It never fails to amaze me just how far away from Gods word we latter day saints have strayed. One of the most basic doctrines of the end times is the doctrine of the rapture and yet, Mormons seldom speak about it.
Indeed, many Mormons don’t believe it is a true doctrine. Here is a good example of a Mormon’s thinking on the subject.
“Do we believe in the popular idea that all or even some of the righteous souls on this earth will all be taken away… leaving the rest behind? No…”
Even the folks over at FAIR, who should know better, have not yet received the memo on this most important issue and therefore remain hopelessly clueless:
“Modern revelation makes it clear that the saints will remain on the earth through the tribulation period until Christ’s coming”
For a brief summary of the doctrine please click here
One of the things I have failed to point out during my recent rampage regarding section 124 is that it reveals that the rapture is going to take place in Nauvoo! (and possibly other areas of Zion)
“And again, I will visit and soften their hearts, many of them for your good, that ye may find grace in their eyes, that they may come to the light of truth, and the Gentiles to the exaltation or lifting up of Zion.” (124:9)
This same “lifting up” is spoken of in the Book of Mormon:
“And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.” (1 Nephi 13:37)
Unlike the Protestant belief that the righteous will be scattered all over the earth when the rapture takes place, LDS scripture informs us that the rapture will be a “gathered group” event, just like the rapture that took place with the city of Enoch.
The doctrine of the gathering is another doctrine the modern church has long since abandoned:
“And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts. Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to be prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.”
Here is an amazing quote by Joseph Smith on the topic of the rapture that NEPT sent me years ago:
“..all will be raised to meet him [Christ] but the righteous will remain with him in the cloud whilst all the proud and all that do wickedly will have to return to the earth, and suffer his vengeance which he will take upon them, this is the second death..”
Anyway, for those that want to gain a greater understanding of the Book of Revelation, I am providing the first three lectures on the topic given by Chuck Missler. One of the profound observations that he makes is that all of the scary stuff that is mentioned after chapter four in the Book of Revelation does not really apply to the righteous because they will be not be on the earth during those terrifying events, they will have been raptured up BEFORE any of those things happen.
One of the fascinating things he points out is that the Book of Revelation was written by John BEFORE the Gospel of John was written! As a missionary I used to point this out to critics that would quote Revelation 22:18 to prove that there should not be any further scripture after the New Testament, but I never knew how to document it.
Another interesting piece of trivia: He thinks 2nd John is a letter to Mary as per verse one!