The rapture doesn’t even mean the rapture!? The word ‘rapture’, as defined by those that have embraced this doctrine, say that it is the same as or equal to the resurrection and being ‘caught up’, as in 1Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Fine, okay, I get it, just another way of saying, that the saints are going to meet Jesus in the air, with all those that were raised first that died in Christ. But, when the rapture takes on a completely whole different ‘doctrine’ within itself, than what Jesus and the apostles preached or taught, it should make you stop and wonder, and raise a big red flag about this whole rapture thing? How does the word ‘rapture’, go from meaning, ‘caught up’, an event that occurs at the second coming of Jesus, then wraps itself around on all these other events that have actually been fulfilled? The rapture believers also say that it is the same as the ‘resurrection’, as in the dead in Christ will rise first and those that remain will meet Jesus in the air? Then, they say that this event is suppose to be some kind of secret disappearing act when Jesus comes in secretly to take His church out from this world, thus, separating this event from Jesus’ second coming? Which makes Jesus coming back twice instead of just once.
1Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:” How could this be secret with all that noise, when Jesus Himself will ‘shout’, and the ‘trumpet’ will sound? This speaks of His second coming:
John 5:28 “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
Therefore, rapture believers are saying that Jesus is coming two more times instead of just once, as the Word of God says? How can this be? Jesus, nor the apostles ever preached or taught this? Nowhere does the Word of God ever say that Jesus is coming secretly to take His church out secretly, or otherwise? On the contrary, the unbelievers will be removed first, or separated, as in the tares being separated from the wheat? Have you read the examples of the parables that speak about how the tares are being separated first, these parables speak of Jesus’ second coming and how the event is going to transpire? The Word of God does not contradict or conflict with itself in how and what it says will take place? Prior to the ‘rapture doctrine’, it was universal that Jesus’ second coming was going to be the end, the Day of Judgment, when Jesus comes to separate the tares from the wheat,-
Matthew 13:30 “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” – to remove the unbelievers from His Bride, which He has also come to bring back with Him to the new heavens and new earth. Remember, the harvest represents the end of the world! The stories of how the pilots will be taken and the passengers will be left to crash to earth is just ludicrous, just as with all those other nonsensical examples given with the left-behind stories? This is complete chaos, and with the plan of God, there is no chaos involved! This is just plain silliness and more seriously, a deceptive maneuver by Satan to create more false doctrine that does not coincide with the doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Through the ages, men write books, and men later embrace those doctrinal beliefs as if those men had received some new prophetic revelation of God’s Word? Everything we need to know is in the Bible, which contains the Word of God, not to rely on some men that write books that tell smooth stories that encapsulates ones imagination? If you didn’t get straight from the Word of God, through the Holy Spirit, then you need to pray to God for confirmation of the truth! People don’t want to take the time to read the Word of God for themselves, so they end up relying on what ‘men’ have written that sounds good, then embrace it as being the gospel truth. Did you know this: 1John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. My Goodness! This gives me joy inside, excitement, chills just knowing that God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us to the truth, to help us discern the truth, to reveal to us the truth of His Word!!! Amen! Doesn’t this verse just jump out at you and make you want to shout, ‘Hallelujah’???!!! Praise God, we don’t have to rely on any man to teach us, we can receive the truth ourselves by praying and asking God the Father to reveal to us the truth, The Truth, THE TRUTH! of God’s Word, in the name of Jesus Christ! My goodness this gets me excited! We don’t have to be deceived, we don’t have to rely on anyone else? We can receive the truth straight from the Holy Spirit ourselves and not by any man! Praise God! Hallelujah!
Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
Everything that the Bible, the Word of God says, speaks of one event happening at Jesus’ return to earth, not actually returning to earth as in physically touching down, but as we know, to gather His bride, in the air, and to separate the unbelievers. Remember, Jesus is coming with fire to destroy the heavens, and the earth, the stars, the sun, the moon and all the elements within.
2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 2Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
So, we will dwell on the new earth, not a restored earth as some believe, but a new earth where that great big heavenly mansion will descend from heaven onto the new earth, and thus we shall be with Jesus forever and ever…Amen! “Therefore comfort one another with these sayings!”