THE SECRET RAPTURE LIE
honest Christians believe that Christ is going to come back to this
earth in two ways--one being in secret, the other visible. The former
will be silent in which Christ comes to secretly rapture or remove His
followers from earth before the great time of trouble and tribulation
occurs. Then after several years, the visible and literal appearing of
Christ will take place in which those who were not ready during the time
of the secret rapture will have a second chance to make themselves
ready throughout the tribulation, after which Christ will come to save
There are many Bible texts regarding the second coming of Christ. But do any of these refer to a silent or secret return, or do they all speak about the same visible glorious event? Let us find out what the unerring Scriptures teach.
The apostle Paul reveals that the coming of Christ to this earth will be as follows:
Thessalonians 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.”
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment,
in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall
sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
declared that when Christ should come, there would be a shout; a voice;
a trumpet; the righteous dead would be resurrected, and along with the
righteous living, would be caught up from the earth to meet the Lord in
the clouds never to part again.
The apostle John reveals that the coming of Jesus to this earth will be as follows:
1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and
they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail
because of him.”
declared that when Christ should come, it would be with clouds, and
every eye on the earth would miraculously see him, and all the kindreds
of the earth who have rejected Him would wail. (The Old Testament
prophets also spoke of the Coming of Christ see Psalms 50:3-5, Jeremiah
And Christ Himself reveals what His coming to this earth will be like:
Matthew 24:30-31 “...then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in
heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall
see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great
glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and
they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end
of heaven to the other.”
declared that when He returns the second time, it would be with a sign;
all people on the earth would see Him coming in the clouds of heaven
and with power and great glory; the great majority of all the people of
the earth would not be happy, but would mourn; there would be a great
sound of a trumpet; and God would gather His obedient elect to Himself
from every part of the world.
All of the above Scriptures are in complete
harmony with each other regarding what it will be like when Christ
comes back to this earth in the last days. Signs will occur just prior
to His arrival. Every eye on the earth, every person of every nation and
tribe will see Him return in power and great glory; there will be great
noise, a shout, a heavenly voice, and a great loud trumpet will sound;
the righteous dead will be resurrected from their graves, and together
with the living righteous will be caught up into the air to meet their
Lord in the clouds because they chose to sacrifice all to follow and
obey God. While those who had rejected Christ's offer of salvation will
WHERE DID THE SECRET RAPTURE ORIGINATE?
It wasn't until the early or mid 1800's that there was any
significant group of believers around the world that looked for a
"rapture" of the Church prior to a seven-year tribulation period. The
"secret rapture" teaching was NOT taught by the early Church, it was NOT
taught by the Church of the first centuries, it was NOT taught by the
Reformers, IT WAS NOT TAUGHT BY ANYONE (except a couple Roman Catholic
theologians) UNTIL ABOUT THE YEAR 1830!
The Roman Catholic Church had to come up with a view of
prophecy to counter the Historic view of prophecy that the Reformers had
used to identify the Church of Rome as the ‘little horn’ and the Harlot
of Revelation 17.
This new scheme of prophetic interpretation became known as
FUTURISM.... It was a Jesuit priest named Ribera who, in the days of
the Reformation, first taught that all the events in the book of
Revelation were to take place literally during the three and a half
years reign of the Antichrist away down at the end of the age.
Later, Emmanuel Lacunza, also a Jesuit priest, built on
Ribera's teachings, and spent much of his life writing a book titled
"The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty." Lacunza, however, wrote
under the assumed name of "Rabbi Ben Ezra," supposedly a learned Jew who
had accepted Christ as his Saviour; he did this so that the
unsuspecting Protestants would accept his book; for the Protestant world
then wanted nothing from a Jesuit. His book was published in 1812.
Now enter the name of Edward Irving. Born in Scotland
in 1792, Irving discovered Lacunza's book and fell in love with it,
translated it into English, and it was published in London in 1827. Then
Irving began to hold Bible Conferences throughout Scotland, emphasizing
the coming of Jesus to rapture His Church.
Later, J.N. Darby then was introduced to the "secret
rapture" doctrine by the Irvinites (Followers of Edward Irvin), as well
as the famous book by Rabbi Ben-Ezra [Jesuit priest Emmanuel Lacunza]!
Darby was himself a prolific writer and from that time a constant stream
of propaganda came from his pen. His writings on biblical subjects
number over 30 volumes of 600 pages each. Darby developed and organized
"futurism" into a system of prophetic teaching called
The Secret Rapture teaching was introduced into the
United States and Canada between the 1840's and 1870's. A
Congregationalist preacher by the name of C. I. Scofield came under the
influence of Darby and the Plymouth Brethren. Scofield became a strong
promoter of the teaching that had been promulgated by Darby, whom he
considered "the most profound Bible student of modern times." He
incorporated this teaching into his SCOFIELD REFERENCE BIBLE. Three
million copies were published in the first 50 years! Through this Bible
Scofield shrewdly carried the teaching of the Secret Rapture into the
very heart of Evangelicalism.
