I believed in the Pre Tribulation Rapture for 37 years. I was wrong. I can not find ANY verses teaching a “SECRET RAPTURE”.? I taught that Rev. 4:1-2 was it, when John is caught up into heaven. No. this is not millions of believing Saints “caught up”, it is just one man , caught up in the Spirit. I taught that it is imminent, or could happen any time, this is not true. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 specifically says:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 ¶ Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” It says DO NOT BE DECEIVED, DO NOT BE SHAKEN IN MIND, THAT THE “DAY OF CHRIST” (another name for the Rapture) is at hand (is imminent?!)
MIllions have been deceived into believing in a secret Pre- Tribulation Rapture. They are “looking up”, and Satan is slipping his man into power. They will become discouraged and (hopefully not) give up and quit when this does not happen, and they find there selves in the Great Tribulation. I read the “Left Behind Books” also. I liked them. But this is not Bible. Many Pastors and preachers started reading about the Pre Trib Rapture in the Scofield Reference notes. These are good notes. BUT THESE ARE NOT SCRIPTURE! They began preaching it as truth. The early church fathers believed in a time of testing, then the Rapture.
I THINK Matt. 24:29 clearly is the Rapture. Before the Wrath of God falls. It clearly teaches “one will be taken, one left”. What else could Jesus be talking about. It is not just written for Jews. Mark 9:37 says It is for “All” . The Elect are always the Saints. This Sign of His Coming” will be Jesus in ALL His Glory when the sky is darkened. The reference to the the Sun Moon and Stars going dark, is in Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:12-13, Isaiah 13;10, Joel 2:31 (31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. ) are ALL referring to the same event, first the Rapture, the Elect Saints , all who are born again, are “gathered” buy the Angels, One is taken, One left. Immediately a great multitude of people appears in Heaven, and John is told these are they “that are come out of Great Tribulation.
Revelation 7:9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
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.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.”
Then the same Day starts the wrath of God, called The Day of the Lord” The”Thief in the night” means it will come suddenly, and shock the unaware spiritually. His coming” could not be imminent, at any time,” but CAN NOT HAPPEN until after the apostacy, and the abomination of desolation. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 says the Day of Christ CAN NOT COME until the apostacy, the falling away from Biblical truths we seeing happening right now , and The son of perdition is revealed. The son of perdition in context of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 is clearly the coming world dictator , the Antichrist. The Rapture is also here called ” The Day of Christ “. It is different than the time of God’s Wrath, also called “The Day of the Lord” a period of the Wrath of God that starts the same day, AFTER the Rapture. The 3rd Jewish Temple still has to be built, for it has to exist for the Antichrist to commit “The Abomination of desolation ” in the future. I believe we are in the time of sorrows Jesus spoke about. We see a rapid convergence of these signs. Wars, rumors of wars , plagues, famines, earthquakes, etc. You may read my book for free, “The Coming Great Tribulation ” at my web site. Also see “The Sign of the Son of Man” and other articles about the rapture.