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The Rapture: Is It Scriptural?

Updated on August 3, 2018
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Given the historical and spiritual significance of the Bible, Kevin has devoted himself to studies through prayer and discernment.

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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.

  1. Analysis
  2. Verses 1 Thessalonians 4 16 Matthew 23 46-48
  3. Who Came Up With the Rapture Doctrine?

Analysis

Matthew 24 3-5 gives us signs of the Savior's second coming and the end of the age. 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.

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.

Verses

1 THESSALONIANS 4:17

  • "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."


If you read all of 1 Thessalonians it makes no mention of this happening before the Tribulation. Here is where context helps. Read verses 15 and 16 (prior to the often read verse 17):


  • 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that they who are alive at the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them who remain unto the coming of the Lord, who are asleep.
  • 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first;


MATTHEW 24 46-48

  • 46 "Then shall be fulfilled that which is written, that, In the last days,"
  • 47 "Two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left."
  • 48 "Two shall be grinding at the mill; the one taken and the other left."

Context shows that nowhere does he imply that this will happen before 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.

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    • AF Mind profile imageAUTHOR

      AF Mind 

      6 days ago

      Hi Jack,

      I believe the same thing. The saints are saved and go to meet the Most High only after they have been through the tribulation.

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      Jack Jenn 

      11 days ago from Nelson Bay NSW Australia.

      Hi AF Mind,

      The reason it doesn't say anywhere that the catching away is before, ie. pre-trib or mid-trib is because it happens AFTER Tribulation - and it is Jesus who said it - Matthew 24: 29 - 31.

      You don't say what your views are and is the reason I've commented.

      Best regards,

      Jack.

    • AF Mind profile imageAUTHOR

      AF Mind 

      18 months ago

      But Moses was not taken into Heaven or in the air. He went up the mountain.

      Where does it say it happens before the tribulation, though? Revelations shows no mention of this before the Seals are broken.

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      kari 

      18 months ago

      A type of the rapture appears in Exodus 19. Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the Word of God. A "cloud" descended, and the "sound of the trumpet was very loud" as the "Lord descended" on the mount (Ex. 19:16-18). The "Lord came down" and "Moses went up" (v. 20).

      Even the ancient Jewish wedding is a picture of the marriage of the Messiah. When the groom came to receive his bride, the wedding celebration continued for seven days. Some suggest this is why the church will be in heaven for the entire seven years of the tribulation.

      At the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, all born again Christians will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). At the sound of the “last trumpet,” the dead who were born again during their lifetime will be resurrected from the dead. At the same time, those who are born again and still alive on earth will be transformed instantly, from mortal beings to immortal beings. Romans 8:11 tells us that our mortal bodies will be made alive if we have God’s spirit living in us.

      It is often taught that at the rapture all of us will instantly disappear, but that is not what the Bible says. It says we will be changed in a moment and in the twinkling of an eye. When Jesus Christ was caught up, He was seen leaving the earth. Just as they were able to see Jesus go, so will people be able to see the church go.

    • AF Mind profile imageAUTHOR

      AF Mind 

      19 months ago

      It doesn't say this would happen before the Tribulation, though. No mention of this is in Revelations.

    • Evangelist Louise profile image

      Evangelist Louise 

      19 months ago

      The word Rapture does not appear in the Bible. It comes from the Latin word rapare which means "seize", "snatch" or "take away." The term Rapture is used to refer to the faithful believers being taken up to meet Christ in the air as described in this passage written by the apostle Paul:

      But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel's call and with the sound of God's trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be ((((caught up))))))) in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)

      Apparently, doubts had arisen among the Thessalonian Christians regarding the fate of those Christians who had died before Christ returned. Would they miss out on the glorious events of Christ's second coming and the resurrection? Paul assured them in this way that God would save those who had already died, as well as those still living. NOTE RAPTURE IS SAME AS CAUGHT UP.

    • AF Mind profile imageAUTHOR

      AF Mind 

      19 months ago

      It may feel good to him. That's how I was when I was in the Christian church, believing their interpretation of the Old and New Testament. Proverbs 14 12 "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."

      Thanks, I appreciate the comment. Feel free to check out my other articles on my page if you ever want to discuss more. You take care as well.

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      Jean Bakula 

      19 months ago from New Jersey

      Thanks, AF Mind, that's what I thought too. I've been to this church when family of this person passed on, and it seems a little unusual. But he really believes its the "right" church. I guess if it works for him in life, that's good. But it seems like false ideas. Take care.

    • AF Mind profile imageAUTHOR

      AF Mind 

      19 months ago

      I have heard some claims of individuals being raptured, but I don't support any claims that claim to be scriptural when they're not. The biggest red flag for me is that the word Rapture never appears once in scripture. Even so called footage of it happening can be proven to be fake.

    • Jean Bakula profile image

      Jean Bakula 

      19 months ago from New Jersey

      I read this with interest because I know a man who owns a business, he's an Evangelical Christian. He actually asked the people who help run the business "what they would do if he got raptured up" during the work day.

      I never heard of anything like that. I'm not religious, but have read The Bible. So you never heard of individuals just "being raptured up" either?

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