Most Christians have heard of the rapture, but what is the “secret rapture”? Is there biblical evidence to support this theory?
While maintaining a firm foundation in the Thessalonian Epistles, Dennis Farrell cites numerous sources who hold varying doctrinal interpretations as he explores these questions and more:
Whether you’re an evangelical Christian who knows a little about prophecy, or someone who likes to study the Bible more deeply, The Late Great Secret Rapture will deepen your understanding of the distinction between a two-stage and a one-time second coming.
Dennis Farrell was born again in 1975. Having taught for thirty-five years at Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania, he is now retired. A member of the Gideons, he has done missionary work with Jews for Jesus. As well as The Late Great Secret Rapture, he is the author of Examples and Principles of Psychology in the Bible, Post-Trib, Is God Judging America and the World?, and The Late Great Secret Rapture. He and his wife have three children, and seven grandchildren.
It should be obvious that dividing the scripture ignores its context. This can be problematic for those attempting to determine whether the gathering or the coming, or the day of Christ, was the first or second stage of the parousia, which is complicated by disagreement on this issue.
All biblical commentators agree that it is logical and biblical for each scripture and passage to be explained for what it is without adding any extra hidden meanings or inferences. Their interpretation depends on the context of the passage, chapter, or book(s) under consideration.
We know Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians to address the fear of the Thessalonians that they had missed the “coming,” or as it is now called, the rapture. Paul’s corrections should demonstrate the importance of context. Within the context, then, he is clearly stating that they had not missed it, because signs must occur first.
Surely the Thessalonians did not think that the first epistle was not connected with the second. Why should they attribute a different meaning to Paul’s words than what is in the overall context? The only possible reason is because two-stage theorists assume a two-stage return of Christ. Therefore, they must separate out these scriptures and break context to satisfy that assumption, leading to false conclusions.
If the church is resurrected prior to the tribulation, then they are in heaven for seven years with new bodies. This means that those tribulation saints (and OT saints) who are martyred during the tribulation are in heaven without their new bodies, since they are resurrected at the end of the tribulation. Where does the scripture reveal two sets of saints in heaven, one with and one without bodies?