More than likely, you have probably heard about the rapture theory before. Many Churches teach it but is it very Biblical? Well, let's find out. :)
The word "rapture" is not even in the Word of GOD, so where do so many people get it from? Let us turn to 1 Thessalonians 4. Starting with verse 13 it reads 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. The word asleep here in verse 13, means to decease in the Greek, to be dead. So now we know that this verse is talking about those who have already died in the flesh. Basically, it's saying "I don't want you to be ignorant of where the dead are." (Note that the moment we die in the flesh, our soul will return to our Heavenly Father and we will automatically be transformed into our spiritual bodies. -Ecclesiastes 12:7) So if you know of anybody who has already died in the flesh, you can be assured that they are with our Father who is in heaven; not some hole in the ground as some people may say. Their soul returns to GOD. You see, the heathen don't know where the dead are. As CHRISTians, we are not to be like them. For we know where the dead are. 2 Corinthians 5:8 says We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Even Mark 12:27 says He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err. And also Luke 20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him. Continuing with chapter 4 verse 14 it says 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, Do you believe that JESUS rose from the dead? You better, because if not, you're not a CHRISTian. even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. Why will GOD come back with the dead? Because they resurrected just like JESUS did. They are already with Him. For if you believe that JESUS rose again from the dead, you better believe that everyone else who has died, rose again from the dead. The dead are in heaven. Everyone who has ever died is in heaven; the good and the bad. Do you know why? Because GOD is the one that judges them. They have not yet been judged. Judgement doesn't come until after the millennium. There is a gulf that separates those who overcame this life, from the ones that didn't (those who did bad in this life.) Some of them are going to be judged straight to hell after the millennium. Luke 16 describes this. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. Notice the word prevent here in verse 15. In the Greek it means to precede. In other words we who are here alive and remain on this Earth cannot prevent those who are already dead, nor can we precede them because they are already with GOD. Now if you look in John chapter 5, you will see that it talks about the day in which CHRIST was crucified. It appeared that many graves had opened in Jerusalem and that everybody walked but that was only a one time thing to document that CHRIST had defeated death, so that people could see it with their own eyes. Those people were not literally in the ground. It only appeared that way. They were in their spiritual bodies. 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: This trump is describing the last trump (the 7th trump). Also notice that there is a colon after the word "God". This is to symbolize that the dead are already with GOD. Know that they are with Him. Do not be ignorant like the heathen. Many false teachers will have you believe that the dead are out there in some hole in the ground waiting to be raptured out of here. GOD is a GOD of the living, not the dead. There is no way GOD would leave His children that He created in some hole in the ground, especially when His Word says otherwise. 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. Keep in mind that this will happen after the tribulation. Also the word "clouds" here, is symbolic for a large group of people. The word "air" in the Greek means breath. It means the breath of life body (your spiritual body). It doesn't mean the sky and the atmosphere. Paul spoke colloquial Greek and so when he uses the word "clouds" here as you see in this verse, he is talking about a cloud of witnesses. And to document what you are reading here, you can read Hebrews 12. Paul says we CHRISTians are going to gather back together as a cloud of witnesses to run a foot race, like they run in the Olympics. For he was in Athens where the Olympics first began. He was in a foot race. He called it cloud, to run a footrace. Notice he called it a cloud to run a footrace, not to fly. It's a figure of speech. And it means the Lord's group which remains true; that holds solid with the living Word of GOD. It's kind of like how some people use the phrase "there is a cloud of birds outside (meaning a large amount of birds. Not actual clouds)." 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. This is talking to us as GOD's children. Anytime someone we know, loses a family member or someone close to them. It is important that we can tell them where they are. Just as GOD's Word says "they are with the Father". Not some hole in the ground as we mentioned earlier in this study. What do you think GOD thinks about those who teach His people to fly to save their souls? Let's find out. In this next chapter of Ezekiel, Ezekiel 13, what GOD is saying is that He is tired of the false prophets. The fake teachers that rob His children. Starting with verse 18 it reads 18 And say, Thus saith the LORD God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? 19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies? This verse is referring to those who are teaching just for money. 20 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. As you can see, our Father's against the rapture. He has made it clear that He will not return until after the anti-Christ has came. Therefore we must stay in His Word and warn our brothers and sisters in CHRIST. Do not believe the lies from Satan. You DO NOT want to be worshiping Satan when he comes back disguised as JESUS. Don't listen to the traditions of men, listen to what our Father is telling us in His Word. The rapture is a lie from Satan, if you believe it and don't turn away from it, you will be led into the arms of Satan. You DO NOT want that. 21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. God is going to save His people from the lie of the rapture. You must stay in His Word and ask Him to give you wisdom as you read. He will help you. 22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: The righteous is JESUS CHRIST. As you can see, He does not like it when people teach the rapture. It makes Him sad. It's a false teaching that will lead you straight to Satan. 23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. GOD is going to deliver His people by giving them the truth and the knowledge of His Word. You just have to stay in His Word and ask for wisdom as you read. 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 describes the return of JESUS CHRIST. It tells us that certain things still have to happen before the true CHRIST will return. