Don't Mix Your Metaphor's - FREE
Do the events Rapture, Gathering, and Judgment of Nations confuse you? A lot of beliefs are built upon various metaphors that have been created around these events and can create that confusion. Here is a simple explanation of what each one means and how to think of them in the Bible.
If one is not careful, we can create confusion by crossing metaphors between the events in the Bible known as the Rapture of Saints (before Tribulation), the Gathering of believers (after Tribulation), and the Judgement of the Nations (the rest of the world) at the end. Of course, all of these are in the Bible and have an important place in God’s plan, but we must carefully organize these concepts within the scriptures.
To understand these things, we must remember to follow the
Fifth Rule of God’s Study Guidelines!
Everything establishes on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
What is a Metaphor?
Metaphor (source: Oxford Languages):
- A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which is it not literally applicable.
- A thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract.
The word “Rapture” is not in the Bible but comes from the Latin translation of the verse “to be caught up.” It is a metaphor that implies the referred event in the Bible and appears more often than the event called the “Gathering,” which will happen at the end of the Tribulation. All three events: Rapture, Gathering, and Judgment of Nations, are demonstrated in Matthew 25 by Jesus in their event order and listed below as metaphors throughout the Bible.
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