- See also The Rapture for Dummies.
Why is the rapture doctrine dangerous? II Thessalonians 2:1-3, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him. That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word,
nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there be a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
These verses clearly teach that God’s elect are gathered to Jesus AFTER Antichrist is revealed and AFTER the great apostasy, aka the great deception.
Rapture doctrine teaches that “the church” will fly away into the air when messiah appears. Unfortunately, the first messiah that appears will be the false messiah – the son of perdition – Satan – a supernatural entity who will perform great wonders, claim to be Jesus the Christ, and will stand in the Temple of God claiming to be God (abomination of desolation). Most Christians will be deceived; they will take his mark; they will worship the Beast and be damned. The rapture theory sets them up to worship Satan.
The woe of the fifth trumpet is when Satan and his angels are cast to Earth. The woe of the sixth trumpet is when Satan appears as antichrist. The woe of the seventh trumpet is when the True Christ returns.