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Will Christians Be Raptured?

QUESTION: Will Christians be raptured after three and one-half years into the great tribulation…what does the Nazarene church believe?

ANSWER: There are several beliefs about the rapture of the church. The most popular one (The Left Behind series) is a theological product that came from England in the middle 1800s. It is not a historic belief of the church. this group takes the position that there are two parts to Jesus second coming. Part A to rapture the church *before* the tribulation* and Part B the second coming. There are not many current scholars who support a mid-tribulation rapture of the church. However, I do not find the arguments for this position nor the fiction of The Left Behind series persuasive.

As for what the Nazarene church believes I found this on their web site under their Articles of Belief.

XV. Second Coming of Christ

19. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again; that we who are alive at His coming shall not precede them that are asleep in Christ Jesus; but that, if we are abiding in Him, we shall be caught up with the risen saints to meet the Lord in the air, so that we shall ever be with the Lord. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Philippians 3:20-21; 1
Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 9:26-28; 2 Peter 3:3-15; Revelation 1:7-8; 22:7-20)

I am sure that there are varied beliefs about the tribulation within the Nazarene church as there are in all other denominations.

You can read both sides of the subject in two older books (easy to read) which will give you enough material to make a clear decision for yourself:

The Blessed Hope by George Ladd and The Rapture Question by John Walvoord

Winn Griffin’s participation in the church spans about 60 years, ministering in four different denominations, serving on the staff of three mega churches, and functioning as a pastor in four churches. He has a BA, MA, and two Doctor of Ministry degrees. In addition, he has authored two books and eight eBooks. Winn's focus on AskDrWinn is to give space for folks to ask about Bible stuff that they have questions about. He is married to Donna Faith and they have two adult children and live in Washington State. » Read Winn's Full Bio
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