Do Mormons believe in the rapture?

October 5, 2009

Q. Do Mormons believe in the rapture?

A. If you asked a Mormon about the rapture, you might not get a clear answer.  The word, “rapture” isn’t part of our vocabulary in this context, and you won’t hear a lesson about it on Sunday.  As far as my research goes, there isn’t a consensus among other Christians concerning what the rapture is either, but the basic idea is that righteous individuals will experience Heavenly glory at an event where they encounter Christ.  And yes, we believe that will happen.

Do we believe in the popular idea that all or even some of the righteous souls on this earth will all be taken away permanently, leaving the rest behind?  No, this earth is God’s creation and He will not abandon it.  In fact, quite the opposite will occur, and the earth will be burned at His coming (Nahum 1:3-5).  This is a crucial part in returning the earth to a state like the Garden of Eden which is described by John as a “new heaven, and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1) and is symbolic of our personal conversion (Noah’s flood = Baptism.  Renewal of the earth by fire = Baptism by fire and spirit. John 3:5).  The righteous will be spared during this period and will live on the newly cleansed earth during the Millennium of Christ’s reign.  The righteous that will be spared will be the honest and just people of the earth, not members of any specific church.  This includes all people who are honest, chaste, and live according to their own level of light.

Prior to this renewal, God will be pouring as much light, truth and spirit onto the earth for our benefit.  This is to help all to endure what may be termed the “tribulation,” another word not found in our vocabulary in this context.  This coincides with our belief concerning the increasing wickedness and suffering that will exist before Second Coming of Christ.  With God’s help, it is and will continue to be possible to be happy in spite of what is happening around us.  And also because of God’s help, it is our responsibility to search out those in need of a caring heart.

The subject of the Second Coming is extremely complex in its details and yet very simple by nature.  One could focus intently on every sign, every prophecy and every scripture and still miss the very point of the matter, that is, that Christ is returning and we must be ready to receive Him.  Study the scriptures and the words of the prophets for yourself to learn about His gospel.

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14 Responses to “Do Mormons believe in the rapture?”

  1. Jim


    How can the “rapture” be “imminent”? Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven (He is now there with the Father) “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. Since Jesus must personally participate in the rapture, and since He can’t even leave heaven before the tribulation ends, the rapture therefore cannot take place before the end of the trib! Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) (which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening – Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who would be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the posttrib end of “death” (15:54)! (Will death be ended before or during the trib?) If anyone wonders how long pretrib rapturism has been taught, he or she can Google “Pretrib Rapture Diehards.” Many are unaware that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 it was stretched forward and turned into a separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which the mass of evangelical scholars rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” [“gathering”] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!). Other Google articles throwing light on long-covered-up facts about the 178-year-old pretrib rapture view include “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Revisers of Pretrib Rapture History,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Pretrib Rapture Desperados” and “Deceiving and Being Deceived” – all by the author of the bestselling book “The Rapture Plot” which is available at Armageddon Books online. Just my two cents’ worth.

  2. Bret

    Indeed, it is my understanding that Christ’s second coming will not happen until after this tribulation of the Saints. In fact, it will probably be the marked end of the tribulation as the elements will melt at His coming (2 Peter 3:10). That being said, I wouldn’t say that He cannot leave Heaven until that time. The restitution of all things has already begun, and we are in the dispensation of the fullness of times. Christ appeared to call a prophet to usher in such an important time in the earth’s history.

  3. Sandra

    Thanks for your thought-provoking comments. Speaking of the rapture, I came across an article on Google just now titled “Walvoord Melts Ice” which covers the assertion by some evangelicals that “apostasia” (II Thess. 2:3) actually refers to the event they call the “rapture,” and it brings out some objections to that belief. Most interesting in that it shows that evangelicals disagree among themselves about all this.

