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.
Please remember that if we have any hope in our Lord and Savior who gave us “everything” we must continually be faithful to the Lord, first. Remember, God loved us first, even before He created us.
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 for eternity. Let it be Your will Lord not mine. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,