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The Rapture Theory

Before I begin, let me emphasize that the rapture is not the same as the second coming of Christ.

The second coming of Christ is biblical, but the rapture is not.

The evidence of the second coming of Christ is shown in the following Bible verses: Matthew 24: 29-31; John 14:1-6

I believe with all my heart and soul that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who delivers us from the bondage of sin and set us free.

I believe that He is coming again to take His bride (Church) home and then judge the world and execute vengeance on the enemy. The Lord is not returning secretly because everyone in this world will see Him immediately.

And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Revelation 6:2)

I believe I am part of the Bride, the elect, the oil and wine; and I will be caught up to meet Him in the air when He returns.

But while I am waiting for His return I am alert because my lamps are trim and I have excess oil. I am also partaking of the wine which the Groom has provided for me. (Significance of the oil and wine).

However, the Bride Groom is delayed, and I have been waiting for quite some time, so naturally, I will fall asleep. But while sleeping, I have one eye closed and the other open watching for signs of my groom appearance.

I have one foot in this world and the other outside because at any moment in the twinkling of an eye I will be changed from mortal to immortality and I will be transported home to be with the Lord for a thousand years as we celebrate the marriage feast.

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

Do you want to be a part of this celebration? Here is how you can!

The five foolish virgins or brides are waiting for the rapture. So they do not care about having any excess oil. They believe that their lamps with limited oil will suffice.

It does not matter if the world is falling apart around them the foolish virgins believe that they are safe because they are going to disappear from this world one day.

According to Wikipedia, it was generally believed that the rapture theory was first taught by an Anglo-Irish Bible teacher named John Nelson Darby in the 1830’s.

Undoubtedly, this gentleman was a born-again Christian who loved the Lord. (Biography).

As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave does not come up. He shall never return to his house, nor shall his place know him anymore. (Job 7:9-10)

The rapture is based on the following scriptures:

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour  your Lord is coming. (Matthew 24:40-42)

The scenario in these verses gives the feeling that people will disappear leaving some persons behind. Before making any assumptions, carefully consider who will be taken and who will be left behind; and where is the destination of those who will be taken.

The timing of the rapture creates a division in the doctrines of the church.

Two different doctrines surround the theory of the rapture – pre and post tribulation.

Some end-time prophets believe that the rapture will take place before the great tribulation that Christ spoke about in Matthew 24, while others believe it will happen afterward.

Which is correct?

To know the truth, you will have to leave these theories behind and seek the Lord for His Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know the truth of His Word.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

You can learn how to do this right here on this blog.

The knowledge of God will instantly deliver and make you whole.

Any doctrine that creates fear and confusion in your heart and mind is directly from Satan.

Buddhism also teaches about a similar theory called piti which means joy or rapture which is a state of happiness resulting from deep tranquility.

The rapture theory in Christianity connotes a similar kind of meaning that one day the believers in Christ will secretly disappear to a place of peace and contentment in the Lord.

Therefore, we do not have to worry about any impending crisis that may be looming on the horizon because we will disappear soon.

I have heard many pastors preached this message to their millions of followers on television.

This is nothing but a psychological ploy to give you a false sense of security to prevent you from reading your Bible and knowing the truth from God.

They are aware that if you know the truth, you will not support their so-called ‘ministry’ which is nothing but a business establishment and you are the gullible consumers at the base of the pyramid.

And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. (2 Samuel 7:28)

The truth is in the Word of God.

If John Darby did indeed invent the rapture theory, he based it on the pieces of evidence that were happening in society in his days.

During Mr. Darby’s lifetime, it was the beginning of the industrial revolution and the age of new technology which was different from the usual way of life, and so he felt strongly that the end of the world was near.

For example, he believed that the newly invented telegraph was an invention of Cain and the tool of Armageddon (Wikipedia)

Note that the same concept can be seen in today’s society where every new invention is believed to be a sign of the end of this world.

