Rapture: Take heed that no one deceives you

Ever since Jesus ascended into Heaven, Christians have been pondering on how He will come back and some even wonder how He will rescue His people during the tribulation.

And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:4-14

Clearly some very faithful people preaching His name during that time will be put to death. Jesus said it and I believe it. But, the rapture is most definitely in the Bible. It’s just the timing that needs to be reviewed.

There are many rapture deceptions out there and many false teachers leading people astray.

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Let’s examine the evidence and let Scripture test Scripture on the timing of the rapture as defined by Jesus and the Apostles.

In Rev 20:4 it says “They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

This is one area where it said those who are martyred during the tribulation will rise from the dead. This sounds like a reverse rapture. This reverse rapture is also supported by 1 Thessalonians 4:16 which says “And the dead in Christ will rise first.” If we are raptured before the dead in Christ rise first, then you have to wonder about the words St. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians and why he would deceive them. St. Paul did not deceive anyone but leaders today are deceiving people. And people are so easily swayed to believe this false doctrine.

Here’s a 10 minute summary presented from https://truthiscalling.us, which is a bible study group that provides livestream attendance on YouTube. Checkout their resources and short studies.

The Rapture Doctrine is a new interpretation of end time events. In this short video, our moderator discusses how this dangerous doctrine came about and examines the Biblical verses that Rapture enthusiasts use to support their false doctrine.

Here are some biblical sources talked about in the video. Always good to read the direct sources and ponder them in your heart.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17, Jude 14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-9, Revelation 12:17, Luke 21:27-28

Lastly in Matt 24:4,9 Jesus says “Take heed that no one deceives you… Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”

Let us pray that we may be counted worthy enough of martyrdom and death only to be raised again in Christ’s presence and to enjoy His Kingship on Earth, maybe even 1,000 years, before the New Jerusalem comes from Heaven.

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 

Revelation 21:1-3

Our hope as we see these things begin to happen is to lift up our heads fore our redemption draws near (Luke 21:28)