The rapture is a very interesting subject in the Christian circle. There are many views about it ranging from how it will happen to when it will be. Some Christians argue that it will be before the coming of the Anti-Christ, while some say it will happen after the Anti-Christ emerges. And outside the Christian circle, some are like the Sadducees of old in the days of the early Church who believe that there is no resurrection of the dead, (Acts 23:8). Some Christians got infected via this line of thought during Paul’s time, and Paul taught them widely in 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. If there is no resurrection of the dead, our faith is futile and useless. Now, for those who are keen and very conversant with the scriptures, it is not a new thing to them that the word ‘‘rapture’’ is not in the scriptures. The word for rapture in the scripture is originally known as ‘‘the second coming of Christ.’’ There are also some teachings that believe that the rapture and the second coming are two separate things, but this is wrong. The word rapture comes from the word ‘‘enrapture’’ which talks about joy and excitement which is significant of the type of joy that will happen to the saints when Christ comes to pick up His own. There are also many line of thoughts and speculations that have come up during the 20th and the 21st century which predict the time of the coming of the Lord, but all turned out to be lies.
Now, because of this, Paul admonished that we must not be shaken in mind as regards the coming of the Lord in any way, (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4). When we read this scripture, we will understand that the confusion in our days is not a new thing, but that which had been happening since old times of the early church. It is possible to listen to a preacher’s message, or read a book and get confused, but Paul said we shouldn’t be shaken in mind whether by spirit (false spirits), word (wrong preaching), or by letters (wrong writings), (2 Thessalonians 2:2). This means that it is possible for us to be deceived; and this deceits doesn’t just take away peace from our minds, but they give aid to the spread of false doctrines and lies which are able to survive many generations of Christians If we do not pay attention to the word of God. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ will not happen if the Anti-Christ, the man of sin and perdition doesn’t appear first, because it is written that he will magnify himself above anything that is called God or worshipped, (2 Thessalonians 2:4). Therefore, when you hear wrong teachings concerning the end and the appearance of the Lord, laugh it off, and let your hearts relax in the words of God. Perform your duties unto God and man and stop running helter-skelter because of the end of the world. It is not your headache. When the man of sin appears, everyone will know, but now that we are yet to see such, remember that Jesus warned before this time that many will come in His name professing to be Christ; therefore, it is our duty to be alert so that we do not fall into the deceit of men, (Matthew 24:26).