Is the "Rapture"
The word "rapture" is not found in the Bible. The
Scriptures describe the event of the resurrection of the Saints at Christ's return as
I Thess. 4:15-17 "...We which are alive and remain
unto the presence ["parousia"] of the Lord shall not prevent [precede] them
which are asleep.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from
heaven...and the dead in Christ shall rise first;
"Then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord."
Note the time sequence: The dead in Christ shall rise
"first." This refers to the Christians who have died [fallen asleep] for the
last 2,000 years. "Then" [afterwards] the living saints are "caught
up" to meet the Lord. "First" and "then" denotes a difference of
I Cor. 15:51,52 also describes this difference of
time. "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye, at [during] the last trump."
Some Christians will sleep in death until the Lord returns.
Others will be alive when he returns. But all will be changed during the period of the
last, the 7th trumpet. This "last trump" is the last of the seven
trumpets of Revelation and is symbolical of the proclamation of truth at the last stage of
The phrase "caught up together with them" does
not denote the time, but the place of their being together. The place is to meet the Lord
"in the air," a spiritual resurrection to join their returned Lord in the
spiritual rulership of earth's affairs. The time of the resurrection is first those who
slept during the last 2,000 years. Then as those living at the time of Christ's return
die, one at a time, they will also be changed, in a moment in a twinkling of an eye. Each,
at the instant of their dying will be resurrected to immortality.
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