What is the rapture?

It isn't in the Bible, at all.

So where did it come from and who decided Christians should believe something that God never said.

Update:

None of these examples describe the event of all saved believers leaving the world bodily while the nonbelievers are left to sit in the world.

This was all just made up.

I have a friend is is a strict Bible literalist who said the "rapture" is just something a man made up.

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  • D.O.J
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    God’s Promised Protection

    Place of Safety or Secret Rapture?

    Many believe in a coming secret, supernatural rapture, when Christ will carry away His saints to heaven. But is this what the Bible teaches? God does promise protection—a place of safety. Is this a literal place, located somewhere on earth? Can we know? Horrific prophecies will soon be fulfilled. Vast numbers will perish in the coming Great Tribulation and Day of the Lord. Who will be spared—protected? What does God expect of His servants? The Bible reveals the answers!

    Is a Secret Rapture Coming?

    This could be one of the most important pieces of literature you will ever read. Why? Civilization is on a collision course with unprecedented world trouble. Global problems will soon grow much worse, culminating in the Great Tribulation, followed by the year-long Day of the Lord, concluding with the Return of Christ. The vast majority of mankind is blissfully unaware of—and therefore utterly unprepared for—what lies ahead.

    You can be an exception!

    According to professing Christianity, a secret rapture is coming. Only those who are “saved,” “born again,” and have “accepted Jesus in their hearts” will be secretly whisked away without warning—regardless of where they are or what they are doing—to the safety of heaven. This supposed event, signaled by the sudden vanishing of millions, will “shock the world.”

    All “unbelievers”—including the billions who have never even heard the name of Christ, much less understood why He came to earth—will remain to suffer through “7 years” of Great Tribulation. The antichrist will rule over those who are left behind, who missed out on their chance to be “vacuumed” into heaven, at Christ’s “secret” second coming. During this time, war, disease, famine and religious deception will proliferate throughout the world. The rapture theory also states that the antichrist will allow the Jews to build a temple in Jerusalem, which, 3½ years into this tribulation, he will turn on and destroy.

    At the end of this period of turmoil, Christ will return—supposedly His third coming—but this time He will bring final defeat to the antichrist and his forces.

    Try to imagine these headlines after the widescale confusion, caused by Christ’s initial “rapturing” away of His saints: “Driverless bus crashes—hundreds killed,” “Schools in chaos: Where are the teachers?,” “Hundreds killed when pilot-less airplanes collide,” “200-car traffic jam: ‘Where did all the drivers go?,’” “Factory employees gone, management wondering—‘Why?,’” “Baseball game canceled: The Boston Angels are missing”—the possibilities are endless. Many have become so consumed by this doctrine that there has developed a series of movies and best-selling books, including board games, about the aftermath of such a worldwide vanishing act!

    A “Christian” group has created a “Rapture Index,” which they have termed a “Dow Jones Industrial Average of end-time activity” and a “prophetic speedometer.” Supposedly, by calculating world conditions, this index can closely forecast when the Return of Christ will take place. “The higher the number,” this group’s website states, “the faster we’re moving towards the occurrence of pre-tribulation rapture!”

    Another group has even gone so far as to program a “post-rapture” email chain letter, which would automatically be sent to family and friends after the rapture. The letter states, “Dear Friend, This message has been sent to you by a friend or a relative who has recently disappeared along with millions and millions of people around the world. The reason they chose to send you this letter is because they cared about you and would like you to know the truth about where they went. This may come as a shock to you, but the one who sent you this has been taken up to heaven…”

    The email continues, “I am sure that there will be a lot of speculation as to what happened to all these people. The theories of some scientists and world leaders will have so much credibility that most of the world will believe them. It will sound like the truth!”

    Incredibly, great numbers of sincere people have remained trapped in this fictional thinking! Are you among the millions who believe the rapture theory? Have you gone along with this idea, simply because it also “sounds like the truth”? Have you placed your hope in this belief without taking the time to prove what the Bible teaches?

    God’s inspired Word—the Bible—reveals the truth about what is to occur at Christ’s Second Coming. Much is at stake in this teaching. In fact, your life depends on it!

    History of the Rapture Theory

    While many may believe that the rapture theory has always been a teaching in the Christian faith, they will be surprised to find this is simply not true. This idea came into existence much more recently than most admit. It was unknown to the world before the sixteenth century.

