Okay… What’s the Rapture?
The Rapture is the moment when The Lord Jesus Christ came back for The Church. It precedes the Tribulation. We don’t know by how long. You should know that by now. If you get saved, you can tell me when we meet face to face after the Lord’s Return.
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.1 Thess 4:13-18 (KJV)
The word Rapture means to fly in Latin, Rapturo. It comes from Latin translations of the Bible where the words “caught Up” in 1 Thess. 4:17 were written as Rapturo. The same word is used for some species of birds (Raptor).
Originally in Greek, it was Harpadzo, ἁρπάζω.
Conventional thinking had millions upon millions disappearing and missing. That is true, to a certain extent. But in the 20th century, the concept of “saved” had gotten so watered down, that by the 1990’s any person coming to church who’d walked down an aisle once at an altar call was considered saved – even if there was no change in their outward life.
The Bible makes it clear you’d want to change, would try to change, and would have a different life if you’re saved.
The Bible also makes it clear if you believe that you are saved by faith and works, you’re not saved. Astoundingly, that’s exactly the doctrine of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, and the vast majority of mainline Protestant churches, as well as the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Moonies, and just about every other cult. If you’re trying to figure out why you got left behind despite active church attendance – that’s why. You need to get saved immediately!
The Ecumenical movement which ended up consuming so many Christians and their churches wanted to believe so many people who weren’t saved actually were, so that’s why people ended up with pie in the sky numbers like 2 Billion people (2,000,000,000) would be missing.
So instead of the 30% worldwide that so many Christians imagined, the real number is somewhere around 1.5%1.
So, even though 105 Million people worldwide (105,000,000) statistically should be saved, you’re talking in an average sized US city maybe 500 people. In some countries such as the UK, where most churches no longer teach about being Born Again (despite being a major doctrine in the New Testament)… the average town may see dramatically smaller numbers, such as 35 to 50 people! Of course, there may be also places where the numbers will be higher as well.
That means the Rapture may actually go mostly unnoticed. The most likely explanation that the media will come up with is either mass suicide pacts, or something as crazy as UFO abductions.
Bottom line – The world may or may not have noticed that 100 million people worldwide disappeared. If you did,this is the real story, not Bigfoot, UFO’s, Hale-Bopp comets or suicide pacts, and not genetic collapse or harmonic convergence. Some professions will be severely impacted. The number of Christians among the military and law enforcement in the US is much higher statistically than the normal population statistic, for some reason. Some police departments and Sheriff’s offices may see as many as 25% to 30% of their officers and Deputies missing.
Where are all the missing Christians? In heaven, with the Lord Jesus Christ. What you may or may not have noticed, is all the deceased Christians who also disappeared first. Numbers won’t be forthcoming, unless someone goes exhuming every grave on earth to see who’s missing or not.
What’s next? The Seven Seals.
1 This number came from the 2006 Operations World Missionary manual. I simply added up all the numbers of Christian groups who believe in Salvation by Faith alone, and the number ended up at 1.5%. I checked myself by taking their numbers of Christians by denominations, subtracted all those who believe in Salvation by Faith plus works… and ended up with the same figure.