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The Premillennialist Doctrine of "The Rapture" Is False

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Notes from the article by Robert R. Taylor, Jr. from the Spiritual Sword 09-01 - 1977.


Defining the Term

The Rapture is supposed to refer to a time when the Lord will come and take his people somewhere up in the air for some seven years. The righteous dead will be raised from their resting places either in the earth or the sea. The righteous living will caught up into this Rapturous Somewhere in the Airy Above. The people who remain on earth will not know where all these have gone. They will not be able to account for their totally unexpected disappearance. They will have no adequate answer as to the open graves once occupied but no longer inhabited by bodies once deposited there. While this highly select group is with the Lord during the period of the Rapture there will be a time of tribulation on earth without ancient or modern parallel. There will be fear. There will be anxiety. There will be death on a mass scale. Nobody will know just what is happening but all will agree that nothing preceding this calamity has reached its painful parallel. Some will try to account for all the wholesale suffering purely on naturalistic grounds. They will witness no supernatural connection with it at all.
The Rapture doctrine basically has all the visions of Revelation being fulfilled at some point in the future in very literal ways.

Too Many Comings of Christ

Jesus coming FOR the saints - the beginning of the Rapture.
Jesus coming WITH the saints - the end of the Rapture.
Jesus judging the wicked at the end of the Millennial Kingdom - after 1,000 years.
The Bible only speaks of the 2nd Coming of Christ! (Heb. 9:28). Not a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.
Jesus will judge the wicked when He comes, not 1,000 years after He comes! (Acts 17:31; 2 Tim. 4:1; John 5:28-29).

A Denial of His Universal Coming

Matt. 25:31-46
2 Tim. 4:1
John 5:28-29


The “Last Day” Passages

John 6:39-40, 44, 54; 11:24; 12:48

A Contradiction of 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

A Contradiction of 2 Peter 3:10-12

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