Who has not heard that something is not true because the actual word is not in the Bible? Controversial topics as abortion, the rapture, or the Trinity have varied opinions and confusion is perpetuated because people try to assimilate human philosophy with Biblical principle. What you get is goulash.
The subject of abortion is a slam dunk however people will not accept God’s word anyway and prefer to embrace the side of human inconsistency rather than absolute truth of God’s standards. One really has to be extremely dull spiritually to assume the Bible would allow abortion in the light of many references against the shedding of innocent blood and foreknowledge by God of the individual “before they were in their mother’s womb”.http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVstudies/Genesis/19_murder.htm
That is why it is no surprise that the advanced topics of the rapture and trinity many times digresses to pontifications rather than what the Bible actually teaches.
Let’s give the doubters, skeptics, cynics, and bad teachers their due. You are quite correct….the words rapture and trinity are not in the Bible, or should not be in spite of the various translations that have proliferated. Now that’s settled, let us go into the deeper things of God.
Although difficult to explain the Trinity represents one of the glorious mysteries of God’s nature. There is a good reason finite words are inaccurate to describe an infinite God. That is why the concept of the Triune God is sprinkled throughout the Bible.
The Old Testament lays the framework for the Trinity in the story of Abraham being visited by three angels which represented God’s nature in Genesis. Another dynamic piece of evidence is wrapped in prophecy in Isaiah 9:6,
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace”.
All the aspects of the Trinity are presented together into one shining piece of evidence. Most believers are familiar with the verse but merely fail to relate Isaiah 9:6 to a major Trinity teaching. It is usually used to substantiate the birth of Christ. It is easy to trip over the obvious.
In the gospel of Mark 1:10-11 after Jesus is baptized, the Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus as a dove while a voice from heaven thunders, “Thou art My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. All of this pointed to the concept of the Trinity.
Before the ascension of Jesus in St. Matthew 28:19, Christ instructed to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”.
One really needs to delude themselves with a prior agenda to miss the concept of the Trinity. God’s nature can be grasped if one truly opens their heart to receive the truth of God’s essence in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It does not explain everything about God but it explains enough.
The rapture of the “church” is a supernatural occurrence which the apostle Paul documents in his letter to the church of Corinth with these words,
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed”.
One needs at least a second testimony and Paul provides this in his letter to the church of Thessalonica with this declaration,
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: 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: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”—1Thessalonians 4:16-17.
The rapture is not a matter of if, but when. One indication is the Holy Spirit being removed along with the church in 2 Thessalonians 2:3;
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition..”
However in the following verse in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 states,
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way, and then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming..”
The Holy Spirit now letteth, or restrains the evil from manifesting to its full measure, and also restrains the anti-Christ from taking dominion. Once the rapture happens, the removing of the church and more importantly the Holy Spirit, it will allow evil to complete its full measure. Tribulation will take place which will usher in the Great Tribulation, a warning of things to come upon the Earth which will be the pouring out of God’s wrath.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Tribulation
The rapture as a precursor of the revelation of the anti-Christ is a pre-tribulation event talked about in the Bible. There are theologians that believe the rapture will take place before God pours out His wrath as a pre-wrath event. Mid-tribulation believers think the rapture will happen half way through the 7-years of the peace treaty signed and broken by the anti-Christ. Others believe the rapture will take place after all tribulation events take place in a post-tribulation occurrence.
Timing is what is debated concerning the rapture….just a matter of when not if it happens.