There is a debate dividing the governors of Christ in the earth, and the debate is over the rapture of the Church, and for many years it has been taught there will be a rapture of the church. But as we draw closer to the end of the age, there is a growing movement and teaching spreading in, around, and within the Christian community. And the growing message is that there won’t be a rapture of the Church.
However, there is a strong and undetermined group standing on the teaching there will one day be a rapture, but even among the believers in the rapture, there is an internal debate on when it will be. Some believe it will be a pre-tribulation rapture, and on the other side of the debate, there is the belief in a post-tribulation rapture.
But with that said, there is another group among the believers whose belief is that there will be a mid-tribulation rapture, and while we are having this debate; the world is moving in another direction, and their belief is that aliens or unidentified beings will one day dominate the world. And although we are not debating or dealing with the world and their belief, I will jokingly state that among the nonbelievers there is also an internal debate that one-day computers will one day take over the world.
But if we are going to deal with the issue of the rapture and whether we are going to have a rapture, we must first try and understand the message and theme of the bible and what the prophets of the bible have been saying to us all these thousands of years. And what we need to know about the word tribulation is that it’s a word meaning trouble.
But as we come to this understanding, who are the people to be worried about the coming times of trouble or tribulation, and if we are familiar with scripture and have any confidence in the Messiah Jesus Christ, we as Christians should untie under this fact, we do and will not have to worry about the tribulation.
But are we to live without worry because we will be raptured off the earth into heaven? Certainly not, because if there is anything we need to understand, it is that the scriptures speak of the saints being a witness to the event of God’s wrath against the world in rebellion against his kingdom and people.
Psalms 91:7-8 reads, regarding this coming reality, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.” And yet when we read this Psalm and verse there is an opening and room for debate to say it is in reference to Jesus Christ.
But let us not forget although it was in reference to our Messiah, we are to remember he was nailed to a cross where he died and after three days rose again. And with that said, the question we have before us is this, “When and how will this prophecy be fulfilled if it was not fulfilled in Jesus our Messiah?
There is no doubt, Jesus will return once more to the earth, but this time it is to establish his kingdom. And as we have this debate over the rapture on when, and how it will be fulfilled. Let us also try and understand what John was saying to the early Church. Because if we believe John was writing to reveal who Jesus Christ was. It is important we take another look at what he was saying to the early Church and what we need to understand and do as we prepare for the appearance of our Messiah and King Jesus Christ.
And you may ask, “Why should we open our minds to this final debate?” My answer and response can be found reading Psalms 58:10-11 which reads, “The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. So that a man shall say, verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.”