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There's No Secret Rapture, Right? Part 2


I have some friends who believe in the rapture. But I know that as Seventh-day Adventists we believe in the second coming of Christ. I don’t know which scriptures support our teaching, though. And my friends seem to believe in the Bible too. So how can I prove the Second Coming rather than the secret rapture?

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Last week we said that while it sounds good to be raptured away to heaven before we have to face a time of trouble, that idea just isn’t consistent with the Bible. Jesus Himself told His disciples, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).Remember, God didn’t rapture Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before they were thrown into the fiery furnace. Nor did He rapture Daniel before he was sent into a lions’ den. Why, then, would God change His process and rapture us before the time of trouble?

Modern Christians still face very difficult situations. But like Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel, they usually come through them even more dependent on Jesus. (See 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.)I’ve also found that many people who believe in a secret rapture are paranoid that they might not get raptured anyway. They fear that then they’ll be on their own for a seven-year time of trouble.But that’s not what Jesus told His disciples either. He promised that He’d be with His followers “to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

The secret rapture theory contains another dangerous idea. It implies that if you miss the rapture, you can go to heaven seven years later, when Jesus comes the “second” time.But Jesus never suggests that anyone can wait for the future to hook into spiritual things. The message is always “Do it today!” (See Hebrews 4:7, which quotes Psalm 95:7, 8. See also 2 Corinthians 6:1, 2.)For some texts about the Second Coming, why not check out Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, to see what Jesus said about it. Also, Jesus’ disciple John wrote Revelation, an entire book about the Second Coming! John 14-17 also gives some good guidance about how we should live as we anticipate Christ’s return. So do Jesus’ three parables in Matthew 25.

The only passage someone might think supports the secret rapture is Matthew 24:40, 41. Those verses talk about one man being “taken and the other left.”But if you look at verses 37-39, you’ll see that this passage is actually saying that some people will be surprised when Jesus returns. For example, in the days of Noah the Flood surprised some people (even though Noah had built the ark and preached about the Flood for 100 years) and “took them all away.”The Flood didn’t “rapture” those people—it “took them away” (they died). And the same thing will happen when Jesus returns. Some people will be taken away—they’ll die. And others will be raptured the way 1 Thessalonians 4:17 states—it will be no secret!So the rapture theory isn’t supported in the Bible. The Bible does say that Jesus is coming, but not secretly. And before He comes, if we face trouble, He’ll be with us and help us through it.

In the meantime, let’s take Jesus’ advice: “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

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