Question for Roman Catholics?

Others feel free to leave strange, humorous comments if you wish, I don't mind. However, I do have a serious questions for Roman Catholics, or any Catholic.

Do you guys believe in Pre-Tribulation Rapture, or post tribulation rapture. Do you believe in the rapture, tribulation at all?

Update:

#2 - So I am assuming you are Catholic. If you do not believe in the rapture, then is it safe to say you don't believe in the second coming?

Update 2:

So if Catholics and most protestants don;t believe in the trib or rap, they are expecting...no return, and just hope that they are right on there death bed?

Update 3:

@Mike - So to most denominations the entire book of revelation is what exactly, if not projecting end times????

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Catholics have an open mind about the rapture but we do believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

    "But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come." (Mark 13:32-33)

    Jesus told us in no uncertain terms that we were not to know when the end of the world would come but that we were always to be ready.

    Each new Christian denomination seems to worry about the end of the world a bit too much. Then after a couple of centuries, they realize that there are always wars and rumors of wars, etc.

    I won't even mention the hundreds of false predictions of the end of the world over the centuries, all of which were based on individual interpretations of biblical prophecies.

    The first century Christian Church thought that Jesus was going to return at any moment. Only after a couple of centuries did the Church realize that it may be 2,000 or 4,000 or 8,000 years before Jesus returns.

    The Catholic Church wisely follows Jesus' advice and teaches that each of us should live as if we will meet our maker in the next ten minutes and that we need to work to make the world a better place for our 100 X great-grandchildren.

    Do not worry about the end of the world. Trust God to make sure everything happens to plan. Just be ready to meet God at any time.

    For more information, about what Catholics believe about the end of the world, see: http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac0...

    With love in Christ.

  • 1 decade ago

    Secret Rapture Non Sense:

    because it is a LIE that has decieved Millions!!! there is NO Scriptural support for a "secret rapture", Jesus' 2nd Coming will be Visible, Audible, Glorious, Literal and FINAL...Acts 1:10,11 / Luke 24:38,39 / Rev. 1:7 / Matthew 24:30 / Matthew 24:27 / Matthew 24:31 / 1 Thess. 4:16,17/Psalm 50:3 / Rev. 6:14 / Matthew 16:27, 25:31 / Rev. 22:11,12...this theory originated in the Dark Ages. Many Bible scholars had noticed there would be serious problems in the Christian church; others refused to acknowledge it. To avoid discussion of the issues, 2 clergymen were assigned to come up with a theory that would divert attention away from the Christian church. A scholar named Alcazar developed a theory that said most of the Bible prophecy had already been fulfilled in the distant past (Theory named "preterism) therefore the Bible couldn't possibly be talking about the Christian church.

    Cardinal Riberia designed another theory that has come to be known as "futurism" which is similiar to the modern rapture theory. This theory states that most of the Bible prophecy would be fulfilled in a final short burst of history, and therefore the Bible couldn't be talking about the problems in the church of his day. The Theory - which is a complete fabrication devised to accomplish a political purpose almost 5oo yrs. ago - is still with us today. It essentially teaches that the OT prophets couldn't see the Christian church. They were able to see the Cross and the Second Coming, but nothing in between. This effectively eliminated the possibility that the prophets saw problems in the Christian church. Even those who teach this theory today admit it is not found in Scripture.

    Source(s): not PeRfeCT/Just Forgiven SDA Xcatholic
  • Mike K
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Hello,

    No, Roman Catholics do not believe in this Darbyism as do quite a few other Christian denominations as well. It is the idea from a mid 19th century English pastor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Nelson_Darby

    By the way, this scenario is not the picture Christ gave us.

    He said even he, as son of man did not know but only the Father in Heaven. He said to be steadfast always as the end come like a thief in the night. Personally chances are I'll drop- dead of a heart attack, die from cancer, a car accident or shot by some lunatic in a mall long before the end anyway.

    Belief in it seems a moot point.So many I have heard talking ane waiting for the rapture, including some TV evengelists are no longer with us.

    Cheers,

    Michael Kelly

  • 1 decade ago

    The Bible is pretty clear that there will be a Pre-Trib rapture.

    You can find this teaching in the Old and New Testaments.

    You can find this teaching in the Gospels and the Epistles.

    The very word "rapture" is found in the Latin Vulgate which is still the Official Translation of the Roman Catholic Church.

    See 1 Thess 4:17 in the Latin Vulgate.

    So those people who claim to be Catholic and state they don't believe in the rapture, have rejected not only English Bibles of today, they have rejected the Latin Vulgate, from 405 AD.

