The simple answer is, "No, we don't." There are several reasons why we, the Body of Messiah, do not believe in the Rapture; however, we feel that by teaching you doctrines that we don't agree with, we're inadvertedly teaching what many are expected to believe even though they themselves do not have the adequate resources to explain their belief. For the most part, we focus our attention in what the Scriptures say and what we do believe, not on scriptural disbelief and trying to prove other people wrong.
As oppose to disproving Rapture Theology, this study discusses the rudimentary elements wherewith we as the body of Messiah disagree with.
Darby, Founder of the Plymouth Brethren Movement from England, taught that the real theological significance can be seen in four basic tenets which underlie classic dispensational teaching. Dispensationalism maintains:
1. a fundamental distinction between Israel and the church, (i.e., there are two peoples of God with two different destinies earthly Israel and the spiritual church);
2. a fundamental distinction between the Law and Grace, i.e. they are mutually exclusive ideas;
3. the view that the New Testament church is a parenthesis in G-d's plan which was not foreseen by the Old Testament;
4. a distinction between the Rapture and Messiah’ Second Coming (i.e. the rapture of the church at Christ's coming "in the air" (1 Thess. 4:17) precedes the "official" second coming to the earth.
Questions to "Think" About:
1. Does G-d really make a distinction between peoples, races and ethnic backgrounds? Does John 3:16 say, "For G-d so loved the World (...)" except you're Jewish, this doesn't apply to you?
2. If the African-American community within the United States couldn't tolerate Jim Crowism, the post Civil War concept of "Separate But Equal" that Darby and his cohorts proported during one of America's darkest moments in history, why should Messianic Jews condone racist theology that is based on targeted hatred to one group of people, ourselves?
3. Did the Apostles, who by the way were native Israelis, really hate their own people, language and culture to the point that they favored another culture other than their own? If so, which culture was that? Which language, foods, and new holidays did they embrace if they honestly believed that G-d rejected their own people?
The Bible discredits the foundations of this theology.
1. What says the Bible about Jews and Genties?
2. What relationship do Gentiles who believe in Yeshua's teachings have with Israel (reference Romans 11)?
3. Where in the Bible did G-d ever promised mankind an inheritance in heaven?
4. If this theology can only be spiritually understood, then why use the Bible for private interpretation?
5. Why does this theology discredit the validity of the Old Testament as if it is inspired by the Holy Ghost?
6. Can I trust in the Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth that I read in the Word without being bullied or harassed by people who claim to love G-d?
7. Isn't it heresy to teach something that's not even in the Word? If so, why should I claim in a doctrine that's not even mentioned once in the Bible? Because an old racist man said so?
Don't tell me what you "Think," show me in the Word what is says. I'll make up my own mind.
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