Every once in a while I still see a bumper sticker that says something like, “In case of rapture this car will be un-manned” or “When the rapture happens you can have the car.” You probably know that the word rapture is a popular one among many people in the religious world. But what you may not know is that the word itself is not used once in the KJV of the Bible and there is no solid support found in the original Greek manuscripts.
Now, I’m not saying that Jesus isn’t returning, that the dead won’t be raised or that the living won’t be caught up. Christ returning is definitely not a teaching foreign to the Bible. Jesus taught His disciples and warned others that He would return (Mark 14:62, John 14:3, 1st Cor. 11:24-26). But the doctrine of the second coming of Christ and the perverted doctrine of the rapture are not the same. One is right and the other is wrong.
Yes, I know the rapture is a popular teaching, but being popular and being right are not the same either. Think about some of the major components concerning the teaching of the rapture. The details depend upon who’s teaching it, but there are several common foundational teachings that crumble when they’re examined along with some clear statement scriptures found in the New Testament.
One major foundational teaching is that Jesus will return secretly to “rapture away” His disciples. If that’s true then why did the apostle John say that when Jesus returned everyone would see Him? Revelation 1:7 says, “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” The apostle Paul said Jesus will return with a shout! Why shout if it’s supposed to be a secret? “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God…” (1st Thessalonians 4:16)
Another major teaching that the rapture hinges on is the belief of multiple judgment days. It teaches that Jesus will judge God’s people when He raptures them away leaving another separate day of judgment for those dead out of Christ and for the people left on the Earth. But if that’s true then why doesn’t the Bible ever use the phrase “judgment days?” Anytime you see the words judgment and day together, the word day is always singular. The word “judgment” is used 79x and the word “days” is used 157x but the words are not used in conjunction with each other one time! The judgment of the good and the evil will happen on the same day. Please read these verses and see for yourself what the Bible teaches – John 5:26-29, 2nd Peter 2:9; 3:7; 1st John 4:17 & Jude 1:6.
Lastly, teachers of the rapture theory say that Christ will eventually return to Earth to set up an earthly kingdom. The question is, “Will there even be an Earth after He returns?” “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” (2nd Peter 3:10)
Jesus’ return, the Day of Judgment and the destruction of the Earth will all begin at the same time. When Jesus returns, the last thing the un-saved will have to worry about is an empty car. Biblical facts and Biblical theories are two different things.
Think about it. EA