My View Of The End Times 10

My View Of The End Times 10

Imminent means that something can happen at any moment, without anything else having to  happen beforehand. Put another way, if something must happen before an event occurs then  that event is not imminent. So, when people speak about an imminent Rapture they mean that  it can occur at any moment, without any prior sign or warning. Imminence is one of the key  arguments used by those who believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. However, I believe the  following clearly shows that the Rapture is not imminent and never has been.

1) Peter definitely would not have believed in an imminent Rapture because Jesus told him he  would die after he had grown old (John 21:18-19). So, rather than expecting to be raptured,  Peter knew that he would die. This fact alone destroys the idea that the Bible teaches that  the Rapture has always been imminent.

2) Paul’s letters are said to support imminency but that is simply not possible as he wrote  his letters before Peter died. Paul would have known what Jesus said to Peter and, even if  he didn’t, the Holy Spirit certainly knew and would not have inspired Paul to write about an  any-minute Rapture while Peter was still alive. Clearly, Paul’s letters can’t be used to  support imminency.

3) In Acts 1:8, Jesus said to the disciples, “… be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all  Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The book of Acts shows that the gospel was  first preached in Judea, then Samaria, and only after that did it go to the ends of the  earth so obviously the Rapture could not have been imminent before the gospel was preached  outside of Judea and Samaria.

4) 1 Thess. 5:2 is used to support imminency because it says, “the day of the Lord will come  like a thief in the night”. However, 1 Thess. 5:4 says, “But you, brothers, are not in  darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.” So we can see that it is  sinners, those in darkness, who will be surprised by Jesus’ return. Christians won’t be  surprised because, after the Antichrist is revealed, they will be watching and waiting to be  raptured out of the Great Tribulation.

5) In Mark 13:1-31, Jesus spoke about the Antichrist and the Great Tribulation and then, in  Mark 13:32-37, He told the disciples about His return and told them not to sleep but to  watch. Note that Jesus said to watch after these events had occurred so ‘watching’ does not  support an any-moment Rapture but is a warning from Jesus not to be ‘sleeping’ when He  returns.

Where Jesus says not to sleep, He doesn’t mean it literally as we all must sleep. In 1  Thess. 5:5-6, we are told, “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not  belong to the night or to the darkness [of sin]. So then, let us not be like others, who are  asleep [in their sin], but let us be alert and self-controlled.” From this we see that  sleeping is associated with sin so, especially during the End Times, Christians must not  sleep but be self-controlled and alert so as not to get caught up in sin because Jesus said  that only those who overcome to the end will be saved (Matt. 24:10-13).

“My View Of The End Times 5” gives more detail about ‘coming like a thief’ and ‘watching’.

Finally, nowhere does the Bible say that the Rapture is imminent. Rather, 2 Thess. 2:1-3  tell us very clearly that the gathering, the Rapture, will not occur until after the  apostasy occurs and the Man Of Lawlessness is revealed. This makes it very plain that the  Rapture has never been imminent and will not be until some time after the appearance of the  Antichrist. In fact, it will only be imminent after the Cosmic Sign when the sun and moon  are darkened, the stars fall and the heavenly bodies are shaken (Matt. 24:29-30). Amen.

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