Eschatology -- The End Times

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

What Did Ancient Church Fathers Believe About The Rapture?

“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.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

As long as I’ve been a Christian, and much longer, there has been controversy and division over eschatology -- the end times. However, in my opinion, very few bother to ask “what did the first-century church fathers believe about the Rapture? Were they pre-tribulation or post-tribulation? What did the disciples of the Apostles of Jesus Christ teach about the end times? Did they even believe in, or expect a “Rapture”? The multitude of Churches who’ve divided and separated over this one issue is a crying shame.

Since the very beginning of the Church Age, folks have been observing “wars and rumors of wars, plagues, and pestilence,” and attributed end-time significance. I can recall almost a handful of events in my own life that have sparked such speculation — even the current conditions regarding COVID-19, political turmoil, and something called the “Great Reset.”

I do hope for a “pre-tribulation rapture, which will take true believers out of harm's way. However, whichever way you land on your eschatological position, I find no reason to separate, or dis-fellowship from other believers in Christ, Jesus. The most important aspect of our Christian faith is that we are saved through the grace of God, especially the grace that allows us to have faith in Jesus’ self-sacrifice and doing the “will of the Father" as being sufficient to reconcile us with God. One thing is certain, the Church has always had an eschatological focus — with a sure hope of end-times victory over death.

Below, is an article that I came across many years ago, that takes an in-depth look into what the early Church believed about the end-times. Unfortunately, I’ve lost the links and attribution. I’ve also redacted and added a bit of my own research into the mix.

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