17 November 2008

catholics on the rapture...

So have been reading the left behind series and as usual after reading new info i begin to wonder about things and the church's position on stuff... so do Catholics believe in the Rapture? Yes and No...

Lets start with Yes - Catholics certainly believe that "we will be caught up in the air" (1 Thess 4:17) when the trumpet sounds, but this is more in a Post-Tribulation Rapture kind of way

No we don't believe in Pre and Mid Tribulation Rapture as there is no solid evidence of Jesus coming back more than once... then there's is this stuff about "The warning" of which i have no idea...

Pre, Mid or Post? I know! my sentiments exactly! All this i found out using my trusty friend google, and discovered there are many 'Rapture' theories out there... mind boggling for a girl who has always known that Jesus is going to come again but being catholic the word Rapture is rather foreign... What can I say... Revelations is scary, as in there are beasts, hail and fire, mixed with blood crowned locusts with human faces, womens' hair, lions' teeth, scales, and stinging scorpion tails, a red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns.... My cousin the other night asked me not to read it out loud to her coz she'd have nightmares... and i believe it is a dire warning of hard times ahead... I just marvel at the time-lines people come up with... as they say He will come like a thief in the middle of the night.. that tells me it will be when u least expect it

So do I believe in the rapture? If you mean being caught up in the air when Jeus comes, then yes. When will this happen? at Jesus second coming, when the trumpets sound :D as St. Paul says...

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thess 4:15-17).



Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed (1 Cor 15:51-52).

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