History Main / CaughtUpInTheRapture

28th Aug '17 11:18:12 PM gemmabeta2
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In reality, while this idea has worked its way into popular consciousness regarding the End of the World, it's actually [[NewerThanTheyThink a fairly recent idea, dating back to a Protestant group called the Plymouth Brethren in the 19th century.]] A former Anglican minister by the name of John Nelson Darby took a single verse from 1 Thessalonians describing how the church will be "caught up together" in the air to join with Jesus spiritually. Combining this with [[TheFundamentalist Premillenialist]] theology stating that there will be a period of a great tribulation and hardship on earth before Jesus comes back to defeat evil for good and reign for 1000 years, Darby is largely responsible for creating the major trappings of the Rapture that people most commonly associate with Christianity today. It's also worth noting that many Christians do not believe in the Rapture -- the Catholic Church, for example, disavows it entirely.[[note]]Their eschatology, [[ShownTheirWork taken straight from the teachings of Jesus himself]], basically amounts to "The world is going to end. We don't really know how or when and only God is ''capable'' of knowing how or when, but just take our word for it, OK?"[[/note]] Since its inception, it's remained a religious phenomenon that gained and [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches kept its strongest popularity in America]].

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In reality, while this idea has worked its way into popular consciousness regarding the End of the World, it's actually [[NewerThanTheyThink a fairly recent idea, dating back to a Protestant group called the Plymouth Brethren in the 19th century.]] A former Anglican minister by the name of John Nelson Darby took a single verse from 1 Thessalonians describing how the church will be "caught up together" in the air to join with Jesus spiritually. Combining this with [[TheFundamentalist Premillenialist]] theology stating that there will be a period of a great tribulation and hardship on earth before Jesus comes back to defeat evil for good and reign for 1000 years, Darby is largely responsible for creating the major trappings of the Rapture that people most commonly associate with Christianity today. It's also worth noting that many Christians do not believe in the Rapture -- the Catholic Church, for example, disavows it entirely.[[note]]Their eschatology, [[ShownTheirWork taken straight from the teachings of Jesus himself]], basically amounts to "The world is going to end. We don't really know how or when and only God is ''capable'' of knowing how or when, but just take our word for it, OK?"[[/note]] Since its inception, The doctrine was popularized by the 1909 Scofield Reference Bible, it's remained a religious phenomenon that gained and [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches kept its strongest popularity in America]].
20th Aug '17 4:59:25 AM TeraHawk
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* This is much the plot of Dean Koontz's ''The Taking'' - it also riffs off the idea that magic and sufficiently advanced technology are hard to distinguish. In this instance, [[only children and caring parents]] remain and there is some ambiguity as to what took place

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* This is much the plot of Dean Koontz's ''The Taking'' ''Creator/DeanKoontz'''s ''Literature/TheTaking'' - it also riffs off the idea that magic and sufficiently advanced technology are hard to distinguish. In this instance, [[only [[spoiler: only children and caring parents]] remain and there is some ambiguity as to what actually took placeplace.
20th Aug '17 4:55:14 AM TeraHawk
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* This is much the plot of Dean Koontz's ''The Taking'' - it also riffs off the idea that magic and sufficiently advanced technology are hard to distinguish. In this instance, [[only children and caring parents]] remain and there is some ambiguity as to what took place
30th Jun '17 11:57:53 AM HotelCalifornia
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* Background materials and WordOfGod in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' reveals that the "Rapture" theology is actually a form of mass conscription (called Rapturing in-universe) for the Angel Federation. The Angels use special transport ships to kidnap planetary populations before [[WasOnceAMan forcibly turning them into lobotimized synthetic warriors]] and [[WeHaveReserves using them as cannon fodder]]. Fortunately, such a brutal crime is only used in national emergencies ([[FridgeBrilliance which is why the practice is "historically very rare"]]).
23rd Apr '17 8:36:14 PM Jacob175
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* There's also joke bumper stickers along the lines of "In case of Rapture, can I have your car?" and "In case of Rapture, I call your stuff."

