Where is the Rapture found in the Bible?
Why are so many Christians afraid of it, or do not want it to happen?
What happens at the Rapture?
What will it be like for Christians afterwards?
Where is the Rapture found in the Bible? It is found in 1Th 4:16 & 17 “The Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the Christians who have already died and were in Christ will rise first. v 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (raptured) together with them into the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”. “caught up” is the translation from the original Greek word “Harpazo”, which was later translated into Latin as “Rapturo” by the Catholic Church. The early Bible Scholars used the Latin Bible, so the term Rapture is not in our modern Bibles, which now come from the Greek manuscripts, not the Latin. Jesus also speaks of His coming for His Church in John 14:2. where He tells us :- John 14:2&3 “There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. v 3 After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and I will take you with me, so that you can be where I am”. Jesus coming back for us will be the “Harpazo” the “Raptoro“, the Rapture!!!
Why are so many Christians afraid of it, or do not want it to happen? The fear of the Rapture, stems from the fear of the unknown. Many people equate it with dying, and in a sense it is the equivalent to dying, because we lose this flesh body we are so used to, so comfortable with, and exchange it for something completely different and unknown. So there are many questions which fill our minds. Questions such as, will it be painful, or will it be scary, will we just become ghosts, or what will we be like after it happens? These and many other questions pervade our minds, because we are born of this world and of the flesh, and basically that is all we really know very well, so it no wonder that to leave the flesh for something we don’t know very much about, is a little overwhelming.
I can assure you however, that it will happen so fast that we won’t have time to feel any pain, and we won’t have time be scared either, so we can stop worrying, and start praying for the Lord to return soon to set His people free from the sin, wickedness, evil, corruption, and perversion of this world, and its evil rulers.
I remember thinking as a young man, Lord please don’t come back just yet, wait until after I’m married. Other things that we may want the Lord to wait for are :- Please wait until after our baby is born, or wait until I’ve had my new car for a few weeks, or wait until I’ve lived in my new house for a year, or maybe, wait until I get back from my world trip. Today I realise just how selfish and immature I was, I didn’t have any idea of the consequences of what I was asking.
There are many millions of people in the world today who are dying from starvation and malnutrition, many of whom are babies and children who have not even had a chance to live well enough to have even had one decent meal a day during their misery filled lives, and many of these are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and many are crying out to the Lord, come soon. Please – Lord Jesus, come quickly.
Many of our brothers and sisters have been sold into bondage and sexual slavery, raped and beaten daily, and very often they are being tortured terribly for their faith in Jesus, and we are selfishly asking God to keep letting it happen so we can fulfil our own selfish desires. God forgive me that I ever thought like that. Lord Jesus, come soon, come quickly is now the cry of my heart, as I understand what millions of people are suffering, and very often for Jesus sake.
Yes we may feel a little apprehensive of what it will be like, we may even be a little scared, but it is nothing when compared to the fear and pain and apprehension some of our fellow Christians are going through as they flee from ISIS and Boko Haram and other evil and wicked dictators and rulers and masters whom they have to serve.
What happens at the Rapture? Paul explains it perfectly in 1Corinthians:- 1Co 15:51-54 “I’m telling you a mystery. Not all of us will die, but we will all be changed. It will happen in an instant, in a split second at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will come back to life. They will be changed so that they can live forever. This body that decays must be changed into a body that cannot decay. This mortal body must be changed into a body that will live forever. When this body that decays is changed into a body that cannot decay, and this mortal body is changed into a body that will live forever, then the teaching of Scripture will come true: “Death is turned into victory!”
This is the moment all Christians have been waiting and longing for now, for almost two thousand years. This is the moment when finally we reach that goal, that destination, that reality, for which we were originally created, but which was stolen from us in the Garden of Eden by Satan, but which was bought back by Jesus on the Cross of Calvary with His own blood.
Put in a nut shell, the Rapture is in fact, part of “The First Resurrection” from the dead. Rev_20:6 “Blessed and holy are they that take part in the first resurrection: on them the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years”.
That means the dead are raised to a new life, and they are given new spiritual bodies, heavenly bodies which cannot sin, which cannot get sick, which cannot die. Those who are still alive will not die, but they will have their flesh bodies changed instantly into spiritual, heavenly bodies, just the same as those who had died and were in their graves received.
What will it be like for Christians afterwards?
Rev 4:4 says “Twenty-four other thrones were in a circle around that throne. And on each of these thrones there was an elder dressed in white clothes and wearing a gold crown”. These Elders represent the Church, The Bride of Christ. True Christians of all ages, young or old, and from all the ages since Jesus died until the time when it happens. So I can assure you we will not just be ghosts, because we will have bodies which support our clothes; and the gold crowns on our heads will not just drop through us onto the ground, like they would if we were just ghosts.
What we do know and see in Rev 1:6 is that “Jesus has made us to be kings and priests to God his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen”. This is repeated again in Rev 5:10 “You let us become kings and serve God as priests, and we will rule on earth.” 1Jn 3:2 says “Dear friends, now we are God’s children. What we will be isn’t completely clear yet. We do know that when Christ appears we will be like him because we will see him as he is.”
1Co 6:3 says “Don’t you know that we shall judge the angels? How much more then the things of this life?” 1Co 2:9 But as the Scriptures say, “No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” Do I need to say any more? It is going to be wonderful, way beyond anything we can even imagine, no words are capable of describing the love, joy, peace, satisfaction, pleasure, contentment, etc. etc. etc. that we shall experience in heaven.
You will have more loving, kind friends there than you can dream of. You will have work to do there for the Lord that you will absolutely love. The music and the singing will be off the planet, literally. You will have times of singing and worship to God there that are indescribable. The food will be so yummy, you won’t dislike any of it. You will never be scorched by the sun again, or frozen by the winter winds. You will never get sick, become tired, feel pain anywhere in your new bodies, and I haven’t even begun on where you may want to go to explore, or what you may want to do in your leisure time. That is just a tiny taste of what I believe it is going to be like after the Rapture, from what I can glean from scripture.