Bible Study Lessons


 Part 1The Incredible Good News of the Gospel 

Part 2

Experiencing the Power of the Gospel

 Part 3Biblical Doctrines in the Light of the Gospel 

Part 4―Last Day Events (Eschatology)

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Mystery of the Rapture

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We will start out our discussion, with an overview of the "secret rapture" doctrine that is being taught in today's churches.  Then compare each phase as they explain it, to what scripture actually says.  Note: below is a picture of their two-phase coming of Christ and a list of the highlights in order of their appearing.

1)  Jesus comes secretly at the beginning of this 7 year period.

2)  The anti-christ mysteriously appears during this period just after        Jesus leaves.

3)  The anti-christ makes a Pact-Covenant with the nation of Israel and then breaks it midway through.

4)  Then those who want to exercise their 2nd chance, become loyal to       Christ and suffer persecution.

5)  Jesus comes back and destroys the Anti-Christ, then takes the 2nd      group of believers to heaven.


Now, let's take a look at the "secret rapture" main verse:


Luke 17  (v. 34) I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed; the one will be taken and the other will be left. (v. 35) Two women will be grinding together; the one will be taken and the other left. (v. 36) Two men will be in the field; the one will be taken and the other left.


The "secret rapture" group teaches: that the ones "taken" goes to heaven; and the ones "left" behind were not ready when Jesus comes, but supposedly gets a 2nd chance.


Now, let us compare that verse with what Jesus teaches in the book of Mathew!!


Matt 24  (v. 36) But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. (v. 37) But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.


So, the example about the days of Noah, is used to explain how the coming of Jesus will be.  Notice who was "taken" and "left" behind is this bible passage.


Matt 24  (v. 38) For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, (v. 39) and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.


The following is a table which presents clearly the differences between the two view points:


What the "secret rapture" teaches:

(Luke 17: 35-36)

What Jesus teaches in the gospels:

(Matt 24: 38-39)

Who was taken -- the righteous people who goto heaven with Jesus.

Who was taken -- the ones taken away by the flood (the wicked).

The taken people don't die, they live and goto heaven.

As in the days of Noah -- the wicked were taken (the flood came and took them all away). They all died. (Gen 7: 21-22)

Who was left behind -- the ones who were not ready when Jesus comes back, but supposedly gets a 2nd chance.

Who was left behind -- the ones in the ark, who were ready. (Gen 7: 1)

The people playing with God, can now see that this thing is real, and get a 2nd chance to get right with God.

As in the days of Noah -- Who was left?

The ones in the ark with Noah. (Gen 7: 23)

They were not playing around with God!!


The secret rapture theory seems to be the opposite of what the bible says!!  Next, we will look at each of the five (5) highlights of events noted above, in comparison to the light of the bible.


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