What Jesus Taught About the Rapture
These are the two main Scriptures that refer to the resurrection and rapture. The resurrection and rapture happen at almost the same time; the resurrection of the dead happens first and then those who are still alive are caught up with them. So basically it is one event. One thing we need to understand is that Jesus will come twice. Once FOR the saints which will be the resurrection/rapture, and the next time it will be at the end of the Tribulation when He comes back WITH the saints. When He comes For the saints he will take them to Heaven until after the Tribulation. When He comes back With the saints, He will establish his kingdom on earth for 1000 years.
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Let’s compare this to what Jesus said about the rapture.
"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:27
If we compare this to 1 Corinthians 15:51 we see that it is very similar. This is when Jesus comes at the rapture. It is Not when He comes the second time.
"Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." Matthew 24:40-42
This also refers to the rapture and indicates how only the born again believers will be raptured while the unbelievers will be left behind to go through the Tribulation.
"Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not." Luke 12:40
This also refers to the rapture because we don’t know when He will come the first time, but when He comes the second time with the host of Heaven he says “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30.
So the above Scripture that says He will come at an hour when you do not expect Him cannot refer to His second coming, but to His rapture coming. At His second coming the antichrist assembles the
kings of the earth and their armies at Armageddon awaiting His arrival so they can fight Him in the sky. They KNOW He is coming. (See Revelation 19:19)
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” John 14:1-4
This too refers to the rapture because Jesus says I will come back and take you to be with Me. This cannot refer to His second coming because then He will be on earth so He will not need to take anyone where He is, He will come to meet us here. His Father’s house is in Heaven, not on earth.
“Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:21-26
In this Scripture Jesus speaks of both the resurrection and the rapture. When He says those who believe in Me will live, even though they died... He is speaking of believers who have died will be resurrected. The second part and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die He is speaking of those that are still alive and will be raptured (not experiencing any physical death). Those believers that are raptured will never experience death, they will go straight from this life (world) to a spiritual life (spiritual world with new bodies). (See 1 Cor 15:52)
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23
God promised to keep us from the "hour of temptation" Rev 3:10 "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."
But....those that are left behind may have gone to church all their life but were never “born again” (see John Chapter 3). Or maybe they were only Christian by name, but never served God with their life. For various reasons, they were not taken in the rapture because they never had a relationship with Jesus. And this of course also applies to those who are not believers in Jesus.
Something to think about!
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1 Corinthians 15:51-52 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
Revelation 10:7 "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets."
Revelation 7:15 "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
I do believe the church is and will go through the tribulation...
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:........" Revelation 13:16
"And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image." Revelation 16:2
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into lake of fire burning with brimstone." Revelation 19:20
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had receivedhis upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ thousand years." Revelation 20:4