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Lots of people are expecting the rapture, an event in which Christians are all taken up from the earth into heaven. The problem is that the Bible knows no such event. Yep, that's right. There's no rapture in the Bible. And the passages sometimes thought to be about the rapture are about something else entirely. In this video, Dr. Matt O'Reilly walks us through one such passage - Matthew 24.36-42. He explains why these verses teach that it's actually a good thing to be left behind.
Check out this video for 3 reasons there's no rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4: https://youtu.be/xuH2morfGrU
Interested in more? Here are two books that critique the rapture.
The Rapture Exposed by Barbara Rossing https://amzn.to/2yM74rl
The Problem with Evangelical Theology by Ben Witherington https://amzn.to/2yM74rl
And here are two books for an alternative (and optimistic!) biblical eschatology.
Heaven Misplaced by Douglas Wilson https://amzn.to/2CTNEoW
Deep Comedy by Peter Leithart https://amzn.to/2S0HcRt
Check out these books with contributions from Dr. Matt O'Reilly
Beauty, Order, and Mystery: A Christian Vision of Sexuality https://amzn.to/2UkkDIa
Listen, Understand, Obey: Essays on Hebrews in Honor of Gareth Lee Cockerill https://amzn.to/2tSF7fp
Dr. Matt O'Reilly is pastor of Hope Hull United Methodist Church near Montgomery, AL, a fellow of the Center for Pastor Theologians, and Adjunct Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Ministry at Wesley Biblical Seminary.
- THE RAPTURE IS A LIE