The truth about the secret Rapture

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The word rapture does not appear in the Bible, but it is a term frequently used to mean the Second Coming of Jesus. The term “secret rapture” refers to the idea that the coming of Jesus will take place in two separate stages. The first will be a secret rapture—or carrying away of the saved to heaven—at the beginning of a seven-year period of tribulation, during which the antichrist will appear. At the close of this time of tribulation, Jesus will return to Earth in triumph and glory. Is the idea of a secret rapture biblical? Let’s see what the Bible says

Matthew 24:38: 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.

Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
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.

The rapture theorists stop here. The above passage is frequently quoted to support a “secret” rapture, that neither the saved or the lost will be aware of what is happening at the time. Supposedly, millions of Christians will be “taken” and simply disappear mysteriously, leaving the world wondering where they went. Just what does this passage really intend to teach?

In Luke’s account, the disciples went ahead and asked Christ-Luke 17:37: 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.


The secret rapture theory supports the idea that during the great tribulation, Christ will secretly take away the righteous from suffering and the wicked shall be left behind for a second chance to repentance. But here we get the first contradiction-those who are taken-Christ says you will find them where the eagles are gathered-and that is not a good place to be-right?

Lets re-look at Matthew’s account Matthew 24:38: 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.

Again a very clear and simple way to understand this-who was taken and who was left? Well after the flood we see Noah and his family coming out of the Ark-and the wicked were not. So in essence, the wicked were taken away and the righteous were left.

One thing with the bible is that it explains itself. Lets therefore look for other instances of the taken to understand who are taken.

Revelation 19:20: And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Here the  beast is taken and cast into the lake of fire-that is not heaven right? Is God going to secretly ‘steal’ the righteous to save them from the great tribulation?

Back to Noah’s ark Genesis 8:15: And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16: Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

We already have noted that Noah and his family were left-now God says ‘go forth of the ark’. If God were “outside” the Ark He would have said “come out” of the Ark like Lazarus John 11:43: And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

God was with Noah in the Ark during the floods. He walked with the Israelites through their tribulations. They were not taken out of the tribulations but walked with God through it.

Exodus 12:22: And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

This account shows the Israelites were saved form the angel of death by God-in the smearing of the doors posts with blood. Again, God did not ‘steal’ them from the tribulation.

Another example is of Daniel-were they raptured or walked through with God?

After Daniel and his friends declined to bow down to the image of Gold, the furnace is heated 7 times and they are thrown in. But what happened? Daniel 3:25: He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Here again, Christ is with his people ‘through’ the tribulation-no evidence that he stole them to save them from the furnace.

Christ himself on the cross cried “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 He walked through it.

Why does God let this happen? Because He has promised saying “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. ” Matthew 28:20

Even through the reformation and the dark ages, and even in the present day, we see the people of God going through great tribulations and challenges. The apostles were stoned, some burnt at stakes, some thrown into wild animals for fun yet they endured through it. Throughout history God had his people through tribulations as a testament of our faith in Him.

Deut 4:30: When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

Matthew 24:21: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Hard times are coming and the bible speaks of Christians having to go through it not being stolen out of it.

Acts 14:22: Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Revelation1:9: I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 7:13: And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14: And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

It is through major tribulation that we enter heaven-no being secretly stolen out of it.

Major theological errors with the secret rapture

  • It promotes a second chance doctrine where once the ‘righteous’ are taken out of tribulation-the wicked remaining will face the tribulation so that they can ‘cleanse’ and repent.
  • Who is going to do all the work when the Christians are secretly snatched?
  • This doctrine will contradict God-through out the bible we have seen Him walking with His people ‘through’ tribulation not stealing them away from tribulation.
  • The doctrine contradicts the bible as in this instance the righteous are taken and the wicked left when in the bible we have seen it is the other way round

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