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The Raptures

I have always found it difficult to answer questions that people send about the so-called "rapture," for a number of reasons. The first is that "rapture" isn't found anywhere in the Holy Bible. It isn't there as a (correctly) translated word, nor is it there as an original Hebrew or Greek word that the Scriptures were written in. This Daily Bible Study is about what is in the Bible, not what isn't in the Bible.

The second reason is that before I can answer someone's question, I almost always have to write back and ask which "rapture" that they believe in because there are many "rapture" doctrines that people have come up with in the last two or three hundred years (the rapture theory was practically unknown before the 1800s). Some believe that God's people will be "raptured" away before the great tribulation, while others believe that their rapture will happen in the middle of the great tribulation, while others believe it will happen at the end of the great tribulation. On top of that, some believe that they will be raptured to safety in heaven, while others believe that they will be raptured to a place of safety on earth. And to add more to their confusion, some have declared that their rapture will occur as a result of two returns of Jesus Christ - and even they are divided, some believing that Christ's first return will be, in effect, a "bounce" back to heaven with His raptured people, while others believe that Christ will return and hide out somewhere on earth with His "raptured" people until His, and their, second "public" return.

Can you see why I find it so hard to answer questions about the "rapture"? People who believe in it themselves don't agree what it is, who it is, or when it is. Their "rapture" is a doctrine of confusion, but "God is not the author of confusion" (1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV).

How Many Last Trumps Can There Be?

The Holy Bible does not speak of any "rapture." It speaks of a resurrection (see also When Will You Be Judged?) at the time of the one and only return of Jesus Christ. That will happen at "the last trump," the last trumpet, and they will all, that same day, be on earth - not to hide, but to rule "with a rod of iron."

The Return Of Jesus Christ

"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [see What Happens When You Die?], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For 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. 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" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV)

"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in The Clouds of Heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together [see also Spiritual and Physical Gatherings] His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." (Matthew 24:29-31 KJV)

"And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west [see Earthquake!], and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Zechariah 14:4 KJV)

"This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:5-6 KJV)

The Return Of Jesus Christ will be a one-time event. The Messiah himself warned about those who teach or proclaim otherwise:

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east [see Why Did They Face East?], and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:24-27 KJV)

Those who think that God's end-time people will be "raptured" to a place of safety ought to very carefully consider what the Holy Bible actually says about the terrible persecution that God says His people will face. The only "place of safety" that God's people have ever had, or will ever have, is obedience to Him. God's people are those who obey Him, who live by His Word, not their own. The obedient to God are then safe from the wrath of God - but subject to the wrath of man, which in the immediate future means the end-time political/religious "beast" (see World War 3 In Prophecy) who will "make war with the saints" and "overcome them":

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them ... He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." (Revelation 13:7,10 KJV)

"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of God [see The First Commandment, The Second Commandment, The Third Commandment, The Fourth Commandment, The Fifth Commandment, The Sixth Commandment, The Seventh Commandment, The Eighth Commandment, The Ninth Commandment and The Tenth Commandment] and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth" (Revelation 14:12-13 KJV)

"And I saw the woman [i.e. a great false church of God, see "Come Out Of Her, My People"] drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the Martyrs of Jesus" (Revelation 17:6 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is meant by the Biblical term "the great tribulation"?
See The Great Tribulation

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