I can’t understand why so many people don’t believe in the rapture. The teaching is so clear from scripture. But they must have some reasons. I have come up with four possible reasons why many do not believe in the rapture.
1. They are reacting against zealous and overzealous rapture promoters
When Hal Lindsey’s book came out, The Late Great Planet Earth, a lot of people got on his band wagon and were expecting the rapture to happen very soon. I don’t really think Mr. Lindsey set any date for the Rapture, but a lot of people seem to think he did. Tim LaHaye and his Left behind books (and movies) also created a big stir. And there are other rapture zealots that are on TV once in a while, like Jack Van Impi. I have to admit he is a little wild and crazy—but I really don’t see any errors in his theology. Yes, these people are zealous about the rapture, but they have not set any dates. They are just saying that the rapture will happen soon—which is true from scripture. Just because these are a bit excited about what they teach, is that a reason to shut them off and perhaps say they are hypocrites?
I know, we all know that there are some who have set dates for the rapture. There are some quacks out there and we all will have to discern who they are. But nonetheless, this is no reason to toss out this important teaching of the church.
2. They are not taking the Bible literally
If you don’t interpret the Bible literally, if you are always looking for an allegorical or spiritual meaning of scripture, you may be missing the obvious truth of scripture. Most of scripture is meant to be taken literally.
If you are not a true Christian, of course you won’t believe in the rapture, because it is just too hard to believe. In fact, you can’t believe it because God has not put His spirit in you to empower you to believe (1 Cor. 2:14).
I can understand why a non-Christian does not believe in the rapture, but if you say you are a Christian yet you don’t believe in the rapture, I don’t understand that. I know that the rapture will be a huge miracle, but a miracle is a miracle. God can do miracles! Just as He created this earth and the entire universe, He can and will resurrect all dead church believers and then catch up (rapture) all living believers in a moment (1 Cor. 15:52). Yes, it will be a miracle! Believe it!
4. Most Churches are mysteriously silent about the rapture
Even if many in the church say they believe in the rapture, it seems as if they don’t believe it, since they don’t talk about it. Maybe you are saying that you don’t believe in it because nobody else seems to believe it. Well, I urge you to take a stand and believe what the Bible teaches, not what people around you seem to believe.
Here is the clear teaching regarding the rapture:
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.