Perhaps the worst movie ever made was the 1991 movie that was titled The Rapture starring Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny and Darwyn Carson. Not because the acting was bad, the filming was bad, the plot was stupid, the action was boring, or the budget was cheap – although all these things are glaringly true. But because the movie had an extremely flawed concept of end-time events in the Bible. So much so, that what occurred had absolutely zero resemblance to the rapture. It was utterly ridiculous.
Perhaps the problem is that not many churches teach about the rapture, or even understand it themselves. Therefore the term the rapture gets thrown around and misapplied a lot, as in this film where it apparently refers to God bringing about the end of the world. No actual rapture. In fact, no Jesus! About the only thing that happened in this movie which resembles something from the Bible was the sound of some horses and a trumpet.
The very boring plotline revolves around a single mother who was living a bad drugged-out lifestyle, then converts to Christianity, then becomes convinced that God’s judgment day (the end of the world) is coming soon. She drives her daughter out to the desert to wait for it. When it doesn’t come as expected, she shoots her daughter dead with a pistol in order to send her to heaven. Then she decides to hate God for letting her do such an atrocious thing.
A policeman out in the desert (who had an encounter with them earlier) ends up putting her in jail when the woman confesses what happened. While she is in jail, what she was waiting for finally happens. A trumpet sounds, the sound of horses surround the jail, the bars on the jail cells crumble, and the end of the world is at hand. The policeman, who is not a believer, gets a chance to decide that he loves God for “giving him the gift of life” by the now-angelic little girl, and gets to go to heaven as a result. The mom gets the same chance, but refuses to love God because she is bitter about killing her daughter. So she goes to hell forever, and that is the end of the movie.
Pure fantasy, and a really dangerous one at that. People who do not know anything about the Bible see this movie and naturally assume that is the way the Bible says it will happen. There is no Jesus. You don’t need a savior and there is no hurry; you can decide to love God after the end of the world takes place and still go to heaven. Nothing could be further from the truth!
What is really scary is that some church denominations act in almost the same manner; that is, teaching false doctrine through the omission of teaching correct doctrine. Members of a church like that have no idea about end-time prophecies and may get what they believe about it from a stupid Hollywood movie like this. If you belong to a church like that, run don’t walk! Get out, and find another church – one that teaches the Bible.
A lot of people who were brought up Catholic have not been taught anything about Bible end-times either. For all they know, Jesus comes back and that is the end of the world and everybody who is going to heaven goes to heaven and everybody who is going to hell goes to hell. Unless they also believe in purgatory, a place that in actuality does not exist (as it is a stark contradiction to Bible teachings). But I will say one thing for the Catholic church, at least they got the important thing right: Who Jesus is and what he did for us. Many Catholics are saved simply for putting their trust and faith in the resurrected Jesus, no doubt.
Folks, you don’t get a chance to decide to love God after this life. It is true that if the rapture does happen, meaning all the true believers are raptured out of the earth and the rest of you are left behind, you will get another chance. But if you die and have not accepted the sacrifice of Christ, you will die in your sins and consequently be unable to be reconciled to God. That is one heck of a consequence to be gambling with!
Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life, and no man comes to the Father except by me.
Fortunately, Jesus also said I will by no means cast away anyone who comes to me.
The Apostle Paul tells us that there is one God and one mediator between man and God, the man Christ Jesus.
Fortunately, the Apostle Paul also said All who call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) will be saved.
Suggested prayer: If you have not yet come to the Lord, here is a suggested prayer you can say right now:
Jesus if you are real – if you are there – if you are really the savior of the world, come and save me.
You need to say it from your heart, and mean it. A famous pastor who was an angry, bitter, messed-up and suicidal man said that prayer one day – and he is now a well-known and respected Bible teacher, author, and pastor of a large church.