Jesus Second Coming in clouds will be seen by all on earth to judge those not in God in Christ who do not believe word of God and miracle TESTIMONY of JESUS Ascending into heaven ALIVE seen by the Disciples into heaven. Jesus will RETURN FIRST in RAPTURE of Church then as a Conquering JUDGE. People in the Bible have raptured alive into heaven so this event will happen on much larger scale than ever happened in history. In II Kings 2:11-12 “Elijah was taken alive as they were walking and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire horses of fire of chariots appeared so separated the two of them, and so Elijah went up to heaven in whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel! Elisha saw him no more.” Enoch taken from this life so he did not experience death. In Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was taken from life, so did not experience death; not found because God had taken him away. Before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God with faith it is possible to please God, anyone who comes to God must believe He exists so Rewards all who earnestly seek Him. So, when will the church be raptured? There is more evidence today that He is coming for His Church soon, than at any other time in history. These signs intensify, all who know Christ as saviour will be looking toward heaven and awaiting the coming of our Lord. So many biblical scholars feel the rapture will occur prior to the Tribulation Period, or a pre-tribulation rapture. God will spare his Church from the persecutions of the antiChrist and wrath of God will fall upon inhabitants of the Earth during end times. Those who come to Christ following rapture live in persecution of Christians by antiChrist martyrdom for their faith. Views of timing for rapture of Church, examined from pre-tribulation Biblical view support for it.
One of the best supporting verses from the Bible for the rapture of the Church is found in Revelation 3:10.B”Because you have kept my command to persevere, I will keep you from hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth.” This verse is a promise made by Christ to one of His seven churches, the church of Philadelphia. The hour of trial Jesus speaks of in this verse is the period of time our Lord calls “great tribulation, as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). There are many verses in Bible that describe the rapture. Christians in the first century church were so driven by the coming of their Lord and savior in the end-times that they shared their faith everywhere. Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church in I Thessalonians 1:6-10. And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place. Faith towards God is gone out for any place. So declare concerning manner of entry to you, how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Belief in being taken up to meet Christ is the essence of hope. A hope satan fights and challenged with all of his might. In I Thessalonians 4:16-18 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” The Lord will shout a loud command as he descends from heaven, and we will hear the voice of the archangel, perhaps to lead Israel during 7 years of tribulation as he did in the Old Testament. Encouragement to all in these times of lust, greed, corruption, self-centeredness and resistance to all things that are of God.
I Corinthians 15:51-53 says, “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not sleep, but shall all be changed, in a moment, in twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, dead will be raised imperishable, shall all change. For perishable must put on imperishable, and mortal must put on immortality.” The Greek word here harpadso, meaning “snatched up” to be with Christ. When Christ comes to set up earthly kingdom at the end of the tribulation, he will come with power and the holy angels to bind Satan, and to deal with the earthly Kings who are gathered at Jerusalem to oppose Him. When He comes for his Church at the time of the rapture, He will leave his Father’s house and come in the clouds to call the dead in Christ and then the living church to “come up hither,” where they will join with each other in the clouds to live with Him in His Father’s house. Belief in this kind of resurrection was common among the Jews of that day. Martha believed Jesus when he challenged her to understand the coming resurrection of the dead. She responded to Jesus, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection in the last days.” When rapture occurs, billions of people will be left behind full of surprise and shock at the disappearances of their loved ones, friends, and acquaintances.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 – 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. Who knows what explanation the antiChrist will use to explain away disappearances of millions of believers. One thing is certain, with main obstacle to his plan for the world removed, the way will be clear for the Antichrist to implement his evil plan for the world as is prophesied in the Bible. With the followers of Christ gone, few would stand in way of a world religion deifies man, world government criminalizes belief in God. II Thessalonians 2:3, 6-7 “Let no one in any way deceive you for it (the Day of the Lord) will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. And you know what restrains him now, so that in this time he may be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. The word Apostasy may have 2 different meanings. The first is to fall away from the faith. In world today, many are turning to a new age faith vilifies belief in salvation through Christ, changes Word of God to fit an inclusive, creedless, self-gratifying religion requires nothing and promises everything, including godhood. A belief releases responsibility, accountability or consequences in life, is more popular in humanist society and gain in popularity as the end times progress. The second meaning for apostasy in this verse is to depart, and may be a reference to the rapture. The forces of the antiChrist are restrained on Earth until the Holy Spirit which dwells within God’s Church is removed by the rapture. With Christ’s followers removed from scene antiChrist will be released to usher in the world’s new age religion with all of its evils.
As this depressing time descends upon us, we can rejoice. God promised us that he would deliver his Church from the persecutions of the Antichrist and the wrath of God that will follow his rise to power. The rapture is fulfillment of promise. I Thessalonians 5:4,9-10 “you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. For God has not destined us for wrath, for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, live together with him.” Christ will return for those who have died and those who are still living and deliver us from the wrath and tribulation will be suffered by all who follow antiChrist. Romans 5:9 “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” I Thessalonians 1:10 “and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.” God will come for his Church suddenly at a time when least expects it. For this reason instructs to be ready, always prepared, on guard for His coming. Some around turn their backs on God, worshipping themselves, other gods, or false prophets instead, we should be looking up. Spiritual lives in order, escape what is to come. As now witnessing beginnings of birth pains, God reminds to be in prayer constantly so that we will not be led down the other path and miss His coming.
Luke 21:34-36 “Be on guard, that your heart may not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon the face of the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man. God feels so important to be alert watchful for His coming He reminds all several times to be ready. Matthew 24:42 “Be on the alert, for you do not know day Lord Jesus is coming.” Matthew 24:44 “For the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but Father alone.” Matthew 25:13 “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” It is to our benefit that God didn’t tell us the hour of His coming. It encourages to live righteously as Christ may return any time, and it encourages believers to work diligently for the souls of friends, family and the lost of this world. It reminds us that we have much work to do and may not have much time to do it. If there was ever a time to be an example, share your faith, and make sure everyone you know has heard name Jesus, it is now. After rapture of Church, tribulation falls upon earth. Those who receive Christ prepared for His coming, we can shout for Joy. The Lord has prepared a place for us and we will be with him always.
Isaiah 26:19-21 “Your dead will live; their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust awake and shout for joy. For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits. Come, my people, enter into your rooms, And close your doors behind you; Hide for a little while, Until indignation runs its course. For behold, the Lord is about to come out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; and the earth will reveal her bloodshed, and will no longer cover her slain.” Many Christians will read about the rapture of the Church which will occur before the tribulation and respond with “It’s too good to be true!” or “I desdriveno be saved from the wrath to come.” We often overlook, however, that trials and tribulations are standard part of everyday life in a fallen world. But our Lord specifically informed us that the tribulation is a special judgment of God. It is for our sake that these days will be shortened for us. This escape from wrath is not based on merit, but on what the Bible says. God deals with us on a basis of grace when we accept him as our savior, and this basis extends itself to the tribulation. We should celebrate the saving grace of Christ. Let the joy that fills your soul at the mention of His return show in your life. Let it be an example that draws others in. Then tell everyone you know the reason for the hope that is within you so that they too may look to the future with excitement, hope and confidence, and you will see them in your Fathers house at that great time of reunion and rejoicing. Latin rapere) means to be caught up or taken away suddenly. Rapture refers to the sudden removal of all of God’s people on earth. In the twinkling of an eye, born again Christians suddenly transformed out of our human bodies and will rise up into the air to join Jesus Christ.