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Horrors Of The Rapture

Recently a friend of mine questioned me about the horrors of the rapture. While I mentioned a few things that would be shocking and astounding, I missed what he was referring to. What do you think some of the horrors of the rapture will be?

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I believe some of the horrors would be those who will be going through the great tribulation, and especially to those who, because they can't distinguish between the Church and Israel, will actually be the ones who come against the Nation Israel..because they think God has replaced those promises and given to the church. Being deceived, they will surely fall int the hands of anti-christ.
---kathr4453 on 6/28/10

You should absolutely study the scripture for yourself.
2 Tim. 2:15 STUDY to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth.
Don't try to take from Israel, what God has given Israel.
---michael_e on 6/27/10

Rose: Good for you! If more people would search the Scriptures for their answers rather than trusting some man, there wouldn't be so much confusion.
---jerry6593 on 6/27/10

You are half right Rose,God does have a people who will go through the tribulation,and a people who are told to flee a (literal) Jerusalem and run to the mountains...this is the time of "Jacobs" sorrow,always a reference to Jewish people...God refered to Israel as Israel some of the time and when emphesising their disobedience refered to them as Jacob...but this never applys to Christians....if your expectation of the end-times is running for your life from the flood instead of a place inside the ark,then you have recieved poor teaching...Check this out!
---richard on 6/27/10

Yup "Darby" was in the 1800s and the air line story is an urban myth..I knew all that,and could not care point actually is that the detracters of the "rapture" are wrong as far back as Paul the Apostle...some have had poor teaching and would grow from knowing the truth,others are "mockers"...the word is sharper than a two edged sword,my freind and will exspose the heart of us study to rightly divide it .. one day you will need to make a stand,this much I dare to prophecy on your behalf..
---richard on 6/27/10

The word says that God's people will go through the tribulation (time of testing)In Matthew we are told to flee to the mountains just before the tribulation starts not zapped up to heaven. I studied about the rapture because I wanted to know. It's Not there folks. Only one chance and that is NOW.
---Rose on 6/26/10

Don't worry about it. It is not going to happen.
---atheist on 6/18/10

Behold, a prophet!
---jerry6593 on 6/26/10

**it used to be said that 2 "born-again" christians couldnt fly a plane together,reason being that if the "trump-sounded" they would be gone and the plane would crash**

This is an urban legend, popular in many circles, but every airline denies it.

**.who told you Darby (1950s?)"invented" this?**

Darby was in the 1830's.
---Cluny on 6/25/10

it used to be said that 2 "born-again" christians couldnt fly a plane together,reason being that if the "trump-sounded" they would be gone and the plane would crash....thats what is meant by "horrors of the rapture"the implications of so many going and leaving a temporary chaos in their wake....I would charge every christian to examine this doctrine,found all through the bible,dont be one of the virgins with no oil who gets left out of the wedding feast?...who told you Darby (1950s?)"invented" this?...they were decieved!
---richard on 6/25/10

The Rapture--when Jesus comes as judge and gathers His believers, both living and departed, and our physical bodies are changed and glorified--is not horrible at all.

It's the "blessed hope" we look for.

It's the TRIBULATION before it (and yes, Christians will go through it!) that's horrible.
---Cluny on 6/19/10

Old hippy joke: atheist says "is Jesus coming back?"..Christian says "yes"...Atheist says "ok lets bet on it,you buy me a beer everyday til then,and then when He does...Ill buy you one!" on a serious note much activity at the moment is focussed on a way to cover the fact up,but I feel it will still have a profound effect in the world(perhaps especially among the Jews)..wait and see!
---richard on 6/19/10

Those who embrace the spurious messiah, thinking that he is the Christ, will be extremely horrified, and highly ashamed, when The One True Christ returns.
Jesus returns for His faithful "at the last trump". "Shall He find faith on the earth?"
---joseph on 6/19/10

Don't worry about it. It is not going to happen.
---atheist on 6/18/10

Only for the unsaved! Jesus is gonna come when no one expects Him. The ungodly will be living their lives in merriment. Feelings of peace and safety. When the judge is ushered in by the trump of God. This judge is Jesus Christ. The ungodly will say, "Can this really be happening"? It will be to their destruction. Judgment and destruction upon the enemies of God. [the day of the Lord]...No escaping for the wicked....God's people, what a great day it will be. When we are snatched up---a sudden violent taken away, meet our Lord in the air....[1 Thess. 4:15-17].
---catherine on 6/18/10

Believers believe a lie. What will they become during great tribulation when they do not have a get out of jail free card. What will they do when they realize that their milk from the pastor is spoiled?
---aka.joseph on 6/18/10

