Quotes Worth Noting

Truth is beautiful, no doubt;
but so are lies. – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them. – Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up and hurry
off as if nothing ever happened. – Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Concerning the end-times, Jesus Christ warned His followers: “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4, NKJV). 

Concerning His return to earth, Jesus Christ clarified that it will NOT be in secret: “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matt. 24:26,27 KJV)

Paul wrote that true believers will “caught up” when Jesus Christ descends from heaven with a shout, a voice, and “the trumpet of God”: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a SHOUT, with the VOICE of an archangel, and with the TRUMPET of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thess. 4:16,17)

Where did the idea of a silent, secretive “Rapture of the saints” originate? “The idea of a secret rapture at a secret coming of Christ had its origin in an ‘utterance’ in Edward Irving's church [from a woman named Margaret McDonald in the spring of 1830], and this was taken to be the voice of the Spirit. Tregelles says, "it was from that supposed revelation that the modern doctrine and the modern phraseology respecting it [the Rapture] arose. It came not from Holy Scripture, but from that which falsely pretended to be the Spirit of God." [S.P. Tregelles, The Hope of Christ's Second Coming, first published in 1864...] (Taken from The History and Origins of Pretribulationism, by Dr. George Eldon Ladd. See also Ladd’s book, The Blessed Hope: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1956. Pages 19-60).

Who first popularized the secret Rapture doctrine? “His [British theologian John Nelson Darby’s] most striking innovation was the timing of a concept called the Rapture, drawn from the Apostle Paul’s prediction that believers would fly up to meet Christ in Heaven. Most theologians understood it as part of the Resurrection at time’s very end, Darby repositioned it at the Apocalypse’s very beginning, a small shift with large implications. It spared true believers the Tribulation, leaving the horror to nonbelievers and the doctrinally misled…Darby’s scheme became a pillar of the new Fundamentalism” (The End: How it Got That Way, by David Van Biema. Time magazine, July 1, 2002).