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* There's also joke bumper stickers along the lines of [[IfYouDieICallYourStuff "In case of Rapture, can I have your car?" and "In case of Rapture, I call your stuff."
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* A fairly contrived''Comicbook/XMen'' storyline featured a conspiracy by the Church for Humanity to cause a fake Rapture in the Catholic Church, using explosive wafers to 'rapture' Catholics and tricking the world into thinking Nightcrawler (whose mutation makes him resemble a stereotypical devil) is the Antichrist. Notably, [[ArtisticLicenseReligion the Catholic church does not officially believe in the Rapture, and it ignores all the other denominations who do believe in it and would be rather confused]].

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\n* A fairly contrived''Comicbook/XMen'' contrived ''Comicbook/XMen'' storyline featured a conspiracy by the Church for Humanity to cause a fake Rapture in the Catholic Church, using explosive wafers to 'rapture' Catholics and tricking the world into thinking Nightcrawler (whose mutation makes him resemble a stereotypical devil) is the Antichrist. Notably, [[ArtisticLicenseReligion the Catholic church does not officially believe in the Rapture, and it ignores all the other denominations who do believe in it and would be rather confused]].



* ''ComicBook/ThereforeRepent'' and its sequel, ''ComicBook/SwordOfMyMouth'' are a sort of anarchist TakeThat againt ''Literature/LeftBehind'' with the Splitters who side with the angels who randomly butcher people against our heroes who have rediscovered magic in the wake of the rapture and are LaResistance.

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* ''ComicBook/ThereforeRepent'' and its sequel, ''ComicBook/SwordOfMyMouth'' are a sort of anarchist TakeThat againt against ''Literature/LeftBehind'' with the Splitters who side with the angels who randomly butcher people against our heroes who have rediscovered magic in the wake of the rapture and are LaResistance.



* Averted in ''{{ComicBook/Preacher}}'', where the planned-for Rapture by the Grail involves launching every country's nukes at midnight at the end of the millenium, where they will... fail to explode, with the Grail emerging to rule the world. As Herr Starr puts it: "You just want to inherit the Earth".

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* Averted in ''{{ComicBook/Preacher}}'', where the planned-for Rapture by the Grail involves launching every country's nukes at midnight at the end of the millenium, millennium, where they will... fail to explode, with the Grail emerging to rule the world. As Herr Starr puts it: "You just want to inherit the Earth".



* Background materials and WordofGod in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' reveals that the "Rapture" theology is actually a form of mass conscription (called Rapturing in-unvierse) for the Angel Federation. The Angels use special transport ships to kidnap planetary populations before [[WasOnceAMan forcibly turning them into lobotimized synthetic warriors]] and [[WeHaveReserves using them as cannon fodder]]. Fortunately, such a brutal crime is only used in national emergencies ([[FridgeBrilliance which is why the practice is "historically very rare"]]).

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* Background materials and WordofGod WordOfGod in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' reveals that the "Rapture" theology is actually a form of mass conscription (called Rapturing in-unvierse) in-universe) for the Angel Federation. The Angels use special transport ships to kidnap planetary populations before [[WasOnceAMan forcibly turning them into lobotimized synthetic warriors]] and [[WeHaveReserves using them as cannon fodder]]. Fortunately, such a brutal crime is only used in national emergencies ([[FridgeBrilliance which is why the practice is "historically very rare"]]).







* The "800-pound gorilla" in this scenario is the ''LeftBehind'' series of Christian thrillers. The opening of the first book has the main character, Rayford, a pilot, contemplating cheating on his wife with a stewardess, before said stewardess comes into the cockpit to inform Rayford that half of the passengers have disappeared.

