Q. A friend recommended your website and I’m really glad they did. I was impressed with what I’ve read so far. I wanted to get your opinion on something I’ve come to understand in the last few years. I’ve believed in the Rapture for some time now, but always had the feeling that I would not be Raptured, even though I’m a believer. I did not know what to make of this but some time after that I read Romans 9, especially focusing on verses 23-31, and came to the conclusion that I would be part of the remnant. What have you come to understand about the remnant through your reading and study of Scripture?
A. First, you have misunderstood Romans 9 because it’s not about the rapture. It’s about God calling both Jews and Gentiles into the Church, but sadly only a small percentage of each (a remnant) will come.
Next, let’s be clear that there’s no Biblical support for the view that some Christians will be left behind at the rapture. speaking of the rapture in 1 Thes 4:16-17 Paul said that immediately following the resurrection of the dead in Christ “we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air.” He didn’t say “some of us” or even “most of us”. He simply said we who are still alive and are left. Several other statements he made regarding the rapture confirm this.
When the rapture comes the age of the Church will end. It you’re still alive at that time and are born again you will go in the rapture with all other living believers. There will be no remnant of the Church left behind.