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Others argue the point. There is nothing wrong with debate, and questions have never changed the truth. Whatever you believe about when it will happen, rest assured, the time will come. In addition to what you believe about when the Rapture will happen, there is much to be gleaned concerning exactly what the rapture is. From the definition, we have determined that it means the church will be caught up or carried away into the air to be with the Lord, but exactly what does that mean?
Well, I believe it covers a number of things. First, Christ will return. That this event will be one of great drama is vividly portrayed in Scripture. His coming will be accompanied with a loud command from what will sound like the voice of an archangel. This will be accompanied by the trumpet call of God. The implication is that these sounds will be heard all around the world.
Neither will be a process occurring over a period of time. It will be as Scripture describes it—instantaneous. Third, there will be a rapture of living believers who will be caught up to be with Jesus without experiencing death.
Key Differences Between the Rapture and the Second Coming
Although we have used the word rapture to encompass the entire experience, the Rapture specifically refers to the transformation of living believers into immortal bodies without the event of physical death. Paul calls it a mystery, and I can add nothing beyond that description. Whatever happens in that instant is a mystery, but what a glorious one to consider! The fourth aspect of the Rapture relates to the reunion with loved ones who have died and our union with Christ.
Can you imagine what that will be like? Perhaps you never met your father or grandmother because each died before you were born. Many children born during times of war lost their fathers without knowing them. Just think about what kind of reunion that day will entail!
And yet, it holds no comparison at all to what it will be like when we see Jesus. The very thought makes my heart long for the day. There is one more truth regarding the Rapture we need to take a look at. This is the most practical of the five. The doctrine of the Rapture is to be a source of comfort and encouragement.
The scriptures of First Thessalonians 4 and 5 are familiar to most Christians as a description of the so-called "rapture of the church. However, as we have seen, God has not given us the date. Three specific events take place at the time Jesus calls his church out of the world:. The "cry of command" from the lips of Jesus is to awake the dead in Christ and to call them forth from their graves as God called his friend Lazarus forth John Only one archangel is called by name in Scripture. He is Michael whose specific jurisdiction is over the people of Israel.
At the time of the Rapture, the archangel will signal to Israel that God has returned the focus of his attention at last to the final redemption of his chosen nation. This event was spoken of by Daniel:. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people--everyone whose name is found written in the book--will be delivered. The trumpet call, not to be confused with the last of the seven trumpets in Revelation, is a trumpet call associated with the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.
It will be used to call the living saints at the time of the Rapture to be caught up and transformed together with the just-raised saints of the past. This is described also in 1 Corinthians 15,. I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your sting?
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. When an individual dies he or she leaves time and enters eternity. Some scholars think that all believers travel through eternity immediately, "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye," to arrive at the Rapture the next instant in his or her personal experience. If that is the case, all believers arrive in heaven at the same "time.
As you probably know, there are many different ways of looking at Biblical prophecy. Here are a few other terms you will hear in discussions about the future. Millennium - years of history during which Christ will reign as King of Kings Rev. Premillennialism - The belief that Christ returns visibly and bodily at the beginning of the thousand-year reign of Christ on the earth.
He will rule the nations from Jerusalem. Postmillennialism - The belief that Christ will return at the end of the present age to take over the earth. Meantime, He is assumed to reign on earth through the church now.go here
The Rapture and the Second Coming: 5 Key Differences
Postmillenialists do not necessarily believe in a literal millennial age. Satan was defeated at the cross and is now bound, hence the final triumph of the church in history is assured. Amillennialism - The belief that there will no literal year reign of Christ. Thus Revelation 20 is taken symbolically, not literally, by adherents of this view.
Amillennialists generally believe that Israel has been permanently set aside for all time and that God's current plan of salvation involves only the church. See also: Definition of common terms found in Eschatology , Appendix. The authors' understanding of future things is firmly premillennial. A literal interpretation of Scripture requires belief in an actual thousand year period of time during which Christ will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Most of the Bible teachers who write and speak about prophecy are also premillennial.
Among them there are various viewpoints about the timing of The Rapture.
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Here is a brief summary of these positions:. Pre-Tribulation Rapture - That Christ will rapture the church before the Tribulation begins Mid-Tribulation Rapture - That Christ will rapture the church at the Mid-point of The Tribulation Post Tribulation Rapture - That Christ will rapture the church at the end of the Tribulation Pre-Wrath Rapture - That Christ will rapture the church just before the Battle of Armageddon Partial Rapture - That Christ will rapture those who are ready and leave the rest to go through the Tribulation Multiple Rapture - That there are more than one raptures, during which Christ receives those who are ready "Pan-Trib" Position - No clue about future events, but think it will "all pan out in the end".
The last term is not really funny.