Fallacies about the Rapture of the church

Fallacies about the Rapture of the church

Here are some of the fallacies and wrong ideas about the rapture of the church. Most of these fallacies comes from the distortion of the line of thought of the writer and the context of the passage used. Most of the time these things happens because we wanted to justified our own argument and theory, forcing the Scriptures to say something that doesn’t say.

Fallacy: Matthew 24-25 is a reference to actual events and to the rapture of the church.

Facts: Matthew 24-25 are not a reference to the rapture of the church but refers to the second literal advent of Christ to the planet earth. The prophetical events described by Jesus in 24 are completely related to the nation of Israel in the fulfillment of Daniel’s 70th week. By the way, Mat. 24-25 are two of the most misinterpret chapters of the Scriptures. The law of double reference allows us to apply some of these prophetical events to our present day but the application bust be limited, so that the prophecy will keep its original purpose. What we are seeing today is just a glimpse of what the prophecy of Mat. 24 stated. The elements used by Jesus disqualified the rapture as the event mentioned in Mat. 24. Let’s explain it:

  • The prophecy of the events of Mat. 24 were told by Jesus because of 3 questions made by the disciples in the beginning of the chapter. These questions are:

“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to SHEW HIM the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them (disciples), See ye not all these things? (What things? the buildings of the temple) verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us,when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming? and of the end of the world?” Mat. 24:1-3

Before we get into the three questions asked by his disciples, in verse 1: “his disciples came to him for to SHEW HIM the buildings of the temple” and Jesus predicted the destruction of the temple. This statement from Jesus was the reason why the disciples asked the three questions in verse 3. To extract the correct meaning of a passages, we MUST comprehend the CONTEXT in which the passage in question was written. The mentioned of the church is NOT stated in neither chapter by Jesus, neither is the rapture. I have to repeat this again, the mixing of two distinct events is the reason of the confusion, and NOT because there is contradictions in the Scriptures. The Jewish temple was the must sacred place and that fact that Jesus foretold its destruction, triggered the disciples to asked these questions, which are the main subject of Mat. 24-25. What is the subject matter of Mat. 24-25? The tribulation period, which involve the suffering, persecution and future of the nation of Israel. When the disciples asked these questions, they asked regarding the Jewish nation and not the church. Besides, they didn’t have very clear the church concept until many years later, especially when Paul explained the function and purpose of the church. so, let’s breakdown these three questions:

  1. when shall these things be? The destruction of the temple and the buildings around it. It was fulfilled by the Romans in 70 A.D. What happened is that The Jewish nation rebelled against the Romans in 66 A.D. and the city was sieged by the Romans and 4 years later The Roman Emperor Titus regained and destroyed the city and the temple. We can find more details about the temple and its the destruction in Luke 21.
  2. and what shall be THE SIGNS of thy coming? Again, the questions are related to the future of the Jewish nation not to the church. Also, in the second question, they asked “What shall be THE SIGNS of thy coming? The rapture of the church is known as “The imminent coming of Jesus”, meaning it can happen at any time and there’s no SIGNS that precede it. While the second literal advent of Christ will be preceded by SIGNS. Jesus told them many times about His literal and visible coming. Mat. 13:30-50 and 16:27, which is a reference to Mat. 24:3-25:46 and Rev. 19:11. The disciples knew that Jesus was referring to His advent to setup the kingdom of heaven on earth. Also, in the rapture Jesus return to the air to receive into himself the church. John 14:2-3; 1 Th. 4:17, while in the second advent of Christ, He comes to save Israel from the complete inhalation from the antichrist and to take over the Jews nation. All the glorified saints will return to the earth with Christ to save Israel and to destroy the antichrist as it is stated in Rev. 19:11-21. All these facts are confirmed by the last question the disciples asked before Jesus was taken literally to the third heaven. Noticed:
    “When they therefore were come together, they (The disciples) asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” Acts 1:6-7The question is related to the nation of Israel and not to the church. Observe verse 9-11;“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, HE WAS TAKEN UP; and A CLOUD received HIM OUT OF THEIR SIGHT. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men (angels) stood by them in white apparel (Bright); Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, SHALL SO COME IN (return) IN LIKE MANNER (same way) AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN.”The reference it to the second literal advent of Christ as it is stated in Rev. 1:7: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they (Israel) also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
  3. and of the end of the world? The expression “End of the World” in here it doesn’t mean that the existence on planet earth will finished. In fact, such believe have no foundation in the Scripture, since Christ will return to establish His Millennial kingdom a month after the battle of Armageddon. So, what exactly the disciples asked? They asked, “What will follow after His second literal advent here on planet earth? Jesus answered in Mat. 24:29-25:46 the establishment of His Kingdom. By the way, The used of the word “World” in the third question is related to “period of time or age”, and it’s connected with “the period in which the nation of Israel had rejected the Christ”. So, that period, or age will end at the second literal advent and a new age will begin with Christ as the Supreme ruler. The word “Age, or period” when applied to the church age or grace period will end with the rapture. I must clarify my point about “The grace period” ending at the rapture, I don’t mean salvation, since thousand of people will be saved in the great tribulation period. So, the third question has as a Scriptural support the following passages: Acts 1:6-7; Rev. 11:15; 19:11-21; 20:2-4

Fallacy:Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Mat. 24:40-41, Some people interpreted as The rapture of the church.

Facts: I had said thousand of times, “When extracting the meaning of a passage, we must filtered the passage through the context itself”. So, what most of these people that believe that Mat. 24:40-41, is to read the passage and removing it out of the proper context in which the passage was written. And as a result of this improper action, people will get confused about it. If you read Mat. 24:37-39 we find the context to verses 40-41. so, how do I connect them and extract what Jesus meant? Let’s read them:

“But AS the days of Noah were, so SHALL ALSO the coming (Second advent to Kill the antichirst and the enemies of God and Israel) of the Son of man be. For AS in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not UNTIL THE FLOOD COME, and TOOK THEM AWAY; so SHALL ALSO the coming of the Son of man be.”

The flood was the judgement upon the rebels in the context, which “TOOK THEM AWAY” and killed them. So shall also the coming of the Son of man at the Battle of Armageddon. Mat. 24:40-41 IS NOT related to the rapture but the judgement upon the wicked nations lead by the antichrist. The same language is used in Mat. 24:28 “For wheresoever the carcasses is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” which is connected with Rev. 19:17-21:

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

Fallacy: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.” Mat. 24:32. The fig tree represent the nation of Israel.

Facts: The fig tree is not the nation of Israel but an example about how close is His second literal advent to planet earth. In fact, Luke 21:29-30 give us more details of what Jesus meant with it.

“And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and ALL THE TREES; When they (the trees) now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.”

The illustration is about seeing the signs that indicates His return is near. By the way, Israel is symbolized by a woman in Rev. 12:1 and in the Old Testament Israel is symbolized by a woman as well.

Fallacy: The ten virgins  of Mat. 25:1-13 represent the church and the rapture.

Facts: The Parable is just an illustration of “alertness, attentiveness, aliveness, awareness, consciousness and mindfulness”, which is basically connected to “the state of being constantly attentive and responsive to signs of Hi second literal advent”.  Jesus confirmed it in Mat. 25:13;

“WATCH therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man COMETH.”

If Matthew 24 is not connected with the church or the rapture, neither is Matthew 25, why? because both chapter are in sequence.

May our God keep guiding your path with Hi Word!

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