Any Moment Rapture
The any moment doctrine is probably the heart and soul of the rapture.
Most followers of the rapture, believe Christ could return at any moment.
The Bible clearly teaches us against this. We can read about what we should
look for before we can expect the return of Christ in 2 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians 2
1) 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;
If you can read, then it is crystal clear in verse 3 that we will not
gather back to Christ until two things happen. The falling away- apostasia
(deflection from the truth; apostasy) and the man of sin, the son of
perdition must first be revealed. Perdition means to perish and only one
"named" entity has been sentenced to death at this time. This would be Satan
and you can read where God sentenced him to death in Eze. 28:13-19. Anyone
who tells you the falling away is the rapture has not researched the words
in the Greek language and they are misleading you (whether intentional or
not). This is irrefutable proof that Christ will not return at any moment.
Satan has not been revealed to us and the falling away has not reached it's
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.
Here we read about what the man of sin will be doing when he appears on
earth. Do you see this happening today? This is why so many times in the
Bible we are told to watch. If the rapture were true, we would have nothing
to watch for. Here we can clearly see that we do have something to watch for,
before we can expect Christ to return. Who will you believe, a preacher or
God? Now we will look at the verses that are used to support the any moment
1 Thessalonians 4 13-17
13) But I would not have you to be ignorant,
brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as
others which have no hope.
14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
If we wish to understand the Bible, we have to stay with the subject. The
subject here is those which are asleep, the dead in other words. In verse 14,
we learn that we shouldn't worry about those who are asleep because God will
bring them with Him.
15) For this we say unto you by the word of the
Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall
not prevent them which are asleep.
We are still talking about the dead. Those of us, who are alive and remain
here on earth, unto the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have
already passed on into the next life. We will not precede them because they
are already with God. Notice it says we which are alive and remain. Paul did
not qualify this statement, which means everyone who is alive and remains. In
1 Cor. 15:51, we read that we shall not all sleep but we shall all be
changed. All as in everyone who is alive and remains at His coming.
16) 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:
We are still discussing the dead. Verses 16-17 will give us the order in
which we gather back to Christ.
17) 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.
Now we see those which are alive and remain will
gather back to the Lord with those who have already passed on. Verse 17 is describing the order in
which this happens. It is not describing how to the extent that he wanted
this to be our authority on the matter. What did Paul say he wanted to talk
to us about in this chapter? In verse 13, he says, those which are asleep, not
our gathering back to Christ. You will read about our gathering back to
Christ in 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2.
1 Corinthians 15:52 is a parallel verse to 16-17 and it will help us to
determine which trump is the Trump of God
52) 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 changed.
Remember we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed. So if either
of these verses are describing the rapture, then that would mean we all would
be leaving the earth. We know this cannot be true. Everyone agrees there
will be people on the earth during the tribulation. The key here is the last
trump. This clarifies which trump we are talking about. If we go to
Revelation and read chapters 8-11, we will find there are 7 trumps.
I know some will try and confuse this by saying "There are many
references to trumpets in the Bible, and there is no clear association - no
direct statement stating that the trumpet referred to by Paul is the same as
written about by John." This may be so but the word last is an identifier
and in the Greek it means the furthest one out or final. So by that
reasoning, this is at the very least the seventh trump. In addition they also
say "Paul wrote the letters to the Thessalonians and Corinthians long before
John penned Revelation. So how could Paul make an association with a truth
that was not yet revealed by God?
This is a desperate attempt to discredit a scripture they cannot
reconcile with their doctrine. Who is the author of the Bible? Is it Paul or
John or Isaiah. No, the author of the Bible is God, these were just men that
God used to pen the books. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is given
by the inspiration of God. So maybe Paul couldn't make the association with
what was to be written in Revelation but do you really believe that God
himself didn't have the foresight to know this would be an important
prophecy? If that was the case, could we rely on any of the prophecies in the
Bible? After all, Revelation means to uncover or reveal. Suggesting that
some things were hidden or covered before the book was written. Now you will
see why they cannot except the last trump as being the seventh, even though,
there is no other rational explanation.
15) And the seventh angel sounded; and there were
great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and
This is what we have been reading about in Corinthians and Thessalonians.
We have not been reading about some rapture "secret" or otherwise. All those
things we read about happen at the last trump. Jesus returns to reign on the
earth at the last trump, not to rapture us away and come back again. The last
trump is the final one, meaning the tribulation is over and the millennium
is about to begin. If you read through the trumps this is very easy to
determine. 1 Thessalonians was written to comfort us and let us know our
loved ones are coming back and we will see them again. In verse 18, Paul says,
"comfort one another with these words". They are very comforting, God loves us
and doesn't leave us without knowledge. The question is, will you listen to
Him? I hope you enjoyed this study and found it interesting. Please read all
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