In today’s pretribulation rapture discussion in Christendom we are missing the obvious. Any numerical quantity of people noticeably disappearing with or without their clothes in a worldwide manner, above the unrealistically understated number of 1,000 or 10,000 or 100,000, for example, would garner immediate attention and be attributed by the general populace as a divine act of God with no other plausible causation. No imaginable space alien invasion or natural force could discriminately take 100% intact, whole people totally into thin air, vanishing completely. No one would think this surgically accurate and precise removal of whole people without leaving behind body parts or any other visible trace could possibly be anything other than some inexplicably divine act of God. Couple this with the singular nature of those taken, the expanded number of this group to be in the hundreds of millions, and the only plausible explanation of this totally implausible event would be the rapture and nothing else.
This does not mean that the world would believe the rapture explanation as incontrovertible proof to motivate them to surrender and yield their lives in faith to Jesus Christ. It simply means that everyone would have heard this rapture explanation as the leading, most plausibly acceptable explanation for the disappearance of hundreds of millions of Christians. Left-behind people after a pretribulation rapture are by definition skeptics and unbelievers. Just because they hear and process the information that the rapture is the cause of the disappearances, does not mean necessarily that many of them would reconsider and embrace change in their lives on account of this information.
What makes this a critical issue in our centuries-long, ongoing recovery of truth regarding biblical end-times prophecies, is that God the Father did not previously choose to have the resurrected Jesus walk through the main streets of Jerusalem in route to entering into the Temple. God did not choose a wide-scale public demonstration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, as the means to generate commendable, virtuous, and salvation quality faith. The contemporary skeptics observing a resurrected Jesus walking into the first-century Temple in Jerusalem would indeed acknowledge the supernatural nature of this occurrence. But this would probably not generate repentance and separation from self-sovereignty leading to salvation faith for them, any more than seeing Jesus miraculously cleanse lepers, restore sight to the blind, or raise Lazarus from the dead could just a few short weeks earlier. The all-important point here is that God Himself did not choose to upset the delicate balance for belief and unbelief, although He easily could have done so at this most opportune time by introducing the element of incontrovertible proof into the equation of His new covenant outreach of love to mankind in the first century. Romans 10:17 sums this up beautifully and simply: “So, then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”