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My question is about the "Rapture". Although this word doesn't appear in the Bible, I have been reading about this event and would like to know more about it. I was raised in a Bible Presbyterian church and now attend a United Methodist church. My wife and I both believe the Premillennialist point of view. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 points this out very clearly. We also believe this because Scripture is clear in 1 Thessalonian 5:9 that we as the church and christians are not appointed to wrath, so we will not be here during the tribulation. One scripture that isn't clear is Daniel 12:10-12. The 'abomination of desolation' is clearly the anti-Christ, but I don't understand the daily sacrifice and the period of time referenced in the Bible as 1,290 days. Please help us understand or clarify this passage of Scripture.
There are quite a few problems with the premillenialist viewpoint. ‘Premillenialism’ comes from ‘pre’ and ‘millenial’ because it teaches that Christ will come back before (pre) He sets up a 1,000-year reign (millennial) on Earth. Premillenialism gained popularity in the 1800’s and has gained even further popularity because of the fiction series ‘Left Behind’. Popular is not the same as correct. 1 Thess 4:15-17 simply addresses what will happen to christians when Christ returns – it never says anything about a tribulation event or a millennial kingdom reign.
The problem with premillenialism is that its teachings are based upon the idea that Christ failed to set up His kingdom on this earth. Premillenialism teaches that when the Jews crucified Christ, they “rebuffed” His efforts to set up a millennial kingdom and that Jesus started the church as a temporary measure until He could return and set up His kingdom for real.
If this is true (and it isn’t), Jesus was lying when He said that His kingdom would be set up within the lifetime of those He was preaching to (Mk 9:1). In fact, it would make Jesus a false prophet (Deu 18:20-22). The truth is that Jesus has already set up His kingdom – the church is that kingdom (Col 1:13). Jesus never planned on setting up a physical kingdom on this earth (Jhn 18:36). Jesus’ kingdom is a spiritual kingdom that reigns forever within the hearts and lives of christians (Lk 17:20-21). In fact, it was Jesus who rejected the Jews when they tried to make Him king of a physical kingdom (Jhn 6:15). Premillenialism isn’t a doctrine from God; it contradicts Scripture. SB