Here are just a few starting points for a discussion on the doctrine of the Rapture, which I brought up a few post back.
The theology of the Rapture wasn’t around before the 1800’s making the doctrine very young and obviously not held by the early church.
It was thought up/interpreted by a man named John Nelson Darby who proposed it in a commentary in a study Bible which made its way to the states through the popular “Scofield Reference Bible” where it of course gained its popularity among the Western Church.
The doctrine is essentially based on a few verses found in 1 Thessalonians 4.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
I think these verse have been greatly misinterpreted and want to discuss them later.
but first, what are your thoughts about these verses (especially if you affirm the rapture) and the fact that the rapture hasn't been around that long?
(the picture above is from this website: www.examiner.com/humanism-freethought-in-tampa-bay/rapture-watch-nov-5th-update Its a site dedicated to predicting the rapture and they keep missing it for some reason, but they have hope...)