Are there any serious New Testament Scholars out there who believe in the North American invention of RAPTURE? NO? I didn't think so... The problem is - a lot of North American Christian believe in the idea of Rapture (a word not found in Scripture).
The good thing that has come out of the Left Behind series and further fueled by the latest Harold Camping fiasco targeting May 21, is that the eschatological framework involving Rapture and the left behind script has moved into the realm of being caricatured which makes it more easy to dismiss as a non-biblical concept.
N.T. Wright wrote an article entitled "Farewell to the Rapture" in 2001. Wright writes rightly, "Little did Paul know how his colorful metaphors for Jesus’ second coming would be misunderstood two millennia later. The American obsession with the second coming of Jesus — especially with distorted interpretations of it — continues unabated."