Why do some Christians not believe in the rapture?
- BJLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
No such thing as the rapture.
The belief that faithful Christians will be bodily caught up from the earth, suddenly taken out of the world, to be united with the Lord “in the air.” The word “rapture” is understood by some persons, but not by all, to be the meaning of 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
The word “rapture” does not occur in the inspired Scriptures.
If all faithful Christians will be bodily caught up from the earth, suddenly taken out of the world, how would you explain this scripture?
Psalms 37:29 The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.
when you die, all good people go to heaven, then if that is so, where do the righteous that live on earth forever come from if all righteous are in heaven.
- Forrest ToneyLv 72 months ago
You don--t escape. You only need Paradice as it come down over the Mid-east so Jesus can teach them for 1000 years to be able to Handel God's brighter presence in Isaiah 18's land shadowing with wings where God shall dwell
- 2 months ago
Many people in Christendom believe that Christians will be taken to heaven in a human body. They also think that they will see Jesus visibly return to rule the earth. However, the Bible clearly shows that Jesus’ return is invisible when it says: “The sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven” and, Jesus will come “on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 24:30) The Bible also says that “flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s Kingdom.” So those who will be taken to heaven will first need to be “changed, in a moment, in the blink of an eye, during the last trumpet.” (See footnote.) (Read 1 Corinthians 15:50-53.) We do not use the word “rapture” here to describe this event because of its connection to Christendom’s false teaching. However, the faithful anointed still on earth will be gathered together instantly.
- ANONYMOUSLYLv 62 months ago
CHRISTIANS KNOW THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE RAPTURE, No, there’s not. The “Rapture” refers to a passage in First Thessalonians, chapter 4, which talks about Christians being “caught up” in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Many Christians believe, and the “Left Behind” books promote, that this being “caught up” to meet the Lord will occur before the Great Tribulation which is headed our way in the near future. Christians will simply vanish, meet Jesus somewhere in the air, and then return with Him to Heaven to await the end of time.
But notice, in verse 17, Paul says that “…we who are alive, who are left,” shall be caught up. Remember that…those who are “left” get caught up to meet the Lord.
The “Left Behind” books get their name from a passage in Luke 17 and a similar passage in Matthew 24 which talk about the coming of the Lord being like the days of Noah and the days of Lot. Matthew 24 puts it this way: “As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man…they ate, they drank, they married and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man. Then two men will be in the field, one is taken and one is left. Two women grinding at the mill, one is taken one is left.”
“See,” Rapture enthusiasts say, “One is taken, one is left…the Rapture! Jesus takes the Christians and leaves behind non-Christians!” Two problems with that interpretation: First, Jesus’ coming is being compared to the days of Noah and the days of Lot. After the flood, who was left? Noah and his family…the good guys…the bad guys were taken! After Sodom and Gomorrah went up in smoke, who was left? Lot and his daughters…the good guys…the bad guys were taken! Second, remember 1 Thessalonians? It says that those who are “left” get to meet Jesus in the air. The good guys are left behind to meet Jesus.
In other words, you want to be left behind so that you can get caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus in the air and accompany Him back to earth at His 2nd and final coming. There will be no Rapture like the one the Left Behind books talk about…that view is not scriptural.
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- PaulLv 72 months ago
The original and true Christian Church does not believe in it because it is a manmade tradition dreamed up by Protestants a few hundred years ago. No Christian on Earth ever heard of such a thing for the first 1,600 years of Christianity. The Apostles never heard of it. Jesus Christ never heard of it. Therefore His Church rejects it.
- God of ThunderLv 72 months ago
Mostly because it's not Biblical and was invented in the 19th century. Christians who came from older denominations tend to reject it, while those who belong to churches that made up their doctrine fairly recently accept it.
- 2 months ago
What you said: it is absolutely false!
All true Christians believe in the return of Jesus Christ, the Lord, who will come in his 2 return on the clouds, above the earth, to take his faithful believers, before the end of all humanity comes.
Therefore, the most correct word would be, transfer, from the earth, into the kingdom of God!
- Bulky_BobLv 72 months ago
Because their denomination's roots are derived from the teachings of the Catholic Church. Augustine of Hippo, circa 400 AD, became dissatisfied that Jesus had not returned as He promised - though Jesus, of course, did not set a date, just that He would return "soon". Defining "soon" is the problem. We have been waiting for 2000 years. Even though the letters to the Thessalonians were very clear that there was a teaching of the believers being "caught up" (raptured) and thereafter the tribulation would start, the people of Thessalonika erroneously thought they had been "left behind" and were now going to suffer through the judgments of God. This was based upon a letter or some sort of false teachings they encountered. The Apostle Paul wrote the letters to assuage their fears.
So the teaching of the rapture is well founded, by Jesus in John 14 and Matthew 24, by Paul in 1 Corinthians and 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and by John in Revelation 4. Despite that, Augustine was not satisfied to wait and so he developed a completely erroneous belief, known as "amillennialism", that espouses that there is no 1000 specific years of Christ's reign following the rapture and a seven year tribulation and the church is bestowed the responsibility to bring righteousness to the earth to prepare for Jesus' return. Thus, no rapture, no tribulation, no 1000 year reign of Christ. In other words, Augustine threw out the entire book of Revelation and rationalized it as purely symbolic. Though Augustine is generally well regarded in his theology, he blew it big time on this one.
This belief of amillenialism was embraced by the Catholic Church and we find that most so-called "protestant" denominations accepted it as well. Like Lutheran, Anglican, and Episcopalian. The "Anabaptists", circa 1600, rejected amillennialism and instead embraced the actual teachings of the Bible, that is, the rapture, the tribulation, and the millennium. Thus, a separate theological thread in Christianity, based upon the truth of God's word. Many Christians fail to study Revelation and the end times prophecies because it is too much work. They are simply lazy. Yes, in only ONE place in God's word is the following promise made: "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near." (Revelation 1:3). Now, why is that? Because the message is important and not to be dismissed as "symbolic".
- MalcolmLv 72 months ago
Because we tracked the term to the source, which is the Latin Vulgate. There you have it.
- ?Lv 72 months ago
I know of not one Christian that does not believe in the rapture.