Aft The Church of The Living God Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 is taken out of here, the 1's left behind will face diff things. There will be those that will try to kill themselves & they will Not die, they will suffer in their agony. A vast number of those will be in that graet battle where the peoples blood will be up to the horses bridle, the same horse that Jesus Himself will be riding on.
Sorry to say this, there will be those of The Church of The Living God that was left behind & will experience the same because of being disobedient to God.
---Lawrence on 6/18/10

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Again the rapture is a new word for an old concept. That being that the living church will be snatched away before the 'man of lawlessness' is revealed. Theres a number of interpretations around this one scripture. No one knows but we are not given a spirit of fear. For believers this is an exciting time - not so for unbelievers. Pray that all come to a knowledge of salvation through Christ Jesus
---Andrea on 8/10/07

I would encourage you to explore Post Millenial Theology versus the confusing and frankly extra-biblical dispensational pre-millenial eschatology that you are espousing in your blog. The truth really shall set you free.
---Keith on 8/7/07

The tribulation is different than the wrath of God. i believe we will all go thru the trib.
---r.w. on 8/7/07

---Lori--If the Lord Jesus Christ was judged for the sins of the world on the cross why would you or I again face judgment for those (our) sins? Does the Father want two payments for sin? If Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, why would God require us to pay again?
---Mima on 8/7/07

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It is strange this concept of the rapture. I never heard of it, until about the mid-50's as someone disided to change things and add the rapture. The bible doesn't even speak of the rapture. It speaks of the second coming of the Lord, no secret rapture to take some to heaven. There isn't even a place that speaks of it, we need to read the whole text and not take thing out of context. Compare scripture with scripture.
---Betty on 8/7/07

Is is possible that the horrors of the rapture that your friend is talking about is the tribulation that is for those not raptured. T.Lahayes books the Left Behind series gives a chilling account of the possibilities of what may occur for those left behind. So does the Bible. I think Armaggeddon, the plagues, locusts, boils, not even being able to die - yeah that will be horrific.
---Andrea on 8/7/07

Mima - Amen to that.
---Helen_5378 on 8/7/07

Mima. are you reading a different bible from the rest of us. according to my KJV. Jesus said: ALL will be judged, the old and the young, bond and free, male and female, wicked and the RIGHTEOUS. I guess you figure you don't fit into any of those catagories huh. if you are not following the Savior and living your life in righteousness before him, you are right your judgment will be cast out forever. then it doesn't matter what you do or believe in life.
---Lori on 8/6/07

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---Steveng no one who has received Jesus Christ as their personal savior will ever be judged, the reason they will not be judged is because the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross has already been judged in their place. He was judged and paid our debt.
---mima on 8/6/07

"If you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father in heaven" [Matt.10:32-33]. One Simon Peter did this once & was fortunate enough to repent & be forgiven [three for three]. I would'nt want to take a chance. cp. Lke.13:1-5, ICor.9:27, ICor.10:1-8,9-(12)15. If "once saved, always saved", a dead sinner can be preached into heaven!

---bob_[Elishama]_6749 on 7/26/07

**OK, there is only a missapplication if the doctrine is true**

My point exactly. The "rapture" is a true, inevitable, assured promise.
---OK on 7/25/07

Chipper, If you can loose your salvation, then what you really believe is that your own works will keep you saved. You are trusting in self and not the finished work of Jesus for your salvation. So you are equal with God, being co-redeamer with Christ since Christ saves you and your keep yourself saved. You take glory from God.
---Pastor_Herb on 7/25/07

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Herb: Being under grace is because of the love of God having mercy on us sinners. God is also a judge who will judge the people risen at the second resurrection, and He need laws to judge someone. How can one judge without laws? or guidelines to compare them with?
---Steveng on 7/24/07

I think the greatest Horror will be when those who knew and believed the word to be true however never made a commitment because they thought they could wait it out.
---Marcia on 7/24/07

OK, there is only a missapplication if the doctrine is true. But the belief that it is true may be blinding many to the reality of the trial we are undergoing now. The hour of Temptation is a seduction of souls, not the persecution of Christians. Many good Christians are being targetted by the wicked and even jailed for their beliefs, but these are not the ones who are in danger, they have been protected.
---lorra8574 on 7/24/07

(Revelation 2:26) "And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end,to him will I give power over the nations",

Herb, If one don't have those works of Christ/the Holy Spirit(the only works that won't be burned up), working in them, they are dead & doomed, you like most Eternal Security false doctrine followers don't understand this...sadly don't understand what walking in the Spirit is. Read (Revelation 14:12)(Revelation 22:14).
---Mrs._Morgan on 7/24/07

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If we keep the 2 commandments of Jesus we cannot fail to keep all 10 given to Moses by God. Those 2 cover everything. e.g. If we love our neighbour we do not steal from him, commit adultery with his wife, slander him etc.
---RitaH on 7/24/07

There will be no secret "rapture". If we live, we will go through the tribulation period ... which may already be starting.