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\n* The "800-pound gorilla" in this scenario is the ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series of Christian thrillers. The opening of the first book has the main character, Rayford, a pilot, contemplating cheating on his wife with a stewardess, before said stewardess comes into the cockpit to inform Rayford that half of the passengers have disappeared.



* A lesser known series of Christian Rapture novels were the Prodigal Project series by Ken Abraham, with arguably better character development and more realistic dialogue than ''LeftBehind''. At one point, a man is confronted with his insane female neighbor who just witnessed her children's disappearance, and then killed her husband because he refused to have sex with her to replace their missing children and now wants the man to impregnate her.
* In the ''ChristCloneTrilogy'' by James Beauseigneur, the Rapture is somewhat subverted, in that when what becomes known to the world as "The Disaster" strikes, the raptured Christians don't disappear, but [[spoiler:actually die. Their souls still go to God, though]]. The tribulation judgements, unlike the cartoonish ones in the LeftBehind novels, are pure horror.

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* A lesser known series of Christian Rapture novels were the Prodigal Project series by Ken Abraham, with arguably better character development and more realistic dialogue than ''LeftBehind''.''Literature/LeftBehind''. At one point, a man is confronted with his insane female neighbor who just witnessed her children's disappearance, and then killed her husband because he refused to have sex with her to replace their missing children and now wants the man to impregnate her.
* In the ''ChristCloneTrilogy'' ''Literature/ChristCloneTrilogy'' by James Beauseigneur, the Rapture is somewhat subverted, in that when what becomes known to the world as "The Disaster" strikes, the raptured Christians don't disappear, but [[spoiler:actually die. Their souls still go to God, though]]. The tribulation judgements, unlike the cartoonish ones in the LeftBehind Literature/LeftBehind novels, are pure horror.



* Before ''LeftBehind'', there was Hal Lindsey. Although he didn't create the idea of the Rapture, he helped [[TropeCodifier codify]] it with his 1970 book ''The Late, Great Planet Earth'', which purported that the Rapture would take place in TheEighties, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Israel. [[UnderminedByReality His predictions are]] [[HilariousInHindsight pretty funny now]], but back then, a lot of people took him [[SeriousBusiness very seriously]], and it helped to fuel the popularity of dispensationalism in American Christianity.

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* Before ''LeftBehind'', ''Literature/LeftBehind'', there was Hal Lindsey. Although he didn't create the idea of the Rapture, he helped [[TropeCodifier codify]] it with his 1970 book ''The Late, Great Planet Earth'', which purported that the Rapture would take place in TheEighties, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Israel. [[UnderminedByReality His predictions are]] [[HilariousInHindsight pretty funny now]], but back then, a lot of people took him [[SeriousBusiness very seriously]], and it helped to fuel the popularity of dispensationalism in American Christianity.



* A short story from the Eighties titled "If The Driver Vanishes..." (from a Rapture-related bumper sticker, "If the driver vanishes, grab the wheel") had billions of people vanishing as something - "a great star" - appears in the sky. This taken to be the Rapture (a pretty convincing case, you might say), but the "star" appears to be an alien ship, broadcasting images [[AliensStealCable from TV and films]] of increasing population pressure and war culminating in space battles. After the disappearances end, the montage changes to a happier future. The protagonist decides it wasn't divine. It was alien pest control.

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* A short story from the Eighties titled "If The Driver Vanishes..." (from a Rapture-related bumper sticker, "If the driver vanishes, grab the wheel") had billions of people vanishing as something - "a great star" - appears in the sky. This was taken to be the Rapture (a pretty convincing case, you might say), but the "star" appears to be an alien ship, broadcasting images [[AliensStealCable from TV and films]] of increasing population pressure and war culminating in space battles. After the disappearances end, the montage changes to a happier future. The protagonist decides it wasn't divine. It was alien pest control.





















