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December 12, 2022

Ep.1259: Do I Suffer From Rapture Anxiety? (Part I)

Questioning the rapture in the light of careful scriptural analysis

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Did the Apostle Paul teach about a traumatic event called the rapture?

Does Jesus return in an instant?

What does it mean that Jesus shouts as an archangel? Who is he shouting at?

Theme Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Christianity is divided into many denominations and groups. These divisions create a wide variety of teachings that elicit a wide variety of reactions. Take the rapture as an example. In its basic form, it interprets the Scriptures to say that Jesus returns with a shout and a trumpet. He raises the dead Christians to him first and then all those faithful who are still living will be dramatically and immediately taken up to him as well. For both Christians and non-Christians, the drama of this view brings eye rolls and disdain from some, excitement and anticipation from some, and all-out fear, trauma and "rapture anxiety" from others. The rapture is a big teaching based upon a few scriptures. The big question is, does this teaching fit squarely with the original Christian doctrine we learn from the Bible?

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