Originally posted by TruthStrgnrThanFiction
This is a study of the rapture idea
The link that you gave is more along the line of the Seventh Day Adventest views of the Rapture, and not those of most Christians. This is truly an
odd website with (IMO) a buch of crackpot ideas. For instance they believe that the original sin was Eve having sex with Satan, and try to tie Adam
into this some how since he took of the fruit as well. I guess it was a threesome.
For an honest, indepth discussion on what Christians
believe about the rapture see www.harpazo.net...
This mysterious event is most clearly represented in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 ...
In this passage the English phrase "caught up" translates the Greek word HARPAZO, which means "to seize upon with force" or "to snatch up." The
Latin translators of the Bible used the word "rapturo," the root of the English term "Rapture." At the Rapture, living believers will be "caught
up" in the air, translated into the clouds, in a moment in time to join the Lord in the air.
Your question about when this event will occur is a point of contention, even among those who believe in the Rapture. There are four main points of
- Pre-Trib... Where Christ will Rapture the church BEFORE the Tribulation even begins.
- Mid-Trib... Where Christ will Rapture the church at the MID-POINT of the Tribulation.
- Post Trib... Where Christ will Rapture the church at the END of the Tribulation.
- Pre-Wrath... Where Christ will Rapture the church JUST BEFORE the Battle of Armageddon.
Understand that this is not a "Salvation" issue, and you are not required to believe in any of these views to be a Christian. You should however
believe in the Return of Christ and rewards/punishment for all upon his return. Personally I lean towards the Pre-Trib point of view, but I'm not
really sold on the idea completely.
You could possibly be correct, in that there will not be a Rapture, since it isn't spelled out in black and white, but the evidence in the scripture
points to some kind of mysterious event. I think the question is more of when this will occur and not if. In this case it could be that Christians
will end up in camps. Other views are that after the Rapture, people will become Christians, and these are the ones who will have their heads removed.
This is basically the view taken in the Left Behind series.
The argument that this is different than the Second Coming of Jesus is summed up in the following ideas.
t h e R a p t u r e ...
-Seen Only by Believers ... 1 Corinthians 15:52
-It's a Mystery - revealed by Paul in the New Testament ... 1Corinthians 15:51-53
-In a Twinkling of an Eye ... 1 Corinthians 15:51-53
-We are Going "UP" - Meeting Jesus in the Air ... 1 Thes 4:15-18
-A Thief in the Night.... 1Thessalonians 5:2
-Christ Comes for His Own ... 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
-Believers taken to Father's House ... John 14:3
-No reference to Satan ...
-Earth not judged ...
t h e S e c o n d C o m i n g ...
-Every Eye Will See Him ... Revelation 1:7 19:11-16 and Matthew 24:30
-Not a Mystery - Foretold in Old Testament ... Daniel 12:1-3 and Zech. 12:10; 14:4
-He will be Coming "DOWN" to the Mount of Olives ... Zechariah 14
-He Comes With His Own ... Revelation 19:14 *
-Satan bound ... Revelation 20:1-3
-Earth judged ... Revelation 20:4-5
[Edited on 12-4-2004 by dbates]