When will the Rapture occur?
Dr. Reagan: This is the fifth and last part of a series where I interview Roberta Roberts Potts concerning various topics related to Bible prophecy.
Dr. Reagan: Let me ask you another question. This is a hotly debated one concerning the timing of the Rapture. There are a lot of people who believe in a Rapture, many don’t, but many do. They will debate the timing of the Rapture, whether it is going to happen near the end of the Tribulation, or before it begins, or even in the middle? Do you have any opinion about the timing of the Rapture? We both know the Bible doesn’t clearly say when the Rapture is going to occur. You have to pretty much figure it out, deducing when from what the Bible says. So, what is your opinion?
Roberta Potts: I believe we are going to escape God’s coming wrath. One reason I believe that is because Jesus picked two particular Bible personalities when He said the end times are going to be like the days of… Noah and Lot. Both these guys lived centuries apart. The only thing I know they really had in common was that they both faced a coming cataclysm and they both escaped.
Certainly it would have been different if Jesus had said it is going to be just like the days of Jeremiah. After all, Jeremiah predicted a terrible, terrible upheaval which he didn’t escape. He had to live through it.
Or, Jesus could have said the last days were going to be like the days of Daniel. Well, Daniel was taken captive during that same upheaval and he didn’t escape.
Jesus didn’t say those days were going to be like the days of Jeremiah, nor the days of Daniel. No, He said they’d be like the days of Noah and Lot, both of who were removed from the coming destruction.
The proof that’s kind of the capstone for me is when Jesus tells us to always be on the watch and pray that we might be counted worthy to escape. So, I’m going to do just that and be watching and praying, because I want to escape.
Dr. Reagan: You’ve taken that right out of Luke 21:36. There Jesus says we are to pray that we are to escape the coming Tribulation. I have people attacking me all the time accusing, “You’re just an escapist.” I plead guilty. Jesus tells us there in Luke 21 to be an escapist. I pray to escape as others through time have prayed.
People will also say, “You just don’t want to suffer for the Lord.” I reply, “When you take a stand for the Lord Jesus Christ, you are going to suffer for the Lord.” The Bible says there is going to be tribulation for believers. But, I’m talking about escaping the Great Tribulation. I’m not talking about the tribulation that we’re going to experience as a result of harassment and persecution. We’re certainly going to experience that. No, we’re talking about escaping the Great Tribulation as described in Luke 21.
The most important point that I would make concerning the timing of the Rapture is imminence. The Bible says that the Lord can return at any moment. We’re to watch for His return at any moment. When you stop and think about what we call the Second Coming, certainly that can’t happen at any moment because there are too many prophecies that have to be fulfilled before the Second Coming occurs. But, there’s not one that has to be fulfilled before the Rapture occurs. I’m never told to watch for the Antichrist. I’m told to watch for Jesus Christ.
Roberta Potts: Absolutely!