A THIEF IN THE NIGHT…

Will anyone be left behind?

A very popular teaching today is the “secret rapture” teaching. But is it biblical? Will the Lord come secretly for his church, leaving the unsaved to live on earth wondering what happened?

A verse that is often used to support the “secret rapture” teaching is that the Lord will come asa thief in the night. In other words he will come secretly. But if you look at 2 Peter 3:10 we find something quite different. We find great noise and the earth burned up.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The thief in the night “secret rapture” teaching was popularized…

  • by the false dispensational teachings of John Nelson Darby in the early 1800’s,
  • further popularized by the study notes of the Scofield Reference Bible,
  • further popularized by Hal Lindsey’s book “The Late Great Planet Earth”
  • and further popularized by the fictional Left Behindbooks and movies.

Scripture does tell us that the Lord will come as a thief in the night, but it will not be a secret event.

No one will be left behind.

The church will be raptured, but it will be at the second coming, and no one will be left behind because…“the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The faulty foundation of the “secret rapture” teaching is Dispensationalism. This false Dispensational teaching has overtaken the church.

1 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

About Cathy

My name is Cathy White and I am a born again Christian, saved in 1988 at the age of 38. My mother was born again in her old age, in her 80's. Her name is Giannina which means "God is gracious."
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5 Responses to A THIEF IN THE NIGHT…

  1. Cathy, my husband and I believed in a secret rapture for many years. I’m grateful that you are bringing this forward. This error has blinded many of God’s children. May He open their eyes!

  2. Cathy,
    Yes, the Lord’s appearing will be seen and heard, not secret. The thief in the night analogy has to do, I believe, with its unexpectedness:

    1 Thessalonians 4
    15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 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. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

    • Cathy says:

      Hi Maria, Thank you for your comment.

      Most of the saints I know believe the Lord is coming as a thief in the night, secretly, unexpectedly, and quietly for them, as believers. They also believe the unsaved will be left behind to live on the earth. This teaching is known as the secret rapture and is the bad fruit of dispensationalism.

      But the Bible says of believers in 1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
      5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

      In 2 Peter 3:10 we find the phrase thief in the night alongside noise and the earth being burned. The second coming. One event not two.

      2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

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