Is the Rapture Biblical?

Is the Rapture Biblical?

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Is the concept of the rapture found in Scripture? Greg Koukl shares his findings with a caller.

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33 thoughts on “Is the Rapture Biblical?

  1. Emerald Eyes Esoteric

    Christ said the tares are taken first to be burned so it's good to be left behind. The Meek inherit the Earth. Thy kingdom COME thy will be DONE.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  2. James Cole

    So pretrib is wrong. The rapture is after the tribulation, but before the wrath of God.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  3. James Cole

    You just described the rapture verses. Now how about the second coming verses? Here ya go.
    Rev 19
    Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him  called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war………….And the armies in heaven, clothed in [f]fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.  And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

    Not sure why you are on teaching when you should be reading your bible.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  4. David Bruce

    The truth is too scary for most people even think about so preachers made up the rapture to keep from scaring people away.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  5. Stephen Lawrence

    Greg, Great video. You give a view of the "rapture" as an unscriptural concept similar to the view I have been taught for many years in the Orthodox Catholic Church. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming and immediately declares victory. The recent (19th century) false view of a rapture was not taught in the early church or by the Church Fathers. Blessings, Very Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Lawrence

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  6. MAT Breen

    Typology suggests otherwise. In the Old Testament, Enoch was snatched away. (Gen. 5:24) Elijah was "taken away." (2 Kings 2:9) There is evidence in scripture that speaks to a rapture or "snatching away." Philip, after speaking with the Ethiopian, "was caught away and the eunuch saw him no more." Why is it then, that a rapture of the church, is not possible? God's wrath is to fall on those who have rejected Him, not on those who have accepted Him. Those that believe in Jesus are not appointed unto wrath. People confuse PERSECUTION of the church by man, with God's wrath. God's wrath is poured out on an unbelieving world, not on those who have accepted and acknowledge Jesus as Lord. I appreciate Greg's insight on several things but have to disagree with him on this issue.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  7. Bible History Science

    The Rapture rescue doctrine is taught in the Bible, but most verses are difficult to understand because it was a hidden mystery before being revealed thru Paul. And this proves that Matt 24:29-31, in which Jesus clearly described his coming and gathering saints from across heaven and earth, cannot be about the Rapture precisely because he was talking clearly.

    And the Roman Catholic Church replaced the Rapture with their false doctrine for about 1,200 years, which explains why it was rediscovered soon after the Protestant Reformation when believers could read Bibles and discuss what God said rather than what popes claimed he said.

    In fact, a new book by W. Watson titled Dispensationalism Before Darby refutes all conspiracy theories that claim the Rapture was invented in the 1800s because it contains hundreds of sources in which Christians were writing about Dispensationalism and the Rapture going back to at least 1600.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  8. carol Mueller

    Christians, didn't Jesus tell us to pray for God's Kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven? God's Kingdom is a heavenly government ruled by Jesus Christ as King. Soon Jesus will bring beautiful changes to the earth. There will be no more death, pain or sorrow on earth, Revelation 21:4,5! No more wickedness on earth, Psalms 37:9-11! After Armageddon the meek will inherit the earth and live forever on it, Psalms 37:29; Matthew 5:5; Proverbs 2:21,22! The earth will be cultivated into a Paradise like God intended in the beginning, Genesis 1:28; Isaiah 55:11! Jesus will do on a grand scale what he did when he walked the earth including raising those who are asleep in death, John 5:28,29! There will only be one government over the entire earth, God's Kingdom government, Daniel 2:44! Jesus said that this good news of the Kingdom would be preached about in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come, Matthew 24:14! Soon Jesus will make sure that God's Will is done on earth as it is in heaven, will you be there to see it? John 4:22-24! John 17:3; Isaiah 42:8!

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  9. oruwatching

    Question, there are a number of verses that talk about being spared from God's wrath. Based on this video Christians living when the tribulation happens will go through the tribulation. Do I understand this correctly? If so how is a Christian spared? My thought would be in the end Christians living at that time are spared spiritually but not physically. Thoughts?

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  10. Patrick Parks

    Very persuasive response by just simply reading the texts in their contexts. What an idea, right? Great discussion STR!

