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Rapture: A Hoax Refuted by the Bible?

Updated on September 30, 2017
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Clifton H. Rodriquez is a certified public accountant (CPA) by profession, but a passionate Bible scholar. He believes in studying the Word.

Confusion or Deliberate Misinterpretation of the Scriptures??

As we stated previously the word "Rapture" does not appear in the Bible. It comes from the Latin word rapare which means taken or snatched away. There are many Christians who believe that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be in two phases. Some theologians put forward the argument that he will come for both living and dead in the rapture (see 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). Theologians maintain in this view that the rapture will entail the transformation and the taking up of all Christians, (i.e., Christ's Elect) dead and those who are alive, to meet the Lord in the air. The key is that this version of the rapture will be secret in nature; it will not be known to the world of non-believers at the time of its happening.

The effect of this removal, in the absence of multitudes of people, will, of course, be evident on earth. Then, the second version of the rapture will occur after a period of seven (7) years of great tribulation on earth. Following this great tribulation, Christ will return to earth with his church, the Elect who had been secretly raptured away (see Matthew 24:30, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:13, Revelation 1:7). He will conquer his enemies (Satan and his followers) and will reign on the earth for 1,000 years (the millennium) with his Elect, the church (see Revelation 21:1-3). During this time of his reign, Satan and his followers will be supposedly bound in chains and imprisoned.

After the one thousand years, the living unbelievers and the wicked dead now will be raised to life. They will only be resurrected to stand before God's Final Judgment. They will be found unworthy of sharing God's glory. Their final fate will be the "Second Death". They will then be cast into the Lake of Fire & Brimstone, where the Second Death will occur as the flames consumed them. The Elect will live forever with Christ in a new Heaven and earth for eternity (Revelation Chapter 19-22).

Many other evangelical Christians and theologians cling to the other school of theology. They believe that Christ's return and the rapture will not occur until the seven (7) years of the great tribulation have ended. As far as the latter view is concerned, the rapture will not be a secret, since it will be a part of Christ's visible and triumphant return to end this present evil age (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). At this point, proponents of this school differ as to whether there will be a literal thousand (1,000) year reign of Christ on earth or whether the Final Judgment will occur, and then the new Heaven and earth will immediately appear.

The Beginning of the End of Man's Era
The Beginning of the End of Man's Era

Clarification from Gospel of Matthew

Despite the different schools of theology on the rapture, there is actually some clarification from one of the Gospel books of the Bible. Not relied upon extensively for its prophecy, the Gospel according to Matthew provides some clarification on where Christ's Elect will be during the seven (7) year of the Great Tribulation. Matthew stated in Chapter 24 of his Gospel that the Elect will be on earth during the Great Tribulation. He states around 21 verse: "for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world's beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones (Christ's Elect) those days will be cut short." The most obvious question is if Christ's Elect was safely away in Heaven or a protected enclave in another dimension, God would have simply permitted events to go on without interruption or divine interference. The days will be cut short for the sake of the Elect (i.e., in an effort to save them from harmful events).

Rapture Implies Entrance into Heaven

Many Christian believers are convinced that they will be raptured away to live in Heaven with Jesus and the Heavenly Father. As a matter of fact, the entire Christian worship culture revolves around this idea. Most Christian believers point to 1 Thessalonians 4:17 as the basis for their belief. The passage of scripture reads: "Then we which are alive (and) remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." Despite the clarity of this scripture, theologians point out that the passage of scripture is silent as to what happens next. Will the Elect endure a journey to Heaven, or merely be suspended in the air to await the completion of an event on earth. What is this event? The Apostle Peter points out in his second epistle that God will not destroy the earth, but rather cleanse it with fire. Is it possible that this cleansing process will take awhile, and thus Christ and his Elect would have to be suspended to await its completion? What about the Wicked who shall not taste biological death? It stands to reason that they too would have to be suspended to await the cleansing processing of the earth. God will not destroy the Wicked until after they face the Final Judgment. This is indeed a plausible theory rather than what has been commonly believed and accepted, return and entrance into Heaven. The book of Revelation confirms that after the cleansing process, God government will start with everything anew. The era of man's rule will be swept away. Revelation 21:3 specifically states that God (the Son) will come and dwell with men. Revelation 21:3 is confirmed by John 14 as well as Matthew 5:5 and 1 Thessalonians 4:17. In effect wherever Christ will be there the Elect will be as well. If Christ will be heading God's government on earth, then he will not be in Heaven. Thus, it stands to reason that the Elect will not live in Heaven for all eternity. Does this mean that no other human beings will ever see or live in Heaven? Not necessary. Christ tells us in the book of Matthew that the pure and spirit will see God. Revelation tells us that 144,000 (supposedly 12,000 from each of the tribes of Israel) will probably reside in Heaven around the Throne of God. However, Christ also stated that "the Meek shall Inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). Who are the Meek? They, the Meek, are Christ's Elect, or chosen ones.

