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Do Catholics Believe In The Rapture?

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The world is in a constant state of change.
The last 100 years have been amazing for mankind. It has seen the rise and fall of great empires, the invention of new technologies, and the birth of new religions and ideologies.
However, the greatest change of all has been the arrival of the End-Times or the Rapture.

Have you ever wondered, do Catholics believe in the rapture?

What is in the Rapture?

The doctrine of the Rapture, or the “Second Coming” of Jesus, is one of the most popular elements of modern Christianity. Predictions of the Rapture have been held for centuries, but the origin of the doctrine can be traced to passages in the Bible.

In the book of Revelation, there is a great persecution that will befall the righteous when Antichrist comes to power.
He will seek to eradicate the followers of Jesus Christ from Earth, but God will allow his children to be Raptured before this time.

The Rapture, a Christian belief that Christ will come to Earth and whisk all faithful Christian souls away to heaven at the end of the world at some point in the future.
This will be a period of time called the “Rapture,” and it will be followed by a period of time called the “Great Tribulation” when all the followers of Jesus will face severe trials and tribulations.

According to the Bible, after the Rapture, a period of at least a year and a half will pass before the end of the world, thus allowing time for God’s judgment on the world to be carried out.

The notion of the rapture—the notion that Christians will be taken to heaven just before the rest of the world is destroyed in an apocalypse—is based in part on the book of Revelation, in which an angel tells John in the New Testament that;

“I watched as the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll, and there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.”

Revelation 8:1 – 12

Rapture And Its Conservative Views

There are three main conservative views on the Rapture, which are commonly referred to as “premillennial,” “postmillennial,” and “anticipation.”
Premillennialism is the belief that the Antichrist will come before the second coming of Jesus Christ.  

Postmillennialism is the belief that Christ will return after the Antichrist arrives, with the hope that the world will be better off by then.
Anticipationism is the belief that Christ will return before the Antichrist ever arrives and that the world will be better off as a result. Each of these views has its own arguments and applications.

The Catholic Stance On The Rapture

It is found that most Catholics are indeed believers in the prophecy that Jesus Christ will return to earth during the End Times. The main difference between professing Catholics and Protestant Protestants is whether they believe this prophecy is based on the Bible, the Quran, or both.

We all think we know what will happen to us on the other side. It seems like we can’t shake the idea that we will spend eternity in the presence of the Almighty. After all, we believe that He is the Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and we cannot help but believe that we will see Him again.

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