No one knows when Jesus will return not even Himself, for God will tell Jesus when it is time. Only God knows when the time will come. But it is stated in the bible that when all men have had the opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ and make a decision to either accept Him for their Lord and Savior, do nothing or not accept Jesus then God will tell Jesus to come for His church. Be aware that the last two choices of those above will cause great sadness in the soul and you will be sent to a place where it is hot, completely dark and without God for eternity. In other words this will be your choice of where you spend the rest of your eternal life, either in God’s heaven or in God’s Lake of Burning fire and Brimstone.
John 14:3-4 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
The Bible Knowledge Commentary – John 14:3-4: I will come back refers here, not to the Resurrection or to a believer’s death, but to the Rapture of the church when Christ will return for His sheep (ref. 1 Thes. 4:13–18) and they will be with Him (ref. John 17:24). Jesus said nothing about the nature of the place where He was going. It is sufficient that believers will be with the Father and Jesus (ref. 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 1 Thes. 4:17).
The following are some statements and passages to enlighten us about the rapture:
- The Lord Himself will descend from His Father’s house where He is preparing a place for us (John 14:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16).
- He will come again to receive us to Himself (John 14:1-3).
- He resurrects those who have fallen asleep in Him (deceased believers whom the living will not precede) (I Thes. 4:14-15).
- The Lord shouts as He descends (“loud command”) (I Thes. 4:16). All this takes place in the “twinkling of an eye” (I Corinthians 15:52).
- We will hear the voice of the archangel (I Thes. 4:16).
- We will also hear the trumpet call of God (I Thes. 4:16). His last trumpet call for the church.
- The dead in Christ will rise first. The corruptible ashes of their dead bodies are made incorruptible and joined together with their spirit, which Jesus brings with Him (I Thes. 4:16-17).
- Then we which are alive and remain shall be changed (made incorruptible by having our bodies made immortal.) (I Cor. 15:51,53).
- Then we the living shall be caught up (raptured) together with them (the previous dead) in the clouds and meet in heaven where the dead and living will have a glorious reunion. (I Thes. 4:17)
- To meet the Lord in the air. (I Thes. 4:17).
- To “receive you to Myself.” Jesus takes us to the Father’s house “that where I am, you may be also.” (John 14:3).
- “And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (I Thes. 4:17).
1 Thessalonians 4:16–18 (NKJV)
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Notice what is missing in the Rapture events that is consistent with His second coming in Power and Great Glory (glorious appearing). (1) Christ does not come to earth with power and the holy angels. Instead, He comes in the air, which is defined as “in the clouds.” (2) Nor does He set up His earthly kingdom, for He gathers His translated church into His Father’s house. (3) He does not deal with the Antichrist or (4) bind Satan, (5)nor does He destroy the kings of the earth who are gathered at Jerusalem to oppose Him. Only by robbing these passages of their obvious meanings can we ignore the two comings of Christ, one for His church and another for the world.
Last thought: The saints will also accompany Jesus and His angels to earth for the second coming and the Supper of the Bride (Rev. 19:8-14). Why? For we will always be with the Lord.
All people share God and Jesus for a while. But only believers can share joy from God and Jesus after this life, forever and ever.
Jesus Christ offers us eternal life if we receive Him, if we invite Him into our hearts. If we heed His call and ask Him to come in as Lord and Savior, He enters our lives (Rev. 3:20), and the recording angel writes our names into the Lamb’s Book of Life, from which it can never be blotted out.
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise Your for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “The Rapture.” It will be a glorious event when Jesus comes for the church. I am and will be deeply honored to be a part of the rapture and to be able to sing, praise, honor and give glory to You Father and to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,