    Let me quote from this link:

    http://www.catholic.com/library/Rapture.asp

    With respect to the rapture, Catholics certainly believe that the event of our gathering together to be with Christ will take place, though they do not generally use the word "rapture" to refer to this event (somewhat ironically, since the term "rapture" is derived from the text of the Latin Vulgate of 1 Thess. 4:17—"we will be caught up," [Latin: rapiemur]).

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/vul/th1004.htm#017

    Most Bible believing Evangelical Christians believe in and teach a Pre-Trib Rapture.

    Source(s): 44+ years following a Jewish Carpenter & studying His Book! I am the real Pastor Art, not the clone.
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  • 1 decade ago

    The concept of "the rapture" comes from the Latin Vulgate Bible. A distinctly Catholic bible which non-Catholics reject. That's the most funny thing about it.

    The idea is taken from the term "raptus" which means to be torn away. It is a violent term. Not the blissful floating non-Catholics think it is.

    When Jesus gives his prophecy - one will be taken (raptus) the other will be left behind - he was speaking about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70a.d.

    Christians who followed his words saw it coming and fled to the hills. As he bid them to, they left everything and didn't look back. Roman chroniclers of the time reported that not a single Christian was killed. The Jews were brutally exterminated.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Catholics hold no belief in the rapture. Such a teaching is contrary to the Biblical text, and relies upon a poor translation used by a Rev. Darby in the 1800's.

    Catholics do, however, believe in the second coming.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Pre-Tribulation Rapture, is coming. But, when? That decision is left to God.

    What is very important is not to weary about the coming Rapture, but to prepare ourselves for our final days. No one knows the day nor the hour, when our time will come and God will call us. Therefore, we must be ready in the State of Grace, for that period of time when we stand alone for our own judgment, before Jesus Christ. As it is written: "As we live so shall we die"

    Source(s): Catholic Christian Doctrine
  • GSinG
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Catholics don't believe in rapture or tribulation at all. On the other hand most Protestants don't believe in it either.

  • 1 decade ago

    jesus will only come again once more , to judge the living and the dead.

    the rapture as what is popularly known today is a false doctrine , started off by a plymouth brethren girl , mcdonald and carried on by a pastor .'nelson john derby.'

    the 1000 yrs simply means an extraordinary long time , beyond our comprehension

    similar to the number 144, 000 in rec

    both not to be taken in the literal sense

  • 1 decade ago

    With respect to the rapture, Catholics certainly believe that the event of our gathering together to be with Christ will take place, though they do not generally use the word "rapture" to refer to this event (somewhat ironically, since the term "rapture" is derived from the text of the Latin Vulgate of 1 Thess. 4:17—"we will be caught up," [Latin: rapiemur]).

    The Catholic position has thus historically been "amillennial" (as has been the majority Christian position in general, including that of the Protestant Reformers), though Catholics do not typically use this term.

    The amillennial view interprets Revelation 20 symbolically and sees the millennium not as an earthly golden age in which the world will be totally Christianized, but as the present period of Christ’s rule in heaven and on the earth through his Church. This was the view of the Protestant Reformers and is still the most common view among traditional Protestants, though not among most of the newer Evangelical and Fundamentalist groups.

    Amillennialists also believe in the coexistence of good and evil on earth until the end. The tension that exists on earth between the righteous and the wicked will be resolved only by Christ’s return at the end of time. The golden age of the millennium is instead the heavenly reign of Christ with the saints, in which the Church on earth participates to some degree, though not in the glorious way it will at the Second Coming.

    Amillennialists point out that the thrones of the saints who reign with Christ during the millennium appear to be set in heaven (Rev. 20:4; cf. 4:4, 11:16) and that the text nowhere states that Christ is on earth during this reign with the saints.

    They explain that, although the world will never be fully Christianized until the Second Coming, the millennium does have effects on earth in that Satan is bound in such a way that he cannot deceive the nations by hindering the preaching of the gospel (Rev. 20:3). They point out that Jesus spoke of the necessity of "binding the strong man" (Satan) in order to plunder his house by rescuing people from his grip (Matt. 12:29). When the disciples returned from a tour of preaching the gospel, rejoicing at how demons were subject to them, Jesus declared, "I saw Satan fall like lightning" (Luke 10:18). Thus for the gospel to move forward at all in the world, it is necessary for Satan to be bound in one sense, even if he may still be active in attacking individuals (1 Pet. 5:8).

    The millennium is a golden age not when compared to the glories of the age to come, but in comparison to all prior ages of human history, in which the world was swallowed in pagan darkness. Today, a third of the human race is Christian and even more than that have repudiated pagan idols and embraced the worship of the God of Abraham.

    http://www.catholic.com/library/Rapture.asp

    http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/ac1...

    http://www.davidmacd.com/catholic/raptured_catholi...

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