Dear Dr. Endall,
I am at my wit's end! I know that the rapture is the most important doctrine in the Bible and that everything we do has to be done, every single day must be lived, and every single decision must be made knowing that any second the rapture could happen and only those who are watching and ready will go in it. I know that is true because I have read every book on the subject and I know that God would never want one of his truly loved ones to go through the kind of terrible ordeals that are going to take place during the latter half of the seven years of Tribulation. I know this is true. And, I listen to your radio show faithfully every day to understand exactly where we are on God's great end-time calendar.
But, I just cannot seem to find the definitive proof of the rapture in my Bible! My friends- especially those nominal Christian friends of mine- keep challenging me to show them where the doctrine is clearly given, but I cannot even find the word 'rapture' in there. I've consulted all of my study Bibles, even Strong's exhaustive concordance, and especially my grandmother's Scoffield Reference Bible, but I can't find the word 'rapture'! I don't want any more explanations and complicated charts. I just want to be able to point to the word and show my friends that they, too, must be ready! Can you please help me?
- Need it in Black and White
Thank you for your letter and your faithfulness amongst this evil and doomed generation. And thank you for your contributions to our radio program. My wife Ladeen and I remember you kindly in our prayers each and every day.
Now, concerning your question of the word 'rapture,' I am going to "shew you a mystery" that even the most respected scholars of our day cannot even begin to fathom. You are absolutely correct to say that the rapture is THE most important doctrine in the entire Bible. But, you are also correct to say that you cannot find it in your Bible, or in any Bible known to man. Now, why is that?
Do not be led astray by those doubters and skeptics who say that the word is not in the Bible because it is not a biblical word! As we have already shown, it is the most important doctrine "in the Bible." Just look around you and you will see that it is only the truly "Bible believing" churches in our world who uphold this teaching that came straight from the mouth of Jesus. But, here is the reason you cannot find it:
The word 'rapture' has been raptured.
Just think about it. We KNOW that it was there- probably in many, many places throught the Old and New Testaments- but, suddenly, it is no longer there! It is as if two men were working in the field when, suddenly, one is taken and the other left! It is proof amazing that, of all the words in the Bible, this is the only one that is now gone. That is what some scholars call a 'self-instantiating' word. The word rapture, in order to demonstrate beyond any doubt that it is true, has been taken away from us- gone without a trace, just like you and I will be if we hold firmly to this word, even when it is not there.
Now, this is a deep teaching and many of your friends will scoff at it. But, do not be dismayed or led astray by them, for the wisdom of this world is foolishness to those of us who understand these great mysteries.
Thank you again for your letter. Please find the enclosed, addressed envelope for your contribution as we continue to spread the word to our lost and forsaken world.