And YES, Pastor? Herb.... you can loose your salvation. You can turn your back on God and be lost. Luke 8:13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy, and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
---Chipper on 7/24/07

What about the people who only do both the commandments Jesus spoke of in the NT and God spoke of in the OT. That's all we need. ---Steveng on 7/23/07

We are under grace, not the law. If you think that keeping the comandments will get you to heaven, then you are leading people astray. Repent before it is to late.
---Pastor_Herb on 7/24/07

The bible does not teach rapture. The bible teaches the second coming of Christ. And yes I believe that Christ will return to take his children home someday. And yes I also believe that a person can fall from grace and their name be blotted out of the Lamb's book of life.
---Rebecca_D on 7/23/07

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Pastor_Herb: "The rapture is real... Those who do not believe it, don't believe the bible."

What about the people who only do both the commandments Jesus spoke of in the NT and God spoke of in the OT. That's all we need. We don't need to know the future, but rather be aware of it. We don't need to know the age of the earth or the universe. And what about all the early Christians who didn't have the NT.

You are definately leading people astray. Ask God for forgiveness.
---Steveng on 7/23/07

Lorra, the "rapture" is a real promise, not a dangerous theology. What you said is like saying that the danger of believing that God can forgive repented sins is to keep on sinning. That's not its danger that is its missapplication.
---OK on 7/23/07

Those of you who can't find anything horrible about the rapture, I am with you. I'm still trying to figure out the poetry in the statement "horrors of rapture". It may be figurative, I guess. Or maybe it the person was talking about the horrors of those left on earth the rapture.
---OK on 7/23/07

StevenG: No one will be raptured, because it isn't called raptured. Those who know beyond a shadow of a doubt about their salvation, will go and be with the Lord on Christ's second coming. Just because one has full assurance that they are going that doesn't mean they will be decieved. People that are left here, will know if they have accepted the mark of the beast or not.
---Rebecca_D on 7/23/07

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Salvation can be lost if we do not "...abide in the vine", cp. Heb.6:1-3,4-12.
---bob_[Elishama]_6749 on 7/22/07

OK, the danger of Rapture theology is that so many are waiting for tribulations like those faced in the early Christian church, and they figure they will be raptured before that happens. But, our faith is what is being tested now and souls are being lost left and right. But not those who have remained true to God's Word, their eyes are opened and will not be deceived.
---lorra8574 on 7/22/07

What can be more horrible than eternal banishment from the one true living God? that is what the wicked has to look forward too. The nature of the punishment is eternal destruction. Destruction means loss of well-being, or ruin as far as the purpose of existence. >>>The Rapture takes place in a moment, will not be witnessed by the world. "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout".
---catherine on 7/22/07

The rapture is real, the bible teaches it. Those who do not believe it, don't believe the bible. I bet those who don't believe the rapture will happen also believe you can loose your salvation.
---Pastor_Herb on 7/22/07

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The Rapture will not be a horror for those who are ready(The Bride/the Glorious Church)(Rev.3:8-10), but for those left facing the aftermath, this could happen: airline pilot in midair,disappears, zoo keeper in the process of locking a lion cage disappears,or person cooking a meal,disappears...with the fire still burning on the stove.

These things will definitely happen...7 Seal Judgments,7 Trumpet Judgments,7 Vial/Bowl Judgments, Armageddon (Revelation).
---Mrs._Morgan on 7/22/07

Rebecca_D: The people who expect to be raptured will not be raptured. When it's time to receive the mark of the beast, they will not believe it's the true "mark" because they believe they will be raptured before that time. They will then recieve the mark not knowing the truth. There will also be a great falling away because the tribulation will be too great where they start doubting God.
---Steveng on 7/21/07

Nothing horrible about the 'rapture" ["Great Catching Away"], even people spared from their destroyed homes, etc all seem to be thankful for just 'escaping/being rescued' alive despite losing everything but the clothes on their back. Most will go back for one reason or another, raptured saint's [including unborn, new born babies & young children] won't be able or want to! "Remember Lot's wife", cp. Lke.21:5-19, 20-28, 29-36.
---bob_[Elishama]_6749 on 7/21/07

Lori, ponder on this scripture:

"Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth." --Rev 3:10
---OK on 7/20/07

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Steveng, In the bible where it says the dead in Christ shall rise first and the ones remaining (true Christians) will meet them along with Jesus in the sky, I will either be dead or one of those people that will meet them in the air. Believe me I won't be disappointed. It is not called rapture, it is called the second coming of Christ. The true Christians will not be here when God pours out his wrath during the great tribulation. Read the bible.
---Rebecca_D on 7/20/07

" He also said he would not come again until he ushers in the first resurrection."

