Today I want to take a look at the false rapture doctrine being taught in the churches today. In this first post I would like to look at the history of this relatively new teaching. This teaching began in the 1830s and prior to that time had not been taught in the churches. This doctrine originated with a mentally ill young woman named Margaret McDonald in Glasgow Scotland. She had a series of visions in which it was prtrayed that the church would be whisked away. Twp priests learned of these visions and coined them as their own. Thus the rapture doctrine was born. This doctrine teaches that the church will be whisked away from the earth before the tribulation of the end times. It is not biblically sound and the scriptures are twisted and taken out of context. Ms. McDonald said herself that her visions of this doctrine felt wrong:
"I felt this needed to be revealed, and that there was great darkness and error about it; but suddenly what it was burst upon me with a glorious light."
-- Margaret MacDonald (Spring of 1830)
(Source: The Incredible Cover-Up by Dave McPherson)
It seems people love this doctrine and much money has been made from these falsehoods. There are more books in Christian bookstores teaching these books than there anything else. Why do people fall for and love this doctrine? Because it is what they want to hear. They don't want to hear that they may have to go thru some difficult times and actually make a stand for Christ. That is work and the current generations are lazy and don't want to work. The rapture doctrine is the easy way out, we don't have to make a stand because Christ will wisk us away in the nick of time. The rapture doctrine is the cowards way out. We have two warnings by God against these sorts of doctrines an knowing the history of this rapture doctrine it amazes me at how well they fit exactly. Let's look.
Ez.13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set they face against the daughters of they people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them. (KJV)
Ez 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and I will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. (KJV)
Is it coincidence that God warns us of doctrines to make our souls fly and that is exactly what the rapture doctrine teaches, that we will fly away. No this doctrine is a false feel good doctrine. However as we will see in future posts it is a very dangerous doctrine indeed. May God bless you in your studies.