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The much talked about pretribulation “Rapture”

How much about it is true?

A guest document – By Ricardo de Valencia


The Left Behind series, pretribulation Rapture or similar concepts present a wrong vision of how The Return of Christ will take place. The danger of the error is that many of the Elect will think that they are in “the wrong group” and despair may ensue. In this document, we will show how the myth can be separated from the truth with very basic observations from the Gospels.


We will address this topic as a response to a question from a cooperator and regular reader.

From T @ USA

Does this portion of scripture, in fact, prove the concept of the rapture?
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37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
[Matthew 24:37-41]

Our Response

But first, some background

Thank you for asking! We assume that you are referring to the concept of “the rapture”, associated with the concept of “the left behind”, which is relatively popular in the United States and in certain Evangelical or Protestant circles. For those hearing it for the first time:

With the term “the rapture” they refer to an alleged event that, according to some, is predicted in certain passages of the Scriptures. They place it in the context of the Second Coming of Jesus and believe that “the rapture” will be a collective and surprise —while alive— taking away to heaven of those who are “already prepared” to avoid suffering the Great Tribulation that would follow, leaving others on earth to possibly be selected and taken away later, when Jesus finally returns in His Glorious Coming.

Regarding this theory, they speak of “the left behind” to refer to those who “will not be taken away in that rapture”. In the circles where this belief is held, the precision of who will be “left behind” —which of the elect or none of them— and for how long they will be left behind is a subject of debate.

We will refer to that concept as “anticipated rapture”, since simply saying rapture” can be confused with the real “they [his angels] shall gather together his elect from the four winds” [Mt 24:31] that will indeed take place after the tribulation and coinciding with the Glorious Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The answer

God has provided us with an answer that dismantles this imagined rapture, not only regarding the cited passage of Matthew, but regarding any passage of Scripture that one could allege to “prove” such an anticipated rapture (that is, previous to the tribulation).

Said answer is found in the same Chapter 24 of Matthew:

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. [Mt 24:20-22]

In modern English:

22 And if those days were not shortened, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

Now, see that, if the “anticipated rapture” were to happen, it would not be necessary to “shorten those days”, it would be enough to increase the number of those who are taken away in the supposed “anticipated rapture”. This point is enough by itself to completely dismantle the “anticipated rapture” theory once and for all.

Is there still a possibility that a part of the elect will be taken away in an anticipated rapture, with the rest of the elect being saved by the shortening of “those days” (and thus taken away in the final judgment)? No, because He clearly says: “if those days were not shortened, no one would be saved – which means that:

The shortening spoken of in Matthew 24:22 is a necessary condition and benefit that Our Heavenly Father has provided —at a global level— to prevent all the elect of this generation (at the End of These Times) from being lost – that is, from falling into a trap that would definitively ruin our souls (1). An anticipated rapture would automatically mean yet another way to prevent all the elect from being lost (it would suffice to take them away through the rapture), but such a possibility is excluded because it would mean that “if those days were not shortened, some could still be saved (through the rapture)”.

Some details

For the more detail-oriented: Obviously, when saying “no one would be saved”, He is referring to the chosen ones of that generation (the generation living on earth at the End of These Times, which is now), not to the totality of the Elect who have lived throughout the centuries. It is the generation that is referred to a few verses later:

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. [Mt 24:33-34]

Regarding being saved at His Glorious Coming: Of course, that does not mean that if anyone of “this generation” crosses the veil before the final judgment they will not be saved (2). Nor is it a question of whether the life of the physical body will be saved for some or for others. When talking about the time shortening, what He is talking about is the general mechanism provided at a global level so that the soul of the chosen ones of “this generation” are not lost in the collective trap prepared for all (1).

The true “rapture”

The true “rapture” is the one that will take place after the tribulation and coinciding with the final moment of His Second Coming. Jesus tells us about it, through Matthew, in the same Chapter 24 – and it will be glorious, not a passing event along the way:

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. [Mt 24:29-31]

For clarity, and to illustrate the angle about being a global judgment, this great event is repeated in Chapter 25:

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: ... (etc.) ... [Mt 25:31:46]

And it is also anticipated in Mark:

36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. [Mk 8:36-38]

Note: In this passage from Mark, Jesus is talking about irreparable decisions that cause the perdition of the soul and that are sentenced at His Glorious Coming – therefore, it is the same final judgment developed in Mt 25:31-46 (see above) that ends in a definitive separation: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” [Mt 25:46]

In closing, think about this:

When the evangelist Matthew is taking so much care to state these facts with the utmost clarity in Chapters 24 and 25 (even with an abundance of parables), it does not fit, in this spirit, that such an important and serious matter as a “rapture prior to the tribulation” would be a secret just hidden as an enigma between words.

Do you not think that, if there were another global judgment prior to the tribulation, it would deserve to have been explained with the same clarity by Matthew? Remember, the alleged anticipated rapture would be a global judgment, for (a) being intended for a large number of His elect worldwide at once and (b) being a final sentence (of eternal salvation) for those who are taken away.

For Matthew, who, backed by the Holy Spirit of God, collected the related discourses of Jesus in such a teaching manner, it would be a lack of charity to exhort us to “pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day” [Mt 24:20] (meaning, “pray that the tribulation will not come at the worst time when we are materially less prepared”) but not to exhort us to “pray to be taken away in a rapture before the tribulation”.

(1) The collective trap prepared for all: The False Christ. To worship him would cause irreparable damage to a soul destined for Heaven. If there were enough time, he would be presented so convincingly that even the chosen ones would be fooled.
(2) On an individual level, the moment one crosses the veil is our particular “final judgment”. In addition, for some of the elect, crossing the veil before or during the tribulation will be, on an individual level, the necessary “shortening of time” that will prevent them from being exposed too long to the final deception, which they would not be able to fully discern, and thus reject, because they have not opened their eyes and ears enough.

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Originally Published on January 11th, 2023 in For Your Information and Reference

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