Q. I have been seeing a lot of Rapture dreams and End Time dreams on Youtube and a vast majority of them keep saying Are you Ready for the Rapture? And one I watched just last night spoke about that just because we are Saved/Born Again does not necessarily guarantee we will be taken in the Rapture that we have to repent daily and live each day as if it is our last, etc. What are your views on this? I have been worrying and stressing a lot about this issue after hearing this. It has me questioning if I will be left behind.
A. You should never assume the things you read in books or on the internet are accurate. This especially true of places like Youtube and Facebook where people without any knowledge or background can say anything they want. While their intentions might be good, their theology is often suspect. The only reliable source for information like this is the Bible.
Jesus said no one can see the Kingdom of God unless He is born again (John 3:3) but there is no verse or passage in the Bible that says only some who are born again will be taken in the rapture. A careful study of “rapture requirements” will lead to the conclusion that there is only one, and that is to be born again.
In the Bible’s first mention of the rapture, Pau said the dead in Christ will rise first and after that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thes 4:16-17). And in 1 Cor. 15:51-53 he said, “We will not all sleep (die) but we will all be changed.” He didn’t say “some of us who are alive and are left,” and he didn’t say, “some of us will be changed” and neither did anyone else; not here, not anywhere.
Obviously, living each day as if we are about to meet the Lord in the air is a good idea, and is something we should all aspire to because it’s the way we say thanks for the free gift of salvation. But the notion that we have to earn the right to go in the rapture by the way we behave (called the “partial rapture” theory) cannot be supported in the Scripture.