The Rapture is Biblical
Yes, the Rapture is Biblical. The rapture is not to be confused with the second coming of the Lord Jesus which will occur after the 7 years of tribulation where Jesus Christ will return to earth bodily and set His feet on the Mt. of Olives. (Zechariah 14:4)
All believers saved under the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4) will be raptured. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in bodily form in the clouds for the grace age believers, His Church. (1 Thess 4:16, 1 Corinthians 15:51) All those that died during the Church age will return (soul and spirit) to their bodies in the grave or where ever they are it doesn’t matter God knows where they are. They will be instantly changed to immortal, incorruptible, fleshly bodies just like Christ glorious body after His resurrection. (Philippians 4:21) The believers that are alive will follow those that were in the graves and they too will be transformed to immortal, incorruptible, fleshly bodies. Together we will be caught up in the clouds, to live with the Lord forever.
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 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 not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:50-53
The Rapture is a Mystery or Secret
The Rapture was not revealed until the risen and glorified Lord Jesus revealed this mystery to the apostle Paul. The “Rapture” or snatching away of the Body of Christ is one eight mysteries or secrets that were hidden God until revealed to Paul. (1 Corinthians 15:51; Ephesians 3:1-10; Colossians 1:26)
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
3 that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of CGod’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
When the Church is off the scene, God will turn His attention back to His chosen people, Israel, and the remaining 7 years of the 490 prophesied in Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27) will begin. Commonly known as the 7 years of tribulation or what is referred to in the book of Jeremiah as Jacob’s Trouble.
Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
The rapture is a hot-button issue that has many God-fearing believers fighting like idiots full of pride and allowing the flesh to get the better of them. I know many God-fearing, members of the Body that believe by faith alone in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ but also believe in a Postish-Tribulation or Mid-Tribulation Rapture. They are not heretics the just have a different interpretation.
Now when it comes to Amillennialists that’s a different story. Amillennialist simply
The Bible is crystal about the rapture of the Church, the Body of Christ. Grace age believers MUST be off the scene before the tribulation. Why? For several reasons but for one specific reason, and it is so clear. From Jesus Christ own words in Matthew 24:15-18.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
You Can’t Stop Something That Never Started
For emphasis let’s take a look at what Jesus was referring to in Daniel 9:27. Read and re-read the verse because too many it isn’t clear. The temple sacrifices are stopped! That means they have to of started right?
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations, he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Take a look at another verse spoken by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:20
But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.
Jesus mentions the Sabbath because under the Mosaic Law Jews could only travel a specified distance on the Sabbath day.
I’m getting to my point but here is Paul writing to the Church then and for us today about the same event that will happen at some point in the future. 2 Thess 2:1-4:
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that
he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Here’s my point and it’s really simple:
“The TEMPLE IS BACK IN OPERATION, ISRAEL IS SACRIFICING ANIMALS AT THE TEMPLE, THEY ARE BACK UNDER THE LAW”
“WE, GRACE AGE BELIEVERS ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW BUT UNDER GRACE”
‘Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. ‘
I hope you’re getting it? We know now as grace age believers that Christ already made the ultimate sacrifice. Shed His blood to pay price for sin or ALL, ONCE.
The Body of Christ has to be off the scene.
The Mosaic Law?
Under what variation of the Mosaic Law, the Scripture doesn’t tell us but it does tell us. It will probably close to what the Jews were practicing during Christ earthly ministry. But one thing is for certain Israel will be back under the law. Israel will be sacrificing animals at the Temple and the Temple will be fully operational.
The bottom line is Jesus Himself says in Matthew 24:15-18,20 that Israel will be back under the law.
From the words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, Israel will be back under the LAW! Matthew 24:15 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place.
“We are not under the Law but Under Grace”
“God is not the God of confusion, nor can He lie”
Gentiles were never under the law. For almost 2000 years God has declared that salvation is apart from the law. Grace age believers have been admonished that the law was weak and beggarly, the law was the ministry of death.
In 2 Corinthians 5:21, God makes it clear that His Son took our place and paid our debt. Jesus Christ was the one-time perfect sacrifice that paid the price of sin for the whole world. And He did it once for all.
So Now “Grace Age” Believers Have to Sacrifice Animals?
