What if the rapture looked like this?

"Reverse Rapture" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Reverse Rapture” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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Apparently today the Rapture is supposed to occur.

Again.

We’ll see.

But I did envision this a couple of years ago. What if the Rapture was reversed so that just our clothes were taken?

Well… here it is.

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10 Responses

  1. Bernardo says:

    Conclusion from rigorous historic testing of the scriptures : There will be no Second Coming so JC is not coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors or by any other transportation express..

  2. Ducatihero says:

    Haha it’s getting a little chilly this time of year in Scotland for that to happen without one or two things shrivelling up. 😮

  3. Ducatihero says:

    Yeah who needs Jesus when there is you “to save” hey Bernardo?

  4. Caryn LeMur says:

    Bernardo: a ‘rapture’ as described in the Pauline writings is impossible by natural methods.

    Therefore, of course, the ‘rapture’ was rejected by some of the ‘historical Jesus’ methods, for example, the Jesus Seminar.

    However, it we use Albert Schweitzer and his understanding of the Jewish apocalyptic vision of that era, we end up finding that the ‘rapture’ is both authentic and traceable to Jesus’ followers.

    Theories. All of them.

    Why don’t you post two contradicting theories, like I just did? Why not show the breadth of your understanding and research?

    Ultimately, you have to have faith in the historical theories (that Jesus was fiction, fact, or a mix thereof), or the Christological theories (that Jesus was more than just a historical person).

    Funny how it all comes back to faith, isn’t it?

  5. Bernardo says:

    See http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-The-Rapture/ for the NT about the rapture. To these passages, apply the rigorous historic test methods previously given. Let us know your results.

    Passage from the Book of Revelation of course are in the verse list. Said bookhas and continues to be widely reviewed. I find the following take very interesting:

    “Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation “the insanest of all books”.[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he “considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.” [31]

    Martin Luther once “found it an offensive piece of work” and John Calvin “had grave doubts about its value.”[32]

  6. Caryn LeMur says:

    Bernardo: you dodge yet again.

    The challenge was to you, and was encouraging you to try to show two views of one piece of the Bible. This would show the audience that you are thinking, and not just hiding behind citations.

    By the way, the ‘rapture’ is never mentioned in the Bible. It comes from the Latin word rapare which means “seize”, “snatch” or “take away.”

    The event is called out in the Pauline Epistle called 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. It is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible. It is never directly mentioned in Revelation.

    I think you have confused ‘rapture’ with any of the following: “…other New Testament passages describing the resurrection of the dead and the gathering in of the faithful when Jesus comes again (Matthew 16:27, 24:30-31, 25:31-32, 26:64, Mark 12:18-27, 13:26-27, Luke 17:26-35, John 5:21, 5:28-29, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 6:14, 15:12-32, Philippians 3:20-21, Colossians 3:4, 2 Peter 3:8-10, Revelation 1:7). These other passages use various descriptions and images to describe wondrous events that we cannot fully understand (1 Corinthians 2:6-10, 13:9-12). None of these other passages use the image of the faithful being caught up in the clouds and meeting the Lord in the air, nor did Paul use that description in his later writings.”

    [ http://www.christianbiblereference.org/faq_rapture.htm ]

    In my own mind, Matthew 24 is describing the Rapture in other terminology, “That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.” Nonetheless, I must admit that this is called ‘the coming of the Son of Man’, and does not directly mention that the ‘dead in Christ will rise first’ (as does the I Thess passage).

  7. Caryn LeMur says:

    Bernardo: I find it also odd that you would mention Revelation in the context of the Rapture.

    Here is the passage from Rev 1:7, ““Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him,
    even those who pierced him; and all peoples on earth will mourn because of him.

    Generally, when this passage states ‘even those who pierced him’, it is taken to be referring to the day of final judgment. After all, those that pierced Jesus were the Roman Guards that died in the first century.

    The ‘rapture’ is normally concerned with those alive at the time ‘Christ returns’, not those that are dead centuries before.

    Nonetheless, did you have another passage in mind from Revelation?

  8. Bernardo says:

    Caryn,

    See the reference cited for all the biblical passages regarding the rapture.

  9. Ducatihero says:

    Caryn,

    Good examples of critical engagement. I like what you say about “wondrous events that we cannot fully understand”.

    Bernardo, you previous comments imply that you regard Caryn to be “absurd” in her practice and that you see your role as an “educator” to the “ill informed”.

    A leader has followers, otherwise they are just going for a walk. David is a leader. In this context, the term “leader” is used as an affirmation.

    Educators have those that learn from them, otherwise the are just rhetoricians and polemicists.

    Caryn was appropriate in suggesting you post two opposing theories to show the breadth of your understanding and research and right to say you dodged that suggestion.

  10. Gary says:

    Being the pervert that I am I would enjoy this rapture…LOL

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