Will there be a partial rapture?
Does the Bible teach a Partial Rapture of believers?
No, absolutely not! All true born-again believers, those washed in the blood of Jesus Christ will be caught up in the rapture BEFORE the Tribulation Period!
Those that believe in the false doctrine of a partial rapture ignore the value of the death of Christ. The partial “rapturist” must deny we have been freed from condemnation and made acceptable before God in Christ (Romans 8:1; Ephesians 1:6). The partial rapturist must deny the teaching on the unity of the body of Christ (Ephesians 5:30). The partial rapturist must deny the completeness of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:51,52; 1 Thessalonians 4:14). The partial rapturist must deny the teaching concerning rewards (Rev. 2:10; James 1:12; 1 Thess. 2:19; Phil. 4:1; 1 Cor. 9:25; 1 Peter 5:4). The rapture is not a reward, in and of itself, but is a gracious gift. The partial rapturist confuses the distinction between law and grace (Romans 4:16; Galatians 2:19-21). The partial rapturist must deny the distinction between Israel and the Church (Romans 4:16; Romans 6:15). The partial rapturist must place a portion of the Church in the Tribulation Period. The Church needs no such judgment. Jesus referenced Israel when He said “Pray that you may be accounted worth to escape… ” (Luke 21:34-36). These judgments are associated with the Day of the Lord. The Church is to watch for the Rapture as those who have been made worthy already! The Church is not watching for His Second Coming (1 Thess. 5:6; Titus 2:13). The Church returns with Jesus Christ at His Second Coming. Thus, this event is not something the Church is commanded to watch for! The two woman grinding at the mill are in the Tribulation Period. One is taken to judgment and the one left enters the millennial blessing (Matthew 24:41-42). The Apostle Paul never doubted his own rapture. He said he found Christ in Philippians 3:8. His hope of “attaining the resurrection” is in the context of service, not the rapture. Scripture reveals in 1 Corinthians 15:23 a distinct number of resurrections of Church Saints, Tribulations Saints and Old Testament Saints. This does not suggest a division in the ranks of Church Saints. The partial rapture theory is not consistent with true exegesis. It is out of harmony with true doctrine and exegesis and therefore must be rejected.