When Paul refers to some being “caught up” (1 Thessalonians 4:17) he's not referring to a rapture which will precede a time of tribulation in the modern world: He is giving his audience hope in the midst of persecution and death and reminding them of the hope that all Christians share, that Christ will come again (just not again and then again!) When Jesus speaks of “one being taken” (Matthew 24:40) he is not referencing how Christians all across the world will escape from a period of trial; rather, he is referencing the Genesis flood story (vv 37-40) and, as the context makes clear, being “taken away” is actually unfortunate, as it is the one who is “taken away” that faces judgment.Read the whole thing.
Monday, September 29, 2014
'Left Behind' 'Theology' Isn't the Bible's Theology
With the release of a new movie version of Left Behind, it's important that Christians not get raptured from reality. The entire idea of "rapture" and of Christ returning three times, notions that have only been around for about two-hundred years, is un-Biblical: