It may surprise many, but the idea of a “Rapture” or catching away of the Church is a relatively new doctrine, as far as doctrines go! Prior to that “teaching” Christians eagerly awaited the return of Jesus Christ in accordance with the Gospels and prophecy and imagery of the Apocalypse (Revelation to the Apostle John on the island of Patmos).
So, get ready for a real deep Bible study? No. Just a friendly conversation!
It’s a historical fact that Christians never believed in a “pre-trib” or “mid-trib” rapture for the great majority of our history. Why now? Well, wouldn’t it be logical for the devil to cause confusion, doubt, and strife? Now, add to that a completely fear based, false hope core! That’s terrible AND terribly effective!
Come on. Who wants to suffer and or be persecuted? Who looks forward to that? Then, the “perfect” doctrine comes along to address those fears with an “holy escape”! Look at all the suffering during world wars, famine, and plagues. Now add all the suffering during totalitarian regimes who were/are always anti – Christian. Next, add to that denominational slaughtering AND Islamic persecutions! Wow, that’s a lot of persecution that hardly anybody escaped!
So, are we to believe that only “end-times” believers will have a happy exit?
If so, then why are we promised the armor of God in Ephesians 6:13? Why are we PROMISED persecution of believers by Jesus in John 15:20; and the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:11 and2 Corinthians 12:10? Why are we guaranteed the comfort of the Holy Spirit with truth love and Holy Spirit power? What’s going on in the Church?
Jesus tells us concerning the “end-times” in the Gospel according to Luke 21:28 “Now when these things begin to happen, LOOK UP and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” By definition, Jesus is the Lord who is our help/deliverer! He is the Good Shepherd who protects the flock by personally guarding the door in John 10:3 & 7 and He IS the door! HALLELUIA !
Are you afraid? See 2 Timothy 1:7 for direction. Jesus will take care of His own!
If you are one of His – FEAR NOT, for the Lord is with you! Amen!
Peace and Maranatha