There is one final link in the chain of the development
and spread of the rapture theory that should be mentioned in passing.
Scofield and Darby influenced D. L. Moody, and Moody influenced the
early PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT. How? you ask. The Assemblies of God is today
by far the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world. In 1914 they
ordered their Sunday School and study materials from the Moody Press. So
the Assemblies of God believed what the Moody Bible Institute taught,
which included the "Secret Rapture".
ONE TAKEN ONE LEFT BEHIND?
what about those Scriptures which talk of one being taken and the other
being left behind (see Matthew 24:37-41); surely this backs up the
belief in a secret rapture?
24:37-39 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the
Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were
eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that
Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Now in the days of Noah, who was taken and who were left? The wicked were taken and the righteous were left.
He represented this also in
Luke 13:35-36, “Two women shall be grinding together, the one shall be
taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall
be taken, and the other left”.
some teach that those who are left will remain alive and experience 7
years of tribulation. In truth it is those who are taken that are
receiving the "trouble". Those who are 'taken' are those who are not
prepared to meet the Lord when he comes, and they are taken in death,
just like the wicked were taken in death when the flood came.
The Apostles asked Christ where would those who were taken be?
they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord?", then Christ answers
"Wheresoever the body is thither will the eagles (Vultures) be gathered
together" Luke 17:37.
Here Christ is clearly teaching that those who are taken, will be DEAD. Their bodies will be food for the birds.
Revelation chapter 19 depicts in graphic detail the return of Christ, with him calling for the birds of the air to “Come
and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God…That ye
may eat the flesh of the kings, and the flesh of captains, and the
flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on
them, and the flesh OF ALL MEN, both free and bond, both small and
great” Revelation 19:17-18.
When the Lord returns who will be removed from the earth, the wicked or the righteous? Matthew 13:41-43 The Son
of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his
kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall
cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of
teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom
of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Also see Matthew
10:29-30 ¶ The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but
destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. The righteous shall
never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
Proverbs 2:21-22 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the
perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the
earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God
himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he
created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and
there is none else. (Also see Matthew 5:5, Psalms 115:16)
But what about the belief that Christ would rapture all of His
people off the earth before the time of trouble, tribulation,
persecution, and the working of Satan with lying wonders?
The prophet Daniel declared that “there
shall be a time of trouble, such as never was...And at that time thy
people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the
book.” Daniel 12:1.
The apostle John declared that God's righteous people who were living when Christ returned to earth would be those “which
came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made
them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:14.
Matthew 24:29-31 Immediately after the tribulation of those days
shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and
the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be
shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and
shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of
man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he
shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall
gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to
Jesus ask his Father to take us out of the world? Christ Himself prayed
that His Father would not take His people “out of the world, but that
thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” John 17:15.
Will the return of Christ happen before or after the revealing of Anti-Christ?
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; "
Bible teaches us that those who think the Rapture will occur before the
man of sin is revealed, are deceived. That day will not happen until
the man of sin is come to power, and the great tribulation has come upon
Thessalonians 2:4-6 "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. Remember ye not, that,
when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what
withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. "
Why would Paul warn the believers in this verse if they were supposed to be raptured up beforehand anyway?
Thessalonians 2:8 "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord
shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming: "
we see the wicked one is revealed, and THEN the Lord comes. Notice the
coming of Christ destroys the man of sin! Did you notice? It does not
mention 7 years, and it doesn't mention anything about it being a
"secret" rapture either.
who teach the lie of a pre-tribulation rapture, also teaches that
during the 'tribulation period' while the saints are in heaven, there
will be many people 'born again', and saved. Now this is truly a
contradiction of terms. These teachers tell us that when the Church is
removed, the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit is removed. Now if
there is no preachers here, no convicting Spirit, how can anyone be
What this false doctrine does is:
#1. It makes the Church unprepared for the time of trouble that it must enter.
#2. It teaches the sinful world that they can reject Christ, until
all the Christians disappear, then they can accept his salvation.
But as we have seen, Those who have rejected Christ, will be destroyed when he comes.
Those 'virgins' who come knocking after the door is closed will be shut out! (Mat 25)
Christ taught that his coming is about as secret as a Nuclear bomb!
Luke 17:22 -27 "And he said unto the disciples, The days will come,
when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye
shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go
not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth
out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under
heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he
suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in
the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in
marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood
came, and destroyed them all.
like in Noah's time?" Did Jesus lie when He said..."So shall it be..."?
Don't these verses seem a bit obvious? The ones in the ark were SAVED.
The ones that decided to ignore the warnings of Noah of world wide flood
were DESTROYED. And they were destroyed UNEXPECTEDLY! For it says they
"did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage,
until the day that Noe entered into the ark.."
The pre-tribulation preachers are bluntly stating JESUS LIED!
Are they not? Is it any wonder some of them choose not to mention this
passage "in context" from their pulpits? Common sense, it proves they
21:25-28 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in
the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the
sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for
looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers
of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things
begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your
redemption draweth nigh.
