I touched on Eschatology (the study of the End Times) a little bit in my last last article. With this resurgence of the partial preterist belief (those who believe the End Times have started, slowly), I have also noticed that their dialogue is a little bit condescending and dishonoring toward Futurists (those who believe that End Times WILL happen but has not yet). I admit I am a Futurist and I find it their words hurtful. They have an opposing belief which I do think is dangerous because it does make people complacent. However, they have taken the debate to a new level of rage and finger pointing like I have never seen. Because of this, I have decided to break down their arguments one at a time and use the Bible and logic to explain why I disagree with them.
One common complaint about Futurists, is that we use the Rapture as a fear mongering tool for salvation. This comes primarily because of works of fiction and I am sure that there some evangelists who have done it as well. To paraphrase one writer, “I went to a teaching on the Book of Revelations and the teacher spoke heavily on the Rapture. After that meeting, I lived in a constant state of fear that I would be left when the Second Coming happens.” He went on to say when he stopped believing in the Rapture he felt free.
So let me get this straight, you are a Christian, but you heard a teaching on the Rapture that made you afraid that Jesus would not take you? Um, that says more about the state of your faith than about a belief in the Rapture. Salvation comes from faith that Jesus has come into your life, not whether He will take you with Him during the Second Coming.
Ephesians 2:8 says, For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (ESV).
I do not see anything there about fearing when Jesus comes back. It says we are saved through faith.
I believe in the Rapture and I know for a fact that if I am alive when it happens, I will ascend with Him because I have faith. To be clear, I am not afraid of being “left behind.” I know Who my Savior is and I am excited that He is coming back to take me to Heaven!
I will stipulate that there are fear-mongers out there using the Rapture. So what? There are fear-mongers using partial preterism. They are saying things like, “Beware, the seals and bowls of Revelation are upon us!” In short, it is a little hypocritical and disingenuous to lump a whole group of Futurists together. If the Rapture did give you fear for your salvation because of a fictional movie, book, or teaching maybe it is your faith being tested.
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