The rapture doctrine comes from 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJB):
"16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
I will tell you why I included verse 16 in a moment.
The catching up together of those who are alive when the Lord returns, that is the rapture. So we see there will indeed be a rapture. The controversy with the rapture is not a matter of whether it is real or not. The controversy is over the timing.
They that teach the early rapture doctrine have a gross misunderstanding of scripture or are simply twisting scripture to mislead true Christians. They teach that Christians are getting a special get out of persecution free card to leave this world early. This is completely wrong and I will show you why it is such a dangerous doctrine to believe.
Let's look at the verses again and see if they can give us any information regarding the timing of the rapture. In verse 16 we see the Lord returns and at that time the dead in Christ shall rise first. This is important. The dead in Christ rise first. Then going directly to the next words in verse 17 it says "then". Then meaning after what just preceded. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together.
What does this mean? This tells us the resurrection happens first and THEN the rapture happens. Why is this important? Because if we can figure out when the resurrection happens then we can know exactly when the rapture happens because it takes place right after.
Thankfully God is not the author of confusion and has not left us without sound doctrine so that we are not left in the dark concerning these things.
The Bible tells us 5 different times in the gospel of John when the resurrection takes place:
John 11:24 KJB
"Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
John 6:54 KJB
"Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
John 6:44 KJB
"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
John 6:40 KJB
"And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
John 6:39 KJB
"And this is the Fathers will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day."
The word is clear, the resurrection happens on the "last day". Therefore the rapture also happens on the last day.
The reason that Satan's ministers have decided to teach this false timing rapture doctrine is because scripture tells us the Antichrist must first come before the end. If you are expecting the true messiah Jesus Christ to return before the very end to save you from the persecution of the Antichrist and his wicked followers then you are actually going to get the false messiah/Antichrist who comes to deceive the world into believing that he is God.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 KJB
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"
Christians have been martyred (killed for their faith) the last 2000 years since Christ came. They are being martyred now, even openly in eastern countries. And we will continue to be martyred until the very end. Few will survive to take part in the rapture. Nobody is getting an escape card in these last days.
It is our duty as Christians to share the truth (edify) with our brothers and sisters. There are many that are deceived by this false doctrine, prepared to receive the Antichrist. Please share with them what you have just learned.