Why Christians Should Anticipate the Rapture!

Perhaps no other Christian doctrine creates more buzz, yet controversy, than the yet-future advent known as the rapture.

However, this diversity amongst Christians is not bothersome because rapture is not a salvation issue. Namely, a born-again believer is not going to lose his or her salvation based on the acceptance or denial of rapture doctrine.

So whatever position we take, we are better stewards of the manifold grace of God not to bicker, contend, or argue the issue amongst ourselves.

That said, allow me to share why I believe there will one day be a rapture and Christians are absolutely correct to anticipate it.

The Rapture

The rapture is a supernatural advent in which born-again believers who are alive and remaining on earth at some prescribed future time will miraculously and suddenly be transformed from flesh to spirit and taken into the presence of Jesus Christ.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and the trumpet of God…Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with Him in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

“Behold, I tell 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 trumpet” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

Okay, but we're not going to pin this discussion on these two Scriptures. So let's also consider other portions of Scripture that seem to suggest the rapture.

Other Rapture Scriptures

Of all the Scripture references cited by others (there are many), I've condensed the list to three considered most noteworthy for purposes of this article.

  • The Revelation outline given by Jesus to John
  • Israel's "seventy weeks" recorded by Daniel
  • The tribulation purpose

Okay, let's dig in.

1. The Revelation Outline

When instructing John to write the Revelation, Jesus framed his request with three distinct tenses for the prophecy: Past, present, future. Namely, He said, “Write the things which you have seen…", "Write…the things which are…", "Write…the things which will take place after this."

The first, “the things which you have seen” is past tense. This alludes to what John had seen moments earlier when he beheld Christ. Thus corresponding with John's eyewitness account of the risen and glorified Son of God (Revelation 1).

The second, “the things which are” is present tense. This, when taken in conjunction with the letters Jesus addressed to the Church, denotes the Church that did exist during the time of John as it does today (Revelation 2-3).

The third, “the things which will take place after this” is future tense. This corresponds with the events shown to John after he is subsequently taken in the “Spirit” to heaven and shown the future (Revelation 4-22).

In other words, this outline of the prophecy is a virtual "time line". (1) Jesus appears to John, then (2) Jesus completes His address to the Church, then (3) John’s is raptured into heaven and the tribulation begins.

2. Israel’s "Seventy Weeks"

Seventy years following Israel's captivity by Babylon, Daniel understood from the book of Jeremiah that these “desolations” were nearing an end and was praying to understand the future of his “city” and his “people” (Daniel 9:3-19). While in prayer, he was visited by the angel Gabriel and given the "seventy weeks" prophecy (Daniel 9:24-26).

For our purposes, I'm just going to give you a summary, and would recommend that you read the book posted here if you're interested in learning the details of what I allude to without explanation.

Or, if you prefer, you can read my commentary on the Book of Revelation at Learn the Revelation. You will find it in Chapter 6.

Daniel was told that God had determined for Israel a specific allotment of time totaling 490 years. At the end of which the nation would fully be restored, redeemed, and healed.

However, 483 years after this determined allotment began to countdown, Jesus Christ was "cut off" when the nation rejected Him as their Messiah at His first Coming. This resulted with Israel getting set aside and the countdown temporally put on hold. Thus reassigning the remaining 7 years to the future.

In the interim, of course, the Church has surfaced in Israel's place as God's witness to the world.

However, when the Church is raptured, God will again turn to His people, and the final remaining 7 years determined for Israel will resume.

3. The Tribulation Purpose

Okay, now let's consider the tribulation. And hopefully, following our discussion above, you're getting the idea.

Namely, that the fact the final remaining 7 years determined for Israel is exactly the number of years of the tribulation cannot be coincidental.

Likewise, the notion that God will not fulfill His promise to reconcile and heal Israel, or somehow meant something other than what He told Daniel in response to the prophet’s prayer, is beyond comprehension.

In other words, the tribulation must concern Israel and God's divine purpose and plan for them. So I am fully persuaded that the Church has no cause to be for the tribulation, and therefore will be raptured before it begins.

About the Author

James Kobzeff is an evangelical born-again Christian who has long had a passion for Bible prophecy.

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Comments 8 comments

TomLouInk 7 years ago

I wander if someone might have overlooked EZE. CH.13, or 2nd Thess. ch.2 verse 3 or just maybe:: we can disagree and I disagree with many, have a good trip. Have no intention of ruffling any feathers so as anyone cannot try to fly to save their souls, things which God hates, sowing discord amongst brothers. The word "Rapture" is not in the Bible. Thank you and have a great day, TomLouInk.


