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Rapture, Return of Jesus Christ, Final Judgment
In lessons on the New Testament book of Revelation, we teach about the rapture, or the belief that God will take believers from
the earth and punish the wicked in the earth, that Jesus Christ will return to the earth and that all people will face final judgment
at the throne of God.
- Are you sure you're going to heaven when you die?
- Or are you willing to chance your eternal soul and possibly end up in hell fire??
- Why not make sure of the matter today, while there is still time?
The good news is: You can KNOW that you're going to heaven. The Bible clearly states:
"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life,
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 1 John 5:13
In Christian eschatology the rapture refers to the "predicted" end time event when all Christian believers
living and resurrected dead, will rise into the sky and join Christ for eternity.
We believe this event is predicted and described, without the term "rapture", in Paul's First Epistle to the Thessalonians
in the Bible 1 Thessalonians 4:17. The term "rapture" has come especially to distinguish this event from the event of the
"Second Coming" of Jesus Christ to Earth, as some think is predicted elsewhere in the Bible, in Second Thessalonians,
Gospel of Matthew, First Corinthians and the Revelation.
The term "rapture" is especially useful in discussing the exact timing of the event, particularly when asserting the "pre-tribulation"
view that the rapture will occur before, not during, the Second Coming, with or without an extended Tribulation period.
This is now the most common use of the term, especially among Christian theologians and fundamentalist Christians in the
The,views among Christians regarding the timing of Christ's return and various views regarding the destination of the aerial gathering
described in 1 Thessalonians 4.
Diagram of the major tribulation views in Christian theology Author Lamorak
The rise in belief in the pre-tribulation rapture is often wrongly attributed to a 15-year-old Scottish-Irish girl named
Margaret McDonald who was of the first to receive a spiritual baptism under a Pentecostal awakening in Scotland. In 1830,
she supposedly had a vision of the end times which describes a post-tribulation view of the rapture that was first published in 1840.
It was published again in 1861, but two important passages demonstrating a post-tribulation view were removed to encourage
confusion concerning the timing of the rapture. The two removed segments were, "This is the fiery trial which is to try us.
- It will be for the purging and purifying of the real members of the body of Jesus" and "The trial of the Church is from Antichrist.
It is by being filled with the Spirit that we shall be kept".
In 1957, John Walvoord, a theologian at Dallas Theological Seminary, authored a book, The Rapture Question, that gave
theological support to the pre-tribulation rapture; this book eventually sold over 65,000 copies. In 1958, J. Dwight Pentecost
authored another book supporting the pre-tribulation rapture, Things to Come: A Study in Biblical Eschatology, which sold
During the 1970s, belief in the rapture became popular in wider circles, in part because of the books of Hal Lindsey, including
The Late Great Planet Earth, which has reportedly sold between 15 million and 35 million copies, and the movie A Thief in the Night,
which based its title on the scriptural reference 1 Thessalonians 5:2. Lindsey proclaimed that the rapture was imminent, based on
world conditions at the time.
In 1995, the doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture was further popularized by Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series of books, which sold
tens of millions of copies and were made into several movies