Some people argue that II Thessalonians 2:3 has nothing to do with the Rapture. I'm not so sure either way. Help!

Albuquerque, NM

The Rapture is indeed found in II Thessalonians 2:3.

Here are the Bibles before the King James Version: Wycliffe Bible-1384; Tyndale Bible -1526; Cloverdale Bible-1535; Cranmer Bible-1539; Breeches Bible-1576; Beza Bible-1583; Geneva Bible-1608. They all used the term “Departure”.

It is evident from John 16:7,8 that the work of the Spirit in the world is that of conviction and restraint concerning sin. He accomplishes this work through the bodies of those He indwells (I Corinthians 6:19). Spirit-indwelled believers have a purifying effect on the world. The Antichrist cannot be revealed until the Bride of Christ (the Church – all believers dead and living) are removed (II Thessalonians 2:3,7,8).

This does not mean that the Holy Spirit must be removed from the earth. This is not possible since He, as God, is omnipresent (present everywhere at all times) Psalms 139:7-11 and always will be.

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