The feeling that we might have somehow missed the rapture, is actually quite common among believers. Even in Paul’s day, he felt that he had to address this concern (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2). Add to this, the fact that many Christians believe the rapture will be a silent, secret event and the number of those raptured few (Matthew 7:13-14). Paul also saw the need to warn us that people would try to deceive us, concerning the timing of the rapture.
Below are ten Biblical proofs that the rapture has not yet occurred.
- Paul says, “that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). The apostasy, the great falling away from the faith, must occur before the rapture. As yet, we have not seen hundreds of millions of Christians turning away from Christ.
- Paul also says, “and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). The identity of the Antichrist will be revealed to us before the rapture occurs. The word translated “revealed” means to uncover, to make plain, to bring to light what was hidden. As yet, none of us knows who the Antichrist is.
- It appears that the Antichrist will be revealed to us when he sits “as God” in the temple (2 Thessalonians 2:4; Matthew 24:15). As yet, the Antichrist, who will be destroyed at the coming of Jesus (2 Thessalonians 2:8), does not sit in the temple.
- Before the Antichrist sits in the temple, he will “confirm a covenant with many for one week” (Daniel 9:27). As yet, we are still debating what this means.
- Before the Antichrist sits in the temple, animal sacrifices must resume (Daniel 9:27; 12:11), even though the temple itself may not be rebuilt. This has not happened yet.
Additional proofs for those who don’t accept a “silent rapture”. Those who do believe in a secret rapture, believe these following events pertain to a second second coming of Jesus, and therefore a second rapture (Matthew 24:30-31).
- Immediately after the “abomination of desolation”, when the Antichrist sits in the temple, the Jews will flee from Israel (Matthew 24:16-20). This hasn’t happened yet.
- While the Jews are fleeing from Israel, the Great Tribulation will begin (Matthew 24:21-22). This is tribulation which has no comparison in past or future.
- Immediately after the Great Tribulation, and before the rapture, there will be a cosmic chaos unlike anything that has ever occurred (Matthew 24:29).
- When we see these things beginning to occur, we will know the rapture is near (Luke 21:28).
- All people on earth will see Christ coming, and then the rapture will occur (Matthew 24:30-31).
(See also- At What Point Can the Rapture Actually Occur?)