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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8 thoughts on “Why is the Rapture Debate Important”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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