The Rapture – Another false doctrine

Introduction

My dear brothers and sisters in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) may the blessing of Adonai rest upon you. We’re living and going through difficult times and this is evidenced everyday throughout the world, to most people these signs might have explanations (whether these are scientifical, political or historical), but to the children of God they mean something completely different because they announce the Yeshua’s second coming might be closer than most people think or believe. As a responsible Christian, I have witnessed how “The Rapture” doctrine is preached and supported by a large number of pastors and their churchgoers during their services; to which my spirit felt uncomfortable and since we as Christian must read, and research the Bible with the discernment that comes from Ruach Hakodesk (Holy Spirit) and ask for confirmation (or anything else) as it appears in Jeremiah 33:3 that reads “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”. I have done so and the Lord has answered my question on whether this “Rapture” doctrine is biblical or not and that’s why I’m sharing with you this post Today. In 1 John 4:1 also reads “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”, so please feel free to challenge everything I say on this post with the discernment of the Holy Spirit and the word of God – The Holy Bible. Please note that I will interchangeably use Hebrew and English names (e.g.: Jesus or Yeshua, Paul or Sha’ul, for instance). I will use both Bible versions (KJV and Complete Jewish Bible) on this blog post because I do humbly believe they haven’t been alterated as much as most versions that exist Today, hence the words and context are the closest we can get to Yeshua’s teachings.

  • · Part I: Rules of Interpretation
  • · Part II: Origins of the “Rapture” doctrine
  • · Part III: Verses that supposedly mention the “Rapture”
  • · Part IV: Analysis
  • · Part V: Final Comments

Part I: Rules of Interpretation

The study of prophetic events described in the Bible fall into a theological category called “Eschatology”, therefore, the false doctrine of the “Rapture” falls into this category also because it is about events yet to occur. There are, however 4 basic rules or Laws to interpret prophecy, as  enunciated by Dr. David L. Cooper. Dr. Cooper himself believed in the “Rapture”, which I completely disagree on because I consider it unbiblical and I’ll explain my reasons for this further on. These 4 rules, nevertheless  can help us in the interpretation process, but the most important validation comes from discernment of God’s Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh) as it appears in 1 Corinthians 2:14 that reads  “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.  The aforementioned rules are described below, being the first one considered to be the golden rule:

  • When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.
  • The Law of Double Reference is the principle of associating similar or related ideas which are usually separated from one another by long period of times, and which are blended into a single picture like the blending of pictures by a stereopticon. A good example of this can be found in Isaiah 11:1-5 that reads “

    11 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
    2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
    3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
    4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked
    5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

    ”.
     

    The verses highlighted in yellow refer to the first coming of Yeshua whereas  highlighted in green refer to his second coming.

  • The Law of Recurrence involves the recording of an event and the repetition of the account which gives added details. This principle may be illustrated by the artist who “blocks out the portrait” of a person at the first sitting and adds detail at subsequent sittings. We can take Ezekiel 38:1-39:16 where Ezekiel 38:1-23 gives a complete account of the invasion of Israel from the north and the subsequent destruction of the invading army. This is followed by the second block of the Scripture, Ezekiel 39:1-16, which repeats some of the account given in the first block.
  • The Law of Context which states: A text apart from its context is a pretext. A verse can only mean what it means in its context and must not be taken out of its context. When it is taken out of its context, it is often presented as meaning something that it cannot mean within the context. A good example of this is Zechariah 13:6. This verse is often used a a prophecy of the Messiah, but it’s not because it’s speaking of false prophets as appears in Zechariah 13:2-6.

 

Part II: Origins of the “Rapture” doctrine

What is rapture, anyways? It is a very popular doctrine within Christian evangelical churches. It refers to a purported end time event when all elect Christian believers – living and resurrected dead – will rise into the sky and join Yeshua for eternity. Some adherents believe this event is predicted and described in  Sha’ul’s (Paul’s) First Epistle to the Thessalonians in the Bible, where he uses the Greek “harpazo” (ἁρπάζω), meaning to snatch away or seize. Though it has been used differently in the past, the term is now often used by certain believers to distinguish this particular event from the “Second Coming” of Jesus Christ.  This doctrine was popularized by John Nelson Darby around 1830, so it’s recent compared in terms of biblical events.  Jesus promised that He would return to Earth to take His people to be with Him. He said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3). Did Jesus mean that He would return secretly and “rapture” His people from Earth, leaving behind those who are lost to wonder where their raptured friends and relatives have gone? This is the belief of those who hold to the idea of the rapture. In these verses, Jesus doesn’t say how He will return—secretly or otherwise. But other Bible texts make it plain what will happen when Jesus returns, please bear this in mind because we’ll use this as the basis to come to a conclusion later and as mentioned earlier, ask for validation from the Holy Spirit.

Part III: Verses that supposedly mention the “Rapture”

The table below contains the top verses that “Rapture” enthusiasts claim to describe this prophetic event, then I’ll explain why they might’ve misinterpreted or taken out of context.

