Reasons for no rapture
before the 2nd coming!

Many scholars are no longer convinced...
The rapture is not clearly taught in the Bible and because of this, it's easy to jump to a mistaken conclusion. For example, Christ says that "when He comes and knocks," we should "open to Him immediately." Luke 12:36.  If you have been taught to believe in a rapture, it may be easy to think that's what Christ means here. But several points don't fit rapture teaching. Why would Christ say, "Have your loins girded, have your lights burning" if He were going to rapture us, even from sleep? We don't need to sleep with our clothes or lights on. This is about something else.

1. When Christ said, "One shall be taken, and the other left" (Matthew 24:39-40), He wasn't talking about a rapture. Luke gives more details. The disciples asked, "Where, Lord? And He said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, there will the eagles be gathered." (Luke 17:37). With this additional information, it suggests that those who are taken are not raptured to heaven; they become the dinner for vultures. "One shall be taken and the other left" should not be understood as a rapture.

2. A pre-tribulation rapture is contrary to God's way of dealing throughout history. History supports that "we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom." Acts 14:22. Our belief that it won"t happen to us is based on a few texts that can be explained to mean something else. Everyone in history lived through trouble and died, except for Enoch and Elijah (discussed below).

3. Christ said, "As it was in the days of Noah" (Luke 17:26). Noah wasn't raptured; he came through the storm. Enoch was raptured before Noah was even born, so his being taken to heaven had nothing to do with avoiding the Flood or tribulation.

4. Elijah was raptured, but Christ never said the end would be like Elijah for us. Elijah was raptured only after he confronted false worship of Baal. Our confrontation will be with Antichrist when the United Nations mandates everyone to be marked or implanted for identity purposes, for this will be contrary to the Bible, Revelation 13:16,17; 14:9,10.

5. "As it was in the days of Lot," Luke 17:28. Lot wasn't raptured. He was told to flee, and Christ told us to flee because there would be great tribulation, Matthew 24:15-21; Mark 13:14-20.

6. Everyone else in history has faced trouble and death. "Now all these things happened unto them for examples, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come," 1Corinthians 10:11.

7. When asked about the end of the world, Christ said to understand Daniel. The book of Daniel shows no rapture. Daniel and his friends were tested by a series of life and death situations. "Daniel" means God is my Judge and we may only be judged when we face death and do right. Otherwise we may be "fair-weather" Christians.

8. Christ was in the furnace with the three Hebrews. "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you," 1 Peter 4:12. God will be with us through the trials. "We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God," Acts 14:22.

9. Writing of the second coming, the apostle Paul says, "we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP[ET], 1Corinthians 15:51,52. There are seven trumpets and this event is clearly at the end, NOT BEFORE the trumpet plagues of Revelation 8 and 9.

10. "By their fruits ye shall know them." The fruit of rapture teaching is a lack of Bible study in Revelation, thinking "we won't be around." But Revelation is the only book that Christ promises a blessing for reading and "keeping those things that are written therein." Revelation 1:3. Revelation uses symbols and imagery that we can decode from other parts of Scripture if we study and become familiar with the Bible.

11. We would feel like second class citizens in heaven if we were raptured from trouble and lukewarm materialism (Revelation 3:17) if we did not have the opportunity to face trouble manfully as did Daniel, Peter or Paul.

12. Rather than rapturing "lukewarm...miserable" Christians (Rev 3:17), we should expect "the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple...But who may abide the day of his coming...for he is like a refiner's fire," Malachi 3:1,2. If we are faithful through this refining process (trumpet plagues of Revelation 8,9, the mark of the New World Order (Revelation 13:16,17) and the 7 vials that fall on those who receive that mark (Revelation 14:9,10; Rev 16) we will be ready to meet Christ when He comes visibly. "Every eye shall see Him, Rev 1:7, Revelation 19:11. 

                                                        

 

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