Perspective of a Bible-believing Christian... the sort often labeled "evangelical":Are there any here who used to think it will and no longer believe so, or vice-versa?
Perspective of a Bible-believing Christian... the sort often labeled "evangelical":
I did a reasonably extensive study of end-times prophesy a couple years ago.
My primary take from same was that I am not sure we understand Biblical eschatology as well as we think we do. That is to say, theologians and ministers who consider themselves well-versed on the subject... I think that if they think they understand it all in complete detail that they may be a smidge overconfident.
However, I am still inclined to believe in the end times, including some version of the "rapture", the Tribulation, Millenium and the Last Judgement.
Unlike many believers I am not so sure it is necessarily imminent. Certain Jewish sects who believe in a "Great Tribulation" believe it will begin around their year 6000, which would be around 2225 AD, IIRC, just to throw out one alternative theory.
But I dunno, the Bible says no man knoweth the day etc... Could be 5 years, 500 years, or tomorrow. God knows. Nobody else does.
I certainly do not believe in the rapture. The Kingdom of Heaven is all around us, so where would one be raptured to?
"If by superhuman concentration one succeeded in converting or resolving the two cosmoses with all their complexities into sheer ideas, he would then reach the causal world and stand on the borderline of fusion between mind and matter. There one perceives all created things — solids, liquids, gases, electricity, energy, all beings, gods, men, animals, plants, bacteria — as forms of consciousness, just as a man can close his eyes and realize that he exists, even though his body is invisible to his physical eyes and is present only as an idea." - Paramahansa Yogananda
There are multiple mainstream christian interpretations about what is supposed to happen regarding the rapture and other end of time things. Personally, I am content to wait and see what happens, if such a thing happens in my lifetime.
Premillennialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Postmillennialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amillennialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia