The Rapture According to the Bible
The rapture is a very important endtime prophetic event for Christians. It represents a time when God will reward His people and judge His enemies. The rapture is not a theory invented by Christians to frighten people into believing. It’s an actual biblical doctrine we all need to understand. The problem is, it’s a subject most people, including many Christians, still question. We need answers!
Answers are no good, unless they are true. The Bible is the Christian’s study guide to learning about the truth of the rapture. It’s the final authority to answer any questions concerning our topic.
Is the rapture a mystery?
The rapture, according to the Bible, is a mystery. However, it’s only a mystery to people who are not Christians. The Bible can only really be understood by Believers; if you are not a Believer, you will need to receive Christ in faith to fully know the truth.
Before a man receives Christ in faith, the Bible teaches he is in a state of darkness. And, when Christ is received, he is no longer in that condition.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5: But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Once a man believes in Jesus Christ, God begins to reveal secrets to him that he couldn’t fully understand before. One of those secrets is the rapture.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52: Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 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.
The rapture mystery is not hidden from Christians. The Bible says above, “I show you a mystery.” The mystery is what we call The Rapture of the Church. It’s when God’s Body of Believers (the Church) is literally changed into immortal beings. After we are changed, we will receive eternal rewards according to our work for Christ on Earth.
Is there biblical proof of the rapture?
There is much biblical evidence for the rapture that God wants us to know. The problem is this: Many false teachers from the past have stretched the truth about the rapture into something hard to hear. We must not forget that the enemy of Christians has an agenda to deceive, so we can only expect the truth to be distorted. Also, all men are faulty, so even the most sincere flowerer of Christ may misunderstand parts of the Bible.
Therefore, the final authority for a true Christian is not a man or what someone teaches, but rather what God Himself teaches. The truth is found in the Bible.
Where does the word rapture come from?
Does the word rapture come from the Bible? This is the real question at hand. The word rapture comes from the English translation of the Latin Bible. It means to be caught up, taken up, or snatched away.
The word is used to describe an event that Christians look forward to happening when Jesus Christ returns. We believe that He is going to return in the clouds and take us up to meet Him.
Where is the word rapture found in the Bible?
The Bible was originally written in Greek over 2000 years ago. It wasn’t long after that, that the Greek was translated into Latin, which again is where we get our English word rapture.
The first appearance of the word is in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 KJV: 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 words caught up in this verse literally mean raptured. John Wycliffe was the first to translate the word so in the early 14th century.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 Wycl: Afterward we that lyuen, that ben left, schulen be rauyschid togidere with hem in cloudis, metinge Crist `in to the eir; and so euere more we schulen be with the Lord.
The old Latin word is rapiemur. According to the dictionary, it means to seize, snatch, or carry away.
Is it wrong to use the word rapture?
I personally do not believe it is wrong to use the word. I’ll give you three reasons why I believe it is not wrong to use it:
- The word has already been in an English Bible for over 700 years.
- Christians have preferred to use this word for so long, it would be vain to stop using it now.
- If God didn’t want His people to use the word, then I’m sure He would have put a stop to it a long time ago.
What happens during the rapture?
The Bible teaches that the rapture is a time when Christians will receive an immortal body. An actual physical transformation is expected to take place in the rapture, where our corruptible bodies put on incorruption. According to the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, this happens in a moment.
What will happen after the rapture?
After the rapture, Christians will stand before the throne of God to receive their rewards. White robes will be given to clothe them, and they will praise God.
Revelation 7:9-10: After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
The Bible teaches we will remain with Christ before the throne, until He returns again for the battle of Armageddon and to set up His millennial Kingdom.
When will the rapture occur?
It’s impossible to know the exact day and hour when the rapture will happen. The Bible does not give us that information. We know that it has not already happened. God hasn’t left us completely in the dark; we know that certain things must transpire before the rapture.
What are some signs of the rapture?
There are certain signs of the rapture in the bible. For example, the Antichrist must be revealed beforehand, and the Temple must be rebuilt (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4). The rise of false prophets and false Christ’s is a sign (Matthew 24:3-14). The abomination of desolation is spoken of in the Bible as a sign (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15). There are also other signs that we will witness before the rapture found in Matthew 24.
Matthew 24: 29-31: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Now you what the rapture is according to the Bible! There is more that can be said on this interesting subject, but if you’ve made it this far, you should have a decent biblical understanding. You know the rapture is a real event on the time chart. You know when to expect it to occur, you have biblical support, and you know what we Christians hope for afterwards.
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