Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
I am curious where the Christian Bible itself supports the rapture.
"For we declare to you what the Lord has told us to say: We who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have died. With a shout of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of God's trumpet, the Lord himself will come down from heaven, and the dead who belong to the Messiah will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever" (1 Thess 4:15-17, NIV).

This passage seems to support the rapture. Should it be taken literally? Is anything valuable lost or gained either way?

The real debate has to do with the nature of the kingdom of God and how it will be established. Today, most persons who speak of the rapture are premillenial, and now the rapture is almost exclusively identified w/ that position; however, neither the amil nor postmil positions necessarily precludes the rapture.