There seem to be a lot of signs
saying the rapture is about to take place. These signs are not in the world
about us but signs made by man saying the rapture is coming soon. With all the
events of the past few years, a feeling of dread has overcome the world and men
have turned their thoughts to the coming of the Lord. A declaration of "rapture"
is becoming more and more evident as men see the coming of Armageddon and the
final battle of good versus evil. What does the Bible say about the rapture and
when will the rapture take place.
The idea behind the rapture is that as the
last days of the world approach, saints of God will be 'raptured' up in secret
preceding the final events of the Tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon and the
Earthly Kingdom of Christ reigning for one-thousand years. The first question
that must be asked is where do we find ''rapture'' in the Bible. Those who teach
the coming of the rapture admit the word rapture is never found in the Bible.
The word is not found but the idea of the rapture is supposed to be based upon a
test in 1 Thessalonians. "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have
no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also
which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the
word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord
shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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: 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" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)
question I would raise about the rapture is where in the Bible does God ever
suggest a "secret taking" of the saints of God? Paul's writing to the church at
Thessalonica does not say the coming of the Lord will be without notice but just
the opposite. Paul declares the coming of the Lord will be with a "shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God." No one has
ever heard that sound but I assure you that "every eye shall see him"
(Revelation 1:7) and "the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will
hear his voice" (John 5:28-29).
ask the readers to find in the Bible the teaching of the rapture as described by
men today and to prove with scripture (it is imperative that God's words be used
to prove the rapture) the doctrine of the rapture.
rapture also suggests that Jesus will be coming to earth a third time. He came
the first time as man, He will return at the rapture and then at the end of time
(according to the teaching of the rapture). However, the Bible teaches that
Jesus will only come a second time. "And just as it is appointed for men to
die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to
bear the sins of many, WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME (emphasis
mine, keh), not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for
him" (Hebrews 9:27-28). How can we fit another "visit" by Jesus when the
SECOND TIME He appears it will be for the final judgment.
teaching of the rapture is an interesting story of a world that God never said
would happen. There will be no rapture as described by men but the final
judgment in the final day by the Lord and everyone will see and hear His coming
-- everyone one!