The Rapture teaching has been around for a very long time and has gone through many revisions. As far back as I can remember, individuals have been making predictions on the month and year when this event will occur.
A recent prediction was June 2021. It was changed to August 2021. As a young Airmen in the USAF, I used to believe it. I believed everything written in the Bible literally. I have come a long way since then.
Is the Rapture true? Is it false? Is it a hoax? Is it a lie? Is it mentioned in the Bible? Was it made up? Did Jesus ever speak of such a thing?
I challenge proponents of the rapture to examine what Jesus taught about ‘going to heaven’ (John 3:13 and John 8:23) and look closely at the discussion the Apostle Paul is having with the congregation in Thessalonica at 1 Thess 4:13-18. What is he discussing? A rapture – something never mentioned by Christ or his Apostles – or the resurrection of the dead and having HOPE in Christ’s death and resurrection? That if he died and was raised from the dead, so will we.
Too, we must look at ALL examples of persons resurrected from the dead (other than Christ), who went to heaven. There aren’t any. Of all of the resurrections one reads about in the Bible, ALL were resurrections to life ON EARTH.
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.