Is The Rapture Theology Actually Biblical? By GetVersed.org
The concept of the Rapture is a Biblical concept that is discussed, especially when things in the world begin to look very bleak. There is the belief that Jesus Christ will come back, the Second Coming, at a time when we are most in need. Those that believe in him are those that are saved and the Rapture is a representation of how believers will be raised into the air to meet the Lord, and be taken into Heaven, usually avoiding what is called the Tribulation which occurs right about the time that He comes back. What many people question is whether or not this concept is actually real, or even represented in the Bible, something that we will now discuss.
Is The Rapture In The Bible?
First of all, you need to realize that the word Rapture is not used in the Bible at all. It is a term that was created to represent events that are represented in the Scriptures about what occurs when Jesus comes back. Not only will the believers be raised up in the air, but the dead will also be raised and all of them, according to the book of first Corinthians, will meet the Lord in the air as He descends. So if the Bible does not contain the word rapture, is it actually represented as such? It is actually a concept that is talked about several times, and is scripturally based.
What The Bible Says About The Rapture
Probably the most popular scripture in the Bible that is representative of the Rapture is 1 Thessalonians 4:17. This is the one that states that the living and dead will meet together in the clouds, meeting the Lord in the air, and these believers will be with God forever. Other Scriptures that are used include Luke 17:34-37 which is an account of Jesus talking about how during the night, some people will simply disappear and will be taken to the Lord. This is the basis of a popular Christian series called Left Behind. However, there is another way of looking at the Rapture which many religions have argued, specifically in regard to what it means for those that vanish. Some have stated that the ones that are left behind are not the ones that will go through the terrible Tribulation time, but are actually the ones that are those that are chosen. It just depends upon how you read the Scriptures that are presented and they can be taken either way. However, in regard to the biblical verses in 1Thessalonians, you would have to assume that those that disappear are the ones that will be with Jesus.
As you can see, there are biblical references to the concept of the Rapture, and they are scattered in various books and have been brought together through the research of theologians over many decades. It is based upon this belief that many people will also debate whether Jesus will come to get them prior to the Tribulation, during the Tribulation, or just after the Tribulation period. Regardless of when it happens, it is the belief of Christians that because they are saved, it is simply a blessing that they will be able to share eternity with God in heaven as a result of their relationship with Jesus.