YES, YES, YES and Yes.
After church this morning (November, 4th), a senior Minister directed me to an article on the Soul Harvest concerning the topic of the Rapture.
The author of the article wasted no time in declaring his opinion which is there is no rapture. Since I have a totally different point of view I decided to share more about this topic.
There has been a lot of debate over what the rapture is all about. Most Christians today think it is fact and only seek to argue its particulars or just go by feelings. However in fact, it is not a biblical idea or even a word in the Bible.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
King James Version (KJV)
15 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.
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.
“What’s that,” …that we are all going to rise up in the air and be taken to heaven? “Really? Where is that in the Bible?” Should I throw this Bible away? What is this Bible saying?
I could engage this topic aggressively to show you all that there is going to be a rapture, but when the question about “where is rapture in the Bible?” comes up I could not find where in the Bible we could get a Rapture.
According to the Lord’s own word, 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. 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. 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. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
The word rapture is not in the Bible, which is not a problem since many theological terms are not in the Bible such as Trinity or essential ministries such as Youth Ministry. As a word, rapture is originally from a Latin word meaning “caught up” or “caught away”, and is based on 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.
Yes there will be a rapture, as in “caught up together to meet the Lord” as the Scriptures tell us. But for us to argue its sequence and manner is just silly and misses the point. YES, there will be a rapture. WHEN, is debatable. The term “rapture” itself is not in the Bible. “Rapture” comes from the words “caught up” in I Thessalonians 4:17. In the Greek the word is harpazo – “to seize upon by force”, “to snatch up.” The Latin translators used the word rapturo, where we get the term “Rapture”. What are the texts that reference a rapture? John 14:2,3
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
WHY would Jesus save the Church from the tribulation? First, you have to understand the purpose OF the tribulation. It has NOTHING to do with the church anymore. It is about the Jews. In the old testament, it is called the “time of jacob’s trouble.” The purpose of this time is to bring about a conversion of the nation of Israel into believing in the “one they have pierced.”
So back to “WHY” Jesus would save his Church, his believers from this time period? The Church is not made for wrath.
1 Thes 5:9,10
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
It is not about us, our views or agendas. When we get away from our selfishness and pride and really surrender ourselves to look to Him, our Church will flourish and we will get the point of what He saves us for!
If you don’t agree with me on this subject that’s ok I still love you. Lets focus on the majors such as sharing the gospel and building up our faith.