The rapture theory is not from the Bible. It's a doctrine that comes straight from the antichrist (Roman Jesuit Ribera in 1591 AD).
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
- Matthew 13:24-30 (KJV)
It clearly says that both the righteous and the wicked shall grow together until the time of the harvest!!
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
- Matthew 24:39-41 (KJV)
The above verse occurs right at the very end.
The rapture theory suggests that Jesus will come back twice, e.g. once for the secret rapture, and then again after the post-tribulation. That would mean Jesus would have to come back two times!! There's no mention in the Bible of that whatsoever. It's the second coming of Jesus, and not the second and third coming!!
Daniel 9:20-27 is often misused to explain the seven year tribulation period by splitting up the seventy weeks, into 69 weeks, and moving the last week to some arbitrary date in the future. What most people don't realize is that the prophesy of Daniel is continuous and refers to the Messiah. This prophesy has already been fulfilled!!
Note that the 70th week of Daniel 9:27, is often used as some sort of floating 7 year tribulation that could start at any time. The rapture theory (sometimes also known as "jesuit futurism" is a convenient lie devised by the Jesuits. It was later added to the Scofield Bible as "the Secret Rapture") after which it was exposed to millions of Christians.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
- 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)
Some also argue that the words "caught up" are proof of the rapture.
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.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV)
This gets complicated quite quickly, but know that this takes place at the very end, after the tribulation.
The standard for translation is extremely high. Only Enoch and Elijah went to heaven in this way.
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
- Hebrews 11:5 (KJV)
Let's face it. We will go through great tribulation.
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
- Matthew 24:21 (KJV)
Some of us will be asked to make the ultimate sacrifice:
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
- Matthew 16:25 (KJV)
We will be blessed for it:
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
- Revelation 14:13 (KJV)
The rapture theory is a complete mess, and satan has deceived many with it.
Read Matthew 24, and you will understand the order of events of the end times.
Don't believe me?
Check out Doug Batchelor's really cool videos about the "Rapture". Three parts, 10 minutes each.