The word rapture is not in the Bible. Sadly, the vast majority of denominational churches, bible scholars, evangelists, theologians, and Christians believe in a coming rapture. The “Rapture” requires too many comings of Jesus. They have Him coming the first time to take the righteous away for seven years. They have Him coming again seven years later to go to Jerusalem to reign a thousand years. Then at the end of the thousand years they have Him raising the wicked and judging them. Jude 14-15 pictures Jesus coming to execute judgment on the ungodly. So, according to the “Rapture” proponents, another coming of the Lord is required for judgment upon the wicked. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, is the scriptures they base their beliefs on in what happens when the rapture occurs. Let us examine what the scriptures actually said:
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul writes,
13 “We tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 14 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 15 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 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: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Paul reassures the Thessalonians by writing that the dead in Christ will rise first. The Rapture doctrine widely believed today in so many leading church groups didn’t exist before “” John Darby imagined it in 1830. The scripture they like to use for the rapture is, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, and the words “caught up”. The words “caught up”, in Greek” is harpazo. In Latin it is called Rapturo from which we get the word rapture. Harpazo means “to seize, carry off by force; claim for one’s self eagerly; to snatch out or away”. A dictionary definition: the feeling, in religious ecstasy, of being transported to another place. Just another example of those who are lead astray by allowing lexicons to have preeminence over the bible.
Hal Lindsey had a huge effect on the rapture, writing more than 20 bestsellers which sold into the multi-millions which spread this absurd teaching of the rapture and other nonsensical beliefs.
There will be only one time when Christ returns, that will be when the world ends and when Those Who Are Still Alive And the Dead In Christ shall be raised up to meet him.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
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: 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.”
2 Peter 3:10-12 tells how the world ends.
10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”
Some other scriptures corroborating Christs return and the end of the world.
- 1 Corinthians 5:5
“that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”
- 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
“Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 Implies this will be when the world ends, but 2 Peter 3:10, 12 states that the the day of the Lord is when the world as we know it will end.
Conclusion: Many have been lead astray into believing in something that will never happen and thus will cause many to lose faith and fall away. Those who believe in the Rapture also think it is okay to add to and take from God’s Word. They must, for the Rapture is not the doctrine of Christ, but rather the doctrine of men. The doctrine of men is worthless and will lead man from the truth.Tit 1:14 Thus, many who believe in the Rapture also believe in speaking in tongues, prophesying, and first century miracles. This despite the fact that Paul said such were done away, once the perfect Word of God was fully come. 1 Cor 13:8-10 As Paul warned, “…That in us you might learn not to go beyond that which was written”. 1 Cor 4:6 As Peter said, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles (very words) of God….” 1 Pet 4:11 Let us not be lead astray by the vain imaginations of men, but rather let us hold firm to the sound doctrine of Christ and his apostles. Tit 2:1