When we were in our late teens in Canada, someone tried to indoctrinate us with this in an independent Lutheran church. Later on came the Left Behind series, and what not.
American creativity has no bounds it seems, to ill effects. Read the excellent point in the links above. This is not harmless theorizing. Lives and faiths are ruined by this kind of eschatology.
But God can turn many evil things to good. One of the best theologians I know, came to the church based on his interest caught by such interpretation. Since he was a good student of scripture, he soon outgrew the fascination and learned a solid foundation.
Orthodox, Roman Catholics, Lutherans and Calvinists, everyone who insists on a creedal Christianity, is amillenial (no millenium). When Christ comes at the last trumpet, that is the end of time as we know it. We live under him as our king now, as his kingdom is not of this world, as he said.
Please, everyone else, stop the rapture crap.
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