Rapture Debate

The Key Passages

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 teaches that Christ will return in the air to gather Christians who have died and then “rapture” (Latin for “caught up”) living believers also so that all will be with the Lord forever.

1 Corinthians 15:51-53 teaches that at the rapture 1 Thessalonians 4:16 resurrected Christians and living Christians will all receive “glorified” bodies (compare Jesus’ glorified body – John 20:19; 21:1,13).

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and OUR BEING GATHERED TO HIM . . .

The Issue
Pretribulationists believe that Christ will return in the air, prior to the tribulation, to take believers to be with Him. They understand the second coming of Christ in judgment to be after the tribulation.

Various views:

Posttribulationists believe that the rapture of Christians and the second coming occur together after the tribulation. In other words, Christians will be here during the seven years of God’s wrath being poured out.

Other less popular views are that the rapture will occur in the middle of the tribulation (midtribulationalism) or that the rapture will occur before the tribulation but only spiritually mature Christians will go (partial rapture theory) or that the rapture will occur during the last half of the tribulation but before the final judgments (pre-wrath rapture view).

The reason I put this information together is help you understand why it is important to study Bible Prophecy and the events that will happen soon.

Personally, I believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

Good reasons to study Bible prophecy:

Because I have studied Bible Prophecy I know that at some point time the world dictator, the antichrist and the false prophet will demand that everyone take a mark on the right hand or on the forehead (Revelation 13:16-17).

Also, I know that if I refuse to take that mark I will not be able to buy or sell, and I will be hunted down.  If caught, I will be given the choice to take the mark and live, or refuse the mark and be killed.

In addition, because I have studied Bible Prophecy I know that if I take that mark, I will have to deny Jesus Christ and swear loyalty to the antichrist.  If I take the mark, I will end up in the lake of fire, never ending torment. That's a bad choice!

Because I know the choice that I would be faced with if I were here during the tribulation period, it will be a no-brainer decision for me.  Loose my head and live in heaven forever, or take the mark and end up in the lake of fire for eternity, never ending torment.  That should be an easy choice for any one to make.

A warning:

On the other hand,  if I didn’t study Bible Prophecy, I would not know about the events that are going to be happening soon, and when faced with that decision to reject Christ and take the mark, I could make the worst decision.  If I didn’t know the outcome, I might think: Maybe God will forgive me if I take the mark.  That is not what Bible Prophecy reveals. 

If you take the mark, you end up in the lake of fire. Why?  Because you will come under a strong delusion and end up worshipping the antichrist as god (Revelation 19:19-21), and your name will be erased out of the book of life.  “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he/she was thrown in the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

Personally, I’m so glad that I study Bible Prophecy because I’m prepared for what is going to be happening.  I am strengthened in my faith.  And when I hear the Lord shout, “Come up here!” I’ll be gone to be with the Lord forever.  If the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is not valid, then I’m prepared to make the right decision – I will continue to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Only Way to God. I belong to Him and I will not take the mark, I will choose eternal life instead of eternal torment in the lake of fire.

Studying Bible Prophecy has prepared me for the best, and to face the worst if necessary.  I feel sorry for people who do not study Bible Prophecy.  It is hard to understand why people refuse to study Bible Prophecy. 

There is nothing scary about Bible Prophecy. 

The fact is: people are afraid of what they don’t know, but once you begin to know what Bible Prophecy reveals, you are no longer afraid of the end times.
  Matter of fact, Bible Prophecy is very interesting, even exciting. The more you know about Bible Prophecy, the stronger your faith becomes becasue you will be one of those in the know, and you will be prepared for future events.

The Rapture page is a good place to start learning about what Bible Prophecy reveals about the soon to happen world events.  There are a couple of links at the bottom of the page in case you want to read more.  Don’t be afraid of Bible Prophecy, you need to be ready for what is ahead.  The more you know about Bible Prophecy, the more secure you will be.

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An Invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift of eternal life, but you would like to, simply pray this prayer:

          “Jesus Christ, I believe you are the Son of God and the only way to God.  I admit that I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins and come into my life; I want to be born again.  Please show me how real you are. Also baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re still a skeptic: “God, if this is true, please help me understand so that I can accept the gift of New Birth you purchased for me.”

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