107-What about the Rapture?
The word for Rapture is not in the Bible. If you Google “rapture” images you will see depictions of what 95% of Christians believe will happen which will usher in the end of the world and Armageddon. The idea comes from scripture, but it also comes from fictional writers, movies, and a theology that begun 150 years ago. In this post and podcast we will look at all these factors and a fresh way to understand the rapture passage in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. I will prove that pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, dispensational eschatology could not have been the theology of those who wrote the scripture. This frees us to explore other ways to understand those verses in scripture that seem to be talking about the end of the world. It turns out, the Kingdom doesn’t arrive anything like what we were taught, but it is nonetheless the beginning of an end.