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Can the Rapture Happen in Revelation Chapter 11, Verses 11 and 12?

Revelation chapter 11, verses 11 and 12 are not associated with the Rapture. Nor do they have anything to do with the last trump (I Cor. 15: 52) as some think. The Rapture will take place in Revelation 4: 1. These two verses in Revelation chapter 11, verses 11 - 12, are in connection with those two prophets, believed to be Moses and Elijah, who prophesy during the last 3 and a half years (1260 days) of the tribulation period. They are caught up at the end of the 7 year tribulation period, the 70th week of Daniel.

"And after three days and an half the spirit (breath) of life from God entered into them (those two prophets), and they (the two prophets, Moses and Elijah) stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they (the prophets) heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither...." (Rev. 11: 11 - 12)

Just because it says, "...they (those two prophets) heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them (the two prophets), Come up hither. And they ascended up in a cloud...", that does not give us the right to place the Rapture of all believers in these verses (11 and 12) in this time sequence. Remember that these verses are referring to those two prophets.

It says,
"...And they (the two prophets)..." (Rev. 11: 12)

Once again, this is referring to those two prophets only. That verse (Rev. 11: 12) has nothing to do with the Church, the Bride of Christ.

The phrase "...they ascended up to heaven in a cloud..." in this verse (Rev. 11: 12), does not mean that the Christians, who are the Church, are being raptured at this point as described in I Thessalonians 4: 13 - 18.

Now, let's finish this verse.

"...and their enemies beheld them." (Rev. 11: 12)

This is referring to those two prophets, and as to how they are being taken up into Heaven after they come back to life (a resurrection), and that is all. The two prophets' enemies will watch them go up into the sky. Then the 7th trumpet judgment will happen. But I believe that only the true believers, Christians, will hear the Lord Jesus giving the shout of command to "come", "...Come up hither..." in Revelation 4: 1 at the Rapture. The lost (unsaved), I believe, will not see us going up. Jesus will come as a thief (unexpectedly, unannounced) to those who do not know Him (That would be the lost, unsaved.), and they will be left behind to endure the tribulation period (I Thes. 5: 2, 3, 4).

So, I want to make this crystal clear. Note carefully the sequence of those things (events) that will happen during the last 3½ days of the tribulation period (the 70th week of Daniel). The Antichrist will kill those two prophets (Rev. 11: 7 - 9); their bodies will lay in the street of Jerusalem for 3½ days (Rev. 11: 10 - 12); they will not be placed in the grave; then God will raise them up. There will be a resurrection. God will also take them to Heaven to be with Him. Then, finally, the 7th trumpet judgment will take place. When it is finished the 70th week of Daniel will have ended as well.

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