The Rapture

The word “rapture” is not used anywhere in the Bible. However, the definition of the word “rapture” is “to seize and carry away.” It also carries the meaning of “a state of great delight or ecstasy.” And this idea is very definitely in the Bible. It is actually an event that is referred to several times in the New Testament.

Jesus Alludes to the Rapture

Jesus never specifically talks about the Rapture. However, in Matt. 24, Jesus tells us what to watch for just before He comes again. In this discourse, Jesus talks about gathering His elect (born-again Christians) from all over the earth.

Matthew 24:31 (NIV): “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” This certainly sounds like a Rapture. The verse just before this one says that He will appear in the sky. Then this verse says that He gathers the elect. If this is not the Rapture, I sure do not know what is.

It Happens With a Trumpet Call

Matt. 24:31 says that the Rapture will happen with a loud trumpet call. The passage in I Cor. that refers to the Rapture also talks about the Rapture happening at the sound of a trumpet, in fact, at the sound of the last trumpet.

I Cor. 15:51-52 (NIV): “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

This does not necessarily mean that this is one of the 7 Trumpet blasts. In fact, it seems to be a trumpet call to the angels. I wonder if this will even be heard by the people on the earth.

Is This the 7th Trumpet Call?

Many have said that the reference to the “last trumpet” refers to the sounding of the 7th trumpet. There is a quiet period at the 7th trumpet. Could this be when the rapture will happen? My personal belief is that I do not think so. The reason is that because right after the opening of the sixth seal, a seal is put on the foreheads of the “servants of God.”

The term “servants of God” is only used two other times in the New Testament and both times it refers to the type of work that the Saints do. Here, after the opening of the sixth seal, it refers to a class of people. Thus, it must refer to those who are saved after the Rapture, that is, after the Saints are raptured.

Therefore, the “last trumpet” probably does not refer to the last of the blowing of the 7 trumpets. Rather it refers to the idea that this is the last thing that will happen to the Church on the earth. And it may be something that only the Saints, that is, those who are saved, will know what is happening. All others will only notice that millions of people have disappeared from the earth.

What Is This Trumpet Call?

It may not even be a sound that we would recognize as a trumpet call. But what ever it is, it will be recognized as an announcement coming from God. I Thess. 4:16 explains it using three different phrases. 1) a loud command. 2) the voice of an archangel. 3) the trumpet call of God.

I believe that it is a heavenly sound that we cannot explain in earthly terms. However, it will be so amazing that all born-again Christians will recognize, and respond to, what is happening.

Jesus Comes To Get His Church

I Thess. 4:13-18 is probably the clearest passage explaining the Rapture. It is saying that everyone who believes that Jesus died and rose again, that is, have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, will be raptured.

I Thess. 4:16 (NIV) explains it very clearly when it says: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” In other words, Jesus, himself, will come to get His Church. The first thing we will see when we are taken up from the earth is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Many have been stuck on the phrase “the dead in Christ will rise first.” This does not mean that those who have died are just sleeping in their graves until Jesus comes again. There is too much evidence, both in the Scriptures and from testimonies of people who have died, gone to heaven and returned, to believe this.

It simply means that those who have died in Christ see Him before we do. Why? They have already seen him. When they died, they immediately went to heaven and found themselves in His presence.

The Rapture Is a Real Event

I Thess. 4:17 is perhaps the most exciting verse in the Bible. I Thess. 4:17 (NIV): “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

“We who are alive” will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air. We will not only see Jesus, but we will also see those who have died before the Rapture because they have returned with Him for this glorious occasion.

The Rapture is Called “The Blessed Hope”

Titus 2:12-13 (NIV) says: “It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Here, we are told what to do while we are waiting for Jesus to come again. Then it calls the second coming of Jesus “the blessed hope.” This is what born-again Christian are waiting for. It is our blessed hope that Jesus has given us.

The Rapture Will Happen Soon

Are you looking forward to this? It is going to happen and very possibly within your own lifetime. No, we do not know the day nor the hour that Jesus will return. However, in Matt. 24, Jesus tells us to watch for the signs that will precede His second coming. He tells us what must happen before He returns. Bible scholars tell us that everything that the Bible lists that must happen before His return has already happened.

Also, study the current events that are happening around the world. These events also tell us that there is a huge change coming. Life is not going to go on as it has in the past.

There is a great rebellion against God going on all over the world. Even the last “Christian nation,” America, is turning against Christians and Jews. Satan’s last great effort to wipe out God’s people has already started.

Are you ready for the Rapture? Are you anticipating the return of Jesus to gather up His Church? Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and become a part of His Church? If not, go to How To Live Forever and make your decision.

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