I don't know about you, but the discussion of the rapture of the church has taken center stage as a result of a certain group claiming that the rapture is happening today at 6:00pm. There is some confusion about which 6:00pm exactly...but as I type this post at 11:34am PST many time-zones have been ruled out. I suspect May 21, 2011 will pass as normal. Who knows what Harold Camping will say Sunday morning when he is proved wrong yet again?
There seem to be two camps of people: 1) those who think this prediction is right, and 2) those who are scoffing at this prediction. Obviously, by the picture on the left, you can see that I am in the scoffing group...or I was until a few hours ago. I would like to present a third option--the Bible's teaching concerning the rapture of the church.
As a Christian I don't feel any sort of connection to Harold Camping's group. They seem like the wacko fringe that I don't identify with. But as I have been shaking my head and laughing at the precise predictions being made, I realized that there are many who are mocking the return of Christ. I think Christians need to be cautious in our response to this group. I think Harold Camping is a false prophet and cannot be trusted as a Bible teacher. My heart breaks for those who have followed after him and made great sacrifices.
What does the Bible say about the rapture? I have no intention of writing a theological perspective concerning End Times, but if you are interested in reading more click HERE to read a paper by John Walvoord. Here are a few points for us to consider.
1. Nothing in the Bible points to the exact time of the rapture, we are simply to be expectant (1 Thess. 5:1-11).
2. Christ is coming for the church (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:50-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
3. We are to abide in Christ until He returns (1 John 2:28).
4. Christ is coming to earth again to reign and rule (Matt. 24; Rev. 19-20).