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, This is telling us to pay close attention because there are things that still have to happen before our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST returns. 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. This verse is letting us know that we are not to believe those who say that CHRIST could return at any minuet. Certain events still have to happen. 3 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, the son of perdition; Who is the son of perdition? In the Greek, perdition means apóleia. Satan's name is apolluón. So now we know who the son of perdition is. Perdition means to perish and die. Satan is the only one who has been sentenced to death so far (Ezekiel 28:11-19). As you can see from verse three above, JESUS will not return until the son of perdition (Satan) is revealed. So do not let any man deceive you with the lie of the rapture. Also, the words "falling away" as used in this verse mean apostasy. Which in the Greek, is to give up once professed belief and be deceived. In other words, if you take the man of sin (Satan) as Christ to come and fly you away, which is what he going to say, you have given up your professed belief (CHRISTianity), for Satan worship. That's how serious this topic is. You may not like that, but that's how it is. Do you believe GOD's Words or man's words? 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Satan is going to sit at the temple of GOD and claim to be GOD. Watch out! 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. Satan is going to be cast out of heaven by Michael and he is going to pretend to be CHRIST. (Revelation 12:7-9) 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Once Satan claims to be CHRIST, then CHRIST Himself will come to Earth as King of kings and Lord of lords and Satan will be bound for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:1-3) 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Many will be deceived when Satan comes back claiming to be CHRIST. He is going to say "I am here to rapture you away". The question is, will you be prepared to stand against him if you are here when this happens? 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. This is why it is extremely important to stay in our Father's Word and to read it with understanding. If you are having trouble understanding, ask GOD to help you understand and He will. The question is, are you willing to Study it? DO NOT be deceived. For GOD loves you. Do you love Him? Are you willing to stand against Satan? Even the Old Testament talks about the coming of Satan. Isaiah 14 starting with verse 12, it reads 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! This is where Michael kicks Satan out as the anti-Christ and he stands in the holy place claiming to be GOD. 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: The stars in this verse refer to us as GOD's children. You see, Paul wasn't giving us any new information. This was written way long ago, that Satan would be sitting on mount Zion claiming to be almighty GOD. 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Satan is going to claim to be the most high. That is why they call him "instead of Christ" which in the Greek means anti-Christ because he thinks he is better than almighty GOD. Isn't it sad to know how many people listen to the traditions of men, instead of what our Father's Word says? You see, Satan is super natural. Many are going to think he is CHRIST. Satan isn't some scary looking creature like some may describe him as. Otherwise, Eve would have never had a child with him (Cain). 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. Satan will be going into the abyss. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; When the true CHRIST returns and Satan is thrown into the abyss during the millennium, many people are going to be saying "is this the man that deceived all of us? Who sat on the mount claiming to be JESUS?" There going to have an opportunity to learn the truth. Somewhere other than the lies from false teachers. 17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? Revelation 17:8 is another great verse that goes along with this topic. Keep in mind that this is after the great harlot appears ridding on the back of the waters. The waters which are the people of the world deceived and whoring after the anti-Christ. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. Who's in the pit? Satan is and he is going to ascent out of it. Michael is then going to bring him back to this Earth and put him into perdition (perish). And as you know, Satan was upon this Earth and he walked to and fro. He was here even in the 1st earth age. He was mentioned in the book of Job as walking to and fro (chapter 1 verse 6 and 7). But CHRIST said you get behind me and you stay behind me until Michael cast him out as it is written.
You see, there is no way that CHRIST is going to return until after the great deception. The question is, are you going to be ready for it? That is why you put the Gospel armour on, so you can stand against the fiery darts of Satan. That's why it is written in Mark 13 that you will be delivered up before the synagogue of Satan and you're not to premeditate what you are going to say before hand but that you will allow the Holy Spirit to speak through you at that time. A Champion of the people. It's a big deal. GOD speaking through you and He knows what to say, you don't. He considers you worthy. Listen to GOD's Word, not man's word. Returning back to 2 Thessalonians 2:5. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. Now you know what is going to happen so you will know who he is, when he appears, in his time. When is his time? His time is going to be at the 6th trump. We're taught that in the great book of Revelation. The 6th trump is Satan's time (666) 6 trump 6 seal 6 vial. Do you recognize the man out of the pit claiming to be righteous? You can see why JESUS writes back in Ezekiel 13 that He is against those who teach His people to fly to save their souls. Because He has His out reached hands there and they put those pillow cases over them that the people can't see the real truth and the simplicity in which He teaches it. As in 2 Thessalonians 2. He's disgusted with it. When you stop and think about how simple it is, there are some people that won't listen. They will believe any preacher, when our Father has sent us His holy Word. A child can teach and understand it, by cutting out all of the traditions of men. You shouldn't listen to anyone without checking out our Father's Word. There is NO excuse for someone to be deceived with our gathering back together with our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST after studying and having understanding of 1 and 2 Thessalonians.