  4. Andy

    Christ returned in 1914 and is ruling in heaven now and getting everything ready for his 1000 year earthly rule from heaven with the 144,000. He hurled satan down to the earth at the start of his kingdom rule in heaven.” And war broke out in heaven: Michael (jesus heavenly name) and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven. So down the great dragon was hurled the original serpent the one called devil and satan who is misleading the entire inhabited earth,he was hurled down to the earth and his angels were hurled down with him.” Revelatin 12:7-9. Once satan was thrown from heaven then jesus was able to set up his kingdom in heaven and this marked the start of his return or 2nd coming if u like. He is judging the inhabitants of the earth right now and once the Great Tribulation starts then the judging is complete and there is no turning back for the unrightous.
    During the great tribulation the true followers of christ will be turned against and persecuted for their faith,when this happens God will step in and that will be the start of Armageddon or if u like the final phase of the great tribulation.Once the wicked are destroyed and satan is abyssed by christ then the kingdom that is established already in heaven will be established on earth aswell and the righteous will have 1000 years of peace where we will gradually grow to perfection again like Adam was originally. Also during the 1000 year reign of Christ the ressurection of the dead will take place on the earth.And then after the 1000 year reign satan will be released once more for a short time to test the newly resusurected ones faith. He will turn some to his side sadly but then they along with satan will be destroyed and we will all live forever on paradise earth as perfect men and women as was the original purpose for humans before adam and eve sinned.

  5. Bret

    Thanks for sharing your views! Be sure to keep looking around the site.

  6. Tony Leon

    Althought this is old, this is the first result related to my serach about Mormons believing in the Rapture. I read 50% of what you said and didn’t need any extra unsure commentary about the topic. Many will use just part of the Bible to get to their own conclusion. Why? Because many are not sure if they will get raptured or not. Because many don’t want to think they have a God to obey 24/7 if they want to be saved. Because many do not want to repent and recognize they are sinner as everyone else is. When you come to a conclusion like ” every honest, chaste, etc. will be saved” you clearly haven’t understood the word at all. This is not about wisdom, its about praying God that you can find the way to walk the path He want you to walk His way, and not the way that is more comfortable for you. It is difficult to deny yourself and become a new creature in Christ, but it will be worth it the day of the rapture. Jesus said”Take heed that no man deceive you.
    For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
    For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24 5-6. also ”

    And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
    Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
    Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
    Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
    But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
    Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
    Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
    Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
    Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
    But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
    And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
    The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
    And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Mathew 24 38-51

    It is more than clear that there will be a rapture before God’s Wrath come upon those disobedient who want to do whatever they want with their lives and who do not repent from their sins. God Bless you and I hope to make a point of reflexion and not for arguments.

  7. Benaiah

    Please read Revelation 19-22.  It is obvious that Jesus comes back to the earth, slaughters all of those who are against Him, the false prophet, beast, and those who received the mark of the beast will be thrown into the lake of fire.

    Then Jesus sets up the fifth kingdom while satan is bound for a thousand years.  Then satan is loosed and gathers the inhabited earth to kill Jesus and the saints.

    Satan is then defeated for good and thrown into the lake of fire, and the dead are judged.  And last of all, Death and hades are thrown into the lake of fire and Jesus reigns forever. 

    This is when the earth is burned with fire.  The redeemed already have heavenly bodies and when satan is loosed, fire won’t hurt us, much less Jesus.  Then we will have a new heaven and earth where there will be no mountains or great oceans to separate us.

    It is quite hard to misunderstand these few chapters, unless of course you listen to countless people on the net, and read other books, or listen to other religions.  Of course then, you are walking in darkness and not the light.

    Please read those few chapters for yourself, much less the whole Bible.  I’ve outlined the plot, and it is quite difficult to misconstrue, but countless people have tried. 

    I urge you to allow the Holy Spirit, not Glenn Beck, or me, or anyone else to lead you and guide you.  Ask God to open your eyes and heart to see what is truly written.

    Spiritual words are discerned by spiritual people and must be understood by the Holy Spirit.  This is what Paul states in 1 Corinthians 2:12-16.

    May the Grace of God be with you all.

  8. Matt K.

    Given that this is being moderated by Mormons, the likelihood of it remaining on your site is doubtful. However, my challenge to you is to leave it up as a test of your religious convictions.

    As followers of Smith and Young you are required to pay the Bible lip-service while giving most of your attention to the Book of Mormon. Essentially, you do not believe that the Bible is the Word of God–claiming that God has not protected his word through the centuries. In your faith, the Book of Mormon is God’s word.

    Unfortunately, you are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to eschatology because you ignore/discount all the writings of the prophets and apostles who actually walked with God. That which you do read must be filtered through your latter day “prophets and apostles” who bear no resemblance to those presented in the Bible. They are men without vision who dream of godhood and fleshly desires. They steal your joy by telling you that you can add to the work of Christ by doing good works–even though your good works are as filthy rags before God.

