Have you heard of the word “Rapture” before? If you haven’t heard about it, then this is the right time to know all about it. Today I am going to tell you about the Rapture in Biblical terms, so if you are interested in knowing more about the Rapture then you should keep on reading.
Meaning of Rapture. Now it is true that the word rapture is not in the Bible. But neither will you find the Trinity by name in the Bible, nor the word mission and a number of other terms we use to describe theological concepts clearly taught in Scripture.
The word “rapture” is taken from the Latin “rapio” for the two words “caught up” used in 1
Thessalonians 4:17. It has come into popular use today to refer to the Lord Jesus coming for the church, to lift her up into the heavens. One raptured is “lifted up” in love.
When is the Rapture? When you are studying the rapture of the church, there are several things you need to keep in mind. First of all, the second coming of Christ is in two parts, separated by a period of seven years. The first part is sometimes referred to as the “Rapture” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:52-58).
The second part occurs when Christ physically, bodily returns to this earth on the Mount of Olives from which He ascended. The interval between these two events, known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation, is divided into two, three-and-a-half year periods each. The seventy weeks described in Daniel 9:24-27 speaks of this. The Great Tribulation is the “wrath to come” from which the believer is delivered by the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10). The children of God, “because they have kept the word of His patience, will be
kept from that hour of trial.” (Revelation 3:10).
Well, we believe that the Scripture teaches that Christians will not be judged with the world when God
pours out His wrath in the day of the Lord. The bible verse 1 Thessalonians 5:9 says, “God has not
appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Scripture teaches us to look for
the Lord’s return, not for the tribulation (1 Thessalonians 1:10 and Titus 2:13).
Jesus said regarding His second coming, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels
of heaven, but My Father only.” We should live like Jesus is coming today. It may be closer than we dare
This view is referred to as “premillennialism” Learn more historical and theological details of this end times view in "What is Premillennialism?"
What Is Premillennialism?
The Premillennialism holds to a literal interpretation of the end times. It sees the events in Revelation
19-20 as a futuristic, progressive chronology, which includes 12 phases. Many Christians favor a literal interpretation of Revelation, but critics argue that there a lot of hermeneutical gaps in Premillennialism.
Why Do Christians Talk about the Rapture So Much?
Well do you want to know why Christians talk about the rapture? The rapture is not a word that found in Scripture, but is a Biblical idea and a Biblical concept, which is that at the end of the age, Jesus returns and calls his people to him in the air so that as Paul talks about in 1 Thessalonians chapter four, those who are dead are raised first, and then those who are still alive are caught up with the Lord Jesus in the air.
Where Christians disagree is not over whether or not there is rapture, all Christians of every stripe believes there is a rapture. The question is when? And so, most Christians in the history of the church have believed in one singular coming of the Lord Jesus, the second coming of Christ, where believers are called to join Jesus in the air and return together to the earth. There are some Christians in the history of the church, dispensationalists theya are called, who believe in something called a pre-tribulational rapture. So these people believe that because God is going to restore Israel and keep His promises in a literal, earthly fashioned Israel that he is going to do this during the seven year tribulation period.
So God ends His working with the largely Gentile church by removing the church out of the world. So believers are raptured away in the secret coming of Jesus, taken to heaven for seven years, and then there is a public, visible coming of Christ.