“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. “ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 The Rapture is one of the most anticipated events in the history of Christianity. This is the moment in history when Jesus Himself will return from Heaven in an instant, in a twinkling of an eye, taking those who have put their faith in Him home, to be with him forever. This event occurs sometime around the Tribulation period, a period of great trials on earth has God Himself makes one last attempt to get the attention of those who have not put their faith in Jesus, the Tribulation occurs before God’s final judgment.The “Rapture of the Church” has it is often referred to is described by Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians. Paul also referred to the Rapture as the “Blessed Hope” for all those who believe and have accepted Jesus has their God and Savior, “…looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). During this moment in time those to whom Jesus calls will be changed in an instant, changed from a mortal corruptible body to an immortal, incorruptible body. Paul tells us himself in 1 Corinthians 15:53-54 “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”No one knows when the Rapture will occur, in Matthew 24:36 Jesus tells us, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” And again Jesus Himself reminds us, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” in Matthew 25:13.
Events of the Rapture
1. The Lord Himself will descend from Heaven where He is preparing a place for us in His Father’s house. (John 14:1-3, 1 Thess. 4:16)
2. His descent will be announced by a shout and a trumpet blast. (1 Thess 4:16)
3. Jesus will first resurrect those who have fallen asleep in Christ (believers who have died) followed by those still alive. (1 Thesss.4:14-15)
4. We will meet Jesus in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
“Therefore, you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matthew 24:44