Today, this is happening in Korea. According to 1 Thess. 4:16-17 at the time of the second coming, the dead in [Jesus] will rise, then the saints who are living at that time will also be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Thus, they shall always be with the Lord.
Right now, in Korea, many people are saying that this will happen October 28, 1992 precisely at midnight. This has become quite a feverish movement. According to the Yomiuri News some 250 churches and groups nationwide are teaching this. People are selling their homes and giving fortunes to the churches, quitting their jobs, leaving their homes. Families are suffering upheaval and divorce. Teens are fleeing their homes and schools and joining groups in churches by the hundreds. Their families meanwhile are forming groups and strategies in an effort to get them to come back.
The Hot Waves of 1992, a book by Rev. Lee Jang Iim, and a pamphlet "The 1992 Return of the Lord in the Air" (Taberah World Mission) were sent to my desk.
It seems that the roots of these predictions are the same as those of the infamous Nostradamus, namely human history ending after 6000 years followed by the millenial kingdom. They have made some of the following predictions.
** After the Barcelona Olympics and as a prelude to the rapture, these disasters will occur. Chicago, San Francisco and Japan will suffer gigantic earthquakes. At this time, the doors to North Korea will be opened and many missionaries from South Korea will enter. After August, the doors will suddenly be shut. They will not be able to return home and will suffer persecution and martyrdom there.
** October 28, 1992 midnight, will be the rapture in the air. Only those who believe this date will be in fact raptured.
** After this will come the 7 years of great tribulation. The Anti-Christ will rule the world. All people will get a bar code 666 on their forehead or arm. Those living without it will not be able to buy and sell to get the necessities for living. Persecution on a national level and martyrdom will occur.
In the first 3 1/2 years, World War III will occur. At the end of the last 3 1/2 years will be the Battle of Armageddon. The Lord will return to defeat Anti-Christ and his hosts and Satan will be bound in hell for 1000 years.
** The Millenial Kingdom will begin in the year 2000.
Pastors are introducing the teachings and visions of these "prophets" to their people. They strongly exhort them like this. "The time is so close, that it is O.K. to abandon normal gospel and only preach and warn about the Oct. 28 rapture. Your grapevine in heaven has one fruit (grape) because of your belief in the normal gospel. Preaching this will make it into clusters. The diamonds in your house in heaven will increase. If you don't believe this rapture, you will be left behind with the winepress of persecution and martyrdom awaiting you. All who cannot stand for the Lord will be cursed with Satan and thrown into hell."