During the 1880's the great evangelical Baptist preacher Charles H. spurgeon wrote the following in his commentary on Psalm Eighty-six:
'David was not a believer in the theory that the world will grow worse and worse, and that the dispensation will wind up with general darkness, and idolatry. Earth's sun is to go down amid tenfold night if some of our prophetic brethren are to be believed. Not so do we expect, but we look for a day when the dwellers in all lands shall learn righteousness, shall trust in the Saviour, shall worship thee alone, O God, "and shall glorify they name." The modern notion has greatly damped the zeal for mssions, and the sooner it is shown to be unscriptural the better for the cause of God. It neither consorts with prophecy, honours God, nor inspires the church with ardour. Far hence be it driven.'
Spurgeon called the imminent rapture theory a "modern notion" because it had only started to be taught approximately 50 years prior to his commentary.
Since that time, many Evangelicals have embraced the teaching. When I became a Christian in the mid 1970's, I strongly believed it too and dropped out of university. I was persuaded to think that if Jesus was coming back by 1984 (and that was the first of a string of dates that was quoted to me by so-called prophetic experts-- supported by Scriptural proof-texts, of course), then the responsible thing was to devote my time to the saving of souls, not to pursue a "secular" vocation.
For those who require Scriptural proof of eschatalogical victory for God and His people in time and on earth, prior to the Consummative Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, begin your meditations in Psalm 86:9.