What does the bible really say about the rapture? HBO has a new hit series. Maybe you’ve heard about it. It’s called “The Leftovers.” The show is focused on taking a look at what the end time will be like after the church is raptured up and the struggles those left behind face. The hit series is based on Tom Perrotta’s novel and is a concept accepted by many futurist today. However is this view completely in line with the biblical description of the second coming? Let’s find out.
Is Jesus going to return for His church members that are already ready before the end of the world?
Answer: John 6:40 kjv – and I will raise him up at the last day.” After Christ makes His claim as the ultimate supplier of eternal need and peace and joy He tells us that all who believe on HIm as saviour He will raise up from the grave on the last day not 7 years before the last day.
Will all the righteous of God be gathered at the same time on the last day?
Answer: 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17 kjv- and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,” The harvest is right for the picking, and the great Law-Giver will return for His precious elect and the dead in Christ will arise to meet their Lord in the air accompanied by the righteous living, what a glorious and triumphant day shall it be.
Will Jesus’ return be a secret?
Answer: Revelation 6:16,17 kjv – the wicked shall say ” to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come;
This definitely doesn’t sound like a secret to me friends. At this time the saved dead in Christ will be given eternal life and new incorruptible bodies while the wicked living will seek to hide themselves from the brightness of the coming for the Lord just as Adam did after he sinned in the garden of eden.
Does the antichrist make his appearance after the church has been caught up?
Answer: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 kjv- Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,
Paul makes it clear that the day of the Lord- the second advent- will not come until the man of sin or the antichrist is revealed.
When will the antichrist come? Could he be here now?
Answer: 2 Thessalonians 2:7 kjv- For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:
The bible tells us that even in the days of Paul the spirit of iniquity or the antichrist spirit was already working and has been in effect.
Will some of those raised from the dead at Christ’s coming be victims of the antichrist?
Answer: Rev 20:4 kjv- and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;
Well it’s just plain difficult to add commentary to this verse. It’s pretty self-evident. This verse mentions a group of people that had resisted worship of the beast and receiving his mark, and as a result they were martyred for their faith in Jesus.
Is there a reference to 7 years of tribulation just before the end of the world in the bible?
Answer: No, there isn’t the slightest bit of biblical evidence to backup this claim. This belief evolved from a misunderstanding of Daniel chapter 9. Where dispensationalist take the last week of the 70 week prophesy and place it somewhere in the distant future. However this way of examining prophesy is completely contradictory to every other example in the bible of how prophesy works and in fact, doesn’t fit in with the prophesy at all.
What was Dan 9:24-27 referring to if not the time of the antichrist and the last tribulation?
Answer: Using the year for a day rule for prophesy (see Numbers 14:34) we understand that 70 weeks (Dan 9:24) which there is 30 days in a jewish month, equates to 490 prophetic days or 490 literal years.
Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: Daniel 9:25 kjv. This broken down in simpler terms says that of the 70 weeks in 69 of weeks the Messiah will be revealed.
Notice in Daniel 9:25 it says from the going forward of the command to rebuild Jerusalem would be the beginning of the prophesy. The decree to rebuild Jerusalem from the Persian king Artaxerxes went out in B.C. 457 and Jesus was baptized and anointed with the Holy spirit in A.D. 27 which fits the prophesy of 69 prophetic weeks or 483 literal years perfectly. You do the math!
Now the complete prophesy was for 70 weeks so there is still 7 prophetic days remaining or 7 literal years. This is where the idea of the antichrist making a peace treaty with the world for 7 years originates, but is that biblical, to take a part of a prophesy that was meant to be all together and apply it somewhere down the stream of time?
Absolutely not friends, let’s see what the bible says will happen in this last week of the 70 weeks prophesy.
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: Daniel 9:27 kjv
We have to use the context around if you do then you will see that without a doubt this verse is referring to Jesus. It goes on to say and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. Jesus was crucified in A.D. 31 and the veil in the temple ripped. Since Jesus atoning blood was sufficient for all of us there was no longer a need for sacrifices of animals.
Now you may say that still leaves 3 and a half years left in the week. I think this verse will clear up the answer to that question for you.
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; Hebrews 2:3 kjv
The remainder of the week was finished by the disciples that heard the words of Jesus personally.
Although it is a very comforting thought that there is an additional chance available even after Jesus returns; friends, it’s simply not biblical. This is our second chance. Romans 6:23 tells us the wages of sin is death. By our own works we were doomed to death, but by Jesus’s atoning sacrifice we are now able to pass into life. This is our second and last chance to come to Him. Be deceived not, Satan would love nothing more that to lower your guard and have you unprepared for the return of our blessed Messiah.