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  11. Howard Johnson

    No rapture ahead. If you believe send me your money.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  12. Dave Rogg

    My goodness that was so simple and sensible to understand and put the debated rapture to rest. It sure did it for me. Thank you Brother!!!

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  13. deezynar

    The rapture is biblical.
    The debate centers on when it's going to happen.
    The bible is clear that it will happen when Jesus comes again at the end of the tribulation.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  14. Ringo Cat

    Matthew 28:6 “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” That’s all we need brothers & sisters. ❤️

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  15. Phalanxrazor Z

    The pre trib camp will be offended when this does not happen and betray us to death.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  16. Karma's Rottweilers

    Yes, Rapture is Biblical. It is also confirmed in Revelation 14: 14 – 16. Sorry Greg Koukl, but this time you disappointed me; you didn't do your homework. The word "rapture" comes from the latin translation "rapturo" which means exactly the "caught up" in 1 Thessalonians 4: 17. Even more, it says clearly that the Lord will come in the clouds and not on Earth.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  17. T McGe

    I suggest people watching this video and searching for the truth….Pick up his Holy Book, start from page 1 and read. You do not have to read everything at once but read and study to learn what his ways are and what he tells us, it's the true message from him, our Father. Messiah comes but once, he tells us that, Paul tells us, all the Prophets tell us exactly the same thing and when is that? The Last Day, the End, at the Last Trumpet and we that endure to the end will see him "all" eyes are on him when he returns with his mighty angels (reapers) for vengeance first, then his harvest and Judgement….Yes, and finally a Wedding!!!

    Matthew 13:24-30 kjv

    John 6:39-40, 44 and 54 kjv

    2 Thess Chapter 1 and 2 kjv

    Same as the Book of Isaiah

    Same as the Book if Zechariah

    Same as the Book of Revelation

    Book of Ruth

    Don't fall for the deceit….pick up the book and read, understand prophecy and scripture are established by two to three witnesses (Matthew 18:16 kjv) you have to verify everything! I leave you with four verses from Messiah (Jesus the Christ).

    Matthew 13:39-40

    King James Version

    39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

    40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.


    John 6:39-40

    King James Version

    39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

    40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  18. Daniel J

    You didn't read John 14:1-3 … God knows your heart…May he reward you accordingly 😀

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
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    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  20. BND Woodlands

    I agree 100%. I did my own studying years ago and came up with the same conclusion. I’m not counting on the rapture either. If it comes, great! But here is the important thing to understand: IT DOESN’T MATTER. We can get that wrong and be ok. The issue of our salvation is the one thing that we CANNOT be wrong about. We must understand that:
    1. We are born sinners.
    2. That sin separates us from a holy and perfect God.
    3. He has provided a remedy for the problem.
    4. Jesus Christ is the remedy. The ONLY remedy.
    5. We are helpless to save ourselves. We can do NOTHING to save ourselves.
    6. Jesus paid the penalty for everyone who turns to Him for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
    7. It is not automatic. Each individual must make a conscious decision to trust in Christ.
    8. We must admit that we are sinners helpless to save ourselves and we need Jesus to forgive us and save us from eternal separation from God in a devil’s hell. We must ask Jesus to save us from our sins and give us eternal life.
    Then we will be saved and can look forward to a more abundant life in the time we have left on Earth and a wonderful eternity spent with an awesome and praiseworthy God! All that other stuff will take care of itself. We can discuss it and ponder it. We can be right about it and we can be wrong about it. But we should never let it divide us or cause hard feelings. If a person thinks he has to be mad at or not associate with anyone who disagrees with him about anything, then that person just needs to back up and start over.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  21. Robert Leo

    So let me understand the thinking by Mr. Koukl: If by studying the Bible I don't "naturally" come to a conclusion and or position on biblical eschatology it is a reason to dismiss it…

    Pretrib rapture does not say that Jesus lands on terra firma one extra time when he raptures the church, He instead meets us in the air.

    For someone who claims to follow pre-millennialism under the teachings of John Mcarthur, I don't understand how Mr. Koukl thinks as he does.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  22. Jack Plummer

    There are several documents from early church fathers that reference the rapture so you cannot say it was not rooted until the 1800s. A simple Google search will reveal them. There is one from Irenaeus "Against Heresies" during 130 to 202 A.D.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  23. MrShmanckles

    There is the Luke 17 32-37 "one will be taken the other left" (two in the field and two grinding at the mill) passage that people say points to the rapture. So it would nice if he explains that also. Thanks!

