Most western Christians today believe in the rapture of the church as a precedent to the return of Yeshua Hamashiach, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The concept is broken down into several theoretical variations, but the three most common rapture doctrines are the pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, and post-tribulation theories.
Of those three, the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is the one that is most commonly taught in western churches today. This video won’t be an argument against this view nor do I want it to turn into a debate in the comments about which view is correct. Instead, I want to focus on a trend that has been building for some time among Bible-believing Christians that must be stopped immediately.
Thanks to a combination of bad teaching and fictional representations of the rapture, most notably the extremely popular Left Behind series of books and movies, there are many people who believe they will be given a second chance to repent of their sins, turn their lives around, and make a mad dash to Heaven. It truly worries me when I hear about people who intend to make the necessary changes to their lives when they see the rapture happen based on the concept that after the rapture, the world will be turned upside down but people will have an opportunity to fight the good fight before they die.
There are three reasons why this is a horrible idea. The first reason doesn’t require you to question the validity of the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine at all. What if you don’t make it to the rapture? What if you’re hit by a car tomorrow and you haven’t repented, haven’t given yourself over to the Lord, and haven’t truly believed that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior? The old pamphlets they used to give out at grocery stores often started with the question, “If you died today, do you know whether you’ll go to Heaven or hell?” I may not have agreed with the arguments made in some of these pamphlets, but the intention was good and the question is a valid one.
The second reason actually is a challenge to the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. If, as a growing number of people are starting to realize, the Bible clearly points to either a pre-wrath or post-tribulation rapture as more viable scenarios to the pre-tribulation rapture, then what happens to those who are pre-trib who start seeing the tribulation happening and nobody at that point has been raptured? This is one of the biggest reasons the teaching is so dangerous. Those who are expecting to not go through the hardships the Bible tells us will occur in the future will be forced to question what they’ve been taught about the rapture over the years. This could lead many to start to question everything they’ve been taught. I strongly recommend researching the concepts thoroughly. Don’t believe me. Don’t believe your pastor. Do the research for yourself and come to your own conclusions. It’s fairly safe to say that those who could have their faith shaken by terrible upcoming events can be made more firm in their beliefs by learning for themselves. That’s not to say you should abandon your church, but please do not assume the teachings at most American seminaries are unquestionably true. Some of it is very much not true. Don’t get me started on the accepted interpretations of Genesis 6 which are almost all incorrect.
The last reason is very straight-forward regardless of your belief in the rapture. You have very little to lose by putting on the full Armor of God today and living your life as instructed in the Bible. Sure, you might skip a few shows on Netflix, but putting in the time and effort into reading your Bible, praying, and learning more about the Word of God will be much more fulfilling in the eternity than watching the last season of House of Cards.
It is a huge risk to believe that you’ll have the opportunity in the future to follow the straight path through the narrow gate. Make the change today. The last thing you want to do is live an eternity gnashing your teeth over an irresponsible decision.
I’m JD Rucker. Thank you for listening.