Thus, the rapture theory continues to strengthen because it gives you a sense of security that the terrifying effects of Armageddon and the adverse effects of tribulation will not affect you because you will be raptured out of this world.

Indeed John Darby was eventually “raptured” out of this world when he died in 1882.

So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. (Psalm 55:6)

But, what will happen to the rest of us who are left behind after the death of a loved one?

People all over the world have been persecuted throughout years and many are dying of starvation? Are they worthy of salvation?

Famines, pestilences, earthquakes, and wars are affecting people right now all over the world. Arent’ these people suffering tribulation?

Aren’t they worthy of salvation and the rapture? Why are some people apparently experiencing great tribulation while others are not?

Many people including Christians have already been raptured out of this world because they are dead and their relatives, friends and the rest of us are left behind.

What then can we do to stop the beast from killing the rest of us? How can we eradicate the beast? What or Who really is the beast of Revelation 13?

If you want additional information about the Beasts of Revelation who are already in the world, you can get it in the book: Harm Not The Oil And Wine.

5 Comments »

  1. I used to believe in the rapture theory many many years ago until I grew up in the Lord and came out of that foolishness. My neighbor thinks I’m reading a different bible than she is when I told her I didnt believe in the rapture. When I was trying to teach her, she covered her ears. I had mentioned how Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego had gone through the fiery furnace and lived, she refused to accept what I was saying. All one can do is pray that God will open their spiritual eyes and that they will ask for wisdom and search His Word.

    God is looking for mighty men and women of valor to fight the good fight of Faith, to have our full Gospel Armour on and do all we can and then stand, make sure our lamp is filled with plenty of oil with our wicks trimmed so that our lights burn brighter. Yes, He is coming back for His Bride, but at that time we will be translated into our glorified bodies, because no one can stand in the presence of the Lord and live. I too know who I am as one of the Elect and we are to protect the oil and the wine until His appearance. Very good post Beverley.

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    • Thank you Susan. As I read your response I felt shivers running down my entire body. Your neighbor’s response is typically of a set of people who prefer to bury their nose in the sand instead of listening and then examining the scriptures for themselves. Many people prefer to believe the rapture theory because it gives them an excuse not to be too concern with atrocities that are happening worldwide because they will soon be raptured out of this world; so who cares what happen to the wicked? It is sad but God has His people in strategic areas who He will rise up on His behalf. This is essentially what my book is about. It will expose the deception and the enemy who started it. Continue to preach the word my sister someone will eventually listen.

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      • Thank you Beverley. I’m looking forward to reading that book. Praying that God sends the right publisher in His perfect timing. God bless you, my sister. 🙂

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  2. I’m very happy to see that you are aware of the origins of the secret rapture theory, it makes me feel like I am not alone. I see this theory which has crept into Christianity as a part of a system of belief known as Futurism which I personally believe was ultimately manufactured by the beast power of Revelation 13. [I adopt what is known as the “historicist” viewpoint myself.] That is about as much as I feel safe saying in the comments section of somebody else’s blog, but if you’d like more information on this I will be posting about it eventually on my own blog. I have covered the rapture before, which you can see in the link below. Meanwhile I find myself saddened that so many believe in this interpretation of Bible prophecy, and there doesn’t seem to be a shred of evidence for it in the Scriptures.

    https://letusreasontogther.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/a-thief-in-the-night-2/

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    • I am sorry to take so long to reply to your comment. Since the hurricanes I have been having internet challenges. I will definitely check out your blog where we can reason together. There are so many deception in the body of Christ it is unbelievable. I think you would like to read a copy of my book which was published at Amazon. The link is below. The Lord taught me through His Word a different perspective of the beast in the book of revelation. It would be interesting to hear your views on it after reading the book. Thanks again for visiting my blog and I will definitely visit yours.
      https://www.amazon.com/Harm-Not-Wine-Beverley-Wright/dp/1518743587/

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