We received several emails from some of you about date-setting for the rapture.
Now, for emphasis, let’s clarify a notion that is not correct. In Matthew 24:36 where Jesus said “of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only,” He wasn’t actually talking about the rapture.
Jesus was actually addressing the Jews, not even the church, about his second coming. The second coming of Christ and the rapture of the church are two different events often mistaken as the same.
The second coming is after the rapture. So all the signs documented in Matthew 24 about his coming actually refers to an event after the rapture.
There are no signs for the rapture of the church, except that we use the second coming to predict seven years before.
Now, I want you to understand clearly that the last days didn’t start with our generation. It actually started since after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
All the saints at that time had thought that the rapture would happen in their time. I will show you that in a bit in Scripture. They felt the same way we are feeling now and thought they’d be raptured soon.
So date-setting on the possible time for the rapture dates back to the days of the Bible. It didn’t start with us. But interestingly, no prediction for the rapture ever actually worked.
In 2 Timothy 2:18, Paul mentioned two individuals, Hymenaeus and Philetus, who taught the saints that the rapture had already taken place.
The word “resurrection” as used in that passage by translators actually refers to the rapture. These guys taught the church that the rapture had already taken place.
What happened next after their teaching? According to Paul, because they erred in doctrine, the faith of so many believers was destroyed. This is always the consequence.
Even Paul thought that the rapture would occur during his time; hence, he told the church that when the Lord would descend from Heaven with a shout and with the voice of the archangel, the dead in Christ would rise first, followed by WE which ARE ALIVE and REMAIN…
So Paul actually thought that he would be alive when the rapture of the church would occur.
Harold Egbert Camping is one man who repeatedly predicted the rapture of the church until the mainstream media labeled him a false prophet. He died in 2013 after being afflicted with stroke.
The question now is, are we supposed to know the time for the Lord’s return?
The responsibility of the church is to preach the Gospel. And the Gospel is about what God has done, not what he is going to do. We are to teach people to live as light and not be overtaken by darkness.
People should live ready everyday because righteousness is a nature impacted to the recreated human spirit of the saints. It helps them to live right.
So please live your life ready for the Lord because it could happen anytime. Sincerely, we are closer to it than those who lived in bible times.