I know of no other more hotly debated topic in all of eschatology than that of The Rapture Question? The debate is very much down to the complexities of determining the chronological timing of the Rapture in relation to the events of Daniels tribulation period in modern parlance. No one is any less of a true Christian believer because of what they believe about the timing of the Rapture so let us just get that straight from the outset. I am conscious that many different people will be reading this and so I want to make this article as neutral as possible to simply narrate and explain the different positions on the Rapture.
The Rapture itself is not a term found in the Bible. What the word refers to is the literal meaning of the Greek word "harpazo" which translates as caught up in first Thessalonians that says For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. This is the moment that the Apostle Paul has earlier described to the Church in Corinth as, behold, I tell you a mystery we will not all sleep but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal put on immortality. Quite simply this is the moment that Jesus will return for His bride the Church and in an instant transform us for all eternity into our eternal righteous bodies that will be the completion of the good work that Christ has already begun in us.
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