posted on Sep, 24 2006 @ 06:59 PM
Do you notice that all these predictions share one thing in common?
All of these have a premise that true believers will somehow be taken out of harms way while the world stays behind and suffers for the discretions of
not believing in whatever truth each group believes at the time.
However, I consider myself a follower of Christ and the doctrine of rapture has a different meaning for me. It can be construed that there is some
sort of rapture written about in scipture, but it isn't written out as the word "rapture". This is a translation of the original text. Either
way, it doesn't necessarily mean that believers are somehow pulled out of the world as some form of protection or reward for themselves while
everyone else is refined or punished by whatever measure these predictors are using.
To me the rapture is a real event, but it is also a spiritual event, meaning it happens, but it is also not seen or witnessed externally by the
raptured or any other eyewitness. It is purely a spiritual event and is only for the true believer to witness as self-evident. They are not removed
from the world, but are caught up in spirit and meet with the truth while they remain and watch as the world lives out the last days where they are
subject to the final tribulation and have to come to a final conclusion.
So, in this way, the rapture would occur without anyone knowing it but those who it is revealed, and it would not contradict with the statements made
by Jesus about his prayer that no one is taken from the world but kept from evil. The believers remain, and are kept from evil by the spirit by not
getting caught up in the belief system of the world, which is so prevelant and will only lead to destruction.
At the last moment, whenever that is, God reveals hisself through the believers and they reflect the glory of God by doing his will on earth, but
never having left the earth through the tribulation. They are and always were with those who didn't believe, but have been protected by the wisdom
of God's spirit.
But yes, these date setters are something that one should not listen too, as even I have payed a lot of attention to. Whatever truth there is about
God is always going to be within you and not externally by someone else teachings or groups and churches.