Rapture Is When?

Q: Exactly when is this Rapture supposed to occur?

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BIG QUESTION!  People believe different aspects based on interpretation of various scriptures and Bible stories.  Now, it’s at the point where they’re like multiple spin-off religions.  All these different rapture time lines are so convoluted that it’s a waste of precious time to examine them.  Instead, I will present the facts that we do have.

A:  The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – 52 in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the LAST trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

That’s when this Biblical event will occur?  At the last trumpet.

Rapture Take Me Away?

Q:  Rapture or false doctrine?                    

This is not the actual Rapture but a simulation.

I have long been suspicious of the “rapture” or escape of God’s people, which is a belief where true believers will leave this world before anything really bad happens.  It was in the early 1990’s when I first learned of such a belief.  In fact, it was a religious person who told me about it and let me read a book on it. I remember the book was written in the 1980’s and laced with anxiety.  One chapter ended in a terrifying climax.  It went something like, 1984 could very well be the last year we’re on this planet!  Sorry, I can’t quote it or remember the title or author but after reading that nearly a decade later it was hard for me to take “the Rapture doctrine” seriously.

EndTimePilgrim.org provides information that may be the answer.  On this site is an enlightening article from Corrie Ten Boom, which tells of what happened to the Chinese who believed in the doctrine of a rapture before the tribulation.

What Rapture?

Q: What is this Rapture stuff I keep hearing about everywhere?

A: The Rapture referrers to an event where the true followers of Jesus who are still alive when he returns will be caught up in the heavens and not die.

Descriptions of this event are found in the Bible;

1 Corinthians 15:51-52  Listen,I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep,but we will all be changed – 52 in a moment, in the blinkingof an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe thatGod will bring with him those who have fallen asleep as Christians.15 For we tell you this by the word of the Lord,that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel,and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left,will be suddenly caught uptogetherwith them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.

Q: Hey, where’s the word Rapture? I don’t see it.

A: The word Rapture is not anywhere in the Bible. Someone gave this described event that name a long time ago. Rapture means to be “caught up”.  This is all that we really know.

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Q: Rapture or false doctrine?

I have long been suspicious of this belief in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  A belief that Christians will leave this world before anything really bad happens. It was in the early to mid 1990’s when I first learned of this and I was a new believer. In fact, it was a religious person who told me about it and let me read a book on it. I remember the book was written in the 1980’s and laced with anxiety. One chapter ended in a terrifying climax. It went something like, 1984 could very well be the last year we’re on this planet! I can’t quote it or remember the title or author but after reading it in the nineties it was hard for me to take that book seriously nor do I recommend it.

A: The concept of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture is a lie!

Corrie ten Boom was a real person who endured real persecution. Read what she had to say regarding the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine at End Time Pilgrim – Corrie page.

After you read it let me know if you found it enlightening or not.

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