in 2014-2015.  You always had a positive attitude and still do.

        Both my parents were ill at the same time.  My mom had cancer in the colon, pancreas and liver but the Lord was good and kept her free from pain and took her home after 1 year dealing with cancer.  Meanwhile my dad was suffering from dementia for 5 years and the last 2 years had trouble with his motor skills.  I realized it was Lewy Body Disease when I was following your circumstances with Larry.  The last 4 weeks of his life I couldn’t take care of my dad any longer because I couldn’t lift him up or carry him so he had to be placed in a rehab facility.

        The day he went to heaven I woke up to the sound of an orchestra of violins.  I was puzzled because no radio or tv was on.   I didn’t recognize the song … all I know is it was the most beautiful music I ever heard.  I was wondering why I was heard it until a couple of hours later I was informed that my dad had died.  I connected the dots and knew the Lord was comforting me ahead of time.

        I also lost a close aunt to cancer during the timeframe of taking care of both parents.  I don’t understand “the why” all 3 were taken up to heaven before the rapture because they were  faithful in sharing the Good News with whoever they came into contact with.  I learned to rest in knowing the Lord knows what is best and their work here on earth was completed.   I found I was able to help out a few people that are going through stressful trials.

        Soon very soon … :flyup:

         

         

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    • #1611
      Glorybound
      Participant

      I’m so sorry, Donna, that you and your husband went through what could only be called a nightmare experience for so long.  Your sentiments are beautifully made.  My husband passed away 2 years ago and thankfully is also with the Lord!  May God bless you and comfort you continually in the coming days until we all are released to be there too.  Hallelujah!     Elaine    :rose:

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    • #1617
      Carol Ramirez
      Participant

      I’m so sorry for your loss Donna.  I was wondering how your husband was doing remembering your post in the past about his struggle with Lewy disease.  I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family.  May many blessings come your way for you are such a blessing to so many!  Much love :heart:

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    • #1662
      NoFearJustFaith
      Participant

      Love and hugs to you Donna! :rose:

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    • #1692
      Blake7
      Participant

      I have been battling RSD, MS, a deteriorating spine. And several other ailments for 14 years. In 2010 on a surgical table I got up and walked , the doctor with all my MRIs and scans was like ” you can walk ” totally amazed. I still walk, slow with a cane and it does hurt but do it ,I walk everyday only due to the grace of God. The pain is horrible and the dose of meds is off their charts. Yes I wonder why everyday, one doctor never thought I could last this long. The bills, oh yes lost my paid for no mortgage home everything in it. all I have left is some old clothes a beat up 15 year old truck. Truly only runs on God’s grace. This is all true. God works in mysterious ways, my needs are met, yes the pain never goes away.

      I never question God’s will, if I get off track He calls me back thru the Holy Spirit, He loves me , I know this and I feel the why to all this someday I might know , if that is His will. This site coming back gives me peace, He always provides.

      Yes I hope I make it to the day he calls us in the air, His will be done. Thank you all for being here. Who I am is a child of God.

      I’m here because I believe He is here with this group.

      What shall we do, Jesus answered trust in God

      We do it by prayer, faith and loving one another.

      Always was lead to this group as I am now, we are stronger, happier, and never stop praying and studying His word together.

      Thank you all

      Your brother in Christ

      Blake

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      • #1697
        Yohanan
        Moderator

        Brother Blake, you have amazing faith in our Lord! That is such a blessing. Yours is an inspiration to me and to others who read your testimony. Thank you for sharing it. I pray our Lord will give you an abundance of His Grace to see you through, especially in dealing with the pain.

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    • #1714
      David W. Roche
      Moderator

      Hello, Everyone!  It is such a joy to be posting again on our brand new site.  This feels like our natural environment, so much more than Facebook!  It was like living in Egypt, having to make bricks without straw.

      Yes, it really does feel so much like “RITA Now,” these days.  I talk with people who aren’t especially knowledgeable about the rapture and there is a sense of conclusion and finality which is pervasive out there.  The world simply can’t continue on the path it’s been on.  So many of God’s people are sensing they are being called out of this world and that it is at the door now.  There really is no place left to go except up.  You can see the restraint of the Holy Spirit being lifted, as people are embracing madness.  Violence is everywhere, and it is such senseless rage.  There is no tolerance left for simple goodness.  We’re leaving here any day now.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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        There really is no place left to go except up. You can see the restraint of the Holy Spirit being lifted, as people are embracing madness. Violence is everywhere, and it is such senseless rage. There is no tolerance left for simple goodness. We’re leaving here any day now.

        Impacting, sobering words.
        Time for the lost to hear.
        Time to look up and less around.

         

         

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    • #1728
      MyWhiteStone
      Participant

      Hey, David. I hope you are feeling better. I infer you are since you’re at least posting.  Thoughtfully I might add — as always.  Thanks, Bro.

      You closed with, “We’re leaving here any day now.”  Yupppp!!!!! :flyup:

      And like the commercials for men’s suits used to say, “You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it!  Any day now.

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    • #1747
      Watchman35
      Participant

      I have a daughter who is scheduled to graduate from law school in May.  I remember when she started in the Fall of 2016.  I did not think there was any chance she would graduate because I thought the Lord would return for the Bride before that time arrived.  Maybe He still will.  Once again, I find myself living in the state of mind I coined several years ago on this site, “Rapture Schizophrenia”.  This is the condition where one finds oneself living between the tensions of being fully convinced that the Lord’s trumpet will sound very soon and the commitment to live a responsible, God-honoring life in fulfilling the often mundane responsibilities of this life with excellence until He comes.  It’s making plans and clicking the book button on the airline website to book my travel reservations for the graduation, even as I do so with a keen sense of awareness that I may never set foot on that plane.  What will Southwest and other airlines do with all those unused reservations?  LOL.  I can’t tell you how many times in the past few years I have asked myself, “I wonder if this will be the last time I ____________ (fill in the blank).  Pay to renew the auto insurance, prepare for a year-end job evaluation, have to get my teeth cleaned…;-)You get the idea.  I have weed killer that’s been in my trunk for two weeks and I wonder if I need to bother putting on my grass, which already has been permanently eliminated from being the neighborhood poster child for the HOA marketing material.  LOL.  In the end, I think we seek to honor God by doing things with excellence, seeking to hear His voice for guidance, and occupying until He comes.  Maranatha!!!

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      • #1760
        Yohanan
        Moderator

        “Rapture Schizophrenia” That’s perfect! :good:

         

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    • #1764
      MyWhiteStone
      Participant

      Two or three years ago I started referring to my situation as “the trapture.”  Some serious emotional misery in there sometimes — felt inextricable.  Trapped!  Jesus never came!

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    • #1768
      David W. Roche
      Moderator

      By the way, Donna, I want to express my condolences for your loss.  He is with Jesus now.

       

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