Question: With the false doctrine of a “rapture” as the main focus, it’s hard to believe that Bereans would advocate [this] nonbiblical doctrine...where did the “rapture” doctrine come from? |

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Question [abridged]: With the false doctrine of a “rapture” as the main focus, it’s hard to believe that Bereans would advocate [this] nonbiblical doctrine. Nothing in 1 Thessalonians or in any other New Testament passages teaches that Jesus will return secretly to take believers to heaven for seven years and then return with them for another thousand years....So, where did the “rapture” doctrine come from?

Eusebius, Origen, Clement, and Ignatius, et al., never mentioned...the dispensational rapture or earthly reign of Christ....Jesus will never set foot on planet earth again. He arose from the Mt. of Olives - at the next and only trip, all the saved will meet the Lord in the air. That’s what the Bible teaches. You folks can thank John Nelson Darby, Hal Lindsay, Tim LaHaye, Cyrus Scofield and other “latter day prophets.” Throw in William Miller and Ellen G. White for being bedazzled by their sundry array of false prophecy.

Response: Bereans, who indeed search the Scriptures diligently (Acts:17:11), have no reasonable choice other than to believe in the doctrine of the Rapture. We can start with John:14:1-3, where Jesus tells his disciples (which includes all believers in Him) that He is going to the Father but He will return for them and take them where He will be. Paul tells us that the event is a mystery in which all believers will be miraculously changed when the Lord descends from heaven and catches them up to meet Him in the air, promising that they shall always be with Him (1 Corinthians:15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians:4:16-18). Scripture promises that Jesus delivers His bride from the wrath to come known as the time of Jacob’s trouble and the great tribulation (1 Thessalonians:1:10; 5:9-10), for which Daniel 9 supplies the seven-year timeline. Jude 14 tells us that the Lord will return with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment upon the ungodly, and Revelation:1:7 adds that every eye shall see Him. Matthew:24:30 states that all the tribes of the earth shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Job:19:25 and Zechariah:14:3-4 declare that at His return the Lord shall stand at the latter day upon the earth, specifically upon the Mount of Olives. Zechariah further adds that living waters will go forth and the Lord shall be king over all the earth. Multiple other verses supply more details, which every believer can search out and truly have confidence in the doctrine of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.

Regarding doctrine, a “Berean” should have only a passing interest (if that) in the commentaries or the writings of men—certainly those of the early church fathers (who were a mixed bag of truth and heresies) and especially of the false prophetess Ellen G. White, who did not believe in a pre-trib Rapture. Confidence in any doctrine must be based solely upon one’s own understanding of the Scriptures, especially since the Word of God declares that we are all personally accountable for what we believe. (See 1 Cor:2:9-16)