What do believers that were saved by the gospel of grace now have to do? Fly, walk, swim, drive, bike, to Jerusalem and sacrifice an animal every time they break the law? It’s ridiculous! So I guess the millions of Church age believers that were saved by believing that Christ died for them are not really saved.
C’mon beloved, the grace age believers must be off the scene before God deals with Israel. Exactly when that is, scripture is not clear but it MUST be prior to the Temple being rebuilt and in production. Because we do not live under the law but under grace and God is not the God of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Think…!!! the Temple was completely destroyed in 70 A.D. Why?
- Because on this side of the cross, ALL the world (Jew & Gentile) now have access to God through His Son Jesus Christ by just believing the gospel of grace.
- It would be hard to believe the gospel of grace if the Temple was still operating! Romans 6:14? Romans 3:20-22?
- Before the cross, before Christ Jesus shed His blood the Gentile world was without hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:11
Law and Grace Do Not Mix
The Bible verses below and dozens more like it, state the obvious. Grace age believers DO NOT LIVE UNDER THE MOSAIC LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE! As a matter of fact, you can go ahead and throw out the entire book of Galatians if you are of the belief that there is no such thing as the rapture and grace age believers go into the 7 years of Jacob’s trouble. Or if you believe in a raptured Church but it occurs midway or after Jacob’s trouble. God doesn’t lie!
WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW BUT UNDER GRACE. Romans 6:14
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4
‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.’.
– Galatians 2:20-21
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
‘Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: ‘
‘Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. ‘ Hebrews 9:12
Israel’s Unbelief “Blindness” is the World’s Gain
Here’s another “Mystery” or secret that has been hidden from the world in God, until the apostle Paul reveals it in Romans 11:25,26. It ties in perfectly with the rapture of the Church.
‘For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. ‘
Until is a time word it means; “up to the point in time or the event mentioned.
What is the point in time or event mentioned in Romans 11:25?
A. When that last Gentile is saved under the gospel of grace.
It is at that moment in time when the dead in Christ shall rise to meet the Lord in the clouds and believers that are alive will follow.
‘For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 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 by no means precede those who are asleep. 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. But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 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. Therefore comfort one another with these words.’
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Absolutely amazing. God’s Word is Perfect
Because Israel as a nation rejected and would not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, God makes salvation available to the whole world by the cross. (the mystery) For 2000 years the Gentile world was with hope and without God.
‘Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. ‘
But God hasn’t forgotten about His chosen people. Remember the Romans 11:25; Israel’s Blindness is temporary.
11 I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. 12 Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be!
…how much more will their fulfillment be! God hasn’t forgotten about His chosen people.
19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” 20 Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief (Israel), but you (Gentiles in the Church age) stand by your faith.
The Rapture is Real and Christ is Coming Soon
Once the fullness of the Gentiles is fulfilled. (the last Gentile is saved) The rapture will take place, God turns to Israel, to complete the remaining 7 years of the 490 years prophesied in Daniel 9, and fulfill all the promises God made to Israel 4000 years ago. Romans 11:25, 26,27 make it clear that once the last Gentile is saved all Israel will be saved;
25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written,
“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
27 “This is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
“We” and “You” Versus “They” and “Them”
You don’t want to be the “They” or “Them” of 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3. The apostle Paul delineates the difference between “They”, “Them” (the unbelievers) and “Us” and “We” (believers) in the following passages.
Believers are highlighted and underlined.
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 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 by no means precede those who are asleep. 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. 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. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Contrast the above passage where the apostle Paul makes it crystal clear that the Lord Jesus Christ will come for His Church. And provides powerful words of encouragement. With the passage below where the emphasis turns to the unbelievers. God makes it clear they will go through the tribulation and face destruction.
So clear a 6 grader can see it.
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
I Thessalonians 5:1-3
The text below again is the apostle Paul reassuring believers that they will not go through the tribulation. Believers will not experience the wrath of God, because God DID NOT APPOINT US TO WRATH. Is that so hard to understand?
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.’
I Thessalonians 5:4-11
The Bible is crystal clear about the “Rapture”. So have faith beloved and believe what God says. God is ALWAYS faithful and Jesus Christ is coming for His Church.
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