God will not be Rapturing His Chosen People. Why? I thought He said He was going to create an everlasting Covenant with the Jews – after He wipes out most of the life on earth. Why should anyone be for this – KILLER GOD? Is this God – really Satan in disguise?
Although Jews don’t share the Christian idea of rapture at the End of Days, there is a Jewish eschatological doctrine of the resurrection of the dead during the Messianic period. In Hebrew, resurrection of the dead is called Techiyat HaMeitim.
End of Days expert and prolific author Rabbi Pinchas Winston spoke to Breaking Israel News about the concept of rapture – which has been popularized in recent years by the Christian fiction series Left Behind – explaining that it is actually based on a Jewish idea which has been adapted to suit Christian views.
“There are often similarities between Jewish concepts and those of other those of religions,” said Rabbi Winston. “Historically this has been because the other religions adopted and adapted some idea from Judaism, concepts they picked up through interaction with local Jewish populations or from Jewish literature over the ages.”
He gave an example. “At one point, Catholic priests learned Zohar (Judaism’s fundamental mystical text). Either to bury the origin of the idea they took or just to be different, they changed it to suit their religious aims, and over time it became so distorted from the original that it became very unJewish.
“The Christian idea of rapture is another such idea, which has little or nothing to do with Jewish tradition, which has always believed in the notion of the resurrection of the dead.”
Belief in the eventual resurrection of the dead is so fundamental to Jewish thought that it is one of the Thirteen Principles of Faith. These 13 basic Jewish beliefs were compiled in the 12th century by the one of the greatest codifiers of Jewish law, Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (also known as Maimonides or Rambam).
I believe with perfect faith that there will be a resurrection of the dead at the time when it shall please the Creator, Blessed be His name, and His mention shall be exalted for ever and ever.
Rabbi Winston writes in his book Geulah b’Rachamim (Merciful Redemption), “Just like a Jew must believe in the coming of Moshiach (Messiah) and the Final Redemption, he must likewise believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead. That is, when God will create each person anew from the ground, as He did the first man.” Rabbi Winston further quotes rabbinic opinion that the process of the resurrection of the dead will take either 210 or 214 years to complete.