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The Rapture Doctrine
Welcome. Today we are going to discuss the Rapture. Note: This is not a discussion on Preterist vs Futurist views.
The Rapture/Left Behind Doctrine: One day the Savior is going to come back and crack the atmosphere and gather all of the believers to Heaven before the Tribulation. Everyone else who did not believe will go through the Tribulation, which is when the false savior (or who you might call the Antichrist) is going to establish their dominion for seven years, and the people that were left behind are going to have to live through that time and have a chance at redemption by being persecuted for their faith, ushering in the Millenial Kingdom.
What we will do now is go over some key points that debunk this doctrine. I hope in the future to go in more detail.
Matthew 24 3-5 gives us signs of the Savior's second coming and the end of the age. He answers and tells them to let no man deceive you, because many will come and say that they are him.
Go to verse 36-39. He says it is going to be like the days of Noah. They were eating, drinking, marrying, acting like it is a normal day when Noah was out trying to prepare for the flood. Then, just like that, they are killed in the flood. Now in verse 39 it says the flood came and TOOK them away. They were killed. I want you to remember this word.
Verse 40 says two will be in the field, and one will be TAKEN and another left. This is as the days of Noah. So when it says they will be taken, it means this one will be killed. Not saved, killed. The other one shall be left. He is the one that will be saved. Read it until verse 41. This is not saying these people are saved. They are killed.
Here is something for you to think about. How did Noah and his family survive the flood? Were they taken off the planet and preserved in Heaven until it was over? Or, did Noah and his family build an ark to get through the flood? He went through the flood. He was not taken out of it, but through it. In this same way will the saints have to go through this period of tribulation
If the Rapture is a scriptural doctrine regarding the period of Revelations, we should be able to find it in there. Turn to this book in your Bible. Notice how there is no mention of a Rapture happening before the Seven Seals, the Trumpets, Bowls of Wrath, or any of these things. Not one verse points to it. There are verses saying the Almighty's believers will not be given his wrath, but none of those say that they will be taken out of the Tribulation.
Who Came Up With the Rapture Doctrine?
Many authors maintain that the pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine originated in the eighteenth century, with the Puritan preachers Increase and Cotton Mather, and was then popularized in the 1830s by John Nelson Darby.
There are also sources that say it came from Francisco Ribera, a Jesuit priest. He taught that all the events in the book of Revelation were to take place literally during the three and a half years reign of the antichrist way down at the end of the age. Thus, Ribera laid the foundation of a system of prophetic interpretation of which the secret rapture has now become an integral part. He did this in order to remove the Catholic Church from consideration as the antichrist power. He claimed that the Antichrist would have the following characteristics.
- Persecute and blaspheme the Christians.
- Rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
- Abolish the Christian religion.
- Deny the Savior.
- Be received by the Jews.
- Pretend to be the Most High.
- Kill the two witnesses of the Most High.
- Conquer the world.
Given what we now know about the Roman Catholic Church from my article "What You Should Know About Roman Catholicism", the Roman Catholic Church has been established being a non credible source in regards to scripture. Study to show yourself approved like 2 Timothy 2 15 tells you to.
Peace and blessings and all praises to the Most High.