What if the "pre-tribulation rapture theory" is wrong? What if nobody leaves the planet? What then?
What are all the people who believe this stuff going to do with the teachers, pastors and prophets who taught them this fairy tale? That GOD is to small to keep them safe right here on earth. http://hubpages.com/hub/Rapture-Really-Needed
How can the raptrure be true when in the bible God says that he will make the earth a Paradise? That obviously means that people are going to still be here on earth. A lot of them to. Also at the scripture referred to 1 Thess. 4:13-18 where the 'rapture' is mentioned, if you noticed Paul was talking about the ressurection. He reminded the Christsians that Jesus was resurrected after he died. So the ones who dies would be resurrected as well with Christ. Not meaning the rapture, but that they would have the same resurrection. At Psalms 37:29 it says that the righteous shall inherit the earth and dwell upon it forever, so that means that there wil be people on earth. Also at 1 Cor. 15:50 it says that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God or heaven, so how can Christ come and take us waya to heaven if we still have flesh and blood?
We will find out when the time comes and as far as those people who taught us those things, its all good; they taught what they believed to be true. Its up to us ourselves to decide what we want to believe. Afterall we are all human; capable of mistakes.
I don't expect to be 'raptured' before the Great Tribulation. The rapture occurs when Christ returns at the end of the Great Tribulation.
Well I guess they're screwed then. They get to hang out with the rest of us "sinners" through the wars and the pestilence and all that jolly stuff that happens without the four horsemen anyway.
The time-line of the rapture is not the emphasis of scripture. However, the emphasis of scripture is found in three verses of one of Paul's letters which is the basis for the teachings about the rapture:
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so **we will always be with the Lord**. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
The entire emphasis of scripture is: "We will always be with the Lord".
God wanted to be with us so much that He purchased us with His own blood. That's the point. The argument over the time-line is just another subtle way Satan takes the spotlight off of Christ.
There remains support for the arguments I read as answers, I will not argue with them as the book of Revelations is much symbolic and we will have to see as there was part of it sealed for the time, and it was said it would be revealed at the proper time.
From the scripture on how we should pray, "His will be done on earth as it is done in heaven" leads me to think that as stated in Revelations not all shall perish in these times, so I believe in the new Heaven on earth. I also believe the rapture of the ones to be caught up in the air will be the anointed ones of the 144,000 who will be taken to heaven with the Father God, and Jesus Christ will sit on the throne as Savior, and King of the earth. There is a description of the dimensions and make up of the new kingdom on earth, so after reading and rereading Revelations these are just examples of things I gleaned from the book and freely admit I do not fully understand all of the things contained with in it. So I pray for understanding, and believe that there is more to be revealed unto us if we are alive at this crux of events, other wise we will be called from the grave to judgement.
This is an issue that won't see an ending until "the end times" are upon us all. As to the ethereal impact, I don't think its happening now or anytime soon.
Yeah the worlds going to hell, destruction of our environment, destruction of resources and destruction of our societies and culture from over breeding and wasted resources have led us to where we are now.
As for the rapture, it in itself was a cry for help by those that wrote it at a similar epoch in their lifetime. When times are bad, some people throw their lemons away instead of using them to make new things.
As for the people who are waiting for a Deus-Ex-Machina to come and free them from the sins of the world... Good luck.
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