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  • I am an IFB and yes we do believe that one day (soon) Jesus will come to rapture His children and "so will we ever be with the Lord". I cannot tell you what every Baptist believes but I can tell you that the Independant Fundamental Baptists do. We believe the bible from cover to cover and add nothing to it and take nothing away from it just like God has told us to do!
  • I have some issues with that answer for a few different reasons. But first, what is the general consensus regarding the rapture? Is it before, during, or after the tribulation? I've read the passage where it talks about the going up to meet Christ in the air but no where around that does it state when. Where does it state that it will be before the tribulation as a lot of rapturists believe. (Not sure if rapturist is an actual term, but you get the idea.)
  • Yes we do. There are differing opinions about when it will happen, but most that I know believe it will happen before judgement is excersized on the world, or what is called the Tribulation period. This is called "pre-trib", there are also "post-trib", and still others that believe the rapture will happen during the tribulation period, while satan is loosed on the world. The Bible does not say when it will happen, and the Christian not supposed to dwell on it. We are to live Holy lives for the Glory of God, and all the other stuff belongs to Him. The rapture will happen when Jesus comes back, to collect the Saints.The Bible does not say when, it is only a matter of opinion. Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
  • yes, and i hope it happens in my life time!!!!
  • Yes many Christians believe in a 'Rapture', Catching away or as I call it a "EMERGENCY EVACUATION" :-)!
  • How can anyone, be they Baptist, Catholic or whatever, believe in something that is NOT Biblically supported? Rapture is NOT mentioned in the Bible. Man made and ordained RAPTURE not God.
  • No, pretribulation rapture strictly goes against scripture.....10 Sound Biblical Questions For Pretribulants??? 1. Where, in the Bible, does Paul say that the Church is going to be raptured out of the world seven years before the Second Coming, before the Tribulation?????? Amazingly, I cannot find where Paul tells us that we will be raptured before the Tribulation! Also show me, whereas Lord Jesus makes two trips over this seven-year period; One trip would be to pickup the pretribulation saints in the clouds and the other trip upon his return? Amazingly, I can’t find this fable either! I want scripture proof, from the Holy Bible. I don’t care what your pastor (profit), Smiling Jack says. I don’t care what an evangelist says. As a matter of fact, I really don’t care what any false tele-pasture says. I want you to read all of these questions and answer by using the Holy Bible. You and I should only care what God says! 2. In Rev. 4:1, John is called up to Heaven, "Come up hither." If John is a form of the Church to express the Rapture, and shows that the Church is in Heaven before the Tribulation, then why is John shown as being on the earth DURING the Tribulation? (Rev. 10:8, 13:1, 14:1, 17:3, 18:1.) Does the Rapture have a yo-yo effect, upsy-downsy-daisy?????? 3. If Paul, who wrote the Rapture passage (1 Thess. 4:13-17), knew that the Church would be raptured before the Tribulation, then why did he tell fellow Christians to look to the Day of the Lord, which is at the end of the Tribulation? (I Thess. 5:1-2) Wouldn’t he have known that there is supposed to be a difference between the "Day of Christ," which occurs before the Tribulation, and the "Day of the Lord," which occurs after the Tribulation? Why were believers directed to look to the post-Tribulation "Day of the Lord" and not the pre-Tribulation "Day of Christ?" 4. If Christ is coming FOR His bride, seven years before the Second Coming, then why does Rev. 19:7 tell us that "the Bride has made herself ready" at the end of the Tribulation?????? Also, why if the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which is supposed to have been taking place during the Tribulation, then why us it not mentioned until Revelation chapter 19? 5. If the Church is to be raptured before the Tribulation, why does Matthew tell us that it is "Immediately AFTER THE TRIBULATION of those days," that he will send his angels to gather his elect from the world? Matt 24:29-31. (Caution; there are many verses that depict the word "elect" applies to true predestined and saved by faith Christians (Ephesians 1:3-7). 30. ``And then at last the signal of my coming will appear in the heavens and there will be deep mourning all around the earth. And the nations of the world will see me arrive in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31. And I shall send forth my angels with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast, and they shall gather my chosen ones from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. 