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jamesrk 7 years ago from Salem, Oregon Author

Hi Tom,

As I noted in my article, Christians do hold different views about the rapture. If there is going to be a rapture than you and I will have cause to rejoice together; if rapture doesn't occur than you and I will have cause to pray for one another.

PS The word millennium isn't in the Bible either, but it doesn't discount a thousand year reign. The word rapture simply means to be caught up (see 1Thess 4:17).


cathy1968 6 years ago

http://christianitynotchurchianity.blogspot.com/20...

Wish the negatives against a pre trib rapture - what is to comfort one another with such words - would quit! Would Satan really want Christians to be looking for Jesus or his buddy the Antichrist? Of course we are going to hear more and more anti pre trib rapture rhetoric. But the pre trib rapture is biblical and its happening to a town near you soon! I'm listening for the trumpet! Not the sound of the pen on paper signing of a 7 Year peace treaty!


Justin 6 years ago

70 weeks or years from command to restore, May 15 1948, 69 weeks till Messiah comes. prophecy unsealed


RICHARD SCHURZ 6 years ago

Dear brother in Jesus,

God says, "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times. what is still to come!...What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned that will I do!"  Isaiah 46:10a, 11b  This Bible study compares all the Scripture on each End-time topic and exposes over 12 absolute contradictions of God’s Word by dangerous and deceptive pre-trib doctrines. The next Bible study shows the 7 Bible clues which positively reveals the identity of 666. And finally there is a Bible study which shows how Obama may qualify to be the very deceptive False Prophet of 666.

Would greatly appreciate any comments or Bible studies you may have on the Last Days.  

Your eternal friend in Jesus, 

Richard

WHAT IS THE FIRST END TIME EVENT CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR??  

 

I Peter 1:13: “Therefore, prepare your minds for ACTION, and set your hope *FULLY* on the grace to be given YOU when Jesus Christ is *REVEALED*. I Cor 1:7: “YOU do not lack any spiritual gift as YOU eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be *REVEALED*.” Now the pre-tribbers claim that this glorious *REVEALING or *UNVEILING* of Jesus will be *CONCEALED* BEFORE the beginning of the Great Tribulation.  However, every other time the Word *REVEALED* {Greek-Apocalipsis} is used related to resurrection events it refers to the glorious REVEALING of Jesus on the *LAST DAY* of the Great Tribulation {See 2 Thess 1:7-10 & Luke 17:26-31}. And *CONCEALED* is the exact opposite of *REVEALED* and *APPEARED* according to every dictionary!  Titus 2:13: “*WE* wait for the *BLESSED HOPE*—the glorious *APPEARING* of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Hebrews 9:28 “Jesus will *APPEAR* a 2nd time to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him!”  Matthew 24:29,30: Jesus says, “IMMEDIATELY AFTER the distress of those days {The Great Tribulation} the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will *APPEAR in the sky and the nations will *SEE* the Son of Man COMING on the clouds!!” I John 2:28: “Dear children, continue in Him, so that when He *APPEARS* WE may be confident and unashamed before Him at His COMING!” {See 1 Thess 1:7-10}  2 Tim 4:8: Paul said, There is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on THAT DAY—and not only to me, but to *ALL who have longed for His *APPEARING*!!”

God has always allowed His people to suffer tribulation and trials because they purify and perfect their faith and will gain countless eternal rewards when Jesus Christ is *REVEALED. There are over 40,000 saints martyred every year and the main culprit is no longer just Islam and the RC Church. The Main culprits now are the 21 Muslim countries and Korea, China, Sudan, Venezuela, Nigeria and the RC Church. Millions of saints were martyred after 1917 in Russia and after 1948 in China. Romans 8:35-37: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?... For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!” I Peter 1:6-8:  “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is *REVEALED.”  I Peter 2:20b,21: “But if you suffer for doing good and endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow IN HIS STEPS.” I Peter 4:12,13: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But REJOICE that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is *REVEALED!” Read other persecution verses: Heb 13:35-40; 2 Tim 3:12; 2 Cor 1:7-10; I Thess 3:3,4; Phil 1:29; Phil 3:10; Rev 12:11; Rev 13:9,10 & Rev 14:13.

