Updated: Dec 16, 2020
Have you ever been told that the rapture was coming? I have. What does that mean, though? Many of us have probably heard of the second coming of Christ, where Jesus will return to earth one more time to separate the sheep from the goats, to judge the righteous and the unrighteous. The Creed that Catholics recite every week at Mass says, “He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.” He came to earth once, then went to Heaven, and will come back to earth one more time. However, certain Protestant sects now will say that Jesus actually makes three appearances. He came to earth once, and went back to Heaven, then will return to earth again in a secretive “rapture” of Christians, will leave, and then will come back once more to judge the living and the dead. This second coming of Christ sandwiched between His appearance two thousand years ago in Israel and the end of the world is a relatively new teaching by Protestants. Now, the “rapture” means to be “caught up,” which is a reference to Christians being “caught up” to Christ and meeting Him in the air. They say this because they think that Christians will not endure the tribulation. First off, what is the tribulation?