People accuse the rapture of being a doctrine of escapism that demotivates believers from good works. I have always thought it an odd indictment against the rapture because every view of prophecy has an escape element. We dispensationalists believe that the rapture is our blessed hope that keeps us from the seven-year tribulation (Tit. 2:13), but all believers are looking forward to a much greater escape than this. Every orthodox believer anticipates that God will destroy the current earth and establish a new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1). This great escape delivers us from the sinful nature, the demonic principalities, the fallen earth, the corrupt world, and anything else that ever has been (or ever will be) bad. That is wonderful news of an escape about which we all agree!
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This article first appeared in Ariel Magazine, Winter 2022 / Volume 1 / #45, pp 08-12. It has been republished here with permission by the copyright owner: Ariel Ministries USA, 11926 Radium St, San Antonio, TX 78216, USA. © 2022 by Ariel Ministries USA. All rights reserved.