Throughout the last approximately 180+ years the church as been informed that the rapture is imminent. One of the reasons given has been that there are no signs for the rapture itself. So It could occur at any time. Garcia states this same teaching of “truth” this way:
“The Rapture of the Church is the only sign-less event noted in Scripture. Every other prophetic event has either signs for, or other things that lead up to it. The Rapture does not.”
So because of this thinking some Christians have been looking for and teaching the Imminence of this event over this 180 year period. Of course the teaching today from Dispensationalist is that some Christians have believed this over the entire period of the last 2000 years. But today we also hear taught that this our time is really the time of this long awaited event. Here is how Garcia states this point:
“While it is impossible to know the day or hour of the Rapture of the Church (Mark 13:32), it is however, possible to recognize the season of His return and our subsequent deliverance (1st Thess. 5:1-3, Hebrews 10:25). For those who would assert our ability to even wonder when Christ could return as soft date setting, just remember that Christ chastised the Pharisees’ and Sadducees, as well as the city of Jerusalem, for not recognizing the season of their visitation (Matt. 16:1-4, Luke 19:41-44).”
So, although I and many other believers, who disagree with Garcia and the Dispensationalist view of Imminence; still we would agree with what he states here concerning this being the recognizable season for Jesus’ return. But what I want you to consider or contrast, is that it would be impossible to reconcile Garcia’s two statements. Think about what I’m saying here. He says there are supposedly no signs for the Rapture, yet believers then through the last almost 2000 years have been held responsible for looking for Christ’s return for which they say there are no signs. So if they were looking for Jesus’ return when there could be no evidences of the rapture, (nothing to state the appointed time); then were they not also misunderstanding their time. And by so doing would Jesus not also reprimand them for not understanding their time? So why do we think that today is the appointed season? Is it because today is the only time in history that the seasons are ripening with signs given in scripture. And it then is only because of the signs that we can expect His return in the Second Coming. But understanding this is it not also required of us to recognize that Tribulation is coming as part of these times?
But we are told that the two comings are unconnected. There are no signs for the Rapture (they say), yet we will know the times and the seasons. Just how can one do that if all the signs are just for the Second Coming? Does this not mean that there is a strong connection. And if they are connected; then the Imminence of His Coming is tied to the signs of His coming. That being the case there is no evidence that they are two separate events, but aside from this there is much evidence that they are one and the same event.
If you really want to know what the scriptures promise for this our season, then you need to explore the articles on this site. I hesitate calling it mine, because we really have nothing in this world that God has not provided to us. If we are wise enough to understand our times our wisdom comes from God. God bless as you study.