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The Belief That There is No Rapture is Wrong

It is true that the word "Rapture" does not appear in the Bible, but the thought, idea, and event are in the Bible. The word "Rapture" means to be caught up.

I Thessalonians 4: 16 says,
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven (the third Heaven)..."

He is descending from Heaven because He ascended to Heaven nearly 2000 years ago (Acts 1: 8 - 12). This is a real physical Jesus (in bodily form). He is coming in Person.

"...with a shout,..." (I Thes. 4: 16)

That is the shout of command to come. That is, "...Come up hither..." (Rev. 4: 1).

"...with the voice of the archangel,..." (I Thes. 4: 16)

That is Michael, the archangel. He will take part in this event.

"...and with the trump of God:..." (I Thes. 4: 16)

There's "the trump of God". It is the same trumpet sound as " the last trump:..." in I Corinthians 15: 52. It says, "...for the trumpet shall sound..." (I Cor. 15: 52). Perhaps the trumpet will sound several times, and then, when it sounds (is blown) the last time (at the last trump), we will go up to meet the Lord in the clouds, in the air. But there is one thing for sure, "at the last trump" has nothing to do with the 7 trumpet judgments in any way, shape, or form.

"...and the dead in Christ shall rise first:" (I Thes. 4: 16)

Why will they rise first? Because Paul tells us that we are going to go up together, and the dead in Christ are 6 foot under, more or less. So they have to rise first.

"Then we who are alive and remain..." (I Thes. 4: 17)

There will be a great number still alive and remaining when the Lord comes back in this event that we call "the Rapture".

"...shall be caught up (raptured)..." (I Thes. 4: 17)

I want to expound this portion of Scripture, and show you the difference between the Rapture and the Revelation/Second Coming, but, before I do, I want to finish the rest of this verse first.

So it says,
"...shall be caught up together with them (the dead in Christ)..." (I Thes. 4: 17)

The dead and living saints will be caught up (raptured) at the same time. Apparently the early Christians did not understand this, so Paul was explaining it to them. I think the Christians thought they were going up first and that their loved ones would go up later.

"...we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (the dead in Christ) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (I Thes. 4: 17)

When Jesus returns to earth in the Revelation/Second Coming we will come back with Him (Jesus). Zechariah 14: 5 says, "...the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with [Him].". (See also Jude 1: 14.). When the Rapture takes place we will be gathered together unto Him (Jesus).

"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (in the Rapture), and by our gathering together unto Him (Jesus)," (II Thes. 2: 1) (See I Thes. 4: 16 - 17, Rev. 4: 1.).

That gathering together takes place at the time of the Rapture, not when the Revelation/Second Coming happens.

Now, I want to tell you the difference between the Rapture and the Revelation/Second Coming.

  1. When the Rapture takes place the Christians will be caught up into the sky. They will be raptured. On the other hand, when the Revelation or Second Coming takes place no one goes up to meet Him in the air.
  2. When the Rapture happens the dead in Christ, that is their souls and spirits, which are already with the Lord at that point, will return to their new glorified heavenly (resurrected) bodies. And, at the same time, the living saints (Christians) will also be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and then both groups will be caught up (raptured) together with the Lord into the third Heaven. However, when the Revelation takes place, all the Christians, the Body of Christ, the Church, the Bride of Christ, which were raptured 7 years before the Revelation, will come back with Him (Jesus). The Christians (the saints) will already have those glorified bodies when Jesus returns in the Revelation/Second Coming. They will not get them at that point (in the Revelation). None of those things in I Thessalonians 4: 13 - 18 will happen when the Revelation/Second Coming takes place. (See Zech. 14: 4 - 5, Acts 1: 11, Jude 1: 14, Rev. 5: 10.).
  3. When the Rapture happens, Jesus' feet will not touch planet earth. We go up to meet Him in the clouds, in the air (I Thes. 4: 16 - 17). When the Revelation/Second Coming takes place, however, His feet will touch the earth. (See Acts 1: 11, Zech. 14: 4 - 5, 9.).
  4. When the Rapture takes place there will be the sound of a trumpet (I Thes. 4: 16, I Cor. 15: 52). On the other hand, when the Revelation happens there is no trumpet involved. It is true that Jesus will send His angels to gather together all those who are alive and separate them, as the sheep from the goats (Matt. 24: 31, 25: 31 - 46). But that happens after the Lord comes and defeats those enemy soldiers from all nations (See Rev. 19: 21, Joel 3: 14, 16, Zech. 14: 3, 12.) and that trumpet is not blown as a direct result of the Lord Jesus' return in the Revelation/Second Coming.

Do you see? There is a big difference between those two events.

So, there is such an event called the Rapture when a few hundred million will be caught upward in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. His feet will not touch the earth at that point. Seven years later, however, His feet will touch (stand on) the earth.

Jesus will stand on the Mount of Olives when He returns from Heaven in the Revelation/Second Coming. His feet will touch the Mount of Olives.

By the way, some individuals think that Jesus is already on earth. There are imposters who claim to be God and Christ. A lot of people follow them. True believers will realize that the true Christ cannot be walking around here on earth, because the Bible clearly tells us that when He comes again, in the Rapture, He will not come to the earth, but, instead, to the sky. Then 7 years later He will come to earth and immediately begin His reign for 1000 years (Rev. 20: 1 - 6, 7 - 9). So, if someone claims to be Christ before or prior to the Revelation/Second Coming do not believe him.

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