Return of Christ as Conqueror
Return of Christ as Conqueror

Consensus On Earthly Reign of Christ

All Christian theologians do not agree on every detail of what will occur in the final events of the earth's history. A significant number of these events and their sequence of occurrence have simply not been made very clear in the Bible. What is critical is that all Christians hold in common is that Christ will ultimately return in body form, visible to all and glorious conqueror who will reign and rule with his resurrected and incorruptible Elect forever and ever. The details of this great event and the new "World Tomorrow" or utopia on earth which will be much better than anything man has produced will be made known in God's own timeframe. What is absolutely certain is that all of these events will occur with the earth as the focal point. The Apostle Peter said in his second epistle that the earth shall be the "home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:10-13) because all sin and evil will be in the distant past. The earth will be cleansed with fire and the old order of man will be swept away. Satan will no longer be able to influence wicked men because he will be bound and cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone where he and the imprisoned spirits (angels) will be punished for all eternity. They will not endure the Second Death because they are immortal beings, but will feel the pain of the flames. However, the mortal wicked (men) will eventually succumb to the flames and die the Second Death.

Destruction of the earth
Destruction of the earth

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      Clifton H. Rodriquez 

      11 months ago

      Charlie, "who cares about what..."? Do you understand what Scholarly research entails? A great Bible scholar advised us to not rely upon our own understanding while another said to study to show thyself approved. If you do not care about the research of others, then you are an idiot.

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      charlie 

      11 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      Who cares what theologians teach??? Jesus says the Holy Spirit is the source of all truth.

      but the scripture truth is there is no such thing as a rapture, it is a false doctrine of apostate men. Theologians are men who produce their convoluted ideas of scripture. But scripture says

      Matt 18:3-5 "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

      Scripture is easy to understand if you have to be like a little child to understand it. Just read scripture and believe what it says NOT what Men say it is.

      John 16:13-15 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

      He is here see Acts 2 for the arrival.

      God HAS NEVER taken anyone out of (off the earth)the time of trouble,but He has ALWAYS delivered HIS through it. There was Noah, the three Hebrew boys in the fire, Lot, the first born of Israel in the exodus, and others.

      Matt 24:37-40 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

      Luke 17:26-28 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

      2 Peter 2:4-7 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;

      It just can not be any more clear than this., When God cleansed His earth the first time He saved Noah ON THE EARTH and DESTROYED THE UNRIGHTEOUS, thereby removing them from the earth. And GOD SAYS He will do it the same way this final time of cleansing. He will cast the unrighteous into the lake of fire for destruction, instead of using a flood. And in the same manner the Righteous, the true disciples of Christ, will inherit the earth.

      How can any one with a brain, an eye to see and read scripture and the Holy Spirit to show them truth believe the lies that apostate men teach, especially that God will remove His people,when it is against His nature, and definitely AGAINST SCRIPTURE. IT WILL BE as God's word, not bibles but God's word-scripture says as it was for Noah so shall it be for the true disciples of Christ, they WILL INHERIT the earth and the unrighteous will be cast into the lake of fire to be destroyed.

      Rev 20:14-15 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

      Then there is the foolishness of the earth being burned up to cleanse it. Scripture says that the unrighteous will be cast into the lake of fire for their destruction (cleansing of unrighteous). So simple a child can understand it. But apostate man need to show their great (and useless learning).

      There is so much more foolishness from the apostate men called theologians that there should be no need to look any further if we have eyes to see and are baptized in the holy Spirit of God. Of course if you are baptized in a holy spirit that is not God's, you have already been sent a strong delusion and cannot believe truth.

      The Holy Spirit is the ONLY SOURCE OF ALL TRUTH and everything we believe must be first confirmed as truth by the Holy Spirit before we believe it.

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      Clifton H. Rodriquez 

      12 months ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      That final photo is somewhat deceptive. God will never destroy the earth or its inhabitants again with water, but fire. He promised us after the great flow that Noah endured in the ark never to use that element of water to cleanse the earth again. As a matter of fact, each time that we see a rainbow, it reaffirms God's covenant.

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