About The Rapture
Just about every major Doctrine of the Bible is attacked, watered down, or whitewashed by professing christendom nowadays. Although, of course, this is nothing new. Did you know that the Bible foretold that these things would happen?
And one such major Doctrine is the Doctrine of the Rapture.
It is because of this that Christians are admonished always to HEAR Christ’s Word, and “earnestly contend for The Faith.” Which, ostensibly, is the purpose for this “Theology Forum.”
The major Doctrines, for today, are probably The Gospel, The Deity of Christ, The Mystery (eg, Ephesians 2:11 - 3:12), and The Rapture (eg 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58, etc). There is little attack against The Mystery (as such), since most “christians” have never even heard of it; getting all their Bible instruction from a pulpit a half hour each or every other Sunday, picking up a word here and there from a sermon. But the Rapture, on the other hand, has always been under attack from “christians.” And almost none of these ever even mention The Mystery in their “discussions,” although The Rapture (“looking for that blessed Hope . . .”) is the primary aspect and goal of The Mystery.
And without an understanding of The Mystery, there can be but little understanding of The Rapture, nor of Bible Prophecy, nor of Current Events, nor of the History of the past 2000 years, nor of the Christian’s calling and walk for today, nor of the incentive to do it.
Thus many major authors on The Rapture mix Scriptures pertaining to it with Scriptures completely irrelevant to it, with no distinction. And as the inevitable result, come up with completely false conclusions and exhortations (called “practical applications” or some such like) here and there (pointedly here, at the moment). I tell my wife that if I wanted everything mixed together in one dish for supper, all I have to do is visit the garbage pail (but some of her casseroles are wonderful)! Or, God tells us that to have a good outcome before the Judgment Seat of Christ, we’d better not follow that method of handling the Scriptures, first and foremost.
This is just one approach satan uses. Another is the outright denial that there will even be a Rapture. (“The word Rapture occurs nowhere in the Bible!” “The doctrine of the Rapture didn’t even occur in the Church until introduced by JN Darby in the 1800’s!” --- the first is an utterly stupid remark; and the second is an outright lie. And both are common from “christian scholars,” pastors, teachers, authors, and commentators.)
But it is the common method, with both “friend” and foe, is to mix the Scriptures randomly together for the subject, instead of intently loving The Truth, and “SEARCHING the Scriptures daily whether these things are so.” And the Synoptic Gospels, Revelation, and James are not teaching about The Mystery nor The Rapture at all. The eschatology of Revelation and the associated eschatology of the Synoptic Gospels deal with events (“The Day of the Lord,” etc) which will occur long after The Mystery has ended, and long after The Rapture (which is the Event that ends The Mystery) has occurred.
And you will understand neither, by mixing them together. This is not the method of learning anything, although it must be conceded that it’s an excellent method of insulting God and His Word in your heart.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing* the Word of Truth.
* Lit: “cutting it straight.” Comparing Scripture with Scripture. “Declaring ALL of the Word of God.” “Seeing whether those things be so.” “Learn what this means, that . . .” Etc.
Is the Bible “Greek to you?” Then you need to CHANGE! Your Eternal destiny, and your outcome before the Judgment Seat of Christ are at stake! “Knowing the terror of the Lord, we are persuading men,” Paul said. We are ambassadors for Christ! How is your ambassadorship coming along? You’re going to give an account to Him, if you’re saved. If you aren’t aware of that fact, you probably are not.
“I am innocent of the blood of all men, BECAUSE I have not shunned to declare unto you ALL of the Word of God.” I actually know people who are doing this to their own children and “loved ones.” Can you believe such a thing? God is here calling that murder; and “no murderer hath life in him.” Or, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith” --- 2 Corinthians 13:5 --- another Passage most commentators water down or outright contradict.
“My sheep HEAR My voice!”
I would quote 2 Timothy 2:15 here, except that that would be repeating myself.
Christ Died to Save You
 2 Timothy 2:15.
 . . . since ANY student of the Bible knows that neither do the words Heaven, Hell, Christ, Eternal, Holy, Almighty God, Jesus, etc. Any student knows that these are all English words, and that THE BIBLE IS NOT WRITTEN IN ENGLISH.
 It was taught by just about all of the commentators (especially Dr. John Gill) of the 1700’s revival. And there are references and allusions to it throughout “church history.” And it is, after all, the Subject of the Scriptures of footnotes 6-7. It is true, however, that just like every other major doctrine of Paul and the Mystery, the “early church fathers” quickly departed and forgot about them. And as Shakespeare observed, “this madness hath method to’t.” This is not to say that Dr. Gill had everything right: no commentator that has ever lived did, or does; but the point is that the blurb made is a lie.
 by definition. “Mystery” means that which God was keeping secret (eg, Ephesians 2:11-3:10, etc).
 the details of which are stated to be part of the Mystery (eg 1 Cor. 15:51 - 58; 1 Thess. 4).
 At the coming Judgment Seat of Christ, which takes place with The Rapture (1 Peter 4:17; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; 1 Thessalonians 3:13, etc)