6. When is the First Resurrection? Also, are the saints who go in the Rapture included in it (Rev. 20:4-5)? If the raptured saints are resurrected before the First Resurrection, then why is it not called the First Resurrection?????? 4.Then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those who had been given the right to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus, for proclaiming the Word of God, and who had not worshiped the Creature or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They had come to life again and now they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5.This is the First Resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 7. If we are to be raptured and changed "at the Last Trumpet," (I Cor. 15:52), which is supposed to take place at Rev. 4:1, then why does Paul call it "the Last Trumpet; since other trumpets most assuredly would have to proceed the pretribualtion rapture legend"? If those who somehow accept this pretribulation fable as truth, so when are there seven more trumpets to sound, and wouldn’t the pretribulation rapture have to be the first trumpet? So why isn’t it the First? Evidently, if they are right, then the Holy Bible and God’s word is wrong. 52.It will all happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For there will be a trumpet blast from the sky and all the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive, with new bodies that will never, never die; and then we who are still alive shall suddenly have new bodies too. 8. If the seven churches of Rev. 2-3 represent the Church through history, then why is it that the 6th church is the church that is raptured (Rev. 3:10), and not the 7th church?????? Does one whole "church age" go through the Tribulation? Or if the 6th and 7th churches exist together, why are they the only two that are said to exist together, perhaps by some unknown convenience? 9. Why does "keep you from the hour of trial" (Rev. 3:10) mean that Christ will take us out of the world, when he said that he was not praying to take Christians out of the world but "keep them from the evil one?" (John 17:15) After all, the "keep from" in Rev. 3:10 is the same "keep from" in John 17. The same author wrote the Gospel of John and Revelation, and used the same phrase, so why does one mean to take someone out of the world and the other not?????? 10. If Paul told the Thessalonian believers that the Rapture ("our being gathered to Him" 2 Thess. 2:1) could not occur until the anti-Christ is revealed "until the man of lawlessness is revealed" (2 Thess. 2:3), then how can the Church be mysteriously raptured before the middle of the Tribulation, when most Pre-trib teachers say that Anti-Christ will be revealed as Anti-Christ??????
  • I'm an independent babtist and I am addicted to revelations. If you read it from front to back, you will not find anything about a rapture. Besides, why would we call Jesus's return at Megido the second comming, if he returned to rapture us before? The bible has a few side notes that could be interprited about a rapture like "there were two women grinding in a mill, one was taken, one was left"(Matthew). Matthew is a book with end time scripture, but why would such an important event not be described in revelations?
  • If you're using the standard dictionary definition of "rapture" here, then why wouldn't they?! ;-)
  • If all the christians are raptured out of here, why bother coming back? I ask one Rapture believer, "If you have brother against brother, daughter against mother, etc., who is this, basically telling on each other? Who is this suppose to be?". His reply, "Oh, that is the Catholics!" ----Beware my Catholic friends!!!
  • ONLY IN THE CLOSE COMPANY OF HILLBILLYS
  • Yes. I am IFB also, and I fully believe in the rapture. In 2 thessalonians 2:7-8,the Bible says:7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: the he who is to be taken out of the way in verse 7 is reffering to the Holy Spirit, then the Wicked one will be revealed. The Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of Christians. for the Holy Spirit to be taken up, the Christians must be taken up. The event of the rapture was foretold in Thessalonians. You could also look at 1 thessalonians 4:17. the word “rapture” comes from the Latin word rapturo, which is a translation of the Greek verb "caught up" that’s found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. You can call it the “pre-trib rapture,” the “pre-trib rapturo,” or the “pre-trib caught up” - it's all the same thing.
  • yup. i grew up baptist and they tried to scare the bejesus out of us with that nonsense
  • Absolutely. Having grown up in the baptist church it was one of the things I was taught.