       The courageous and faithful Tribulation saints will *NOT* be hurt by God’s *WRATH* mentioned in Rev 14:9-11; 15:1,7; 16:1,19; or in any of the 7 trumpet or 7 bowl plagues as explained in Rev 9:4,20,21 and Rev 16:2,4-6,9,10,21; or in any of the plagues of God’s 2 witnesses as per Rev 11:6,10; or in *ETERNAL HELL*: Rev 14:9-11: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of *HIS WRATH*.  He will be tormented with burning sulfur and the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever.”

In Rev 18:1-24 we read about the plagues that will destroy the headquarters of 666 during the Great Triubulation. This evil city on 7 hills {See Rev 17:9} is called “Babylon” which Peter implied was the nicknmame for Rome in 2 Peter 5:13. In Rev 18:4 a voice from Heaven will order God's saints to stay away from Babylon {Rome-That great seaport-Rev 18:17-19} so that they will not participate in her sins or be hurt by God's wrath which will completely destroy Rome with many horrific plagues. There are 260 verses from Revelation chapters 6 thru 20 and 128 of these verses or 49% tell of the wrath of God to unbelievers, 666, his False Prophet and Rome. However, not even one of these verses tells of any wrath of God toward His courageous Tribulation saints.

      However, in Matthew 24:3,9-13:  The disciples asked Jesus, “What will be the sign of your Coming and the end of the age?? Jesus answered….. {During the Great Tribulation} “Then *YOU* will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and *YOU will be hated by all nations because of Me.  At that time many will turn away from the Faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of *MOST* will grow cold,{THE GREAT APOSTASY} but he {The Called, Chosen & Faithful-Rev 17:14b} who stands firm to the End will be saved.” 2 Thess 2:1,3: “Concerning the Coming of our Lord Jesus and *OUR being gathered to Him...That day shall not come, except there come a falling away first!!” {NIV - Rebellion}

The pre-tribbers claim that the "YOU" in Matthew 24:9 above are Jews only and that much of Matthew was only written for Jews like Matthew chapters 5-7. Which is of course completely ridiculous since Jesus said to His 11 Apostles in Matthew 28:19,20 “Go and make disciples of *ALL NATIONS*…teaching them to obey *EVERYTHING* I commanded you!”  {Read John 12:48 & John 14:23}  I John 2:3,4,6:  “We know that we have come to know Him {Jesus} if we obey His  commands.  The man who says, ”I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him… Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” According to Rev 12:17 the Tribulation Saints will also “Hold to the testimony of Jesus!”   Now the pre-tribbers claim that the phrase “His elect” in Matt 24:31 & Mark 13:27 refers only to Jews which is, of course, ridiculous and is refuted in Romans 10:12: “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all.” Galatians 3:28,29: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise!!” Read Ephesians 2:11-22!! See “ELECT” in 2 Tim 2:10, Titus 1:1 and 1 Peter 1:1,2.

God will miraculously take care of His Faithful and Courageous Tribulation Saints {Just as he took care of the Israelites for 40 years in the Wilderness} even though they won’t be able to buy or sell anything as per Rev 13:17a. {See Matthew 6:25-34}  This will come as a tremendous shock for those who teach the Prosperity Gospel and who are mainly seeking earthly treasures rather than eternal Heavenly Rewards. They teach: If you accept Jesus as your Savior you have a free pass to Heaven and God forbid that you should suffer any persecution or go through the Great Tribulation;


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jamesrk 6 years ago from Salem, Oregon Author

Hi Richard,

It's good to see you really digging into the Word, though we don't entirely agree on everything. I must say, however, that 666 is intended for confirmation, not speculation. Those who are in the tribulation will be able to confirm the anti-christ by the number, but until then, best not to speculate. The same applies the false prophet. It's a waste of time to speculate on his identity. Remember, we are called to watch for Jesus Christ, not the anti-christ (or for that matter, the false prophet).


jodi dennison 5 years ago

Brother James, DITTO-DITTO-DITTO. But we all need to be aware of the events that are taking place leading to our Blessed Hope. Not to cause alarm or fear, but to stir the awareness of believers of the importance of looking up, for our Redemption draws near. Love your writing. Bless you, and keep sharing the love of Jesus Christ!


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jamesrk 5 years ago from Salem, Oregon Author

Well put, Jodi. Thank you for your comment. Blessings to you, too.

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