For the first sixty-five years of my life I was in a fuddle about the Lord’s Coming. Those in my youth group would discuss, even argue whether the Lord would come pre, mid, or post-tribulation and I see the confusion continues today as one local SB pastor’s doctoral thesis is built on the argument that the Bible offers proof of all three positions! Another local pastor tells me that we are no closer to Christ’s Return today than we were two-thousand years ago. If the truth is to come from such teachers, then we need to be aware. Often, our churches will offer a Walk Through Revelation series and that is a prescription for disaster. If we could only pinpoint one event to come, then build from that, we would see pieces of the puzzle fall together. For Example: There is a wealth of understanding found in Jesus’ parable of the Wheat and the Tare (Matt. 13:28,30) The servants suggest to pull up the Tares, but the Master tells them NO, but let them both grow together until the time of Harvest. Suddenly now, our youthful argument evaporates as neither the Wheat nor the Tare is taken out, but both remain on the earth until the Harvest of souls at the end of this age.
Rapture theory is thereby dissipated with Christs’ teaching. When His disciples asked for clarification of this parable, He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. Matt. 13:37-40
Furthermore, we learn that it is the Damned who are raised (bundled) first to join the living Damned. Actually, they are the first to see Christ coming in the East and this time is like an orientation to God’s Wrath which comes shortly.. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.(Rev. 1:7)
Those who see Him first wail because of Him, they wail and mourn because they are first to see His Judgment and it is bitter because they know He comes but not for them. Very soon, the Dead in Christ are raised and are joined in the air by those Redeemed yet living, for theirs is Salvation completed.
Go to the top of this Home Page and find/click on: Glossary of Terms, then scroll down to “Rapture” and read a complete history of the rapture doctrine and it’s 1800’s introduction to Christianity.