    From an earthly standpoint, there are few people greater than the Mormons when it comes to piety and charity. You folks are good neighbors, patriotic, hard-working, moral…. But what if that’s not enough. What if Jesus was telling the truth when he lifted his head for the last time on the cross of Calvary and said, “It is Finished?” What if he really did do all the work of salvation? What are your good deeds then?

    If you are a born again believer in Christ, your good deeds are an offering of worship to the King. If you are not, they are a failed attempt at boosting your self-esteem. You know I’m right. Because when you close your eyes at night, the burning in your bosom turns to doubt.

    I’m fully aware that my words are insufficient to change your mind. Your bosom did actually burn inside you. Its the same feeling I get when I watch those poor kids with cancer on the St. Jude’s commercials. Its a real phenomenon caused by your realization that you are a sinner. Unfortunately for you, the sin issue cannot be resolved until you give your heart to the Jesus revealed in the Bible… an impossibility in your current state of blindness. Only your earnest prayer for site can remove that blindness.

    Back to eschatology. You Mormons have it completely wrong. The Mormon Church is not coming to the rescue of the US Constitution (Romney Fail), Jesus is not moving to Missouri… so on and so forth. Obama is driving us toward the literal fulfillment of John’s Revelation, Ezekiel 38 & 39 and ultimately I Thessalonians. Read it if you dare.

    When the rapture does come, God will send a great delusion so that those who are left on the earth will believe a great lie. What that lie is, I don’t know… but then again I won’t be here to experience it with you. In all likelihood, your apostles and prophets are going to tell you that we were removed for punishment. Now that you have read this, you will know that it was a lie. Read I Thessalonians chapter 4 (preferably from a bible that hasn’t been “purified” by your church).

    Really, what have you got to lose by keeping my post up? If you are right, the Mormon on a white horse rides in to save the country and leaves me looking like the apostate that Smith says I am. If I am right, you have evidence of heartburn and a road map for salvation. Sarcasm aside, is your everlasting soul really worth falling out of favor with your parents and the bishop? Not a chance.

    Praying that at least one of you seek the Lord in spirit and truth,


  9. Trudi

    Curious what religion Matt is ? I believe Christ is my Savior and I pray through him everyday. I repent of my sins (that apparently I think I don’t have) everyday. You are a person who groups people together in clicks. Our church tells us to search for ourselves read and educate yourselves with all the information and knowledge you can find and than make your own choice. We are taught that we are here to make our own choices. I don’t usually write on these blogs but you are very offensive (I’m sure to the majority of Mormons)in the things you say. For someone who is a follower of Christ I’m sure he is pleased with the way you represent.

  10. Austin

    Trudi, i don’t think you answered a single thing matt actually said.

    The Bible, which is the ONLY 100% true source Christians should look towards, makes it clear that the rapture is a pre-trib event. Jesus has not appointed us to wrath. He compared it to the days of Noah as well as Lot, both of whom, because of their love for the Lord, were saved.

    If it were a post-trib or even a mid-trib event, it would eliminate the doctrine of imminency. Jesus himself said in Matthew 24:36 that no man knows the day or the hour. However, he has given us prophecies which are being fulfilled daily at an astounding rate (just look at Israel and the middle east) that allow us to know the season and that we are infact in the last days.

    As for salvation, saying or believing that doing good works is to spit on the cross and is an insult to Jesus and his sacrifice. If we could be good enough, He would not have had to be mocked, spit on, beat, had a crown of thorns placed on his head, nailed to wood in the shape of a cross, and crucified.

    1 Peter 2:24 says “He Himself bore our sins in his body on the cross”.

    Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

    We live in an age of grace. Those who accept that they are sinners, proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and believe that he died and ressurrected to pay the price of your sins are saved. Works will not get you into heaven. Good deeds will earn you heavenly rewards (those done in His name), but will not earn you salvation.

    I pray this helps someone. God Bless.

  11. Norlene Hopkins

    Christ will come like a theif in the night and the christain will go with christ if you don’t believe that you will be left behind.

