One of the biggest controversies in the Church today is the rapture. Many are now saying that, since it has not happened and, since many have predicted a date for it which was obviously wrong and, since the word "RAPTURE" is not found in Scripture, that it therefore will not happen. This is certainly a very weak and desperate argument, since many things in Scripture took thousands of years to come to pass (i.e. the Gospel foretold in Genesis 3:15) and, since mankind, deliberately or accidentally, being wrong about a timing of the Rapture he has no knowledge of anyways, does not constitute it not happening and, since the word "Trinity" is not in Scripture either, and yet no true born-again Christian rejects the concept which is clearly taught. But alas, because we are in the last days, unbelief and apostasy is growing in the Church.
The rejectors of the pre-Tribulation rapture claim that the Church will go through the Great Tribulation Judgment of God's Wrath upon the earth and personally experience the anti-Christ's kingdom, apparently being shielded from God's Wrath. While God is certainly capable of doing this, it goes against His character, shown consistent throughout Scripture.
People setting dates to predict it does not help, either. Today, with the tiny nation of Israel as a main barometer, the technology for the mark of the beast in place, the calls for one-worldism coming from every country's leaders, and all of the other signs of the last days, thoughts of the Rapture among believers are ever present. However, not all believers share those thoughts. Many of those events are happening all at once, more and more, faster and faster, like birth pangs. One thing any mother knows about birth pangs (labor pains) is, once they start, that baby is on its way, guaranteed, ready or not. It is clear that, without living in these last days, the writers of some prophecy would not, could not have completely understood all that the verses literally mean, not having seen the technology first hand. It simply was not possible then for them to even envision, let alone having the whole world see two dead people in the streets of Jerusalem, on a screen or hologram:
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
(2 Thessalonians 2:1-8)
(1 Thessalonians 1:10)
In Scripture, God never judged a nation where His people were without removing them first. To suggest HE would suddenly do this with the Church while judging the entire planet makes Him inconsistent in His character and dealings with His people. If the Church is not under judgment for sin, if Christ truly took all of our punishment on Himself at the Cross, 100%, then there is no reason for the Church to be here during the Great Tribulation.
(1 Peter 3:20)
TRANSLA'TED, pp. Conveyed from one place to another; removed to heaven without dying; rendered into another language.
They were at the Red Sea because they were removed from Egypt
His Name is at stake if God does not remove His people (not under judgment) before judging the wicked (who are under His judgment)
Yes, God preserved them. Yes, God protected them alone during the plagues-but God never wiped out Pharaoh and his army until He removed His people Israel.
After Israel was removed from them and separated by an impassible roadblock of fire, then water.
Israel is the barometer for the Rapture, Last Days, the Great Tribulation and the Triumphant Return of the LORD Jesus Christ.
There are many other verses in regards to the return of Israel to her land in the last days, the blooming of the desert, preparations for the Third Temple, etc. Suffice it to say that we entered that era when she returned to her land in 1948. She is there to stay, forever.
(Revelation 21:10-14) And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
While all of the references given do not specifically mention Israel by name, so do; the rest are Old Testament Jewish practices, symbols, references etc. Much of the correlations also come from the book of Daniel, like direct cross references.
(2 Kings 2:11)
For the past two thousand years, many Christians did not think much about the Rapture at all, simply because the events of the last days as described in Sripture had not yet begun to unfold. On top of that, Paul told them through his letters that, although it was imminent, the Day of the LORD was not yet, until a great "Laodicean" falling away happened, which did not in his day, like it is today.
(2 Thessalonians 2:1-8)
(1 Thessalonians 1:10)
2 Kings 2:11
1 Thessalonians 5:9
1 Cor 1:7-8
1 Cor 15:1-53
1 Cor 16:22
1 Thess 1:10
1 Thess 2:19
1 Thess 4:13-18
1 Thess 5:9
1 Thess 5:23
2 Thess 2:1
1 Tim 6:14
2 Thess 1:6-10
2 Tim 4:1
2 Thess 2:8
2 Peter 3:1-14
1 Peter 1:7, 13
1 John 2:28-3:2
Rev 22:7, 12, 20
In Daniel chapter twelve, verse four we read:
|The Rapture||The Second Coming|
|Jesus Returns for His Church/Bride||(Luke 21:36)
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.(John 14:2-3)
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.(1 Thessalonians 1:10)
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.(1 Thessalonians 4:14-17)
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 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. (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, (Revelation 3:10)
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.Zech 14:5; Col 3:4; Rev 19:7-8,14, 21:9-10; Matt 24:29-31; Jud 1:14,15; 1Thess 3:13
|2||Caught up with
Him in the air, in the clouds, 1Thess 4:13-18;
Appears to Believers only. Mat 5:8, John 11:40, Heb 9:28
touch the earth Zech 14:4; Rev 19:11-21, and he brings war, then peace.
