Secret Rapture Heresy
When will Jesus return?
Will he return in secret?
What must happen before Jesus can return?
The secret rapture is something different from the true biblical event referred to as "the catching away, resurrection, coming of Jesus, second coming, return of Jesus, end of the world, or day of Christ." The rapture theory says Jesus will return suddenly at any moment and secretly take away the Christians leaving behind everyone else to wonder what happened to them. I don't know where you would find a scriptural basis for such doctrine. It makes a good story line for a novel, but is not scriptural. The bible very plainly speaks of the return of Jesus but never mentions it will be secret.
Return of Jesus No Secret
In Matthew 24:3 the apostles ask Jesus, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" Jesus answering them speaks of different things and then in verse 29 he answers their question about his return.
This is a description of the return of Jesus spoken by Jesus himself. He spoke very plainly and easy to understand. His return will not be a secret. What would the tribes of the earth in verse 30 be mourning about if they didn’t know what had happened--that Jesus had returned and they missed it.
Return of Jesus in the Book of Revelation
The events described in Matthew 24 are the same events described in Revelation 6:12-17.
The “sixth seal” is opened in verse 12. In verse 16 the people see the Lord and are afraid. They say, “Hide us from the face of him.“ This plainly tells us they see the Lord. This is the return of Jesus--the moment in time known as the "end of the world." The general population will not see the Lord before His second coming. But here they see the Lord thus showing that Jesus has returned and is about to pour out great wrath. In the time line of Revelation, Jesus returns in this “sixth seal.” The great day of his wrath (verse 17) begins after the return of Jesus Events of Revelation chapter 19 where Jesus comes down from heaven on a white horse to set up an earthly kingdom are not related to this at all.
What Must Happen Before Jesus Returns?
In Matthew 24:15, Jesus speaks to us Christians about events before his return. Remember his return comes in verse 30.
This abomination of desolation is related to and set in place by the Anti Christ. Jesus said you would see the Anti Christ set up the abomination of desolation before his return.
This is exactly what the Apostle Paul said in 2Thessalonians 2:2-3,
He said, "Don't be deceived in believing that the day of Christ (return of Jesus) is about to occur at any moment." He said the Anti Christ must be revealed before the return of Jesus. How merciful of the Lord to describe perfectly the present day deception of the secret rapture so we would not be snared by it.
In the scripture above Paul spoke of a falling away before Christ returned. The same falling away is spoken of in the following scriptures:
The "Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats" occurred centuries ago and in Acts 20:28-30 Paul wrote of a falling away that would occur shortly after his death. So the falling away referred to in 2Thessalonians 2:2-3 has probably already occurred. We are not necessarily waiting for a falling away. The Holy Spirit was warning them of an impending falling away and for them to be on guard against it. Paul knew it had to occur before the end. The church world is already fallen when they believe lies like the rapture theory.
When Will Jesus Return
Jesus will return at the appointed time after everything written in the bible comes to pass.
Jesus said we would not know the day or the hour of his return, (Matthew 24:36) but there are certain end time events that will occur at the time of the end, and when they begin to come to pass, then we will know the end is very near. No one knows when these events will begin to come to pass.
Jesus asked the Pharisees, “ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” The sign of their time was Jesus himself--His first coming. He did not ask them, “Why didn’t you know I was coming 10 years ago?” Jesus only expected them to know the signs of the times that they were in at that moment. It is the same now. We will not know the time when Jesus will return until the time gets here and the signs appear. When the signs appear, we will know his return is very near, but we will still not know the exact day.
A Word About Heresy
The word “heresy” means: Any belief different from or
contrary to what is taught in the Holy Bible.
The bible says you should reprove heresies and if the people do not repent, then reject them. (Titus 3:10) The Apostle Paul did not preach secret rapture doctrine and said, “If anyone preaches any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8) And in Galatians 5:19-21 Paul lists heresies among other sins such as witchcraft and murder and says, "they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God
It is obviously a serious matter for
you to find the truth and reject heresies.
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