Through The New Testament #19 — On The Rapture
“Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 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.” (Matt. 24:26,27)
The popularity of the secret rapture doctrine is one of the greatest evidences that Christians don’t read their Bibles. Matthew 24 is a very well-known chapter among Christians, almost as well-known as John 3:16. And, although Jesus brings up many topics in this chapter, one thing He seems intent on emphasizing is that His coming will not be in secret but will be seen by everyone.
So in essence, things seem to be somewhat like this:
Jesus: Make sure you understand that My coming will NOT be secret but will be visible to all.
Christian Ministers: What Jesus is trying to say here is that He will return in secret.
Christian Laypeople: Wow, the minister is so right, Jesus IS coming in secret.
I am the type of person that is willing to discuss just about any topic with anyone. But the Secret Rapture is not something I will get into a debate over. I have a personal policy not to debate the obvious since doing so only legitimizes the other person’s claims. If someone is unsure about the topic and wants to learn more I simply tell them to read through the entire New Testament and mark any passage that has anything to do with Jesus’ return or with the end of the world. Then, when done, to go back and read all those passages together to see what picture emerges. The few times someone was willing to take me up on this, they stopped believing in the Secret Rapture.
Originally published at mikemanea.com.