A few problems with ‘The Rapture’...


For supplemental reading, see also 'What Rapture?'

I don’t know about you, but when I read the Bible, it raises more than a few 'rapture problems.'  For instance...

If all the good people are whisked off the earth years before the tribulation, how is it that the gospel is preached to the whole word at the end of the earth?

Matthew 24:32 And again, this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come, or the destruction of the wicked.

Why is it that gentile Christian’s think Jesus is talking about gathering them when he said he was talking about the Jews in Matthew 24?

Matthew 24:18 For then, in those days, shall be great tribulations on the Jews, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; such as was not before sent upon Israel, of God, since the beginning of their kingdom until this time; no, nor ever shall be sent again upon Israel.

Matthew 24:21 Behold these things I have spoken unto you concerning the Jews.

Why do Evangelicals think the writings of Daniel are talking about tribulation surrounding modern day Christian churches when God told Daniel he was showing him what evil would befall the Jews in the last days?

Daniel 2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;

Daniel 10:14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days; for yet the vision is for many days.

How can believing Christians still be mortals on the earth when Jesus comes in his Glory if they’ve all been whisked away years before (according to the rapture)?

Why are at least 144,000 mortals with Jesus in Zion according to  Rev 14:3, and then in verse 13, it is stated that 'those who die in the Lord from henceforth....shall die unto the Lord?" All the good people were supposedly raptured away?! 

Why did God teach that Zion will be established in the last days and the nations shall flow unto it to learn of Him, if He has abandoned the earth with all the good people?

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days when the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it;

Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.

If Christian evangelists teach that God doesn’t use angels to bring His word to people on the earth anymore because he did His work in Jesus’ day,  why is it that an angel brings the gospel to the earth in the last days for it to be preached to every living person?? 

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

…Is there going to be a time when some scoffing evangelicals decide it’s OK to believe in angelic ministry again…becomes in vogue again, at least among some evangelicals?  Will they please make the decision for us soon, so we know we are to believe?)

Why do rapturists teach that the world ends in wickedness when the Bible teaches that it finally arrives at peace when Jesus comes….

Micah 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

….all nations will come to Zion (where God is) to learn of her ways?

Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem;

How is it logical that the entire plan of the covenants (i.e. the entire promise to Abraham, Isacc, and Jacob, that Israel will be regathered and the Lord return to them) becomes utterly void and unfulfilled if the church becomes whisked away and only wickedness reigns on the earth.  Do God's words return unto Him void?

Jeremiah 31:10 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.

Jeremiah 32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely;

Genesis 3:30 For, as I, the Lord God, liveth, even so my words cannot return void, for, as they go forth out of my mouth, they must be fulfilled.

 

Why do modern Christians assume we are the at the ‘center of the spiritual universe’ when God warns that we were just a graft onto the original tree, and that he will remember the original house of Israel?

Romans 11:16 - Romans 11:26

(understand in the following passage that the Gentile Christians are being compared to a branch from a wild olive tree that has been grafted on to a tame tree, the House of Israel).

16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wast grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18 Boast not against the branches, for thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 For if thou boast, thou wilt say, The branches were broken off, that we might be grafted in.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear;
21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God; on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness; otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in; for God is able to graft them in again.
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For it thou wast cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wast grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
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For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits, that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And then all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob;

Why do modern Christians think so much of the New Testament is about them when so much of it is about how the Jews will be restored to the truth?  How is it that the world overlooks the promise that Israel will be re-gathered when they come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ?

Why are there tears on the faces of God’s people when he comes, to be wiped away by Him himself, if we were spared all the tribulation of the earth, according to the pre-tribulationists? And Jesus is there.  How can there be human tears in Heaven? This must take place on earth...

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.

How come Rapturists teach that God takes His people away forever when the Bible says that God comes to inhabit the earth with His people,

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  

And one other question…How is it that Christians don’t understand the Bible they read?  

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge...

II Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Jeremiah 23:26-7 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams,

…or in other words, why can’t Rapturists see that their theory doesn’t mesh with the Bible?……Answer:  BECAUSE IT IS NOT IN THE BIBLE!!!

Want the real story??

The problem is not that we are not reading the right scriptures, Christians are reading lots of good scriptures every day!.  

The problem is that we are reading them with an improper paradigm.  In other words, we are reading them from the wrong point of view, and consequently coming to incorrect conclusions.

Where have modern Christians strayed?

  1. They have either forgotten the covenants, or never new they existed.
  2. They have made an incorrect assumption that all the temporal promises to Israel have no physical reality (i.e. they are not literally going to happen to the House of Israel), but rather believe they have/are being spiritually fulfilled in them, that is, in the modern day Christian Church.  WRONG.  God does not, has not, forgotten his promise to the literal house of Israel.  This is paramount in understanding all scripture—old and new testament.
  3. And understand, this problem is not with just Evangelicals.  Clingers to the restored gospel have made many deviant assumptions regarding prophecy.
  4. Jesus said he was speaking regarding the Jews.  Paul wrote so that the Elect (covenant house of Israel) could be saved.  Olive tree indicates they will come to a knowledge of the truth.  2 Cor 3 says foretells when they put on Christ (i.e. believe and come to him) they shall have the veil of (mis)understanding removed regarding their understanding of the Old Testament (i.e. Mosaic Law was a type and shadow of Christ).

What really happens?

In a nutshell:

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