I read this poem and it sounded an awful lot like the Protestant belief in the rapture. Here is the poem whose author is unknown. Has anyone heard of this poem before? If so what do you think? If I am completely wrong in my suspicion please feel free to say so and provide an explanation. I’m looking to uderstand it from a Catholic perspective.
Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house,
not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their bibles were lain on the shelf without care, In hopes that Jesus would never come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed, not one ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And mom on her rocker with baby on lap, was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out on the East there arose such a clatter. I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutter and through up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray, I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!
The light of his face made me cover my head, It was Jesus returning just like he had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life, which he held in his hand, was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as he searched for my name, When he said, “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love, He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without sound, while all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late, I waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and cried as they rose out of sight, Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear, the coming of Lord Jesus is coming near.
There is only one life and when comes the last call, we will find that the bible was right after all!