We will be answering some major questions about the rapture in this post. I hope that this helps you understand the Rapture of the church a bit better.
I. What is the Rapture?
- I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:15-18
- The word, Rapture is not mentioned in the Bible specifically, but it is clearly taught. The word comes from the Latin word, “rapturo” and it means to be caught up. It is mentioned in I Thessalonians 4:17. It is that event in which God removes all believers from the earth in order to make way for His righteous judgment to be poured out on the earth.
- Word of Life gives the simple definition “To snatch up or take away believers, both living and dead, to meet the Lord Jesus in the air and return with Him to Heaven.”
- It is the event in which God will resurrect ALL believers to be with Him in Heaven. Some believe that only the ones living right will go to Heaven, but nowhere in Scripture, is this accurate. All believers will be Raptured.
- Here are some thoughts about the Rapture:
- It will happen instantly. No man knows the hour in which the rapture will take place. It will happen suddenly and in the blink of an eye.
- Christ will come and we will meet Him in the air
- The dead in Christ shall rise first. They will go up together with Him in Heaven and receive their glorified bodies.
- The remaining believers will rise. They will then receive their glorified bodies. There will not be a partial rapture. The Bible never speaks of this. Some believe that the ones who are living right will go to Heaven during the rapture, but those who are, will not go during the rapture. I believe that every person who has believed on Jesus up until the point of the rapture will go to Heaven during the rapture.
- This should comfort us. If not, examine your Salvation.
II. When will the Rapture take place?
- Now, most theologians believe that there will be a rapture, but when do these events take place. This is where there are differing views on the subject. We are not going to spend a great deal on each of them except for the pre-trib view. Here are some of the different views on when the rapture will take place:
- Pre-trib– The belief that the rapture will occur before the tribulation period. This is the view that I believe to be the most accurate according to the Bible. Although, there are good and smart people who believe otherwise. This belief shows that the rapture will take place before the tribulation. When the rapture takes place, the antichrist will then come onto the scene and the tribulation immediately begins. The church will be completely exempt from the wrath poured out by God during the tribulation. Here are some reasons why I believe this way:
– The church is not appointed to suffer wrath– I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9.
– The church will not be overtaken by the day of the Lord– I Thessalonians 5:1-9. In this passage, Paul speaks about the day of the Lord. This is speaking of the judgment period. In verse 4, Paul says, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” This is saying, but the believers have nothing to worry about, because we have been saved out of darkness.
– No Condemnation– Romans 8:1. If you are saved, there is no condemnation, judgment, damnation, or wrath.
– The absence of church in Revelation. During the first 3 chapters of the book of Revelation, the word church is used 19 times. Significantly, the word is not used again until chapter 22. In the chapters between the two mentions, the tribulation is explained.
3. Mid-trib– The belief that the rapture will occur in the middle of the tribulation period. The tribulation could be divided into 3 ½ year segments with the last 3 ½ being the Great tribulation. The Mid trib view believes that the rapture will happen sometime between these segments.
4. Post-trib– The belief that the rapture will occur after the tribulation.
III. Will there be a second chance of Salvation after the Rapture?
- There are many different beliefs referring to this question. Here are some thoughts on the subject:
- The antichrist will deceive many– Matthew 24:5; II Thessalonians 2:11. The antichrist will influence many people and deceive many. Therefore, if you are not saved, and you are waiting, there is a chance you will be completely deceived during the tribulation period.
- There will be tons coming to Christ during the tribulation– Revelation 7:14. Revelation speaks of many coming to know Christ during the tribulation. In Revelation 20:4, we see people who were beheaded because they would not take the mark of the beast, and they were saved during the tribulation.
- Those who rejected the Gospel before the rapture mind’s will receive “strong delusion.” II Thessalonians 2:10-12. The lies of the antichrist will be so powerful and alluring that they are almost impossible for someone to resist.
- People who accept Jesus during the tribulation will still suffer through the tribulation, but still have their eternal destiny sealed– Revelation 13:7
- Infants who die go to Heaven– II Samuel 12:21-23. I tend to believe this view, while others do not. We all have heard of the phrase, “the age of accountability.” We all reach that age at a certain time in our life where we can accept or reject the simple message of Jesus. Therefore, if an infant has not reached an age where he can accept or reject Jesus, I believe he will go to Heaven. This is what David was implying about his child to his servants.
IV. How should this impact me today?
- Know Jesus as Savior– I john 5:13 says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
- Grow in the Lord– I John 2:28 says, “And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”
- C. Share the Gospel with others
Conclusion: Make sure you know Jesus as Savior today. If you are reading this now, and you have been rejecting Jesus, you are not promised another breath. You are not promised another chance. Accept Him today. Then, when you do, tell others about Him so that they do not have to suffer through the tribulation. If you accept Jesus after reading this post, please send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!