The Second Coming of Jesus Christ and The Rapture Bible Study

Ms. Ann By Ms. Ann, 1st Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The Apostle Paul writes in the Book of First Thessalonians, the fourth chapter what the believer, who is alive at the time, can expect when Jesus Christ appears in the sky to "rapture" The Church. The word "rapture" is not used; the words "caught up" express how The Church will be taken from the world.

The Rapture of The Church

Apostle Paul wrote many of the Epistles of the New Testament, the Book of First Thessalonians is just one of them. First Thessalonians has five chapters. We see in the fourth chapter of this book the phrase “caught up,” which refers to the rapture of the Church, although you will not find the word “rapture” used in The Bible. In the opening section of this epistle, Paul greets the reader and he offers thanksgiving to God.

He talks about his personal ministry and he talks about practical problems of Christians. He teaches the believers how to live to please God. Paul began his evangelistic journey in the local synagogue and he converted many Gentiles, as well as Jews.

Paul encouraged this group of Gentile believers on specific issues of holiness such as sexual conduct and brotherly love. Paul even spoke to them about idleness of some Christians who refused to work. Paul covered a variety of issues.

Beginning at I Thessalonians chapter 4, verses 13-18, Paul addresses the church members who had concerns about the fate of those who had died before the coming of Jesus. Paul tells them that the living believer will not precede those who have fallen asleep. This is found in I Thessalonians 4:15, it reads:

“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will be no means precede those who are asleep.”

Paul received this knowledge through divine revelation and his words were not merely his personal opinion but were in agreement with the authoritative teachings of The Lord Jesus Christ.

It is in I Thessalonians. 4:17 there is an explicit reference of the sudden removal of believers from earth to be with God in the second coming. Christian eschatology refers to this event as “The Rapture.”

I Thess. 4:17 reads like this:

“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.”

The word “rapture” is taken from an obsolete French word, which means “abduction or “to carry off.” It is a Latin translation of the Greek verb harpazo.

It is important to note the doctrine of the rapture was meant to enable believers undergoing persecution to fix their attention on the ultimate goal in Jesus Christ. It was not to give them a false escapism mentality.

The picture that Paul presents is the church and it consists of both deceased (but now resurrected) and living Christians; these Christians meet Jesus Christ in the air. Hope is rooted in the knowledge that loved ones who have expired will not be disadvantaged but will be fully engaged with the living believers in the triumphant return of Jesus Christ.

The Rapture

In Christendom, there are three distinct views of when “the Rapture” shall occur. One view says the Rapture shall occur- Pre-Tribulation;

-the second view is that it shall happen Mid-Tribulation;

-and the third is that it shall occur Post-Tribulation.

There is an interesting note to be added here. Sir Isaac Newton, in 1704 made a prediction based upon his calculations using figures from the Book of Daniel, he said the Apocalypse could happen no earlier than the year 2060.

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Apostle Paul, Caught Up, First Thessalonians, Post-Tribulation, Pre-Tribulation, The Rapture

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Ann. I totally agree with all you have written concerning the Rapture, and what's more, I am looking forward to it taking place . The sooner the better I would say , but God is not willing that any should perish , so I expect we'll have to wait a while longer . But , I believe it will happen sooner than we think. I pray that many will be ready when He ( Jesus )comes for us .
God bless you
Stella

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks for this elucidation Ms Ann. Life is a blessing and we have to be grateful by doing the right thing and our conscience is the master to guide us. It is the spark that lies within us but we tend to ignore it often - siva

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author avatar Tony Barnes
1st Feb 2013 (#)

There is actually a 4th view regarding the rapture that preterists such as Hank Hanegraaf and RC Sproul hold. www.bibleprophecy.com is a good sight to check it out.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
19th Feb 2013 (#)

I recently started having a serious re-look at the timing of the Rapture. What are your beliefs concerning this?

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author avatar Ms. Ann
23rd Feb 2013 (#)

Jack, we can have a long conversation on this subject because I am a student of Bible prophecy and so much is unfolding in rapid succession. It is as current as the daily paper. The resignation of the Pope, the lighting strike at the Vatican, Malachy prophecy. Where do you want to start. There is so much to discuss. Love too!

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author avatar Jack Vorster
23rd Feb 2013 (#)

Yes, I agree, but what concerns me are the many OBE's (out of body experiences) many people testify of - such as here http://www.divinerevelations.info/Documents/misc/Rapture.htm (see in particular the script in "Main Page") where the consensus seems to indicate a definite pre-trib Rapture and that the Holy Spirit will be totally absent thereafter.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
24th Feb 2013 (#)

Jack, I didn't know about this website. I am going to check it out and get back with you. I don't want to miss any of your thoughts.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Tony.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella, we must always be vigilant working as we wait.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
1st Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you Siva.

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author avatar johnbee
5th Feb 2013 (#)

Very good write. Life is a gift and a blessing especially when it is lived to honor and glorify God.

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author avatar johnbee
23rd Feb 2013 (#)

Terrific output. I enjoyed te article very much. Keep writing!

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