Why Does Jimmy DeYoung Say the Rapture Must Occur Before the Temple is Built?

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem

At around 46 minutes into Brannon Howse’s radio show which aired July 12, 2013, Brannon asks Jimmy what he thinks has to happen before the Jewish temple can be rebuilt. Jimmy Deyoung, without hesitation, declared: “Rapture of the church takes place.”

This declaration by Jimmy seems to directly contradict 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4.

1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

As I interpret this scripture, the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to meet him in the air will not occur until the man of sin (the antichrist) is revealed. He is the man who will exalt himself above God and will even seat himself in the temple of God.

Why does Jimmy say the church must be gone in order for the temple to be rebuilt when it’s very clear that the church won’t be gone until the antichrist is revealed? And how will the church be able to recognize the antichrist?

Paul gives us a clue by revealing that the antichrist will be the one who seats himself in the temple as God and demands to be worshiped as God.

How can Christians see the revelation of the “man of sin” sitting in the temple if they are secretly raptured before the temple has even been built?

*An extra thought: Paul even says not to believe that the gathering of the church by the Lord has occurred if the man of sin hasn’t been revealed. What if a secret rapture occurs and the antichrist hasn’t yet been revealed to the church? Should we believe it’s the true rapture of the church?


  1. I agree with you. It’s so sad Jimmy has so many followers. I met him once and I usually have a good discernment of good and bad people when I meet them….he gave me an ugly dark feeling when I shook his hand. I don’t agree with his rapture teachings, or many others for that matter. I had to walk away from Brannon Howse as well because he appears to be one of Jimmy’s biggest fans. Brannon’s calling I believe is exposing the false church….he is clueless when it comes to prophecy and takes everything Jimmy says as “gospel”…pardon the pun. 🙂


  2. This is a deep complicated subject. It’s hard to cover in such a few words. The Second Coming of Christ we know is the central topic that Paul is talking about in 2 Thess 2:3. We still have to combine other writings understand in its whole context.

    This rebellion mentioned by Paul is a active rebellion, not just a falling away from the faith. This is a supreme rebellion of evil to the things of by the “man of lawlessness”, the final anti christ. John tells us there will be many anti christ but this will be the worst of them all. He is not Satan, but this anti christ leads to the ultimate destruction. “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to recieve salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ”. 1 Thess. 5:8.

    The Great Tribulation preceding the Second Coming of Christ is specifically a time wrath on earth. Rev 6:15-16. The wrath refers to the events that precede the Second Coming itself, though it will be a time of judgement and wrath for unbelievers. In 1 Thess 5, the Rapture begins the Day of the Lord and is not a part of the events that leading up to the Second Coming of Christ. We should not worry about the Day of our Lord or the Great Tribultion. Our appointment is to meet the Lord in Heaven. 2Thess 2 teaches us that the Rapture must occur before the man of sin is revealed. This allows for the Jews and Gentiles left will be judged on earth on whether they enter the millennial kingdom.

    Bottom line, the Rapure has to occur before the final anti christ is revealed which will be more than seven years prior to the Second Coming of Christ. The evil trinity (false prophet, anti christ, beast) on earth must convince non believers to worship this trinity of evil. They will either take the mark of the beast and worship him or be killed.

    The church is defined as Gentiles believers and believing Jews. No mention of the church in Rev 4:18. This view of pre trib is supported by the fact of the 144k of the twelve Jewish tribes (Rev 7:1-8) left on earth after the Rapture. They are given special protection by God. They will endure the “Great Tribulation” along with all the non-believing Gentiles. The church will be in waiting, not be on earth to witness the destruction of the evil trinity by the Second Coming of Christ.

    My interpretation of the Holy Bible fall in this order. 1st Coming of Christ—Church Age—Messanic Signs—Rapture of the Church—7 yr Great Tribulation—Second Coming of Lord Jesus Christ—Millennial Reign of Christ on Earth- Destruction of Heavens on Earth—Creation of the New Heavens in Earth—Eternity. It’s okay to disagree I’m not 100% positive on my opinion. We know only God knows the true order of events and His plan.

    In a nut shell I believe that the Rapture is not included in these end times events of the Great Trib and the Second Coming. The Second Coming is the final event and the destruction of this sinful earth. Lord Jesus Christ creates a New Earthly Heaven.

    The Church along w the Saints will come back to earth to reign with Lord Jesus Christ in our new Heavenly resurrected bodies in the millennial kingdom. The saved in Israel left on earth during the Great Trib along with saved Gentiles who are not part of the church will also be part of this millennial kingdom on earth.


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