So, which one did Jesus partake of when He was raised from the dead? Hint: it wasn't the second. On the other hand Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life." The resurrection isn't an event. It is a person.
---Linda on 7/21/07

Lori, there is a resurrection for the just and for the unjust - at the same time Acts 24:15.

And we all participate in the first resurrection through Baptism = Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12.

Revelation 2:11 and 20:6 tells us that those who participated in the first resurrection do not have to fear the second death - but Revelation 20:14 and Revelation 21:8 explain what the second death is - sentenced to HELL after we have been judged, after our first death.
---lorra8574 on 7/20/07

Lori P2, I have read the Bible many times and know it very well. You are viewing the scriptures through the lenses of your tradition. Stop chasing every wind of doctrine and try reading the Bible in its entirety instead of in bite-sized quotes.

God Bless.
---lorra8574 on 7/20/07

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Gordon: "Steveng, You are believing in error concerning the Rapture..."

There are only two commandments spoken by Jesus in the NT and God in the OT that I must obey to get into heaven - to love my God with all my mind, body and soul, and to love my neighbor. These are the only two requirements. Forget about frivolous debates of raptures, the age of the earth, My time is to quit reasoning, pray the Holy Spirit will guide you to understanding, and move on to more important tasks.
---Steveng on 7/20/07

Have you ever heard of the bible or read it. Jesus says there is a resurrection of the righteous and one for the wicked. That makes two. He also said he would not come again until he ushers in the first resurrection. Why people invent things to make him a lier is staggering. You either believe in the bible or you don't. stop wasting our time with opinions. there is only one truth and that is the bible. resurrection scriptures, hundreds. rapture---NONE. obvious which is truth and which is error.
---Lori on 7/20/07

Gordon, are you under the illusion that the tribulations have not already begun?

We are being tested even now. It is possible to be arrested for praying the Rosary too close to an abortion clinic - you may not agree with the Rosary, but are Catholics being targetted for standing against abortion. Protestants are sometimes getting arrested too. Not for bombing or shooting or using violence of any kind, but for trying to pursuade women not to have abortions that we know they will regret later.
---lorra8574 on 7/20/07

Gordon, P2: During recent times of crisis in public schools, teachers have been fired for leading their frightened students in prayer.

Courts have battled whether to keep or remove the Ten Commandments from their buildings. And the issue of gay marriage and gay adoption has cut a swath through the sensibilities of all of North America.
---lorra8574 on 7/20/07

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Gordon P3: In Canada, Catholics have had to pull out of their adoption services because there is a law the demands that they provide children to gay parents. The Catholic Church is being forced to re-evaluate their hospitals because it is becoming a legal requirement that they perform abortions and provide contraception and emergency contraception.

Do you think that this is funny because it is only the Catholic Church???
---lorra8574 on 7/20/07

Gordon P4: The Knights of Columbus are being forced to re-evaluate the use of their halls for wedding receptions - new laws require that they rent them to gay couples - some have used this to deliberately target the KofC (Catholic) to win financial settlements to fund their weddings.

Is that funny to you too? Perhaps it might be if it were ONLY Catholics, but there are some Protestants who are being hit by this plague as well - all Christian businesses are becoming targets where I live.
---lorra8574 on 7/20/07

Mima - I am not sure that babies will be raptured. The Rapture is for those who are in Christ, and babies are not born-again. If it were to happen it sure would be horrifying though. I think the most horrifying thing will be when one is taken i.e. raptured and the other is left. Thinking of adults here.
---Helen_5378 on 7/20/07

Steveng, You are believing in error concerning the Rapture of the Bride of JESUS CHRIST (YAHUSHUA) and one day soon you will see it has really happened. Please, no longer disbelieve in the Rapture. For if you continue to think that it won't happen, then for YOU it won't.
---Gordon on 7/20/07

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Gordon and others who believe in pre- mid- trib raptures:

I suggest just doing the two commandments Jesus of the NT and God of the OT spoke of: to love your God... and to love your neighbor. This way you won't be as disappointed when the rapture doesn't occur. Also, pray to God that you and your family will be worthy of His protection. Today's Christians are so vain to think that we are more special than all the other Christians in the history of the world who were persecuted. We aren't.
---Steveng on 7/19/07

