Q. I read an article on internet yesterday, written by someone who saw a vision of the rapture, and how he went in the rapture, and he explain how a young woman who had expected to go in the rapture because she thought she was ready, did not go, and how she cried in dismay and shock. For the last 7 years I have been very expectant of the rapture happening and believed that I am right with the Lord. But when I read that article, I was uncertain. What are the criteria to go in the rapture?
A. The internet is a great medium for the free exchange of ideas, but many of the articles posted there are just someone’s opinion and shouldn’t take priority over what the Bible says. In Acts 17:11 Paul warned us to search the Scriptures daily to see if the things we hear are true. I believe that includes things we read in books or on the internet or see on TV as well.
According to my studies, the only qualification for going in the rapture is being a born again believer as you identify yourself to be. Our eternal relationship with the Lord is based on what we believe not on how we behave (John 3:16, John 6:28-29). If we believe, then we’re part of the church and being part of the church we qualify for the rapture. None of the rapture passages impose any further conditions. If someone claims to have had a vision that contradicts this then the vision can’t be from God.