Preachers today talk glibly about an any moment rapture of the church. They say that Jesus will come suddenly like a thief and rapture His church before the great tribulation would arise. In ecclesiastical circles this is called ?the imminent return of Christ? and this is what the majority of Christians believe. But till the middle of the nineteenth century, around 1830 AD, this was not the teaching in the church. At that time Christians were living in prosperity and comfort in most Christian countries. They were not facing any tribulation, conflict, resistance or opposition for their faith. The prevailing sense of ease and comfort brought about a feeling that Christ would ?rapture? His people and preserve them from the tribulation and suffering caused by the Antichrist. It was at such a time the preachers began saying that Christ is coming to rapture the church before the tribulation will come upon the earth. That doctrine was taken up by many people and began to be preached in the majority of denominations. This wrong teaching has corrupted the church more than any other teaching. It has eroded the very foundation of the church and weakened it. This has inculcated and encouraged believers to live an easy-going life, attempting to escape from every kind of suffering and adversity.