Q. I have noticed in many Bible believing Churches, even those who support a pre-tribulation rapture, that pastors mention the trials Christians are having, the signs we see of hard times, they encourage a close relationship with our Lord Jesus, to walk moment by moment, trusting only in Him, to study the Word, even separating from the world view and encouraging an eternal view, but they never mention the rapture and rarely the end times. Why do you think that is?
A. I think some pastors are hesitant to preach on the Rapture because they don’t want to get everyone stirred up. Others cling to the Lord’s statement that we won’t know the day or hour, even though He was talking about His 2nd Coming and not the rapture. But they overlook the fact that He also said that we’re supposed understand the signs of the times (Matt. 16:2-3) and Paul said we shouldn’t be taken by surprise (1 Thes 5:4).
But I think it all boils down to the reality that most pastors are just too busy. Most weren’t taught much about prophecy in seminary and now don’t have the time to learn it well enough to be able to state with conviction that the end is near. Like many other people, they hope it is but they’re not willing to stake their reputations on it.