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THE RAPTURE EXPERIENCE

August 20, 2022

During the lifetime of Jesus on earth, in the Jewish culture, a couple was considered married at the signing of their marriage contract, with the consummation and marriage feast planned as a future event. The intended groom would leave the bride and go to prepare a home for her, which was attached to his father’s house. After the home was completed and approved by his father, the father would send the groom to get his bride. Knowing His listeners were familiar with this wedding custom Jesus in His discourse of end-time events, used that fact in Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” He was telling the listeners He did not know when the rapture would happen; only His Father knew.

The word “rapture” is not found in the Bible; however, the dictionary defines it as transporting believers from earth to heaven at the Second Coming of Christ. Some commentaries believe the experience of John in Revelation 4:1, which states, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter,” is a reflection of the believers being caught up into the heaven at the time of the rapture, and there are others that debate it.

Though 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 does not use the word rapture, what happens in those verses describes the dictionary definition of rapture. It states, “For 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: Then 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.” According to what is written, Jesus descends from heaven with a shout, a soul-stirring cry of an archangel, and a trumpet call of God. Those believers that have died, wherever they were buried, will arise, and by the time they reach the earth’s surface, those alive believers will join them and ascend into heaven to be with our Lord Jesus.

What is fascinating to me is at that time, believers will pass through a material, whether it be metal, water, wood, soil, or rock. Additionally, since the Bible says we will be like Jesus, we will probably continue to do so throughout eternity.

Also, 1 Corinthians 15: 51-53 informs us that our body will become immortal and incorruptible. Those verses states, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In 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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” Thus, rapture believers will no longer die nor be corrupted by the sin nature, and all of this change takes place instantaneously.

I don’t know about you, but just thinking about this event excites me, and I am anxiously awaiting this rapture experience

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