Many Christians in this generation are amped up awaiting God to send His angels and rapture all of the believers away before things get really bad, or sometime during the great Tribulation period. Christians seem to be waiting with their bags packed like God is going to take them away so they don’t have to be here to make a choice. “Don’t worry about the bad times ahead. We’ll all be gone!” I hate to say it to those who believe in this, but you’re wrong. Not only are you wrong with your beliefs, but your teachers are committing a great sin in teaching such a thing.
In Ezekial 13:20 it says that God will tear the flock away from those who teach their flock how to fly. Can’t get anymore direct than that. That is exactly what the teachers who teach the rapture are doing. Teaching their flock how to fly is the rapture teaching, and it’s wrong. It says it there plain as day. He’s not saying “don’t teach them how to fly a plane”. What else would it mean to speak against those who teach their flock how to fly? You rapture teachers and believers, explain that one to me. After the rapture timeline passes, the flock will go elsewhere to be taught except for the true fools who are loyal to teachers even after they are proven wrong time and time again. They deserve to be deceived.
“So why does it say in Luke 21:36 ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.’?” Well there’s three things there to get to. One is how many of those who believe in the rapture taking them away have actually tried tracing such an important verse back to the Greek? The New Testament was originally written in Greek, afterall. In the original Greek, the word “escape” is the Greek word “εκφεύγω” (ek-FYOO-goh) which literally means “to flee”. Second thing is notice it says “these things”, plural. It doesn’t say “this period of time” or anything that can be interpreted as such. If that’s what Jesus meant to say, then it would have been written that way. Third, to stand before the Son of man(Jesus), He will come here, so those who are accounted worthy of surviving these judgments will be able to stand before Jesus. He’ll be here.
“What about 1st Thessalonians 4?” Well in 2nd Thessalonians, Paul clarifies what he said previously to them in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2 and 3. He said to not misinterpret his previous letter about an impending change until the son of perdition is revealed to be the son of perdition. There is no change until then.
In Revelation, it says that when the sounding of the seventh and last trump sounds, the mystery of God will be finished. All will know the truth when it comes to the existence of God and the authenticity of the Bible. If all of a sudden millions of Christians, and only Christians suddenly vanish, wouldn’t the mystery be gone?
Much of the Bible, and certainly the NT is there to prepare one’s spirit for troubled times and the end times. So why would all of these things be written just so the believers can escape? Here’s something to think about as well. In the last generation there will be more prophets and those of the elect living than at any time in this age’s history. That is a fact. The prophets and the elect will stay here to speak of God’s true word and to act as a counter to the Antichrist and those aligned with him of their misinterpretations of the word of God. The prophets will be here and go through most of this time, so what makes a person who’s not a prophet to think they just get to escape it all? Why do people who God chose to be His prophets before the foundation of this age have to be here, but those who just chose Jesus in their life get to escape?
Does this mean there is absolutely no rapture? No, it doesn’t. Only the elect will be taken, also known as the Church of Philadelphia. The Church of Philadelphia will not be here for the hour of temptation. The days of tribulation will be shortened for the elect’s sake, and only for the elect. God will send His angels to gather together His elect from the four winds. The taking of the seven thousand reserved elect is part of the seventh trump, which will begin the hour of temptation- the last five months of this age. The reason why the elect will be taken is because only they have been judged before this life, according to Romans 8:30. Their decisions have already been made in a permanent fashion. This time will separate the true Christian from the fair weather Christian.