Following a link just now that I found on the Drudge Report, I encountered this statement:
The Rapture — the belief that Christ will bring the faithful into paradise prior to a period of tribulation on earth that precedes the end of time — is a relatively new notion compared to Christianity itself, and most Christians don’t believe in it. And even believers rarely attempt to set a date for the event.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/19/rapture-movement-predicts-end-world-saturday/#ixzz1MoUZiWoZ
The current furor stems from the prediction by Mr. Harold Camping that the Rapture will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
It may be that the article is correct that “most Christians don’t believe it” (speaking of most Christians not believing in the doctrine of a rapture).
Truth, however, cannot be determined by a majority vote.
Most Christians do not study their Bible enough to know the difference between truth and error.
Mr. Harold Camping is right that there will be a Rapture of believers. He is totally wrong about its timing.
Time will prove me correct in a couple of days, I’m sure.
Anyone who thinks they can predict the timing of the Rapture has failed to pay attention to what the Bible itself has to say about the subject.
I invite Mr. Harold Camping and all his followers after their day of disappointment to come here and discuss the subject using the principles I’ve spelled out clearly in earlier posts for conducting Real Bible Study.
I do believe that it is well-documented that I’ve spent more time studying the Bible than Mr. Harold Camping has. He has written more books, and spent more time on the air helping people understand the Bible than I have (and I have listened to him many years over shortwave station WYFR), but I have produced two major Bible study reference tools frequently mentioned here: The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible. I am currently working on an expansion of the cross references previously published, and have as of today reached Jeremiah chapter 3.
By the way, if you have not carefully studied the cross references I furnished for 1 Thessalonians 4:17 and the references they link to in the Bible, you haven’t studied the Bible carefully and fully enough to really understand what the Bible actually teaches about the Rapture.
So, if you want to know how to study the Rapture, I suggest you start at 1 Thessalonians 4:17, using either The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible.
For more help, read the articles and comments I’ve posted here on the subject.
I understand that the atheists are having a good time with Mr. Camping’s prediction. I even heard about that yesterday on the mainstream media over radio station WWJ in Detroit.
I really do want the atheists to have a good time while they have a chance–this is the only chance they will get.
Any atheists out there want to challenge me on whether or not the Bible is true? Whether or not the Bible teaches the doctrine of a Rapture?
Any Christians, or anybody else, are likewise invited to participate in a discussion on that subject here.
So far, the atheists have made a mighty poor showing in terms of response to my challenges and invitations here.
I read recently that a very prominent scientist, a physicist by the name of Dawkins [a kind reader in a comment below has corrected my flawed memory: I should have referenced Stephen Hawking], has declared there is no heaven, that heaven is a fairy-tale. In previous debates I’ve had with science teachers, I’ve warned them they had best stick with their field of expertise. They surely have little or no expertise in the field of Bible or Bible doctrine.
The invitation is still open: ask a question or post a relevant comment in your own words, or at most a brief quotation properly cited in rebuttal, and I’ll allow the post to appear so long as it is relevant to the topic or the Bible.