Belief in the Rapture

Q. I’ve heard it said that it is only the western (read American) church that promotes the idea of the pre trib rapture. Is this true? Do you know the position that Messianic Jews or the middle eastern believers take?

A. Since the doctrine of the rapture has been part of New Testament scripture since Paul first wrote it, I don’t believe it’s fair to say that the rapture is only spoken of in the western church. All believers who take a literal view of scripture believe that God promised to rescue his church from the end times judgments. (1 Thess 1:10, 1 Thess 4:16-17, 1 Thess 5:9, 1 Cor. 15:51-53, Rev 3:10)

In summary, it doesn’t really matter what Christians in different parts of the world might believe, what matters is what the Bible says.

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