Where did the Rapture theory originate?
There are a lot of theories that man has come up with that are not in the Bible. The Rapture is a popular theory among the Christian denominations. The question arises, “Is it Biblical?”. Let us study the Bible and look at the verses in the Bible that comprise this theory and let us look at what else the Bible has to say.
The Bible does not use the word rapture anywhere. So where does the theory come from.
John Nelson Darby first proposed and popularised the pre-tribulation rapture in 1827. He and the Plymouth Brethren popularised the theory in England. It was further popularised in the United States in the early 20th century by the wide circulation of the Scofield Reference Bible.
This belief was not taught by the apostles, and nowhere mentioned by any Christians until John Darby proposed this theory.
One of the reasons that can be used for a pre-tribulation (The tribulation is when the seven last plagues is going to come upon the earth), is that as a Christian I don’t have to see all the destruction that is going to happen and I will be safe in Heaven. Nowhere in the Bible did GOD take His people away as a group. The only times this happened is when Enoch and Elijah were taken to Heaven.
Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
So what is the truth then?
So if the apostles and JESUS never taught this rapture theory, then what is the truth? What does the Bible say?
We need to look at the verses that speak of when JESUS is coming. Also to look at one of the passages that JESUS spoke of, in been taken away and what did He mean. We need to look at the whole Bible as the Bible does not contradict itself. It is man that contradicts themselves and makes up fancy doctrines because they sound good.
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
Matthew 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Matthew 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
In the days of Noah, who was taken away? And who was left behind? Noah and his family were in the ark when the flood came. He and His family were left behind! If they were not left behind then the earth would not be inhabited today. The people that were taken away were the wicked people. The flood came and destroyed them. In other words, the flood took them away.
So when JESUS says that there are two in the field and one shall be taken, and the other left. We must have a look at when this event is going to happen. We need to read further.
Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
JESUS is speaking of the Second coming, not an event that is going to happen before that. This is were a lot of mistakes happen in the Christian world, we just don’t read everything in context!
JESUS speaks of Himself coming as a thief in the night in verse 43. If He comes as a thief in the night then how come Christians would have an advantage over the wicked and disappear before JESUS’ second coming? He says that nobody will know. If people are raptured away, will not the wicked then know that JESUS is coming soon?
Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
If the rapture is true then as it was said before that they would then know when JESUS is coming back. So what will JESUS’ second coming be like and what about the first resurrection? Has the first resurrection got anything to do with dispelling the rapture theory?
JESUS’ second coming and the first resurrection
Let’s look at the second coming of JESUS and what the Bible says about this.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
The only hint we have of JESUS’ second coming is this revealing of the man of sin and a falling away first.
2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
2 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
JESUS comes with His mighty angels. If the saints are raptured to Heaven, don’t you think that JESUS would also come with His saints as well? But the Scriptures says that He comes He will be glorified in His saints. His saints are both alive and dead when JESUS comes beck for them. The wicked are to be destroyed, taken away.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
When does this scene that Paul is speaking about happen?
1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1 Thessalonians 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:
1 Thessalonians 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.
Paul never spoke of a rapture theory of been taken away before JESUS’ second coming. He says that ‘we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together’ with those that has been raised from the grave. So where is the rapture then?
Paul then goes onto say:
1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
These are the words we must comfort one another with. That we will see the LORD JESUS coming with His angels and that we will be caught up with the raised dead. The words of the rapture are not from GOD.
In the book of Revelation there is a group of people that go all through the plagues and will see JESUS coming with His angels.
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
This verse also goes against the rapture theory. How can there be a people at the end if they have been raptured away! This is another reason that the people that are following GOD need to study their Bibles and to stop believing man made theories.
The Bible shows that when JESUS comes back He is going to come back for all His saints. The dead in Christ, and the living saints. This shows the theory of the rapture as been man made. For what purpose? The only purpose is that Satan does not want people saved and the more he can deceive the Christian world with his theories the more will be raised in the second resurrection. The resurrection that we as Christians do not want to be in. The best will be to see JESUS come with His mighty angels.