It is a fairy tale at best and is promoted by those who have set themselves as Bible authorities, even though it is not taught or suggested in the Bible. Yet millions cling to this hope that they will be whisked away in the clouds when persecution begins. They have been deceived by the Devil who wants them to be unprepared when persecution starts, thus making them fearful and confused as to why they were not raptured. This leads to Spiritual weakness and denial of Christ. Many around the world have been persecuted for their Christian beliefs since Jesus was nailed to the Cross, including His own Disciples. Today the pace of persecutions is picking up around the world and it is spreading to more places than ever. Those Christians today who are being locked in their churches and burned alive, or who are having their heads cut off and worse know that there is no Pre-Tribulation Rapture now or in the future. It was not even a part of church doctrine before the mid 1800's. The reward is that those who come out of the Great Tribulation will live and reign with Christ for a thousand years.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. ~ Revelation 20:4
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: ~ 2 Timothy 2:12
Having studied this topic forward and backward over the years trying to find something I might be missing I remain as I started. Convinced this teaching is a lie from the devil himself and is accepted by so many people because they do not read and study their Bible as they should. Jesus is not coming part way to earth and secretly taking people out. It is NOT in the Bible. He is coming back to earth ONE more time and the Bible clearly states that every eye shall see Him coming in the clouds
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. ~ Revelation 1:7
Only then will there be anything like what folks are calling a rapture. It is when the dead in Christ are raised and those who are alive are then caught up with them, meaning Christ and those that were dead.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
There is nothing secret about the Lord's taking folks out. Every eye will see Him and it is announced with a trumpet. If the living had already been
raptured, then how could they be caught up when Christ returns? They could not.
New so-called Bible versions are responsible for a lot of this confusion, and that is what it is, confusion and many of us know who authors that. The King James Bible is the standard every version out there wants to measure up to and all have failed edition after edition. One can see this in their forward in which many mention the King James Bible often in condescending terms. Those new versions are just that, versions of God's Word. The King James Bible however has proven for over four hundred years to be the Word of God in English. Get one. Read it. Pray over it as you study and the Lord will bless you with eyes to see and His understanding of mind.
Folks we need to get the fairy tales out of our doctrine and prepare to meet God whether He come while we are yet breathing or He comes while we sleep.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [go before] them which are asleep. 1 Thessalonians 4:15