  • Not sure...I'm a Methodist. But down here in Alabama there sure are a lotta little Baptist "raptures" runnin' around! :-)
  • As an ardent bible scholar, not just doing researches or linking references, but understanding the overall purpose of God, let me say that the 'rapture' is for 144,000 saints {Rv7:1-8}, which for all we know, might be gone already, or taken one at a time. Rv14:4 is their characteristics. If you're not a virgin, or have ever told a lie, it's not for you. They come back with Christ at His second coming {Rv14:1}. There is NO secret rapture of Jews nor Gentiles otherwise. There is an allegory to this with Elijah and Elisha. Elijah means 'The Lord IS God' declares God; Elisha means 'The Lord is MY God' adopts God. Elijah who was taken up represents the 144'000, and Elisha died of a disease, represents everybody else. The 'second coming of Christ. {Mt24:36} is not a rapture, but judgment day. At the end of the messages to the 7 churches in Rev 1,2&3, Christ says there will be tribulation, but "He that overcome will ..." If there was a rapture there would be nothing to overcome. A rapture for end-time Christians alone would be unfair to all the martyrs whose souls are crying under the altar {Rv6:9}.
  • YES, I do believe in rapture! I confessing with my mouth that Jesus was died for my sins, He Washed away all my iniquities, He rose again from the dead. He ascended to Heaven to prepare a place for me and He will come back to meet me in the clouds as he promised in His word.! To God be the Glory! A). Our Lord shall make his second appearance in Luke 21:27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. B). The ascension and second coming of Christ & His second coming shall be in like manner as Acts 1:11 "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." C). Special manifestation of, at the second coming of Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. D). Shall be specially manifested at his second coming. Mark 13:26 "At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 2 Peter 1:16 We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
  • yes and it is biblically supported no matter what anyone says, the rapture is clearly taught in Scripture. The rapture of the church is the event in which God removes all believers from the earth in order to make way for His righteous judgment to be poured out on the earth during the tribulation period. The rapture is described primarily in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.
  • I do not know about Baptists. But I do not believe in a rapture. I asked for someone to explain how they see this in the Bible. But no one took me up on it. -- http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/1787758
  • Yes, they are just as hysterical as evangelicals and born again christians. Stay away from all of them.
  • I would imagine that some do and some don't as they don't always speak in agreement with each other. My understanding of what the rapture doctrine is does not fit in with the scriptures. Of course, since the rapture is not defined in the Bible, there may be different interpretations of what the rapture is. Jesus’ pa‧rou‧si′a is not simply a momentary coming followed by a rapid departure but is, rather, a presence covering a period of time is also indicated by his words recorded at Matthew 24:37-39 and Luke 17:26-30. Here “the days of Noah” are compared to “the presence of the Son of man” (“the days of the Son of man,” in Luke’s account). Jesus, therefore, does not limit the comparison just to the coming of the Deluge as a final climax during Noah’s days, though he shows that his own “presence” or “days” will see a similar climax. Since “the days of Noah” actually covered a period of years, there is basis for believing that the foretold “presence [or “days”] of the Son of man” would likewise cover a period of some years, being climaxed by the destruction of those not giving heed to the opportunity afforded them to seek deliverance. http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Mat&c=24&v=3&t=YNG#3 http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3952&t=YNG Most of the things listed in the 24th chapter of Matthew, Luke 21, Mark 13, 2Tim 3:1-5, 2Pet 3, and much of Revelation, all happen during Christ's Presence. Mat 24 also had a partial fulfillment from 66CE - 70CE when the Roman legions encircled Jerusalem and then left, giving the Christians a chance to flee before the Romans came back in 70, but thats another subject. http://www.answerbag.com/a_view/7919501 . Proverbs says pretty much the opposite of the Rapture. Prov 2:21-22 "For the upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it. As regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth; and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it."
  • A lot of them do. Unfortunately for them it ain't happening! This is delusional religious belief!
  • Yes, we do. AND it IS supported in the bible.

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