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Is There Going To Be A Rapture?

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Everyone would like to have insight into the future. This explains why in an educated and civilized society so-called fortune tellers and psychics have their followers, and why every large newspaper prints the astrology charts. Why? Because people would like to know the future. But what if a man takes the Bible and claims he has found prophecies which are soon to be fulfilled? He will have an even greater popularity, for many who would doubt astrology charts can be easily persuaded if the claims are supposedly founded upon scripture.

Many modern preachers have taken advantage of this innate desire of mankind. The doctrine of premillennialism has become popularly taught mainly because it claims the Bible has foretold both current world events as well as those soon to occur. Although there is general indifference toward God, the Bible, and the church in our society, many preachers have discovered that a theme of this nature will arouse interest. People need to be stirred up for the Lord and urged to prepare for His second coming, but to do so by playing Biblical hopscotch will ultimately result in far more harm than good.

I. What Is The Basic Theory Of Premillennialism?

A. The Word Itself Means " Pre" (Before); "Millennial" (1,000 Year Reign).

1. This doctrine affirms we are now living in a period before the 1,000 year reign of Christ. The basic claims of this theory are as follows:

a. Christ originally came to establish His kingdom;

b. However, the world was too wicked, thus He was crucified;

c. The church was established as a parenthesis till He comes again;

d. A rapture of the saints will occur at His coming;

e. Seven years of tribulation on earth will be caused by the Anti-Christ;

f. The battle of Armageddon will be the time Christ puts down all evil;

g. He will then establish His kingdom and reign for 1,000 years;

h. Finally, there will be judgment which is followed by heaven and hell.

2. The fact that there is much disagreement among advocates of this theory is evidence in itself the Bible does not deal plainly with these topics. For example, some disagree as to when the rapture will occur, whether it will be post- mid-pre/tribulation. Others disagree about where Christ will return to reign, because the Mormons say it will be in Independence, Mo., yet the majority say it will be in Jerusalem. But in the above outline are the basic tenets of all premillennialists.

B. Is There Going To Be A "Rapture"?

1. This lesson was almost titled, "What Does The Bible Say About The Rapture?" However, if it had been, nothing else would follow. The word is not even found in the Bible!

2. However, the "rapture" is a vital link in premillennial thought. If the rapture is not supported by the scriptures, other suppositions involved are at least suspect.

3. It is often referred to as though it is a clear Bible subject. "In case of rapture somebody grab the wheel." "In case of rapture this car will be unmanned." Such statements are often seen on car bumpers. What does it mean?

4. Actually premillennialists use the word "rapture" to describe a secret catching away of the church, both resurrected and living saints, who are caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Some use the term "translation" of the saints. They suggest that the doctrine is found in 1 Thess. 4:16-17: "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."



 

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