So, for all of those out there who believe in the rapture, I'm just curious.
On what Biblical grounds does the idea of the rapture come from?
Most Christian sects I've read about and studied seem to take the Rapture for fact, and seem to base the concept on one small scripture, found in
Luke chapter 17. Here's the excerpt that you will hear most often quoted:
30 It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
31 On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back
32 Remember Lot's wife!
33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.
36 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
I understand by reading these verses alone, perhaps you would think that some of these people are being taken away from the earth, or something like
that. But if you read the final verse in the chapter, it clearly shows that this is not the case:
37 "Where, Lord?" they asked. He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."
So IMO Jesus here was talking about the many casualties and deaths we will see prior to his second coming, not about some strange mystical event where
half the worlds population is simultaniously taken from the earth.
But, there is much written abot the subject. To the point of almost being rediculous. For example, visit this website, and read what they have lined
up and understood, all extrapolated from this one small set of verses (they even have Elizabeth Taylor on there!):
Rapture Ready Timeline
So my question is, where did all this frenzy for the rapture come from? Is it just a result of people wanting to believe that they are truly better
than those hwo live their lives in a way different from theirs, and so they will be rewarded as such? I'm just curious, and I don't mean to offend
when I say that.