Prophetical Meat for the body of Christ / equipping saints
What the Bible says about:
I Thessalonians 4: 16-18:
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel , & with the trumpet of God; & the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then, we who are alive & remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, & thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words."
I Corinthians 15: 51- 52:
"Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, in a mo- ment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet ; for the trum- pet will sound, & the dead will be raised imperishable, & we shall be changed."
These scriptures are clearly refer- ring to the miraculous moment of time when believers are "caught up" into the presence of the Lord. This event is known as the "rapture" of the church.
Although Jesus said that "no one knows the day or hour" (Mark 13:32) that the rapture will occur, He did say that we will recog- nize the nearness & the timing of this incredible event.
Jesus said, "Even so, you too, when you see all these things happening (meaning prophetical events of the end times), recognize that He is near, right at the door."
Rev. 13: 1
The exact middle of the 7 year Tribulation
Rev. 19: 11 - 20:3
The return of Christ to earth
Voice of ARCHANGEL
1 Thess 4:16 found in Revelation 10: 3, 7
Last and 7th Trumpet of God
1 Cor 15: 52 found in Revelation 11:15
When will the rapture occur ?
The answer to this question starts with close examination of the above "rapture" passages.
Both the "voice of the archangel" & the "last trumpet of God" in the above "rapture" passages are also found in Revelation's chronology of the final 7 year Tribulation period.
Clearly, Rev. 10:3, 7 & Rev. 11:15 place the rapture of the church somewhere within the 1st 3 1/2 years of the 7 year Tribulation period, & before the middle point, which is represented in chapter 13 of Revelation.
The "last trumpet" which Paul speci- fied, is clearly shown as the "7th" & actual "last" trumpet to be blown in the entire book of Revelation. It is blown in Rev.11:15.
<--- 1st 3 1/2 years --->
("WRATH OF GOD" / Rev.16:1)
<--- final 3 1/2 years --->
Rapture shown in the chronological chapters of the book of Revelation
'at the last' and '7th trumpet'
Chapt 13 presents an exhaustive teaching on the Rapture / [ ie. How far into the Tribulation? & Believers not destined for wrath.... ]
7 year Tribulation shown in the book of Revelation
The Bible's 'timing' of the Rapture event is found clearly in Revelation in relation to the chronology of the coming 7 Year Tribulation.
Many scriptures show that God's people will have keen awareness of its nearness which Jesus also referred to by instructing His followers to 'know when He is near, even right at the door.' [Math 24:33].
However, today's blind preachers have indoc- trinated a whole generation for over 40 years to believe the unscriptural picture of the Rapture being 'ready to occur at any moment and BEFORE the 7 Year Tribulation period even starts.' However, the Rapture is much more glorious than this downplayed 'sudden' rapture concept.
One of the many scriptures they've misapplied is that the Day of the Lord 'will come like a thief in the night'. [1 Thess 5:2-4; Luke 21:34]
But, this verse actually refers to ONLY those who will have missed the Rapture since from their perspective they never saw it coming. For them, it will be 'like a thief in the night' based on their extreme spiritual blindness and rebellion.
In the next verses Paul specifically contrasts these blind unbelievers with true 'believers' who he says 'the day should NOT overtake you as a thief.' [1 Thess 5:4].
Again, Spirit-filled believers who will have made themselves ready will also be keenly mindful of the unfolding Final Events and will specifically 'know' when 'He is near, even right at the door' , referring to the Nearness of Christ's physical Return AND the 'timing' of the Rapture itself.
"God is not the author of the confusion seen amongst today's prophecy
'experts' in their recent and ongoing debates on TBN and Daystar TV
about 'When the RAPTURE will occur?'. But, God's Word is clear in its teaching on such a highly critical topic."
"Even so, you too, when you see ALL these things, KNOW He is near, even right at the door." -- the Lord Jesus Christ / Matthew 24:33
Bible's "Silence in Heaven"
ID's RAPTURE in 1st Half of Tribulation [Exclusive]
NEARING RAPTURE :
Who GOES ?
Who STAYS ?
MIDEAST - World CRISIS to EXPLODE; Believers who MISS the RAPTURE :: (*prophetic word)