Bible Study in Context
The Rapture Theory Thrives among Christians
I was watching a national religious program this morning, you probably know what it is, it’s on five days a week at 9:00 o’clock in my area and they have a segment where they answer questions sent in by email from the listeners. This preacher is also a nationally known political advocate, giving voters a religious/biblical aspect to an election.
The first question concerned the idea of “once saved, always saved” during the tribulation and if a person receives the mark of the beast during that time, will they still be saved?
The preacher hemmed and hawed around and finally ended up saying that....
“There is too much made of this Antichrist and the mark of the beast thing. When Christ returns and takes the saints up into heaven that will be the end of it for them”.
That’s the religious standard, right there. The rapture will take care of everything.
“Love Jesus, get raptured, and everything is gonna be all right. Why are we talking about all this nonsense of the Antichrist and the mark in your hand and your mind? Don’t worry about what Revelation says, you’re going to be raptured out of here.”
I’m paraphrasing, of course.
St. Paul told us very clearly what would have to happen before our Lord returns to us and let’s read it once more…
2nd Thessalonians 2:2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
Beseech means to request. Paul is requesting that those standing in front of him to listen to what he has to say, regarding the return of our Lord to us.
2nd Thessalonians 2:2 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.
This is the second letter that Paul has sent to the Thessalonians because they misinterpreted some things in his first letter and he’s going to straighten things out. He goes on to say that you should not listen to some evil spirit with a different message than what he has, nor the words of other people that may deceive you and keep you from understanding the truth.
2nd Thessalonians 2:3 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;
Let’s separate these two events out so that we are all on the same page:
1. ) Except there come a falling away first. What does falling away really mean? In the Greek language, it’s the Greek Concordance word 646….
Falling away_NT:646 apostasia (ap-os-tas-ee'-ah); feminine of the same as NT:647; defection from truth (properly, the state) ["apostasy"]: KJV - falling away, forsake.
In the English, it’s pronounced Apostasy. It’s a defection from the truth. In the Miriam-Webster dictionary, it’s described as this…
“The abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.”
How does that happen? What are the mechanics of this process? We’ll sort that out after we read the second event that must happen…
2) And that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
Who is this man of sin? It’s Satan, in his role as the Antichrist. Perdition means to perish and what soul has been condemned to die an eternal death, to perish forever and ever? Satan, of course.
All right. The last verse that we need to consider…
2nd Thessalonians 2:4 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. KJV
Shewing himself that he is God. How could Satan present himself to the world and convince them all that he is God? By looking exactly like God. But in this life, Father will never present Himself as He truly is, He will be represented by His Son, Jesus Christ.
So, if we put two and two together, it must mean that Satan, as the Antichrist, will look exactly like the true Jesus Christ. And that’s where the Apostasy is put into effect. Christians and people in general, will believe that this false christ, this imitation, is really the true Christ.
They will have transferred their belief in the True, over to the fake. They will believe that Satan is the true Jesus Christ. And that is not only the Apostasy, but it is the mark of the beast as well.
So that he as God sitteth in the temple of God.
“Well, I didn’t think that there was a temple in Jerusalem any more, since the last one was destroyed.”
You’re right. Sitting on the foundation of the old temple is a different building called the Dome of the Rock. And it is an Islamic, Muslim, a shrine. It is not a mosque. It was built back in 691 A.D.
And what more appropriate place for the fake messiah to stand in, during these last days, than a fake church.
There is no rapture mentioned by St. Paul in those verses. If the rapture was true, don’t you think that somewhere, throughout all the Scripture, that it would be written by someone? Any one? I mean, it’s supposed to be a really important day.
To remind those that might not be familiar with this theory, it’s based on 1st Thessalonians 4:13-17. This theory also says that the Lord will come back in two stages: once QUIETLY to take the church up to heaven, and secondly, to bring the church BACK with Him for the end of this age.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Day of the Lord, the day of His return, is only mentioned ONCE in the Scriptures. It didn’t say the DAYS of the Lord, it said the DAY of the Lord.
How many souls will Satan take with him because of these false teachings? Hard to tell but Revelation says that he will deceive the entire world.
Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV.
As we have seen in our studies of Genesis 1-6, whole world does not literally mean every living human being on earth. But it will still be many, many souls. Billions, I suspect.
Are you going to be one of them or are you going to let these four verses sink into your religious brain and come out of darkness?
You may like your preacher; you may think that he is a good man, but if he teaches and preaches the rapture doctrine, how much does he really care about your soul?
If he really cared, he would teach you the meaning of these four verses and demonstrate to everyone how ridiculous this rapture theory really is.
I just did and I’m not even a preacher.