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What is the rapture? : “Caught up . . . in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

“Rapture”, although the word in English now means an emotional state, something akin to a frenzy or trance, originally just meant “snatched away”. It occurs in several Bible verses, but the one that is the base of some Protestant churches’ teaching about a “rapture to heaven” is based on a misreading of these two verses: […]

What will happen to babies and children when Jesus returns?

This question is usually prompted by the biblical teaching of a judgement day for mankind when Christ returns. More recently the question is also prompted by the commercial success in the USA of the ‘Left Behind’ Christian fiction novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, which present Protestant dispensationalist End Times teachings such as a “pretribulation”, […]

What is the history of the doctrine of the ‘pre-tribulation secret rapture’?

The doctrine of the ‘pre-tribulation secret rapture’ is the belief that faithful Christians will be removed suddenly and secretly from the earth prior to a time of ‘tribulation’ which will immediately precede the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. Although the concept of believers being removed from the earth at the time of Christ […]

Will there be a time of tribulation before the rapture?

I believe the tribulation spoken about in the New Testament, has been happening in varying degrees, throughout history.  Certain times and certain places experience more tribulation than others.  For example, the Christians in the first century faced awful persecution under Nero and Domitian, then later under Trajan, Aurelius, Severus,  Decius, Valerian,  Maximinus, Aurelian, Diocletian and […]

Will people be saved after the rapture of the church?

The Bible describes Christians being called away when Jesus returns. Two particularly favorite verses are in Matt 24:40-41 and 1Thess 4:16-17. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. (Matt 24:40-41) For the […]