Will the Rapture Be a Quiet Event?
Christian doctrine addresses the eternal destination of 'Saints' with the idea of a rapture. The rapture will be the event when the born-again believers are taken out of the sin-cursed earth and are glorified and united with Jesus.
According to I Thessalonians 5:2-5, the rapture, or 'Day of the Lord', will come 'like a thief in the night'. This has often been taught to mean that the rapture will be a sneaky, quiet affair, when unbelievers will awaken one morning to find a host of people missing with no explanation of how or why.
The idea of a quiet rapture does not agree with Scripture. I Thessalonians 4:14-17 describes the rapture event in some detail. 'For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God...' (v16). When Jesus shows up using His voice in a shout, and God and the archangel are accompanying Him, expect anything but quiet. The entire population of the planet will most certainly be aware that a supernatural event is taking place. Many unbelievers may not have an explanation for the event, but they will not miss it.
Returning to the 'thief in the night' idea, the context of the verses in chapter 5 shows the unexpected nature of the rapture, not an unnoticed quality about the event. As children of the light, we will not be caught unaware, for we are waiting for and expecting the rapture. However, the children of darkness are spiritually sleeping and will be caught unaware. For them, the event will be unexpected, just as they do not expect the thief when he comes.
Rejoice, Saints, that the 'Day of the Lord' will soon arrive. Do all in your power to bring more children of darkness into the Light before they are caught sleeping.