What is the Rapture?

Gerry Legister By Gerry Legister, 1st Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1l3ipe-6/
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Eschatology of end times. 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 pr-tribulation rapture.


The rapture is an event in the near future when Jesus Christ will come in the air, snatch up the church (believers in Christ), and then return to Heaven with the church. The church will be in Heaven while the tribulation period is happening on earth.

This is what is known as the pr-tribulation rapture. 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 raised again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus wills God bring with him. 1 Thessalonian 4:13-16

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. This passage in the bible tells us that we are going to be "caught up" in the clouds to meet the Lord. In the prior tribulation rapture scenario.

Jesus calls the entire Christians home at that time, but He does not return to earth (we meet Him in the clouds). Jesus returns to earth at the end of the tribulation to put a halt to Satan's rule of the earth and establish His millennial kingdom
Jesus returning to earth only once and the rapture occurs as He is returning. Although the timing of the rapture was not given in this passage 1 Corinthians 15:50-54.

Now this I say, brethren that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit in corruption.

Behold, I show 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.

For this corruptible must put on in corruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

So when this corruptible shall have put on in corruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, and then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. In this passage Paul is explaining "the mystery", that is the rapture.

The Christians taken in the rapture are given incorruptible and immortal bodies (heavenly bodies). In further evidence that this is talking about the rapture, Paul twice points out the fact that we all will not die (a death in this body):

1. "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed"

Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

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Christ, Christian, Christian Values, Coming Of Age, End Of The World, End Times

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
1st Apr 2011 (#)

Gerry this is a good guide on the Rapture Idea.

I wanted to point out this section - category - Religion, as many of your articles belong here.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

Actually, placing this type of article in the Religion category is like trying to sell ice to the Eskimos. Jesus said we are to go out to all those still in the world, not to those who are in this world, but no longer of this world. So this article actually should be a "Guide" article.

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