  12. Randy

    The same old tired attempts to “expose” Mormonism just go on and on. The Bible never says that it is the 100% only way to understand. It is true while also being the victim of those who removed or changed what they didn’t like or agree with. For believing this we are not
    considered “mainstream” Christians. Thank heaven for that. Early Christians were persecuted because they had ceased to adhere to “mainstream” Judaism. I find it remarkable that so many really would prefer that the Messiah and His Father just shut up. They do not wish to hear any more from the heavens lest they be made uncomfortable. The Book of Mormon asks the central question when it asks why men complain about “receiving MORE of my word.” My unfortunate capacity for sarcasm must be curbed when I think of that. I mean REALLY…you want LESS from God? Some actually suggest that they don’t NEED any more from God. I wonder how that makes Him feel. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I am expected to pray to ask the Lord about every policy, doctrine, leader etc. having to do with the church and gospel of Christ. And I have received a multitude of answers to prayer on all these requests. All testifying that Jesus is the Christ, the literal Son of God. That God lives and loves us and speaks to us today. That Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God just as Thomas B. Monson is now. When, knowing that God is not a god of confusion I asked if He would establish a mass of churches and then tell all of them different things the answer was an absolute NO. The real problem is that many fear to ask him (and have some pretty interesting and creative reasons for not asking) to confirm all things. Otherwise we would simply be believing because some other fallible mortal told us to believe thus and so. Not for me! The Bible says (and if the word redundant can be used to explain things Biblical)over and over again in virtually every book to “try all things”, “ask and ye shall receive”, “if any of you lack wisdom”, “he/she/they prayed”. How is this missed by so many? Well, enough, my love and testimony to all. Mormon or no. I have been of another faith in my lifetime. You actually can find more happiness and truth if you simply ask God. On the other hand if you fear to pray I wonder who is whispering THAT in your ear? Ignore him.

  13. Jacqueline Kohls

    James 2:14-26New King James Version (NKJV)

    Faith Without Works Is Dead
    14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

    18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your[a] works, and I will show you my faith by my[b] works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?[c] 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[d] And he was called the friend of God. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

  14. unfortunately the bible does not have all that we knew to have all the answers to certain things, and they were lost, it’s so evident, for instance, the mode of baptism, how we are to take the sacrament. God the father and his son jesus christ and the holy spirit, are those 3 the same. Protestants exist because of people like martin luther king, and we have different christian sects now and in j smiths time asking as to believe certain things, but they don’t ring true, and certainly if you ask 3 different people from 3 different christian churches about the rapture, you will get different answers, and if you studied religion of the us in the 200 years, you will understand that the way the rapture is presented in some evangelical churches is something that was not talked about previously. What the book of mormon does for 1 thing is teaches us about christ in even a clearer way, a way that is so lovely and the power of it is something that you can actually feel as you read, however, if you are someone who has listened to anti-lds info most of your life, you don’t want to go there, and you don’t, and you miss what is called the fullness, that fullness is only found in christ’s church, the one that has power in it, because it has the priesthood, to act in gods name. since being a member of over 40 years I have to say that I have seen so many church duplicate much of what the LDS has, its art, some of the conference talks when I lived in OR were spoken almost verbatim on a radio station, that spent much time belittling mormonism, it was funny, they used the words though. It’s like they can see some things ring true and they use it in their own organizations, even to the point, where in the last 40 years I observe the changes ever so slightly but taken on because they know the lds is teaching truth, these leaders of some of these churches, outwardly though, the point and tell others the massive lies and such about j. smith or b. young, until you’re dizzy listening to them. If the LDS church was so awful, why would those that hold the Dead sea scrolls let them be brought to BYU, why does byu have so many patents, all of this points to one thing, a restoration of the truth, which is getting us ready for christ to return to earth, in the souther hemisphere of the americas those people have a story of a white-haired man who is light that will return, just as in the book of mormon we read of the details of him coming to them, he told them he would return, although their records and current positions shows they turned away from the truth gospel and found themselves offering people for sacrifice, that story remains intact, the same them, is in Hawaii. so many things give clear indication that ‘the mormons’ are doing something right. Listen don’t be afraid, get this book and read all of the books inside of the main book, as you read ponder and prayer, and in a way that will bless your individual life the best, He will convey the truth of it through the power of the holy spirit. The lord makes it so simple for us, and yet so many, they reject something that is so close to them, it shows that satan really does exist, as he does everything in his power to keep people away, so that they don’t receive these additional blessings in their lives from accepting, believing and then being baptized, confirmed, and then having the H/s w/ them all of the time, as long as they live the commandments. so simple folks, so worth it.