The Rapture

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  I Thessalonians 4:17 (NKJ)

This being “caught up” is called the rapture.  There are three basic theories about when this event will occur.  They are called the pre-trib, mid-trib, and post-trib theories.  Pre-trib is the belief that the rapture will occur before the tribulation.  The tribulation is a seven-year period of time when the anti-christ will rule the world.  The mid-trib is the belief that the anti-christ will make a pact with Israel at the beginning of his reign and will break it after three and a half years, the mid-point of his reign.  The rapture would occur at that time.  The post-trib says that the rapture will occur when the reign of the anti-christ is over, and Christ is about to return.

I believe in the pre-trib theory.  The belief that Christ could return at any moment inspires us to live faithfully, expectantly, and hopefully.  It is not necessarily wrong to believe in the other theories, I just favor the pre-trib. 

Of course, there is also the pan-trib theory.  This basically states that we shouldn’t worry too much about which theory is correct.  It will all pan out in the end.

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2 Responses to “The Rapture”

  1. Suzanne Says:

    I have to say I’d never heard of the pan-trib. 🙂
    I do think our state of readiness is more important.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      I first heard the pan-trib comment made by Mike Hasseltine, a friend of mine from college. I liked it. I have often told people to pray for pre- and be prepared for post.

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