Is the Rapture Biblical?

Frank Viola | 1/14/2019 | Staff
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So I’ve been reading reviews of the new film Left Behind. I’m surprised that Nicky Cage agreed to star in it. The reviews are beyond horrible.

A 3% by critics on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing.

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Words like “horrible” . . . “awful” . . . “laughable” (not in a good way) . . . and “this movie does no favors for Christians.”

Beyond the horrible script — according to most movie critics (what’s new, it’s a “Christian” movie, so to speak) — the whole premise isn’t even biblical.

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Many Christians, especially those who live in America, are obsessed with the second coming of Christ. Various interpretations surrounding the when, where, and how of this incredible event have spawned endless divisions among Jesus’ followers.

In fact, some Christians are so fixated on the second coming of Christ that they haven’t given sufficient time to understand His first coming.

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In our book, Jesus: A Theography, Leonard Sweet and I explored the return of Christ in a way that transcends classic interpretations. Rather than enter into the eschatological wars that have raged over the last two hundred years, we focus our attention on how the First (Old) and Second (New) Testaments harmonize in telling us what God has in store for the future as it concerns His Son.

In it, Sweet and I showed — convincingly — that there is a “catching away” into the air as 1 Thessalonians 4 states. So the “rapture” is biblical. BUT not the way that most Christians have been taught. The catching away is a greeting to Jesus in which God’s people will meet Him in the air and then escort Him back to earth. You see, God’s game-plan has always been to bring heaven to this earth. Not to take us away from earth into heaven.

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