Not to be the prophet of gloom but those who truly serve the Lord in fear and reverence will be scared and possibly horrified for a moment when he appears. Those who don't lay the word of God to heart will be horrified a moment after all the true saints are gone when reality hits that they have been deceived by a false prophet and that they deceived themselves into thinking they were saved when they weren't. Just prior to the wrath that will hit them.
---Frank on 7/19/07

Mima: first there is no such thing as a rapture. There is a first resurrection of the righteous and a second for the wicked. where are these lunatics now inventing two raptures for the righteous. I want to see all the scriptures backing that up that prove beyond a doubt Jesus lied to us in the bible and didn't know what he was talking about. He says two resurrections. you are either raised in the first or the second, not ten, twenty or fifty resurrections. satan is laughing at many here.
---Lori on 7/19/07

The horror of the rapture which my friend was thinking about is this, all the innocent(not at the age of accountability, you decide on the age) children, from all the families worldwide will be suddenly snatched away. This disappearing should have a terrific sobering effect on those who are left on earth. We're talking here of babies disappearing out of Moslems, Hindus, professing Christians, an atheist mother's arms!!
---Mima on 7/19/07

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Hello, Steveng. Actually the second Rapture will occur in the middle of the Seven-year Tribulation. The parable of the 5 Wise and 5 Foolish Virgins is a description of the two groups of Saints going in the two separate Raptures. The ones who missed the First will have a chance at making the Second One if they walk in HOLINESS and obedience like all true Saints are supposed to. More understanding of the End-Times is being revealed through Bible scholars and modern holy prophets. Eph.4:11 and Amos3:7
---Gordon on 7/19/07

Gordon: "Bible scholars that there will actually be TWO Raptures. We will want to be in the FIRST, but not to take it for granted!"

The first resurrection when Jesus' soon-to-come return after the tribulation and the second at the end of the thousand years. Blessed are those that rise in the first resurrection for they will not see the second death.
---Steveng on 7/18/07

Rebecca_D: "I won't be left here to see or feel it."

And then you became part of the great falling away when you become disappointed that you were not "raptured."
---Steveng on 7/18/07

One of the frightening effects of the Rapture will be for those Christians who were not really ready, even though they thought they were, and were LEFT BEHIND. The BIBLE does admonish us Saints to PRAY that we be accounted worthy to escape the things that are to come (the HORRORS during the Tribulation). Although, it's revealed through both prophets of GOD (YAHUVEH) and through certain Bible scholars that there will actually be TWO Raptures. We will want to be in the FIRST, but not to take it for granted!
---Gordon on 7/18/07

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Jesus said always be prepared for you do not know when Jesus will come to take you. If all Christians are to go through the tribulation then we will know that Jesus is coming very soon. It makes the warnings Jesus gave us to be ready at all times unnecassry. He claimed he will come without warning. If we go through the tribulation then we know Jesus is coming and we will be prepared and Jesus' warnings become unecessary.
---Matthew on 7/18/07

It isn't the second coming of Christ that is the horror. It is what is to come after he leaves. Think about it, people shall seek death because they are in so much torture, but they shall not find it. People will try and hide from God, but they can't. When God pours out his wrath upon the unclean, that would be the horror. But praise God, I won't be left here to see or feel it.
---Rebecca_D on 7/17/07

The biggest horror is that there won't be a pre-trib rapture. What makes today's Christian vainly think that they will escape the horrors of tribulation when hundred of millions of Christians throughout history had to survive or die through their own tribulations. We are all in God's plan together so you had better put on the full armour of God to protect you during the soon-to-come worse time in all of history. Pray that God will protect you and your family.
---Steveng on 7/17/07

The greatest horror is the many people who will not be prepared to face the tribulations because they are so certain that they will be removed from harm, against Christ's personal request to His Father - John 17:15. We will be tested. Those who endure to the end will be saved.

Any one can have faith during times of peace and plenty.
---lorra8574 on 7/17/07

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I think you mean (or your friend means) the horrors of the Tribulation, which takes place before the Rapture.
---Jack on 7/17/07

When we go up and our loved ones don't make it in the rapture because they haven't accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior of their life or they are living in sin and disobeying and being defiant to God. Lots of reasons.
---donna on 7/17/07

Well, I don't think it will be scarry for me when the rapture comes, but maybe for those who are left. And some of my family members might still be here when Jesus comes back, but as for me I can't wait.
---ANN on 7/17/07

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