Why is the Rapture Debate Important

Even if we face Antichrist, the saved will still be saved. Why is the rapture debate important?

Why is the Rapture Debate Important?

There is no question that those who are saved will be raptured regardless of their rapture-timing opinions. So what is the big deal? Why should we argue about this issue? If rapture timing opinions aren’t necessary for salvation, why is this the hottest issue in the Church?

Watch this brief video for a clear explanation of why this debate is so important to each and every Christian.


Those who will fall away are unsaved so preparing them to face Antichrist is actually an evangelistic effort.  That is why I consider this the most important issue facing the church today. If 50% or more of our churches are at risk of going to hell, what could be more important?

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11 thoughts on “Why is the Rapture Debate Important”

  1. Thank you so much for your diligent work. I’ve learned alot from your books, blogs and videos. The debate is a most important issue and is eminent! Most of my Christian friends do not distinguish between the first resurrection and the second coming of our Lord. How sad!

    Since your video “Will Jesus return after two days?”, I’ve completed a dispensational survey of the end times. My research begin with the declaration of Jesus on the cross, “it is finished” and I traced the Greek word TELEO throughout the book of Revelation. (I have a no teacher.) I believe Revelation 10:7 “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets” is significant and may be the first resurrection (a.k.a. Rapture) and correlates to Luke 24:45 which says, “then open he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.” I would love to share my research with you but I realize this is not the format.

    Every dispensation has a task for man to complete, failures of man, and judgment. For 2000 years, the church’s assigned task is to share the gospel of Christ. It has had some success and some failure. The church will be judged for its work. 1 Peter 4:17-18 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” The first resurrection is the fulfillment of the parable of the wheat and tears. It is a judgment, no less, one for the righteous Saints to receive rewards and crowns and duties.

    Also interesting is that there are transitional periods from one dispensation into the next. Examples: 120 days for Noah to build the ark and the 50 day period from the crucifixion on Passover to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Indeed, Daniel’s 70th week could be viewed as a transitional period from the dispensation of Grace into the millennial reign.

    1. Thanks for your comments Marilyn. Many believe as you do about the rapture taking place at the 7th Trumpet, and many believe it for the same reason you stated. I disagree however. Let’s look at Rev. 10:7

      “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.”

      As we begin to look at the verse, notice it is the voice of the angel, his speaking, that happens when the mystery is completed. This happens before he sounds his trumpet. What is this voice? In Rev. 10:4 we are told, it is the 7 Thunders, one for each Trumpet angel. Also notice John is not allowed to write what they said, Jesus keeps it a mystery. Notice I said “mystery.”

      In the New Testament, mystery is something that hadn’t been revealed previously in the OT. So in verse 7 when we are told that the mystery of God is completed with the speaking of the 7th Thunder, that is the last unknown component of prophecy! That means at this point we don’t know any of the 7 Thunders, there are still 7 prophetic mysteries yet to be revealed. They will be spoken probably in connection with the 7 Trumpets. Believers will be in heaven at that point.

      The first Resurrection occurs prior to the Rapture. Since we see the raptured saints in glory in Rev. 7:9 we know it occurs prior to that point in time. Jesus is seen coming on the clouds (and on his throne no less) in Rev. 6:16, so the Resurrection is between 6:16 and 7:9, but is not mentioned directly.

  2. Dear Nelson. Still having a problem with an exceszively low volume on the YouTube videos listed here. The clip volumes are noticeably louder than your voice.

    God bless you richly. Excellent work!! Chris

  3. Regardless of end time views, teaching about persecution is indeed important. Both for those how may endure it, and for those who can bear with them in support. Persecution isn’t waiting on the AC. It is going on today in many countries.

  4. Another good post Nelson. Personally, I don’t expect a pre-trib rapture, and as I’ve written in my books – I think the Great Apostasy will come when hundreds of millions of Christians who expected to be raptured away to safety before tribulation feel betrayed when they do have to face the horrors of the tribulation. How many will keep loving God like Job did when life seems like hell on Earth? As you explained, preparing these millions to be ready for the possibility of facing these trials is crucial evangelism.

  5. Hi Nelson,

    I agree that many who “think” they are saved will end up “falling away” from their deficient “faith”, however I think Scripture is actually warning us of something far more grave, ie. that genuine Christians may fall away from the faith.

    2 Peter 2:20-22 warns us about apostates that had “escaped the corruption of the world” and had actually “known” Jesus — precisely the same terminology Peter used of genuine believers in 2 Peter 1:3-4. They didn’t just “think” they were saved — they had actually been “bought” by Jesus (2 Peter 2:1).

    Likewise in Hebrews 3:12-14 it is genuine believers (“brothers”) who are warned of the possibility of apostasy, and our salvation is described as being conditional (“…IF we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first”).

    Similarly, Colossians 1:22-23 presents our salvation as being conditional (“…IF you continue in your faith…”), as does 1 Cor 15:2 (“…IF you hold firmly to the word I preached to you…”).

    In Hebrews 10:26-29, the author of Hebrews humbly includes himself and all genuine believers in the solemn warning (note “we” in verse 26).

    There are also many other examples in the epistles and throughout 1 and 2 Timothy warning genuine believers of the possibility of apostasy.

    It is in this light that I understand the warnings of Jesus in Matthew 24:10-13.


    1. Thanks for your comment Steve. I don’t think there isn’t any doubt that those in the parable with “weak faith” believe in Jesus and the Gospel, but as we know, even the demons believe and shutter. Faith is acting on that belief and that is what they lack. Enduring in that faith is also needed, obviously. So where the line of salvation is drawn is questionable. Remember that nature is waiting for the sons of God to be revealed. Right now, no one knows who these are.

  6. Bravo and Amen!! I thought you did an excellent job on this one. I’m already in agreement that we’ll face the anti-messiah, but through the simplicity of this teaching, I was able to pick up a few new nuggets.

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