Where did it come from?
Are there verses that support this “prophecy”?
Yes and no… there are single verses, maybe 1 or 2 or even 3 in a row that seem to support this “prophecy”.
Let’s look at them in context and see what the bible actually means.
Before we begin. I know many family members and many old friends who believe in the rapture. They are my brothers and sisters in the Lord, believing that Jesus is Lord, and I will see them all in heaven! It just won’t be happening in the way that they proclaim.
Today, I watched a YouTube video entitled something like “Satan is Deceiving You Concerning the Rapture.” In it the author rightly spoke out against anyone who claims to know the day and the hour of Jesus coming. But then he went on to explain the rapture as something that is true and biblical.
Here are the verses he used to support his claim, Luke 17:
34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35 There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.”
In context, these verses are about the coming kingdom of God. The subject of this passage actually begins in verse 20.
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
So Jesus is telling them not to go out and look for the kingdom of God. Jesus is the kingdom of God, and He is in the midst of them. But later on he tells His disciples of a time when He won’t be in their midst.
22 And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them.
Don’t we all long for the great and glorious coming of our Lord and savior? Don’t be fooled by false prophets. Don’t be turned this way and that to those who proclaim His coming is at hand.
I hear false prophets all of the time. They look at the horrors of war and rumors of war. They see the Corona virus. They hear of earthquakes and other things. “The Lord is coming soon!” thy profess. “These are the signs of His coming!”
They are not.
24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day.
If you want a sign of His coming, it will be obvious. Who can ignore lightning flashing in the sky? Even indoors, you hear its crackle! I promise you, when Jesus returns, it will be an obvious thing. No one will miss it.
Therefore, there is no need for a “prophet” to point to this and that. God will reveal Himself in His glory. And no one will take it away from Him. No one will say “I knew it!” All will be humbled. All will be surprised.
Jesus continues by prophesying his coming death on the cross and the rejection by this generation. I still think we are in the generation that is rejecting him.
25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
Now, He begins to talk about His second coming.
26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35 There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.”
His coming is comparable to the destruction of Sodom and the coming flood in the days of Noah. Does this sound like the rapture to you? Some might suppose that He is speaking of the coming tribulation after the rapture. But no, the water from the flood and the fire over Sodom were a quick and sudden judgment of God.
Even pre-tribulation rapture-believers say that there will be 3 and half years of peace… not so sudden.
37 And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
So, again, the sign is going to be obvious. Basically, when it happens, you will know. And it will have something to do with vultures gathering? What could that mean? Is Jesus being literal there?
The Second Coming of Christ
What is Jesus speaking of, then, if not the rapture?
Well, it must be something sudden. “sounds like the rapture to me”, some would say. Well, okay, but it must be something of a sudden judgment as it was with the flood and Sodom. “Well, after the three and a half years of peace…”
Not sudden enough.
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
What about when Jesus says, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
It isn’t a cryptic symbol. He was being literal. Revelation 19 continues.
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.
The Second Coming of Christ is that of judgment and fire to the wicked. It is the war of Armageddon where all of the nations will rise against Jesus, and be soundly defeated. There will be many corpses on that day, and the birds will gather and feast upon them.
Every verse that points to the “prophecy” of the rapture, actually points to the Second Coming of Christ in Revelation 19.
To those who believe in the rapture I ask… is there a third coming of Christ?
Next I will go over what Jesus says in Matthew 24.