"Behold, I shew 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 incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 (KJV)
"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." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (KJV)
:: The Rapture ...
"Rapture" ... This controversial word brings indescribable hope and joy to some ...
and confusion and even dread to others ... But the event we are going to discus known as the Rapture ... should be nothing less then the ultimate Blessed Hope and eager expectation of every true Christian. It is what the early church longed for and through the centuries has continued to be the hope of many. While others have decided it is something too good to be true and abandoned such thoughts .... obviously they have forgotten that everything about our Lord Jesus Christ is too good to be true - YET IT IS!
The word ´Rapture´ does not appear in the English Bible - It comes from the Latin Vulgate.
In God´s Word it was the Apostle Paul who explains the Rapture to us.
He describes it as a "Mystery." (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)
The word in the original Greek is ´Mysterion´.
Which meant he was revealing a new truth, not known before.
This mysterious event is most clearly represented in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 ...
In this passage the English phrase "caught up" translates the Greek word HARPAZO, which means "to seize upon with force" or "to snatch up." The Latin translators of the Bible used the word "rapturo," the root of the English term "Rapture." At the Rapture, living believers will be "caught up" in the air, translated into the clouds, in a moment in time to join the Lord in the air.
The Rapture is a signless event that could always have occurred imminently! The signs that we are given in the Bible are that of the Tribulation period which proceeds the Second Coming of Christ. So, with all of these signs even before us NOW - How much closer must the Rapture be!
We believe that the Rapture could take place sometime in the near future! For many reasons - some of which are listed below - we believe that there is a PreTrib Rapture. (i.e; That the Rapture occurs before the beginning of the seven year Tribulation.)
The Tribulation = (aka; Daniel´s 70th week, Time of Jacob´s Trouble... more on this below) officially begins with the ´confirming of a covenant´ between the Antichrist and Israel. Daniel 9:27. We believe the Rapture occurs prior to this event ... Maybe immediately prior - maybe by some distance.
A common assumption is that the Rapture itself "triggers" the start of the Tribulation period ... However, in Daniel we read that the actual trigger is the "confirming of the covenant" itself. So, while it seems logical to believe the two will coincide closely - there may be an lapse of time between the two.
This timing of the Rapture has long been the subject of much debate among Christians. When the Rapture will occur is NOT the most important issue. Knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and being ready WHENEVER it may occur is what is most important.
So, although we do not wish to have any debates with anyone over their Rapture view ... We would like to share with you what we believe and just some of the reasons why. Hopefully at the very least it will give you some food for thought.