A very real and relevant question for today is: “Will there be a Secret Rapture?”
In many places [bible collages, bible study centers, churches, bible studies, etc.] many are teaching that there is going to be a SECRET RAPTURE that the wold of the Lost on Earth will know nothing about, and only those who are ready and waiting [as the teaching says] will be taken up and out of the World.
This so called Secret Rapture will take place [according to those who teach it] immediately prior to the beginning of the Tribulation week.
When I heard it taught first as a young minister training in the Baptist Bible School, it was strongly noted that this “rapture” would be only in the Clouds and that Jesus would not come down to Earth at that time.
It was impressed upon me to believe that because it says [they will be taken up into the Clouds AND THERE WOULD BE A MEETING IN THE CLOUDS, and so will they ever be in that place] that it indicates that it was not referring to THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS TO EARTH.
The theory was taught that because it says IN THE CLOUDS that it was a SECRET CATCHING AWAY INTO CLOUDS only.
It is therefore important to be pointed out the follow verse:
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen,” Revelation 1:7.
FIRST, One should note that this verse is speaking about THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST BACK TO EARTH.
In this passage please note “HE COMETH WITH CLOUDS”. The fact is, the mention of “Clouds” at the second coming or revelation of Christ is noteworthy, and that it does not have to say it is something only heavenly that is to take place, and also that at the Second Coming IT WILL BE A MEETING IN THE AIR [CLOUDS]!
SECOND, One must notice the words: “AND EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM.”
It goes on to explain that the ones referred, to INCLUDE them which pierced him [or his very enemies] and farther it declares that ALL KINDREDS of the Earth shall cry out or wail because of Him.
So immediately we understand that WHEN JESUS COMES FOR HIS PEOPLE HE WILL COME IN THE CLOUDS AND EVERY PERSON ON EARTH WILL SEE HIM COMING AND CRY OUT.
Does this sound like a SECRET RAPTURE event?
Again let me add farther Scripture to consider now which SAYS CERTAIN THINGS THAT CONFLICT WITH THE “SECRET” RAPTURE TEACHING:
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other,” Matthew 24:27-31.
In considering this farther passage we add more meat to the reasons why the COMING OF JESUS FOR HIS PEOPLE is not a Secret Event which will involve only those watching and waiting.
FIRST: Note again the coming is described as “lightning” coming out of the East and SHINING EVEN UNTO THE WEST.
This will not be some secret event, but evidently one which will be seen by ALL UPON EARTH.
SECOND: Let it be noted that “the Powers of the Heavens will be shaken”.
Certainly if the HEAVENS SHAKE and great Power is demonstrated, it could not be SECRET at all, but highly ANNOUNCED FOR ALL TO HEAR.
THIRD: Let me point out that there will be A SIGN OF THE SON OF MAN IN HEAVEN which will cause ALL THE TRIBES ON EARTH TO MOURN.
It goes on to say THEY [ALL] will SEE the Son of Man COMING.
FOURTH: Again I point out that his coming will be IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN and with great power and GREAT GLORY.
FIFTH: The final point which is MOST CONCLUSIVE is when the verse says: this event takes place AFTER THE TRIBULATION.
Now if the Scriptures describe an event IN THE CLOUDS AND A GREAT GATHERING TO THE LORD… can one then not understand there is not only nothing secret but A GATHERING. [this word Gathering means CAUGHT UP and could be considered like those say CAUGHT UP AND OUT OF THE WORLD [a rapture although the word rapture does not appear anywhere in Scripture, nor does the teaching that the Catching Away is in secret].
It is clear to the Bible Student who will hear the factual account of the Coming of Christ, must consider that those who are teaching that there will be a Secret event are using the very verses that teach the SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST AFTER THE TRIBULATION.
Fact is, there is NO BASIS FOR A PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE FOUND ANYWHERE IN SCRIPTURE.
It is not Secret that the Scriptures teach that HE WILL COME AND EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM.
In Acts 1, it states:
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven,” Acts 1:9-11.
Again the going away of Jesus was INTO THE CLOUDS, and the coming again [in LIKE MANNER] will be IN THE CLOUDS as he comes back to Earth.
Nothing is said about it being Secret.
~ Desert Prophet Ken Dewey
The light will shine in His glory… In the desert.
Evangelist/ Prophet/ Pastor Ken Dewey is the founder of “OUT OF THE DESERT MINISTRIES“ in Belen, New Mexico, USA. He writes on this Web Site, many Prophetic words, Sermons and teachings while leading people into true church settings and preaching in an End Time Gospel Tent Ministry.
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