A reader asks:
"I would like to know more about the Rapture and it's begings. I saw a show about the book of Revelation. They went very quickly over a Minister in England about 1865 how was the first to teach the Rapture his name was something like Darvie but I am not sure. Can you help me to find out more about this man and his teachings?"
You have asked the most asked question I am asked. I am the self-proclaimed "Mojo Chaplain" on www.louisvillemojo.com and I get asked some variation of this question often. So, please know you are not alone. A great many people are asking the same question.
Long answer first: read Barabara R. Rossing's book The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation. Rossing teaches New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard and a Masters degree from Yale. She is an ordained Lutheran minister. And she covers this subject very well.
Short answer: The theological notion of a "rapture" was invented 170 years ago. In 1830, in Port Glasgow, Scotland, fifteen year old Margaret MacDonald had a vision concerning the return of Christ. Her vision was adopted by John Nelson Darby a British minister and founder of a denomination called the "Plymouth Brethern." In 1909, an American, C. I. Scofield, pubished an annotated version of the "King James" translation of the Bible called the "Scofield Reference Bible." Scofield's annotations were based on the theology of John Nelson Darby. The "Scofield Reference Bible" popularized the teachings of Darby. Fundamentalist Christians in the U. S. adopted Scofield's Bible as authoritative. With the rise of fundamentalism in the U. S. in recent years, the popularity of the theological notion of the "rapture" has also gained popularity.
Hope that helps! Charles.