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* The name of the city of Rapture in ''VideoGame/BioShock'' is an obvious reference to this concept, and its setup bears some marked similarities to it. The main difference is that, rather than devout Christians being whisked away in a flash, it's the "productive class" leaving society voluntarily, ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' style -- [[CorruptCorporateExecutive business owners]] who feel that their workers shouldn't control them, [[MadArtist artists]] who feel that they are being censored by a society [[LowestCommonDenominator too stupid]] to see their "[[SmallNameBigEgo brilliance]]", [[MadScientist scientists]] who feel that "petty" morality and ethics hinder [[ForScience proper research]], etc.
* ''VideoGame/EverybodysGoneToTheRapture'' has different interpretations, but at least one is essentially spoiled by the title.
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* The name of the city of Rapture in ''VideoGame/BioShock'' is an obvious reference to this concept, and its setup bears some marked similarities to it. The main difference is that, rather than devout Christians being whisked away in a flash, it's the "productive class" leaving society voluntarily, ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' style -- [[CorruptCorporateExecutive business owners]] who feel that their workers shouldn't control them, [[MadArtist artists]] who feel that they are being censored by a society [[LowestCommonDenominator too stupid]] to see their "[[SmallNameBigEgo brilliance]]", [[MadScientist scientists]] who feel that "petty" morality and ethics hinder [[ForScience proper research]], etc.
* ''VideoGame/EverybodysGoneToTheRapture'' has different interpretations, but at least one is essentially spoiled by the title.

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22nd Feb '17 6:37:39 AM Doug86
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* The NicolasCage movie ''{{Knowing}}'' is a thinly veiled allegory to the rapture, [[spoiler: with aliens taking the place of God]].

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* The NicolasCage Creator/NicolasCage movie ''{{Knowing}}'' ''Film/{{Knowing}}'' is a thinly veiled allegory to the rapture, [[spoiler: with aliens taking the place of God]].
23rd Jan '17 12:51:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/ThereforeRepent'' and its sequel, ''ComicBook/SwordOfMyMouth'' are a sort of anarchist TakeThat againt ''LeftBehind'' with the Splitters who side with the angels who randomly butcher people against our heroes who have rediscovered magic in the wake of the rapture and are LaResistance.

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* ''ComicBook/ThereforeRepent'' and its sequel, ''ComicBook/SwordOfMyMouth'' are a sort of anarchist TakeThat againt ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' with the Splitters who side with the angels who randomly butcher people against our heroes who have rediscovered magic in the wake of the rapture and are LaResistance.
28th Dec '16 8:31:37 PM Xtifr
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* ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Apocalypse Codex]]'' features a charismatic evangelical preacher who hopes to bring about the Rapture. Unfortunately for nearly everyone, [[EldritchAbomination he's got the wrong Christ...]]

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* ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Apocalypse Codex]]'' ''Literature/TheApocalypseCodex'' features a charismatic evangelical preacher who hopes to bring about the Rapture. Unfortunately for nearly everyone, [[EldritchAbomination he's got the wrong Christ...]]
8th Dec '16 8:07:50 PM Fireblood
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* ''The Rapture'' seems to be a big TakeThat to the concept, as a faithful woman is driven by fanaticism and depression into effectively damning herself.

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* ''The Rapture'' seems to be a big TakeThat to ''Film/TheRapture'': The evangelical church Sharon and Randy join believes this will happen. [[spoiler: At the concept, as a faithful woman is driven by fanaticism and depression into effectively damning herself.end of the film, they're proven right]].



* A plot point in ''Film/JerusalemCountdown'', where Biblical prophecies are related to the terrorist plot at hand. [[spoiler:Happens in the end, too]].

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* A plot point in ''Film/JerusalemCountdown'', where Biblical prophecies are related to the terrorist plot at hand. [[spoiler:Happens [[spoiler: It happens in the end, too]].
13th Nov '16 10:36:46 AM eroock
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->''When I feel the magic of you''\\

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->''When ->''"When I feel the magic of you''\\



''Caught up in the rapture of You''

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''Caught up in the rapture of You''You."''
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