What is the Rapture? It is the “catching up” of all believers in Jesus Christ (the Church).
This will occur right before the Great Tribulation.
Jesus will appear in the clouds and give a shout!
Those dead in their graves shall rise to meet Him first…..
Then those that are still alive will rise up to meet Him.
Rapture is a term used by most Christians around the world to describe “being caught up” to meet the Lord Jesus. The actual term isn’t in the Bible, but the description of events definitely is in the scriptures. This event is strictly for Christians (people that do not believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior will not be a part of this). The rest of the world WILL have to suffer through the Great Tribulation. That will be a time of suffering that is worse that anything the world has ever seen. The Apostle Paul explained the last days Rapture (also called catching up) this way:
I Thessalonians 4:15-18 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.
Paul admonished the believers (the Church) to be careful and watch for the Lord. We are to study the scriptures and be aware of the signs of the times. Christians are to wait expectantly for their Lord to come back for them! We must be alert and not live as the world. Christians are NOT supposed to revel in sin as the unsaved do. The Church MUST be found by Jesus waiting and watching expectantly for Him…..doing our best to be pleasing to Him!
I Thessalonians 5:10-11 Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
The Letter to the Church of Philadelphia in the Book of Revelation tells of the reward for the remnant that “perseveres”. These are the people that keep their faith in Jesus alive and strive to obey Him.
Revelation 3:10-12 “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.
Also read Revelation Chapter 2 and 3. These tell what Jesus says to the seven churches. These are all types of churches that exist today. Each church will have many that aren’t accepted by Jesus. However, each church will have a “remnant” that have remained faithful to Him.
Let those that have an “ear to hear” be able to listen!
Everyone that didn’t place their faith in Jesus Christ will still have the opportunity to believe in Him after the Rapture takes place. They will enjoy the promise of eternity with God just as the Church does. Unfortunately…..these people will have to endure the horrors of the Anti-Christ and the Great Tribulation. They will suffer greatly for the cause of Christ and they WILL BE rewarded for their suffering. Even so…..blessed is the person that has already accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior when these things begin to occur! The time is short! Jesus is calling you to a place of love, grace and safety.