Will Christians Be Taken In A Secret Rapture?

As a young and newly converted evangelical, I was quickly introduced to the evangelical pop sub-culture that included Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). In 1969 the famous CCM artist Larry Norman released “I Wish We’d All Been Ready.” …The premise of the song is that Jesus will come and believers will be taken secretly to be with him, and, in this scheme, the rapture will be followed by a period of tribulation. If we read [Matthew 24:36–44] slowly and carefully, however, we will see that, in context, to be taken is not a good thing—it is not to go be with the Lord in the air. No, to be taken is a bad thing. Read more»

R. Scott Clark, “Two Points On ‘Left Behind’ and the ‘Secret Rapture'”

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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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2 comments

  1. I thought Christians weren’t appointed to God’s wrath. Isn’t that what the Great Tribulation is all about?

  2. The rather terrifying, “A Thief in the Night” film was shot on my bus route near Pella, Iowa and in Des Moines. It was written by one of the producers of “The Blob.” So, the first horror movie I ever watched was shown to me at Bible camp and included landmarks that I saw almost every day. I had nightmares for years about being left behind.

    Dispensationalism was taught to me as orthodoxy, but I could never make it work even though I read all the notes in my Ryre study Bible and my mom’s Scofield as a teenager. One of the great reliefs of my life was discovering that there were other serious Christians who didn’t believe in Dispensationalism.

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