Understanding When The Rapture Is
Before we can begin to understand when the rapture is, we must first understand what the rapture is. If you’re a born again Christian you believe that you’re going to go to heaven when you die. You also believe that God is coming back for his people.
According to the apostle Paul, the Bible states that when the seventh trumpet sounds that those who are dead in Christ will be raised up and changed. They will rise to heaven.
The rapture, also referred to as the second coming of Christ, is when he returns for his children. According to the Bible we’ll be caught up into the clouds with him and meet him there.
In 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18, we’re told that “16 The Lord himself comes down from heaven, with a loud order, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise up first. 17 After that, those who are still alive and left will be caught up with them in clouds to meet the Lord up in the air. And we will be with the Lord always. 18 Thus encourage each other with these words.”
The plan is all laid out and the rapture is all foretold throughout the old and new testaments. In Mark 13:32 Gods word tells us that “No man knows the day nor the hour”. The Bible goes on to state that on man, no angel, only God himself knows when the rapture will occur.
It’s important to note that the Bible doesn’t use the exact word ‘the rapture’. It does tell us of the rapture but in the Bible the verbiage is simply that God will come back for his people at the second coming.
Thus if you’re seeking these scriptures you’re much more likely to find them if you use a complete search phrase in lieu of the term ‘rapture’.
To be saved one must believe in Christ. In Ephesians 2:8 we’re told that we’re saved by grace and that not of ourselves it’s God’s gift to us.
Thus, if we’re seeking to be caught up in the rapture we must first believe in Him and we must have the faith that we’ll be caught up with him at that moment in time.
Our loved ones who have passed on will also be there and waiting for us to join up with them. The Bible frequently refers to souls as reaping the harvest. In this fashion the plan of salvation is laid out and the story of the second coming is laid out as the rapture.
Those who believe eagerly await his return for his people. Those who don’t believe occasionally wonder about it and some of them investigate it and in time become believers.
The rapture will happen when God’s timing sets it in motion. Whether it be before, in the midst of or after the tribulation is strongly debated amongst believers and non believers alike. The rapture is God’s return for his children.