Christ purchased us on the cross, he is going to receive his
purchased possessions when he returns. He tells us when he comes to
receive us it will be visible, and he tells us to LOOK UP! Which is
completely contrary to logic, if there is a ‘secret rapture’.
SAVED FROM WRATH?
Some of the pretribulation preachers use the following verse to 'justify' their secret rapture doctrine.
Romans 5:9, "Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."
1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
First the great tribulation is NOT the wrath of GOD. It is really the WRATH of Satan upon God's Church.
12:12-13 ¶ Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come
down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a
short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he
persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
The wrath of GOD is contained in 7 Vials. Which is poured out upon the wicked at the time of Christ's coming.
15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven
golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
some teach that we must be 'raptured up' so that we will not suffer
from the wrath of GOD. But that is not the teaching of the Bible.
The Bible teaches that GOD knows those who are his. He has
sealed his people with the Holy Spirit of promise, He has purchased
them, they are his servants and his name is upon their foreheads. And
they are protected from his wrath.
9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of
the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men
which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
Just as the Jews were protected from the wrath that was poured out
upon Egypt. Not by being 'raptured' off, but by having the blood
applied, so do we.
Exodus 12:13 "And the blood shall be to you for a token upon
the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you,
and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite
the land of Egypt."
Lord protected His own in the Old testament, and He promises to protect
us New Testament believers as well! And BOTH sets of believers show
their faith by the BLOOD of Christ! The Old Testament believers had the
blood of a Lamb upon the doorposts of their houses, we have the Blood of
the Lamb upon the heart! Praise the Lord for His truth being so blunt
and powerful even in the most graphic examples!
MORE ABOUT THE THIEF IN THE NIGHT SYMBOLISM
next passage has to do with the "thief in the night" analogy that I
spoke of earlier. ALL of the pre-trib preachers use the following
passage to confirm and or validate their SECRET rapture theories. They
will always do the following, they will read to you...
1 Thessalonians 5:2, "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."
AND THEY STOP!
Some refuse to read further, and rightly so. For if they read
further a multitude of problems arise! For example, look a the next
Thessalonians 5:3 "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then
sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child;
and they shall not escape."
the "Thief" in the night symbolism, means UNEXPECTED, not SECRET (Also
see 2nd Peter 3:9-10 to see how the analogy of the thief means
unexpected not secret.) And notice that this coming brings SUDDEN
DESTRUCTION UPON THE WICKED. This again proves the pre-tribulation
1 Thessalonians 5:4 "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."
The "Secret rapture" preachers use the verses above this passage
(verse 2) to say Jesus comes as a thief in the night for the
Christians. But this verse (verse 4) proves they are bold faced liars.
This verse is plain! It says clearly that Jesus does NOT come as a thief
in the night to the Christians! And why doesn't the Christian have to
worry about Jesus coming as a thief to them?
Thessalonians 5:5,6 "Ye are all the children of light, and the children
of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us
not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober."
pre-trib preachers declare Jesus comes as a THIEF in the night, and
they define that event as being "in secret." However, the Bible says we
as true Christians will NOT have Jesus coming to us as a thief. And the
the Bible explains why. It's because we are "looking up" or "looking
for" that great day. NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY!
about this as well. If the seven, or three and half year theory were
fact, then we would have to remove verse Matthew 24:36 from the Bible
along with other references to the fact that. It PLAINLY says... "But of
that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my
Father only." The reason being, if the Christians all of a sudden
disappear from the face of the earth on a certain day, all one needs do
is calculate three and a half years forward, or seven years forward to
get the exact day and hour that Jesus would return! No, we will not know
the exact day or hour years in advance! That is an out and out lie!
A PROPHETIC TWIST ON DANIEL 9
seven year tribulation theory actually originates from a
mis-understanding, or deliberate re-writing of the prophecy in the ninth
chapter of the book of Daniel. Many take this prophecy out of context
to explain a seven year,(Pre-Trib) or three and a half year, (Mid-Trib)
time of great tribulation for the Christian believer. However, you will
find by studying this prophecy that it does not speak of a time of
tribulation at all. In fact, it speaks of a time that all believers both
Old and New Testament alike hold very dear to their hearts. It is the
prophecy that describes the coming of Jesus as the Messiah in 27AD, his
death in 31 AD, and the Gospel going to the Gentiles in 34 AD.
It is sad that ‘pre-tribulation rapture preachers’, take the ‘he’ in
Daniel 9:27, and say it is anti-christ, when it refers to Jesus Christ.
Who confirmed the covenant of promises to the Jews by both his
Preaching and the Apostles (Romans 15:8). Who by his death, caused the
significance of animal sacrifices to cease, in fact the veil that
separated the inner rooms of the temple was ripped into at his death. By
Israel’s constant rejection of the Gospel and their abominations, the
Jewish nation has been left desolate.
As we see friends, there is absolutely no reason to detach the last
week and stick a 2000 year gap before it, nor is there any reason to
apply it to Anti-Christ and the tribulation period.