The Timing of the Rapture
By Elyah, Aug 11 2015 06:44AM
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: 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. 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.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain 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.
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.
Each one of the passages above deal with a slightly different angle of viewing the same future event that is commonly known in the Church as “The Rapture.” When combined, they paint a vivid description of what that awesome day will look like for both the living and the dead in Christ. One of the first things one might notice that these three passages have in common is that all three mention the sounding of a trumpet to usher in the transformation we are to undergo, and 1Corinthians 15:51-52 (above) reveal to us that this trumpet will be the “last trump” in a series of trumpets to sound, for there can be no “last trump” without there being at least a first trumpet preceding it. The mentioning of this “last trump” by Paul perhaps would have been a great mystery had not John in the book of Revelation described it along with the other six trumpets preceding it (Revelation 8:2 - 11:19), which all announce doom and gloom or in a word, tribulation. The last or seventh trumpet to sound will be the most dreadful of them all, for it will announce that the time of God’s “wrath is come” (Revelation 11:18). But as dreadful as that day will be for the ungodly, it will also be a joyous occasion for the prophets, saints, and those that fear the name of the Lord (Yah); for in that day, God has not appointed us to wrath (1Thessalonians 5:9) but rather we shall be rewarded (Revelation 11:18). Nonetheless, given that it is only after the first six trumpets of the tribulation sound that the Rapture will take place, the words of Christ in Matthew 24:29-31 (above) in reference to the timing of the Rapture should ring all the more clear: “immediately after the tribulation of those days...”
Brethren, beware of those who stretch the scripture and who say that the Church will be caught up prior to or mid-Tribulation in direct contradiction of our Lord and Savior. For these, on this point, are liars who disarm the Church by giving certain ones a false sense of comfort thinking that they will face no danger, let alone have to do battle with the Antichrist himself. Be on guard against such heresies bearing all tribulation with patience and with the full armor of God. We shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air immediately after the tribulation. Shalawm.
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