“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the COMING OF THE LORD will by no means PRECEDE those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will DESCEND from heaven with a SHOUT, with the voice of an archangel, and with the TRUMPET of God. And the dead in Christ will rise FIRST. THEN we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4:15-17).
According to the above scripture, this event is a loud and visible event, not a secretive, quiet or invisible event.
Many have read this verse hundreds of times, but read it again slowly. This is one of the two verses that the “secret rapture” teachers twist to say there is a secret rapture seven years prior to the resurrection of the dead in Christ. Read it again, and you will see what it says.
The “catching up” of living believers (what some people call a ‘rapture’, but the truth is that this word is nowhere in the Bible) happens AFTER the resurrection of the dead (the dead in Christ), not BEFORE, at the “coming of the Lord” (his descent). The “secret rapture” is quite possibly one of the biggest *pranks* on Christians in all of history. Jesus called the devil the “father of lies” – he is one clever trickster. Today, the devil is using (even sincere pastors and teachers!) to trick others with this falsehood. I can just see him laughing.
God, however, is a God of Truth and will never lie. The “secret pre-tribulation rapture” puts the resurrection of dead Christians seven years prior to when it is supposed to be – or it completely twists this verse and disregards what it actually says.
Some have stated this is a “disputable issue” and should not be counted as doctrine nor important…but it says in verse 15, “by the Word of the Lord”. Any “Word of the Lord” is important. Doesn’t sound very “disputable” to me.
The truth is that the timing of the resurrection of the dead in Christ was never a disputable issue, but scripture describes it as one of the very basic, elementary and *essential* doctrines of Christianity (Heb. 6:1,2). It is very important, so much that the Apostle Paul warned, “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…” (2 Thess. 2:3). This warning is for us today as well – let no man deceive you with fables or myths or escapism. It is heresy – a departure from sound doctrine and from the very “words of the Lord” (Romans 16:17).
I believe that this is the lie (or one of them) that will cause many to “fall away” – because they will be caught off guard, having thought God would take them away seven years before the resurrection of the dead in Christ even way before the “first trumpet”.
“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 Cor. 15:52
With love, please search the scriptures to see if these things are true. Ask God to show you the truth even if it is not the popular teaching these days.
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