In our recent blog survey, many of you asked me where I stand on the “rapture question.”
I suspect that those who asked (1) are new to the blog, and (2) have not yet read Jesus: A Theography.
I’ve given my answer to this question previously in a post entitled Rethinking the Second Coming of Christ. And I go into more detail in Jesus: A Theography.
In reading that post, you’ll discover that the picture painted by The Left Behind series is built on a fairly new doctrine of the second coming that originated in the 1830s.
While this theory makes great drama, you cannot find evidence for it in any Christian writer before 1830.
Furthermore, if it isn’t taught to you by someone, you’d be hard-pressed to find it in the New Testament (I’m referring to the idea that there is a two-stage coming of Jesus . . . one where He “secretly” raptures His people in the heavens and another occurring seven years later where He returns to earth.)
So this teaching is either a new revelation from God or a human invention.
Read the post to learn what I mean and don’t mean by the above.