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  24. Shawnee Cully

    What does this mean?
    “For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.”
    ‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭
    If a Holy Spirit is in those who believe in Christ, and if He is restraining the rise of the Anti Christ until the appointed time- will we who believe also be moved out of the way? Granted that doesn’t say raptured but what would you make of it?
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, respect your heart for the Truth.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  25. kellykempkilroy

    Well done Greg. Clear explanation as always.🙏

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  26. Cia

    What does it mean- Two will be in a field, one will be taken, one will be left?

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  27. Phillip Evans

    The assumption is that the Day of the Lord and the Day of Christ are separate days simply because the descriptions are different. But the Bible does not say so.
    Malachi 4:1 The Day of the Lord
    Malachi 4:2-3 The Day of Christ
    "in the day that I shall do this"
    How ironic that the last chapter of the Old Testament tells us how it goes down and everybody argues about it.
    The Day of the Lord and the Day of Christ are ONE.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  28. Brian Dziewa

    If only GREG KOUKL read scripture, you are not reading the OT well…. poor interpretation of God’s word. If you you only new the early church fathers believed in this HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO. Try following AMIR TSARFATI OF BEHOLD ISRAEL since this teacher is losing his way aka proof that teachers 👨‍🏫 of the Bible missing key doctrines. If the word bible is not in the Bible, TRINITY or Jesus’s exact words saying I AM GOD; does that also state that those are not true…

    The Jewish wedding Jesus speaks of is different—REVELATION 3:10 I will keep you from, Not preserve or protect, but remove. We are the restrainer holding back the ANTI CHRIST UNTIL WE ARE TAKEN OUT BEDOTE THE TRIBULATION. The Holy Spirit in is the church… soooo many verses in the OT and Nat to back this up.

    Sorry to say this Greg, but God put teachers in place to show us parts of scripture the devil wants us to IGNORE. You will be blessed if it happens in your life.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  29. andrhof01

    While I agree that there is only one 2nd coming and that there is no secret rapture I’m confused as to how it is overlooked here that in 1Thessalonians 4:17 it plainly says that those of us who are alive will meet the Lord in the air together with those who are resurrected. My understanding as to the reason for this is that the earth will be burned up at that time for a new heaven and earth to be created and then we will return with Christ to reign with him in the millennial kingdom.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  30. Slavic Galushkin

    I believe the "nail in the coffin" for the pre-trib position is Revelation 20:4-6. This clearly states that the first Resurrection is right after the tribulation, but right before the Millennium. How do people get around this? Remember, there are no chapters divisions in the original text. Chapter 20 is straight after 19, it's not a "recapitulation" or previous events. There's no basis for that. Compare this text in Revelation to everything Jesus and Paul say about the Resurrection, and you'll have a biblical view of the return of Jesus. No pre-trib nonsense.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  31. Peace to All

    Greg – This is a brilliant simple explanation – one that I have been looking for. I have come away from holding to the 'secret rapture' but could never put the scriptures together to share it. Thank you.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  32. Jon-Paul Leigh

    This "rapture" is the second coming, we meet & greet our great Savior King Jesus Christ, the return of the king. A pretrib rapture makes no biblical sense, where are our resurrected bodies & the judgement? nevermind this seven year trib theme has to be added, along w/ a thousands of yrs gap. People have gone away from traditional Christianity & cling to this new teaching of being safe. The Jews remained in Egypt during the plagues, nevermind Revelation written to the 1st century church not to us in the 21st cent, its as if the entire context of scripture gets puts aside or denied to form these doctrines, there is always a historical & textual context, literary form, grammatical structure along w/ intended audience, as well as time statements/ prophecy. He was right tho, look at w/out a secret snatching away lens as was intended. Hopefully the church will see the truth of scripture, grace & peace to the body of Christ

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply
  33. Johnnie Shaffer

    There’s actually enough in the scriptures for Godly believers to support both (or all three) views. Ultimately, it’s only safe to say that we don’t know for sure and that we are asking for His Kingdom to come. Maranatha!

    July 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm Reply

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