One of Satan’s most successful lies has been that there will be a second chance given to sinners after Yahushua’s Second Coming. This very popular belief, referred to as the “Rapture,” teaches that Yahushua will return secretly, taking His people from the earth. It is believed that following the “rapture of the righteous,” the entire earth will be plunged into seven years of great tribulation during which Anti-Christ will reign and exercise great power on earth. This is a very dangerous belief. Not only is it NOT found in Scripture, but it leads people to assume they have more time to accept salvation than they actually do. Rather than diligently searching their hearts and repenting of every known sin, people who believe in the rapture have a false sense of security believing that if they don’t make the “secret rapture” they can still repent later during the “Great Tribulation” following the rapture.
The idea of a “secret rapture” is based on a few Bible verses, taken out of context:
"Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your [Master] is coming." (Matthew 24:40-42, NKJV)
These verses cannot be used to support the idea of a secret, pre-tribulation rapture because they are merely a summarizing statement of an illustration Yahushua had just used! Yahushua explained that there would be two classes of people at the end: those who were saved and those who were lost. He likened it to time before the flood when everyone, by their own choices, determined whether or not they would be saved.
"But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
"Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your ⬇