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Rethinking the Rapture; Left Behind is better!

October 17, 2011

The rapture is not clearly taught in the Bible and because of this, it’s easy to jump to a mistaken conclusion. For example, Christ says that “when He comes and knocks,” we should “open to Him immediately.” Luke 12:36. If you have been taught to believe in a rapture, it may be easy to think that’s what Christ means here. But several points don’t fit rapture teaching. Why would Christ say, “Have your loins girded, have your lights burning” if He were going to rapture us, even from sleep? We don’t need to sleep with our clothes or lights on. This is about something else.

1. When Christ said, “One shall be taken, and the other left” (Matthew 24:39-40), He wasn’t talking about a rapture. Luke gives more details. The disciples asked, “Where, Lord? And He said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, there will the eagles be gathered.” (Luke 17:37). With this additional information, it suggests that those who are taken are not raptured to heaven; they become the dinner for vultures. “One shall be taken and the other left” should not be understood as a rapture.

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