Is the Rapture Theory a religious scam?
In Scripture, it's always the wicked who are 'taken' while the righteous are 'left behind' to tell of God's victory.
For those who don’t know, the Rapture Theory proposes that sometime in the near future there will begin a time of Great Tribulation throughout the world.
This time of chaos will supposedly be overseen by a Satan-in-the-flesh, anti-Christ, political leader who will rule the whole world through his One-world-Government system.
Under this Antichrist government, so the theory goes, all the prophetic destruction described in the Book of Revelation will be played out on the earth with devastating consequences for all mankind; a kind of ‘hell-on-earth’.
Meanwhile, just prior to the beginning of this ‘hell-on-earth’ Jesus will swoop down from Heaven and gather his redeemed in a glorious ‘rapture’ so they will not have to endure the terror that Satan is about to unleash on the Godless inhabitants who are ‘left behind’.
What a horrible story! How can anyone think this glorifies Christ?
Far from glorifying Christ, this teaching tramples his victory at Calvary and betrays his great sacrifice! Those who believe the lie that Christ is coming to help them escape from Satan’s fury have, in reality, shown they believe Satan is more powerful than Christ and has the ability to put Christ and his bride to flight!
How can anyone believe, even for a minute, that Satan has crushed Christ to the point where he now has to take his bride and run? Is this not horrible blasphemy? Is this not a cruel betrayal of our mighty and victorious King?
Let’s take a look at the facts!
1. We are not waiting for the last days to begin, as the false Rapture Theory proclaims, but have been living in the last days for nearly 2000 years. The last days began with Christ and were confirmed by Peter at Pentecost.
In the last days, God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people…and everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved”. (Acts 2:17)
2. Jesus will only return once. This will happen at the final trump when all believers, both living and dead, will be raised at the same time. Christ has stated over and over again, that day will be the last day of human history.
For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. (Jn.6:40) (Jn.6:39) (Jn.6:44)
3. When Christ returns, no one will be ‘left behind’ simply because there will be no life on this planet after the last day. The earth will be totally destroyed on that day, and all life will cease.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, the heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. (2.Pt.3:10)
4. The days of Noah show the wicked being ‘taken’ to death and the righteous ‘left’ alive as witnesses to the righteousness of God’s judgment.
For in the days before the flood, people were oblivious until the flood came and swept them all away. So will the coming of the Son of man be. (Matt.24:38-39)
5. The days of Lot show the wicked being ‘taken’ to death and the righteous ‘left’ alive as witnesses to the righteousness of God’s judgment.
On the day Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained down from Heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed. (Lk.17:29)
6. The parable of the tares and the wheat show the tares being ‘taken’ and burned and wheat being ‘left’ to be harvested last.
Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters: First, collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat into my barn. (Matt.13:30)
7. On the last day, the wicked will be ‘taken’ to destruction and those ‘who are alive and left’ will be caught up to Christ in the air.
The angel will swing his sickle on the earth, gather its grapes and throw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. (Rev.14:17-20)
With a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up… (1Thes.4:16-18)
8. When the Israelites left Egypt, it was the wicked who were ‘taken’ to destruction and God’s people who were left to tell of his glorious salvation.
The entire army of Pharaoh followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground. (Ex.14:28-29)
9. In Scripture, no wicked person has ever been or will ever be ‘left behind’. The wicked are always ‘taken’ to destruction. The wicked always perish! The righteous are always ‘left’ to glorify God. The righteous are always saved! So maybe it’s time to read this Scripture as it was intended to be read:
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. (Matt.24:41)
Knowing what Scripture actually says, do you want to be ‘taken’ or ‘left’?
An excerpt from REVELATION Isn't it about Jesus? © Monica Bennett-Ryan
Since there is no single, human, antichrist figure coming to rule the world, there can be no possible need for escape from him or his supposed destruction.
If there is no rapture, no ‘left behind’, no ‘hell-on-earth’, no human Antichrist ruling those ‘left behind’ and no abomination sitting in a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, then what is Revelation about?
When we get rid of the hype, we can see the truth and beauty of Revelation.
The first thing Christ does in Revelation, after he introduces himself, is reveal the traps set by Satan to trip his bride, and the powerful protections he has put in place to ensure our safety.
Then, on top of that, he outlines the stunning rewards waiting for those who love him enough to overcome all the tricks and traps of wickedness.
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