Let's start by finding out where the rapture theory came from, because you will find that the word 'rapture' is nowhere in the Bible. So if it didn't come from God's Word, then where did it come from? Believe it or not, it was an invention by the Jesuits. The order of the Jesuits were started by the Roman Catholic Church to counteract the great reformation which exposed the Roman Catholic Church as antichrist. The Jesuit priests were charged with inventing 'new' futurist interpretations of Bible prophecy, to take the focus off them as to who the antichrist is.
So many people have been exposed to these teachings by the Jesuits and have gone off track from the truth of God's Word. Satan is doing his best to take as many people from God's kingdom and one way he is doing it is by covering up the truth with fables and lies. Friend, here at End Times Bible Prophecy, you can be sure that you are getting the truth straight from the Word of God in the bible. We will not teach something just because it sounds nice, like the rapture of the church before the tribulation, no, if the Word of God says that we will not be raptured and we will go through the tribulation (which it does), then that is what we will teach. It might be uncomfortable, but it is the TRUTH!
I don't believe the Bible even hints at a secret rapture of the church, but quite the opposite, it teaches that the next coming of Christ will be glorious, bright like lightening, loud and thunderous. Do these words sound like a secret rapture? What does the Bible teach us regarding Jesus' return being a secret? ... Matthew 24:26 ...'Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.'
Believe it not!!
Do not believe that Jesus will return in secret, but believe Jesus' own words ... Matthew 24:27 ...'For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.' ... Jesus could not be any clearer, every eye will see Him return ... Revelation 1:7 ...'Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.'
One of the most popular verses that the people who teach this secret rapture theory hold on to are the verses that say Jesus will return 'as a thief in the night'. If you have been taught that Jesus will return as a thief for the church, then you need to read on and find out the amazing truth about these verses.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 ...'For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.'
2 Peter 3:10 ...'But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.'
You will notice that I have stopped when it says 'thief in the night'. That is because those who hold to the rapture teaching stop there also. But the reason they stop right there is because the next line in 2 Peter EXPOSES the teaching as false ... 2 Peter 3:10 ...'But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.' ... Did you see the amazing Bible truth there about the secret rapture theory? The day of the Lord will come as a thief, IN WHICH THE HEAVENS SHALL PASS AWAY WITH GREAT NOISE. The words 'in which' means that these two events happen at the same time. Jesus returns as a thief and at the same time the heavens pass away with great noise and the elements melt with great heat. This one verse exposes the secret rapture theory to be false. So who could Jesus be coming 'as a thief' for?
When Jesus returns as a 'thief' the heavens will pass away with great noise and melt with great heat
1 Thessalonians 5:3-4 ...'For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.' ... This is a pretty straight forward Bible verse which gives us the truth about who Jesus comes as a thief for. Notice that it says 'that day should not overtake YOU (the church) as a thief'. So if Jesus doesn't come as a thief for the saved (the church), then who does He return as a thief for? The lost!! Take good note of the following verses which clear this issue up nicely.
Matthew 24:43 ...'But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.' ... Notice Jesus says that the goodman couldn't know the hour that the thief would come, but he could have known what 'watch', ie. the season or when it was near, so that he could keep guard. This is the same with Jesus' second coming. We don't know the day or hour, but we can know when it is near, and then we can be watching and waiting for His return. Do you see what we are saying here? If you don't know when the second coming is near, you are not going to be watching and waiting, and Jesus will return unexpectedly like a thief and break up your 'house' and you will be lost. But if you know from studying Bible prophecy the season of Jesus' return, then you will be watching and waiting, and His return will not appear as a thief, because you will be ready. This is confirmed in the two following verses:
Revelation 3:3 ...'Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt NOT watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.' ... If you don't watch, then Jesus will come as a thief to you, but if you do watch, by studying and praying and waiting for Him, then He will not come as a thief to you ... Revelation 16:15 .....'Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.'
What does the thief come to do? ... John 10:10 ...'The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.' ... The thief comes to kill and destroy. So when Jesus said He was coming as a thief, it was a warning to those who are not watching and waiting and living for Him every day, because they will be destroyed when He returns. How can Jesus return as a thief for those who are studying and understanding the truth about Bible prophecy and they are watching and waiting for Him? It's not possible. The secret rapture theory is nothing other than a false teaching to make you feel comfortable, and to deceive you into thinking you will not go through the great tribulation. Friend, if you believe that you will be raptured away before the great tribulation starts, and then you find yourself right in the middle of the tribulation, you may find that you haven't the strength or enough oil (Holy Spirit) to withstand it and you may fall away from God. This is what satan wants. The tribulation is going to be extremely tough and if you're not prepared for it, then it will be easy for you to fall away. Just look at the five foolish virgins; they professed to be followers of Christ, but they did not have enough oil, and they didn't make sure they were ready and prepared to go and meet the Bridegroom. Those who believe in the secret rapture, when they are faced with the tribulation, will find themselves in the same position.