Q. I pray for the pretrib rapture but prepare for the prewrath rapture. But recently, I just came across an understanding that I hadn’t seen before. The mystery of the harpazo hadn’t been given to the church until about 55 AD by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. Matthew 24 was a description of Jesus’s Second Coming written many years before Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. So Paul describing what was to happen in the twinkling of an eye as a mystery suggests this was never taught before, even by Jesus. I’m encouraged about the pretrib harpazo. What’s your take on this?
A. I’ve been saying for years that Jesus never gave a clear teaching on the rapture, and that the Church is never mentioned once in Matt. 24. We “see” the rapture in places like John 11:25 and John 14:2-3 because we already know about it.
It was given to Paul to present the doctrine of the rapture of the Church on earth for the first time. He did so in 1 Cor. 15:51-53 and 1 Thes. 4:16-17, written at least 20 years after the cross.