For supplemental reading, see also 'What Rapture?'
I don't know about you, but when I read the
Bible, it raises more than a few 'rapture problems.' For
If all the good people are whisked off the
earth years before the tribulation, how is it that the gospel is
preached to the whole word at the end of the earth?
Matthew 24:32 And again, this gospel
of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness
unto all nations, and then shall the end come, or the destruction of
Why is it that gentile Christian's think
Jesus is talking about gathering them when he said he was talking
about the Jews in Matthew 24?
Matthew 24:18 For then, in
those days, shall be great tribulations on the Jews, and upon
the inhabitants of Jerusalem; such as was not before sent upon
Israel, of God, since the beginning of their kingdom until this
time; no, nor ever shall be sent again upon Israel.
Matthew 24:21 Behold these
things I have spoken unto you concerning the Jews.
Why do Evangelicals think the writings of
Daniel are talking about tribulation surrounding modern day
Christian churches when God told Daniel he was showing him what evil
would befall the Jews in the last days?
Daniel 2:28 But there is a God
in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king
Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream,
and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Daniel 10:14 Now I am come to
make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter
days; for yet the vision is for many days.
How can believing Christians still be
mortals on the earth when Jesus comes in his Glory if they've all
been whisked away years before (according to the rapture)?
Why are at least 144,000 mortals with Jesus
in Zion according to Rev 14:3, and then in verse 13, it is
stated that 'those who die in the Lord from henceforth....shall die
unto the Lord?" All the good people were supposedly raptured
Why did God teach that Zion will be
established in the last days and the nations shall flow unto it to
learn of Him, if He has abandoned the earth with all the good
Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come
to pass in the last days when the mountain of the Lord's house shall
be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted
above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it;
Micah 4:1 But in the last
days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of
the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it
shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
Hosea 3:5 Afterward shall the
children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David
their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter
If Christian evangelists teach that God
doesn't use angels to bring His word to people on the earth
anymore because he did His work in Jesus' day, why is it that an angel
brings the gospel to the earth in the last days for it to be
preached to every living person??
Revelation 14:6 And I saw
another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the
everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the
earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
…Is there going to be a time when some
scoffing evangelicals decide it's OK to believe in angelic
ministry again…becomes in vogue again, at least among some
evangelicals? Will they please make the decision
for us soon, so we know we are to believe?)
Why do rapturists teach that the world
ends in wickedness when the Bible teaches that it finally arrives at
peace when Jesus comes….
Micah 4:3 And he shall judge
among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they
shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into
pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
….all nations will come to Zion (where
God is) to learn of her ways?
Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye,
and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the
God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in
his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of
the Lord from Jerusalem;
How is it logical that the entire plan of
the covenants (i.e. the entire promise to Abraham, Isacc, and Jacob,
that Israel will be regathered and the Lord return to them) becomes
utterly void and unfulfilled if the church becomes whisked away and
only wickedness reigns on the earth. Do God's words return
unto Him void?
Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the
isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather
him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
Jeremiah 32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I
have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great
wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will
cause them to dwell safely;
Genesis 3:30 For, as I, the Lord God, liveth, even so my words cannot return
void, for, as they go forth out of my mouth, they must be
Why do modern Christians assume we are the
at the 'center of the spiritual universe' when God warns that we
were just a graft onto the original tree, and that he will remember
the original house of Israel?
(understand in the following passage that the
Gentile Christians are being compared to a branch from a wild olive
tree that has been grafted on to a tame tree, the House of Israel).
For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the
root is holy, so are the branches.
17 And if some of the
branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree,
wast grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root
and fatness of the olive tree;
18 Boast not against the
branches, for thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19 For if thou boast, thou
wilt say, The branches were broken off, that we might be grafted in.
20 Well; because of unbelief
they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded,
21 For if God spared not the natural
branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
22 Behold therefore the
goodness and severity of God; on them which fell, severity; but
toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness; otherwise
thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they
abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in; for God
is able to graft them in again.
24 For it thou wast
cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wast grafted
contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more shall
these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own
25 For I would not,
brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should
be wise in your own conceits, that blindness in part is happened to
Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And then all Israel shall
be saved; as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the
Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
Why do modern Christians think so much of the New Testament is
about them when so much of it is about how the Jews will be restored
to the truth? How is it
that the world overlooks the promise that Israel will be re-gathered
when they come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ?
Why are there tears on the faces of God's
people when he comes, to be wiped away by Him himself, if we were
spared all the tribulation of the earth, according to the pre-tribulationists?
And Jesus is there. How can there be human tears in Heaven? This must take place on earth...
Revelation 21:4 And God shall
away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more
death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more
pain; for the former things are passed away.
How come Rapturists teach that God takes His
people away forever when the Bible says that God comes to inhabit
the earth with His people,
Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb
which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead
them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes.
And one other question…How is it that
Christians don't understand the Bible they read?
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge...
2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of
How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets
that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their
Which think to cause my people to forget my name by
…or in other words, why can't Rapturists
see that their theory doesn't mesh with the Bible?……Answer:
BECAUSE IT IS NOT IN THE BIBLE!!!
Want the real story??
The problem is not that we are not reading the
right scriptures, Christians are reading lots of good scriptures
is that we are reading them with an improper paradigm. In other words, we are
reading them from the wrong point of view, and consequently coming
to incorrect conclusions.
Where have modern Christians strayed?
- They have
either forgotten the covenants, or never new they existed.
- They have made
an incorrect assumption that all the temporal promises to Israel
have no physical reality (i.e. they are not literally going to
happen to the House of Israel), but rather believe they have/are
being spiritually fulfilled in them, that is, in the modern day
Christian Church. WRONG. God does not, has not,
forgotten his promise to the literal house of Israel. This is paramount in
understanding all scripture—old and new testament.
understand, this problem is not with just Evangelicals. Clingers to the restored
gospel have made many deviant assumptions regarding prophecy.
- Jesus said he
was speaking regarding the Jews.
Paul wrote so that the Elect (covenant house of Israel)
could be saved. Olive
tree indicates they will come to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Cor 3 says foretells
when they put on Christ (i.e. believe and come to him) they
shall have the veil of (mis)understanding removed regarding
their understanding of the Old Testament (i.e. Mosaic Law was a
type and shadow of Christ).