Q. When you say there is nothing in the Bible that supports a partial rapture, my mind is drawn to the messages given to the seven churches of Revelation 2-3. With the exception of a couple, most of the churches were doing just fine, although the church of Philadelphia is the only one that receives no correction. They are also the only ones promised to be spared from the time of wrath.
Although I know the seven churches represent churches that literally existed at the time as well as prophetic throughout the church age, pretty much modern Christians can be classified into the seven descriptions of those churches. Is it possible the letters to the churches pertain to what you are saying here and that only the ‘Philadelphia style’ Christians go while the rest of the Christians stay behind?
Thanks for your time if you can reply! Also, what about the virgins when some were taken but some were left behind?
A. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that every person who attended those seven congregations was part of the Church. The leadership in each one (except Philadelphia) was accused of promoting false doctrine. Read my study on the overcomers of Rev. 2-3 to see what I mean.
All born again believers will go in the rapture. I’m guessing that when it happens almost every congregation will find some of their members have been left behind. Just because you attend a church doesn’t make you a Christian. You must be born again. (John 3:7)
The parable of the 10 virgins is about tribulation believers at the time of the 2nd Coming and has nothing to do with the Rapture. Click here for my study on this parable.