Hi, Jan —
- What exactly do you mean when you say the Pope agrees with Protestants
on the Rapture?
More so than any other doctrine, the Protestants don't agree amongst themselves
with respect to the Rapture!!
The Pope certainly cannot have said anything heretical in the area. He
can't change the Church's position.
For this, you need only go to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It simply
states that we believe that Christ will return again at the Resurrection
of the Dead. It says nothing about the Church being raptured out
of the world seven years to the End, or three and a half years prior or whatever the latest
variation of Dispensationalist heresy is being promoted by televangelists.
This whole idea is less than 200 years old. It is a position no one in
Church history ever took. It is rooted in a complete misreading of the
Yes, those who are alive at the time of Christ's return will be raptured or transformed
in the twinkling of an eye, (1 Corinthians 15:52) but that happens at the End of time.
Nor will there be a literal millennium (1,000 years) after which there
is another battle between good and evil. When He comes back next time,
it's over. There will be a New Heaven and New Earth.
That is not just the latest Teaching of the Church, it has been the constant
Teaching of the Church.
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