Two people were walking down the street discussing their plans for the following week. One person tells the other that he intends on going golfing on Tuesday. The other person asked back, “Is that the first Tuesday of the week or the second?” Confused the first person inquires, “What do you mean, there is only one Tuesday in a week?” The second responds, “Well the first Tuesday, we call the Rapture, and the second is the ‘Second Coming’.” The first responds, “That sounds pretty messed up to me.” The second continues, “The first is the ‘day of Christ’, and the second is the “day of the Lord.” The first responds, “Didn’t you know? Christ is the Lord!” The second continues, “The first Tuesday Christ meets His people in the air (1 Thess. 4:17), but the second He meets them in the clouds (Matt. 24:30).” The first declares, “That sounds twisted to me!”
You’ve heard of the war tactic, ‘divide and conquer’? Here the enemy of our faith has attempted to divide the coming of our Lord as well. The term “rapture” was first coined for this very purpose. Prior to the 1800’s the term “rapture” to describe the coming of Christ was non-existent. It was first made popular in John Darby’s book called, The Secret Rapture. Today, the term to describe the coming of our Lord is commonly referred to as the “rapture,” however, the coming of Christ that is commonly referred to by this term, “rapture,” is conjured up and there is not a single Scripture to back its existence.
Here is what the Word of the Lord states:
- 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed– In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on imortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on imortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
So often this verse, we are told by man, is talking about the “rapture,” however, the context and the Word of God call it “the resurrection of the dead.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
In this chapter (1 Cor. 15) it begins speaking of the return of Christ in verse 24.
Although the ‘resurrection of the dead’ is a different event than the ‘gathering together with Him,’ that many now refer to as the “rapture,” the events happen at the same time, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” see 1 Cor. 15:51,52
The rapture doctrine attempts to create two “first resurrections” the first being at the “rapture” and then again 7 years later at the “second coming.” By doing so this doctrine adds to the book of Revelation ignoring its warning in Rev. 22:18:
- For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book.
Here’s what the book of Revelation has to say about the “first resurrection:”
- Revelation 20:4-5 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Who is listed in the group of people for the first resurrection? Those who didn’t receive the Mark of the Beast or worship him. The ‘rapture doctrine’ informs us that the Scripture is incorrect… that the rapture is the first resurrection and that those who don’t take the mark are in the second resurrection. The Word of God doesn’t lie… man does when he listens to the father of lies. The ‘rapture doctrine’ is a doctrine of devils. Just like there is only one ‘Tuesday; in the week… there also is only one ‘first resurrection’ of the dead.