Barbara Rossing, a Lutheran theologian, cuts through the fog of excitement of the Rapture and points out how perverse this theology really is. Here are her powerful words:
The Rapture is a racket. Whether prescribing a violent script for Israel or survivalism in the United States, this theology distorts God’s vision for the world. In place of healing, the Rapture proclaims escape. In place of Jesus’ blessing of peacemakers, the Rapture voyeuristically glorifies violence and war. In place of Revelation’s vision of the Lamb’s vulnerable self-giving love, the Rapture celebrates the lion-like wrath of the Lamb. This theology is not biblical. We are not raptured off the earth, nor is God. No, God has come to live in the world in Jesus. God created the world, God loves the world, and God will never leave the world behind!For more info on the Rapture, and an alternative vision of "end times," check out Rossing's book The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation.