There is NO Rapture.
In answer to someone's question about the millennium not being anywhere else but in Revelation: There is more about the millennium in the Book of Ezekiel, starting with Chapter 40 to the end of the book, than in Revelation.
I also wanted to say that there is NO rapture! We are not going to fly away! God is coming here to Earth to set up his kingdom of heaven (here on Earth).
As far a being the one taken - you DO NOT want to be the one taken - you want to be the one remaining in the field! The one taken is taken by the Anti-Christ - who will deceive MANY! This can be documented in Ezekiel 13:20. The rapture theory is just that - a theory. The word rapture is not in the manuscripts, not one time. The NIV Bible mistranslated God's word which is a big NO NO. The rapture theory was started by a woman in 1830, or so, named Margaret McDonald. 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 verse 17 says, "Then we which are alive, and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." People read this and think that we are going to meet the Lord in the air!
In the manuscripts, the word "air" means breath of life, not atmospheric air. The split second that we die, our soul goes directly back to the Father from whence it came. Paul spoke colloquial Greek, and even wrote a second letter, 2 Thessalonians, to try to correct the message that he was giving! You will find that in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 beginning with verse 1. I just don't want all of you who believe in "the rapture" to be deceived!
Ezekiel's temple - there is much misunderstanding about the description by Ezekiel of a rebuilt temple. It has never been rebuilt and therefore many people believe that it will be rebuilt in the future and place that event in the millennium. However, as in other portions of scripture there is a conditional aspect to this prophecy following the principle laid out in Jeremiah.
"O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them." (Jer 18:6-10)
A very small proportion of the exiles actually returned from the exile. The very fact that the post-exilic temple builders paid no attention to the plans shows that they were fully aware that the conditions for the construction of this temple had not been met. We need to understand that little word "if."Rapture
- you are quite right that there is no secret rapture. However, the saved will be caught up at the Second Coming as in the verse you quote. From there, the Saviour takes the saved to heaven:
"In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:2-3)
The teaching of the millennium as laid out in Revelation 20
is very clear.Air
in 1 Thess 4:17 is from the Greek word "aer." In the 7 cases where it is translated is always means the air as in atmospheric air and not breath of life. Sorry, but you have it backwards - check it out.
When we die our soul ceases to exist. Remember this verse:
"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Gen 2:7)
It is the combination of a body plus the breath of God that makes a living soul. This is very much like these analogies:
bulb + electricity = light
wood + nails = a box
Take away the electricity or the nails and the light or box simply ceases to exist. The human soul is never said by scripture to be immortal. Indeed,
"... the soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Eze 18:4)
Yes, there are many deceptions out there and the rapture is only one of them.