What Rapture? Who Will Remain at the Coming of the Antichrist?

by St. Cyril of Jerusalem Who will be these fortunate Christians, who will have the opportunity to confess and martyr during the years of the Antichrist? I consider them the greatest martyrs of all! Fifteenth Catechism on the Holy Spirit, St. Cyril of Jerusalem (d. 386)   Also by St. Cyril of Jerusalem:  The Divine […]

Prominent Christian Philosopher: “Movie’s Claims About The Rapture Are False.”

by Morgan Lee Several months before “Left Behind” opens in theaters, a prominent Christian philosopher is reminding the American church that the movie’s claims about the rapture are false. “This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation. If you read the book of Revelation, you won’t find any mention of the rapture […]

“Left Behind” and the Corruption of Biblical Interpretation

by David Carlson In this time of global uncertainty, terrorism, sniper attacks, and threats of war, one style of religious writing has catapulted to the top of best-seller lists. Known as the Left Behind series, these fictional works proclaim that the end of the world as imminent. This apocalyptic view is “straight from the Bible,” […]

In Case Of Rapture – Nothing Will Happen To This Car

by Fr. Peter Preble Several years ago I was driving behind a vehicle on the highway and I noticed the bumper sticker on the back. It was kind of funny and I will admit I laughed out loud. The bumper sticker read, “In case of Rapture this vehicle will be left unattended.” OK, I thought […]

Farewell to the Rapture

by N. T. Wright   Little did Paul know how his colorful metaphors for Jesus’ second coming would be misunderstood two millennia later. The American obsession with the second coming of Jesus — especially with distorted interpretations of it — continues unabated.  Seen from my side of the Atlantic, the phenomenal success of the Left Behind books appears […]

Rapture Theology’s Ominous Origins

by Fr. John A. Peck Origins of the Rapture actually don’t go back that far, but farther than you may have been taught (if you were taught!). First of all, the word ‘rapture’ is not even included in the Scriptures, and was unknown as a theology or a doctrine by the Church for well over […]

What is "The Rapture"? Part Two

by Fr. Dimitry Cozby Let us summarize what we have found so far. St. Paul does speak of a sort of rapture, in the sense of a carrying up into the sky of the righteous at the time of the Second Coming. The Fathers generally agree on that . But St. Paul and the Fathers […]

What is "The Rapture"? Part One

by Fr. Dimitry Cozby Some of our evangelical or pentecostal neighbors occasionally speak about “the Rapture” as one of the events leading up to Christ’s Second Coming. By this they mean the physical removal from earth of the true believers in Christ in preparation for the “Great Tribulation,” a seven-year period of unparalleled calamity which […]