Should I Be Rapture Ready?


The rapture theory is very popular in religious circles. There are various scenarios presented in which someone, perhaps a professor standing before his class, or a quarterback dropping back to pass, and the ball just drops to the ground and the professor’s notes float to the floor as the students and fans stand amazed that the person has disappeared. Perhaps you’ve seen the bumper sticker, “In case of rapture this car will be unmanned.” Supposedly, Christians will be “raptured” up in the air and no one will see it.


The Rapture Theory Explained:

We are told that the rapture will take place with a sudden, secret, silent, and invisible coming of the Jesus. At the time of the rapture there will be a resurrection of only the righteous dead and they will be caught up in the air with the righteous saints who are alive to be with Jesus in heaven for seven years. The raptured saints will return with Jesus to earth after seven years to setup an earthly kingdom where Jesus will reign in Jerusalem for 1,000 years on David’s throne in Jerusalem. At the end of the 1,000 years there will be another resurrection and the Lord will judge all.


Let’s consider a few of the main points of the rapture theory and compare them with the Bible.


Will there be more than one resurrection?

Not according to Jesus. He said, “Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29). Paul said “…there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust” (Acts 24:15). There is no room for a 1,000 year reign between the righteous and the wicked in these verses. Jesus said “an hour is coming” when everyone will come out the tombs. Paul said there will be “a” resurrection of the just and the unjust.


Will the Coming of Jesus Be Silent & Secret?

Once again, what we are told by those who believe in the rapture is different than what we are told in the Bible. Peter wrote that when Jesus comes again, “the heavens will pass away with a great noise” (2 Peter 3:10). John wrote, “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him” (Revelation 1:7). The supposed proof-text of this theory is found in 1 Thessalonians 4. However, in that passage we are told, “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God…” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). This does not sound silent and secret, does it?


Will the Saints Come Back With Jesus?

The rapture theory teaches that the saints will dwell with Jesus in heaven for seven years and then will come back to the earth with Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 says that the righteous will “always be with the Lord.” The night before Jesus was betrayed He told His disciples, “In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3). Jesus promised that He will come again and take the righteous to heaven where, as Paul told the Thessalonians, they will always be with Him. Are the saints leaving heaven to come back to earth? Not according to the Bible.


Is Jesus coming back more than once?

Some have Jesus coming to earth three times. First, at His incarnation (Matthew 1:18-2:6. Second, He will come in secret to rapture the righteous saints. Then His third coming will be to sit on David’s throne in Jerusalem. However, a quick study of the Scripture reveals that Jesus coming three times cannot be supported. Yes, Jesus is coming a second time. The Hebrew writer states, “so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28). What will happen at His second coming? Paul tells us, “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:1). Thus Jesus will appear a second time, not to rapture up His saints, but to judge the living and the dead.


Should we be rapture ready? Not according to the Bible. However, we should be ready for the Lord to return to judge us at any moment. Are you ready for His second coming?