The doctrine of a rapture was first brought to the public by John Nelson Darby of a church called Plymouth Brethren in 1827. Darby presented the doctrine that there was two second comings of Jesus Christ. The name of this doctrine is called dispensationlism. The purpose of the doctrine is to separate the promises made to Israel and the promises made to the Christian church. In his huge error, he wanted to separate the verses in Scripture intended for the Christian Church and the verses intended for Israel. Thus came his theory of the "rapture".
People who believe in dispensation-lism expect people who have made Christ as their Lord and Savour, they will be lifted up to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. This will occur when they are alive. 1 Thes (4:15) They then believe that seven years of tribulation will occur after the rapture and this event will fall upon all those who remain behind. After the seven years, Jesus will come again a second time, this time for the Jews and setup a heavenly government, here upon the earth, in Jerusalem that will reign for 1000 years.
The reason why these events will not occur is because God does not create events like a video game. In God's Plan, He has a purpose in what He is accomplishing. Events without a spiritual purpose will not happen. God has arranged all events to bring about the emotions that a soul requires to live in heaven for eternity. Unfortuantely for the damned, events occur that produce everlasting depression.
The rapture theory continued to grow in popularity with the 1909 publication of the Scofield Reference Bible and to a preacher named William Eugene Blackstone (1841-1935). His book, Jesus is Coming, sold more than one million copies.
No Christian teaching of a “rapture” occured before Darby began preaching about it in the 1830s, thus he is sometimes credited with originating the "rapture" theory where Christ will suddenly remove the Christian Church from this world before the judgments of the tribulation.
We must never forget that Scripture is written in parable and riddle. The Holy Trinity has promised to teach the child like and not the arrogant and learned. Is John Darby and those men who follow this teaching child like?
Mt 11:25 At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.
The erroneous doctrine called "dispensationalism" created the doctrine called the "rapture."
Prv 30:6 Do not add to God's words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
The error of the rapture continued.