The rapture is an event in the doctrine of some forms of Christianity, in which believing Christians are to be raised into the air to meet Christ at the time of his Second Coming. Many hold that this will occur prior to the “tribulations” which will beset those remaining on Earth.
The primary passage used to support this idea is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, in which Paul cites “the word of the Lord” about the return of Jesus to gather his saints:
“…and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.”
Over the past few centuries, believers in the rapture have made predictions regarding the date of the event. Needless to say, every individual and religious group who made a prediction (referred to as “date-setting”) has been thoroughly embarrassed and discredited, as the predicted date of fulfillment came and went. Some have offered excuses and subsequently “corrected” their target dates.
The sole evidential support for the theory of the rapture rests with biblical texts. The claim therefore stands or falls with the evidential support for a divinely-inspired bible, which is non-existent.
There is no evidence to support the frightening belief in the coming rapture.