32 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”
1. The word “rapture” never appears in the Bible.
2. Books upon books have been written elaborating on a doctrine that you would have to strain to contend is even implied by Scripture.
3. Trees or Forests? Trees or Forests? The emphasis of Jesus’ words is two part: (1) No one knows when He will return and judgment will begin (2) Be ready.
4. The Bible does not teach multiple second comings. Scripture declares that Jesus will return once and time will stop. Then there will be a “general judgment” (everyone will be judged at once). There are not separate judgments for the saved and the lost. Yes, we will meet Him in the air – just not in multiple installments!
5. We take things that are clear and simple and make them complicated and confusing. Additionally, we try to conform Scripture to our desired outcome. It is really just not that hard: Jesus returns. The living and the dead are judged. It does not matter if you are in Ohio or Palestine. It does not matter whether you are Native American or Asian, Jew or Gentile. The only thing that matters is that you have truly accepted Christ as your Savior and Lord.