    During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, reformers such as John Calvin, Ulric

    Source(s): This is a bit of a book called "God’s Promised Protection Place of Safety or Secret Rapture?" It is free of charge at www.thercg.org and just so you know,they are not Jehovahs witnesses or Mormons,or seven day adventist.....So don't trip,their litature is all free....Just choose this book to read all of it or order it,your allowed three books or booklets and three articles..Hope it kinda answers your questions.
  • 4 years ago

    Theres no such thing such as invisible rapture. God only knows. Matthew 24: 26-28 26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. The Day and Hour Unknown Matthew 24:36-44 36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

  • VW
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Many answers here are right on the dot. The rapture is the time when Jesus will return to gather up the "church", meaning those who have been saved Christians. They will rise up with Him into the Heavens to remain there for 7 years. During that time, the time of Tribulations, the Anti Christ will be revealed on earth. People will have to receive his number on their forehead and right hand. No cash will be exchanged. The time we live in is so technologically advanced, that many already pay without cash by use of credit cards and such. Small devices have been invented to be implanted under someones skin for ID should something happen to them. I can very well see that type of implant to be meant as the "number", meaning that when we go shopping and try to do anything, we will probably be scanned. No more confusion about who we are. Everything is revealed. Personally, I do not want to be here when that happens. The entire story can be read in Revelations with predictions being made thousands of years earlier in other parts of the bible. Things are happening exactly as they are told in the bible.

  • HAYAH
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    @'What is the rapture?

    It isn't in the Bible, at all.

    So where did it come from and who decided Christians should believe something that God never said."

    They changed the word to make it a lie.

    It's really called "flying!"

    God is against those preachers and ministers and teachers who teach His people to FLY!

    They teach these "unlearned" people that they will 'fly' out of here before the tribulation.

    When the war begin, those that believe that, will be standing around. "looking up" just waiting with NO-ARMOUR ON for the fight!

    Because somebody done told them WRONG!

    You 'fliers' better study Paul's letter's again.

    Study to show yourself approved unto GOD ONLY.

    2 Timothy 2:15.

    Peter said that Paul's letters will cause those that were unlearn to fall to damnation, leading people astray. Paul himself had to come-back and correct some people lying on him.

    People know the Book that you claim.

    Source(s): Ezekiel 13:20. 2 Peter 3: 15-17.
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  • 1 decade ago

    It's from 1 Thessalonians 4:17 - "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

    My understanding of that passage is that it simply means that if you manage to keep away from sinful things in life, when the sh-t hits the fan, you won't suffer so much. An example: if you work for a company which makes torture equipment, when God finally addresses the evil in the world once and for all, things will go pretty bad for you, but if on the other hand you've always been excluded from society, say you couldn't find any work because of homophobia or racism, you won't suffer, so in that sense you will be "in the clouds" as it were while a whole load of bad stuff goes down "on the Earth".

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is so in the bible hun

    ....

    36"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

    42"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. '

    This is MAtthew 24; 36-44

    This is talking about the rapture

    and many more verses in the bible

    Source(s): God Bless
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The actual word "Rapture" is not in the Bible because it is the name we gave the returning of Christ for His Church/Bride. But it is in the Bible in Revelation 4:1-2 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

    2. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

    The Word Rapture means to thrust in an upward direction. And that is what Jesus will do when He returns for His Church/Bride. But after the dead in Christ, the ones who awaited Him before He died, but they died first.

    1 Thessalonians 4:16 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:

    It is in the Bible, but the Bible does not use the Word rapture that we gave it.

  • 1 decade ago

    The rapture is often confused with the Second Coming of Christ. It is when the Lord comes in the air (His feet do not touch the earth- that's the Second Coming) and calls the dead in Christ to Him first and then those of His children who are still alive. We all meet Him in the air. I believe this happens before the Tribulation.

    Your friend is wrong...the rapture is not made up. I am sure that your friend is familiar with the scriptures eluding to the rapture, but just because his or her mind cannot comprehend how something can occur--then it cannot occur. Jesus promised that He'd return for us and He will (John14:1-3). It's just too bad that people are so jaded these days that they do not believe that the Lord will do hat He says, but it's ironic that after it happens people are going to believe whatever lie is told to them. (Billions of people disappear and "aliens" abducted them!)

    Source(s): 1 Thess 4:16-17
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's a made up idea that jesus will come back to save people. it makes me laugh because christians have been saying that junk since the beginning of time. They said that about the year 2000 too and here we are 9 almost 10 years later.

  • 1 decade ago

    Rapture is a gloss for 'caught up" which is a self explanatory phrase in the following Biblical quote.

    "The dead in Christ shall rise first, and we who are alive and remain, shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air ....

    Source(s): 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
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