The Rapture Timing

 

What does the Bible say about the Rapture?

The Bible does not contain the word Rapture. The Bible refers to this event as the “Catching Away”, “Harvest” or “Gathering Unto Him” which is Harpazo in Greek.

In the United States, the strong hold of Christian denominations, many times the rumor of what will happen is passed around and is not backed by scripture. The congregation want’s to hear warm and fuzzy, No “Hellfire and Brimstone” in today’s church. However we want to look at what the actual Word of God says on the subject.

 

The first part of scripture in the New Testament to talk about the catching away is 1st Thessalonians 4:13~17

 

1st Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For 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: 17Then 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.

 

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This first letter to the Thessalonians was the first book Paul wrote. It was written around AD 52. Paul of Tarsus wrote the letter while in Corinth.

 

But he later tells us which trump in his letter to the Corinthians:

 

1st Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52In 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.

 

Many argue the trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15:52 is not the 7th trumpet of Revelation 11:14. John had not recorded the Book of Revelation at that time. However, John was shown by God the visions he wrote down. Why would the same God not show Paul the same puzzle pieces also?

 

 

Revelation 11:14The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 11:18And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

 

1st Thessalonians 5:9 tells us that God does not want to pour out his wrath on the Christians that have salvation through Christ. The bowls (vials) of wrath have not been poured out yet in Revelation as of the 7th trumpet.

 

1st Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

 

The people is Thessalonica that received the 1st letter, got worried and thought the World Age was about to end. Paul had to write them a second letter letting them know that there were other signs of when the gathering to Christ would happen.

 

 

2nd Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The Antichrist and False Prophet claiming to be God and wanting the World to worship them:

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So what have we learned so far about the timing of the catching up:

 

  • The Antichrist will be revealed first before any catching up
  • The Angel or Holy Spirit that restrains Satan’s physical body releases him
  • The wrath of God is not poured out on those Christians of the last days

 

We are told over and over that the Christians do not get the wrath of God poured on them. What does that mean?

Being tempted by the Antichrist to take the mark of the beast is not the wrath of God. Seeing an Antichrist standing in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount claiming to be the second coming of Christ is not the wrath of God.

 

1st Thessalonians 1:10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Luke 21:36Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 

Even in the Old Testament we see clearly God taking the chosen that will be the Bride of Christ before his Bowls or Vials of Wrath are poured out:

 

Isaiah 26:19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 20Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

Bowls or Vials of Wrath being poured out – Revelation 16

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We are not promised exemption from persecution however, or even martyrdom. In fact we are promised persecution before the wrath of God during the 7 Years:

Luke 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. 13And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 14Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 15For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

 

Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 7And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. 8For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. 9But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. 10And the gospel must first be published among all nations. 11But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 12Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. 13And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

 

The actual Harvest of the Church is described in the Book of Revelation in detail with Jesus as a reaper and then the Death Angel as a reaper:

Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 13And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.  14And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 16And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. 

 

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17And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 19And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

 

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Jesus describes the harvest also in Matthew in the parable of the Wheat and Tares:

Matthew 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Matthew 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 

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Conclusion:

The focus of this study was to point out the scripture pertaining to the harvest of the Church without all the rumors and here-say that the modern church denominations have added. As of the timing of the Rapture, this is hard to determine exactly. The tribulation is part of a seven year period, but is actually 3.5 years, 42 months or 1260 days as is listed in scripture. During the seven years a man of sin comes to power. It would appear from scripture he has the first part of the seven years to tempt people into taking the Mark of the Beast. He is like a movie star. Everyone is chasing after him. As he is described in the Book of Daniel:

Daniel 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.

This is the Man of Sin, Son of Perdition, Antichrist. If you are interested in learning more about this man and his partner the False Prophet, you can read the following study:

Will You Deny Him?

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4 Comments

  1. Warren Lonabaugh says:

    The rapture is not biblical. It is a false  teaching.  The dead shall proceed the living means that the dead shall come to Christ first because they are already with Him. We shall meet Him in the air  means that we shall be in our spiritual bodies.  If anyone claims to be Christ and you are still in a flesh body, they are a fake.  Come LORD come.

  2. Joe Mazst says:

    Its easy to go around posting saying everything is not Biblical. However, if you read and search scripture, there are too many references to a final meeting with Christ and the beama seat judgement to ignore…

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