Every eye will see him, including unbelievers. Rev 1:7, Zech 12:10, Mat 24:30 Luke 3:6 John 19:37
|3||Christians taken first, unbelievers are left behind a shut door. Mat 25:1-13; Rev 3:8-10; Rev 4:1, 1Thess 4:13-18||3||Wicked are taken first, Mat 13:28-30 the righteous (Tribulation saints) are left to populate the millinnium|
|4||Purpose: To present the Church to Himself and to the Father in Heaven, 2 Cor 11:2; Rev 19:6-9||4||Purpose: To execute judgment on earth and set up His Kingdom on earth. Zech 14:3-4; Jud 1:14-15; Rev 19:11-21|
|5||Purpose: to cast satan out of heaven (Rev 12) down to the earth, which will reveal Satan for the Tribulation as the man of sin 2Thess 2||5||Purpose: to cast Satan to the bottomless pit, to bind Satan after the Tribulation. Rev 20:1-7|
|6||Happens in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, no war, globally. 1Cor 15:52||6||Slow coming, at war, to specific locations, from Edom, to Bozrah, to Meggido or Armageddon, to Jerusalem. Isa 63:1-3, Rev 16:16, Zech 12:9-10|
|7||Christians are changed, and get spirit bodies, go to heaven and do not marry, and become immortal; Mat 22:30; 1Cor 15:52; 1John 3:2||7||People populate the earth during the millinnium, some people still die, not being changed to immortality as at the rapture. Isa 65:20|
|8||Jesus descends with a shout (for resurrection) and trumpet noise. 1Thess 4:16||8||No shout mentioned Rev 19:11-21|
|9||A resurrection takes place of all saints to immortality, to rule as kings and priests in Heaven over Earth 1Cor 15:51-54; 1Thess 4:13-18||9||Resurrection of the tribulation saints to immortality who worship day and night in the temple of God. Rev 7:15, Rev 20:4-6,|
|10||Occurs as a thief in the night, at the 'no man knows the day or hour' festival of the Feast of Trumpets. Mat 24:43; 1Thess 5:4-6; Rev 3:3||10||Occurs at end of 7 years of Tribulation; exact day predicted; 3.5 years or 1260 days after the abomination of desolation: Dan 9:24-27, 12:11-12; Rev 11:2, 12:6,14, 13:5|
|11||Is likened to the abduction of the bride during the Jewish Wedding, and the union of the bride and groom, which occurs at the start of the 7 day bridal week. Gen 29:22-28, Judges 14:1-18||Is likened to the marriage feast, which occurs after the 7 day bridal week, returning from the wedding. Luke 12:36; Rev 19|
|12||The dead in Christ rise and together with then living will be changed into their new bodies and leave Earth with Jesus. 1Thess 4:14-16||12||Christians return with Jesus in already resurrected bodies riding on white horses. Rev 19:11-21|
|13||Jesus returns as a savior from wrath Luke 21:36; Rom 5:9; 1Thess 1:10, 5:9; Rev 3:10||13||Jesus returns on a white horse, full of wrath. Rev 19:11|
|14||For the Church only (those in Christ) 1Thess 4:14-17||14||For redeemed Israel & Gentiles Mat 25:31-46; Rom 11:25-27|
|15||A message of
hope and comfort 1Thess 4:18; Titus 2:13; 1John 3:3
Like the days of Noah and Lot, which show deliverance and salvation from judgement. 2 Peter 2:7-9, Mat 24:37-44
|15||A message of
judgment and woe Joel 3:12-16; Amos 5:18; Mal 4:5; Rev 19:11-21
Like the plagues of Egypt, many of which are mirrored in Revelation, pouring out his Wrath, and He comes after the judgements.