2 Corinthians 5:10

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

John 14:3

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Luke 10:20

20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Mark 13:32

32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Revelation 3:10

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Matthew 24:30-31

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Philippians 3:20-21

 

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Romans 8:18-19

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Acts 1:7-11

7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Daniel 12:1-2

12 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

1 Corinthians 15:51-53

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Luke 17:34-37

34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

Mark 13:24-27

24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Revelation 20:2-5

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: 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; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Revelation 11:15-19

15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Matthew 24:37-42

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

 

In the verses mentioned above, I have highlighted in yellow the key sections that “Rapture” adherents claim to describe this event. In green, sections that describe resurrection and second coming of Jesus (with power, glory and for everyone to see even with a great shout and trumpet) also how the second coming of the Yeshua Adonai will be as the days of Noah when people they were doing their things and it just happened, because no one but the Father (not even the Son) knows the day of Yeshua’s second coming (Mark 13:32).  In all of these verses, no mentioned whatsoever of “Rapture” which means snatch away or seize both terms imply by force, also snatch can be used instead of steal where the latter is uncountable.

Part IV: Analysis

Having mentioned and exposed the points above, the following questions need to be asked are:

  • Is Yeshua’s Second Coming Secret?

For “Rapture” (Snatching away) adherents, Yeshua will come in the clouds just to get his people and we’ll ascend into heaven leaving everyone else considered as sinner in this world to go through tribulation. This is not the second coming though, because this will be to get his people “secretly”. The Bible reads in Romans 3:10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” so the rapture event contradicts the previous verse, moreover , there is another Bible text makes it even more clear that Jesus will not return secretly. “Behold, he [Yeshua] cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7). This text says that when Jesus comes, every eye—everyone on earth—will see Him come. That doesn’t sound like He is coming secretly. Matthew says that Jesus’ coming will be as visible as the lightning that flashes from one end of the sky to the other. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:27). The Bible says that Jesus will come in glory with the angels (Matthew 16:27); that He will come with the shout of the archangel and a blast from the trumpet of God (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17); that the wicked will see Him coming and cry out for the rocks and mountains to fall on them and hide them from His face (Revelation 6:14-17); and that He will return as King of kings, leading the armies of heavenly angels (Revelation 19:11-16). All these texts make it clear that Jesus’ coming is anything but secret but the opposite.

  • Will Yeshua come like a thief in the night?

The Bible says, “The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10 and 1 Thessalonians 5:2). But does this mean that He will come secretly and snatch away the saved, leaving the wicked behind? No. This very text that says Jesus will come like a thief in the night, also says that the heavens will pass away with a great noise.
So what does it mean for Yeshua to come “like a thief in the night?” The apostle Paul (Sha’ul) says, “ But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6). Yeshua’s coming will be unexpected by those who are not watching and waiting for Him. It will come upon them like a thief in the night. But His people—who are not of the night nor of darkness—will be looking for Him. Yeshua’s coming will not overtake them like the unexpected appearance of a thief. That’s what the Bible means by saying that His coming will be like a thief in the night—it will be unexpected to those who are not watching for Him.

  • Raptured (Snatched away) or left behind?

But doesn’t Matthew 24:37-42 say that when Yeshua comes, some people will be snatched away and others will be left behind? Let’s see what Matthew says. “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:37-42).

Matthew says that when Yeshua comes it will be like it was in the time of Noah—some people will be saved (left) and other people will be destroyed (taken). Looking more in-depth at Matthew’s wording, those who are “taken” when Yeshua comes are those who are lost, taken away, and destroyed by the brightness of His coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8).

In the verses mentioned above, I have highlighted in yellow the key sections that “Rapture” adherents claim to describe this event. In green, sections that describe resurrection and second coming of Jesus (with power, glory and for everyone to see even with a great shout and trumpet) also how the second coming of the Yeshua Adonai will be as the days of Noah when people they were doing their things and it just happened, because no one but the Father (not even the Son) knows the day of Yeshua’s second coming (Mark 13:32).  In all of these verses, no mentioned whatsoever of “Rapture” which means snatch away or seize both terms imply by force, also snatch can be used instead of steal where the latter is uncountable.

Part V: Final Comments

  • Adonai our Heavenly Father has the perfect plan for everyone and His word is true and accurate as a double edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and only through the discernment from His Holy Spirit one can understand his plan and prophecies, so I encourage you to immerse yourself in the Scriptures and ask for confirmation (validation) on the subject discussed on this post, but for everything that you do please talk to God and he will answer your prayers in his timing.
  • Our attention and focus should be in Yeshua and the Scriptures, repent and do His bidding and will. Anything and everything not related to Yeshua or the Scriptures is not good because it then becomes a distraction. Remember Matthew 6:33 that reads  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.
  • Pastors, myself and everyone else are human beings, hence we are error prone. This is where we must keep in mind that the Bible is the word of God and Yeshua is the truth in case of clarification because the truth shall make us free (John 8:32)
  • Beware of false teachings and prophets and put on God’s armour at all times to being able to overcome difficulties and trials.

Barukh attah Adonai Eloheinu
Father God in Heaven, thanks for having sent Yeshua your only begotten Son
Thanks for his sacrifice on the cross to give us life and life in abundance
I pray and ask you for your blessing for everyone and the people who have read this blog post about you, Lord
May the discernment from your Holy Spirit come, guide and help us see through the lies and false teachings that separate us from you
Protect us and help us become better Christians and people
In Yeshua’s name I’ve prayed. Amen
Shalom

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