Millions of Christians are waiting to be raptured secretly to heaven at any minute, even as you read this piece. They based their belief on the Holy Bible, yet on closer examination of the scriptures they use, this is not what God’s Holy book is saying. If the Bible is supporting a secret rapture. It would be contradicting itself. The apostles didn’t teach it and neither does the Word of God. Advocates of the rapture have done a fine job of reading into the scriptures what is not there.
Matt 24:31 shows the first act of Jesus Christ on His return is to “gather the elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” If the saints are already raptured in heaven, how are they going to be gathered at His return? It does not make sense. Those who believe in the rapture argue the elect here is the Jews, but that is a desperate attempt to defend the teaching with interpretations that are fraught with problems.
How can the elect be the Jews in this instance of gathering when they have rejected Christ? (Read Romans 11:17). Furthermore, while Israel (including the Jews) are God’s chosen people, they are not generally regarded in scriptures as the elect. The above scriptures explain that clearly. Here’s how the word elect is used in the Bible : 10 are used reference to believers in general ; 2 refer to believers who are Gentiles; 1 refers to believers who are Jews; 2 refer to Jesus Christ himself; 1 refers to Jacob who was a believer.
Well, these are “tribulation saints,” an invented term, they further argue, in a last ditch effort to defend this false teaching. Get this. There is nowhere in the whole Bible that refers to a division among the saints of God. They are all saints. (Daniel 7:22; 27).
Another faulty interpretation is that between Rev. 4 and 18, the Bible does not mention church and that means the church is not on Earth at that gtime. That is making reckless assumptions, and if that were the case, how do you explain the mentions of the “saints” on Earth during that time between Rev. 4 and 18? Aren’t the saints the ones who make up the church? When the angel tells John in Rev. 4:1 to “come up hither,” it has nothing to do with any rapture. The same verse explains the reason John should come up. Read it! “Come up hither (why?) and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”
Remember, the Bible only speaks of The Second Coming, not a third. Acts 1:9 tells you the same way he ascended, He’ll return “in like manner.” He ascended from the Mount of Olives and Zech 14:1 tells you the same day He returns “his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives.” The Word of God is so clear why are some preachers confusing people? God is not the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33).
The rapture teaching is nothing but confusion and interpreting scriptures that are not there. It gives a false hope that Christians will not have to endure a time of Great Tribulation. Our Saviour promises He will be with us right to the end of this stage and also promises to be with us during our time of great acalamity. We don’t need to be raptured secretly to heaven to be protected from the dreadful times ahead. Our Great God can protect us anywhere we are on this Earth.
Millions of people will lose faith because the rapture will not happen! Jesus Christ is not returning secretly for “all eyes shall see Him.” He’s returning with the saints because “they shall meet him in the air,” and where will He be? Zech 14:1 says He’s returning to Earth the same day, “his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives.” ; Christians won’t be going to heaven because Rev. 5: 10 tells us we are “God’s kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth.” We could go on and on about why the rapture is not true. If you are waiting for it, think again! For more on this subject, download FREE our booklet, SHOULD YOU EXPECT A SECRET RAPTURE?