RAPTURE

The rapture doctrine asserts that there will be two parts to the return of Jesus.  The first will be a
secret return where Christians disappear into the air to be with Jesus. The second part is when Jesus
returns to earth after the tribulation and the Anti-christ, to reign for a thousand years.  The rapture
doctrine, that there will be a first return of Jesus to rescue Christians before prophecy has been
fulfilled, is a false doctrine - it is a lie.

The key to understanding why the rapture is a false doctrine is the last trumpet (seventh trumpet) in
the book of Revelation.  "The seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to
sound."  Revelation 8:6  The return of Jesus to the earth is announced by the seventh trumpet in
Revelation 11:15;  "The seventh angel sounded; and great voices in heaven followed saying,  "The
Kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign
forever and ever!"  Paul spoke of the seventh trumpet in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52,  "Behold, I tell you a
mystery: we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trumpet."   

Jesus spoke of the seventh trumpet in Matthew 24:31,  "He will send out His angels with the great
sound of a trumpet and they will gather together His chosen ones from the four winds; from one end
of the sky to the other."   Why is this trumpet the seventh trumpet of Revelation?  Because in the
same chapter of Matthew (24), before verse 31 we can see the saints going trough tribulation (verse
9) the apostasy (verse 10) the Anti-christ (verse 15) and the wrath of God (verses 21-22).  

"Now brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our being gathered together to
Him, we ask you not to be quickly shaken or troubled in your mind, either by spirit or by word or by
letter as from us saying that the day of Christ had come.  Let no one deceive you in any way.  For
that day will not come about unless there is a falling away first, and the man of sin is revealed the son
of destruction, he who opposes and exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped;
so that he sits as God in the temple of God, setting himself up as God."
2  Thessalonians  2:1-4

Satan has an even greater purpose for the false doctrines of authority, stewardship and the rapture.  
When the Anti-christ appears and causes all to take the mark of the beast in order to buy and sell
(Revelation 13:16-17), many Christians may accept the mark,  believing that God would not want
them to undergo material loss and hardship.  Other Christians may accept the mark of the beast
because they believe the mark and the Anti-christ would not come until after they have been
raptured.  Still others may accept the mark because they believe that it is God's will that they submit
to every authority, even when it is contrary to and in subversion of the revelation of Jesus Christ.  
This false authority doctrine is especially pernicious;  "Then many will stumble and will betray one
another and hate one another."  Matthew 24:10

"Be careful, that your hearts are not weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and cares of this life
and that day come on you suddenly.  For it will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the
surface of all the earth.  Therefore be on the alert at all times, praying that you may be counted
worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man."  
Luke  21:34-36
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