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Saturday, January 15, 2011 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 7Will we be raptured during two separate times?
By Judith Koch
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
rhe idea of a pretribulation rapture has been around for awhile, and gained popularity when the fictional "l^ft Behind” series was written.
The idea is that Jesus will come snatch his people from earth before all of the final tribulation and plagues detailed in the book of Revelation, thus saving us from having to endure these events. Ihe people who are “left behind” will then either repent and be saved at the second coming, or face hellfire in the end. Let's investigate to see if this idea is scriptural.
Adherents to the rapture theory cite mainly two texts. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, and Luke 17:34-36. The passage in Thessalonians promises, “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: Then we which are alive and
remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Iurd in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
The context is actually about comforting people (verse 18) whose loved ones have died, and show that those who are asleep (dead) will be raised with us who are alive when Christ returns. What this text does not tell us is that there will actually be two "second” comings of Christ — the. rapture before the tribulation, and again at the end of time, which would really be a third coming if it were due.
fhe text in Luke reads in part, “TWo women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. TWo men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” But what does the very next verse (37) say? The disciples asked Jesus, “Where, Lord?” and he replied that “wheresoever the body is, there will the eagles (vultures) be gathered together.” Question: where do vultures gather?
Over dead carcasses, right? Does that sound like the people not going to heaven will be given a second chance to repent and be saved, or does it sound like the people not going to heaven are dead? 2 Thessalonians 2:8 tells us that the wicked will be destroyed with the brightness of Jesus’ coming. Revelation 19:21 says that the rest will be slain by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lends, and all the fowls will be filled with their flesh. Revelation 20:5 says that they live not again until the thousand years are finished. If you want to refer to Jesus’ second coming as a rapture, fine, you can use that terminology, but realize also that everyone not taken to heaven with him is dead, not left behind for a second chance.
Let’s also look at the teachings of Jesus to see if he teaches anything similar to a rapture prior to his second coming. Matthew 13:24-30 compares the kingdom of heaven to a field, where the farmer sowed good seed,
and the enemy sowed weeds, but rather than pulling the weeds and taking the chance of dislodging the roots of the good plants, they let all grow until the harvest. Verse 30 tells us that at harvest time, the reapers will gather and burn the tares, and take the wheat to the bam. Then, in verses 36-43 Jesus further explains this parable to his disciples. Again, he says that at harvest time the tares are gathered and burned in the fin», the wheat gathered into his bam, and that this is how it will be at the end of the world. No indication that the wheat is harvested (raptured) first, and then the field burned later. Everything happens at once. The “rapture" is the second com-ing, not something that happens before it.
None of these teachings give any indication that the saved are taken away prior to the end, but rather show that both the saved and wicked are dealt with at the same time. As in the examples of Noah, Daniel, and
Daniels three friends, all teach that (iod does allow his faithftil to endure trials of their faith. When we go through the tribulation, Ckxl will see if we hold fast and firm to him, or if we give in to the beast power and renounce our faith. I pray that you are not deceived into thinking that you will be magically taken away from the trials before us, but rather that you face those trials in the same manner that Jesus faced his, and that you will stand firm until the end.
My fear is that people who expected to be raptured and then realize it didn’t happen will lose heart, thinking they were destined to be unsaved, and thus give in to the enemy. I lx»lieve the whole rapture theory is a plan of satan for this very purpose. Don’t be fooled. 1 lold fast to your faith no matter what trials you face.
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