What will the Rapture be like?
Why I'm making this page about what the rapture will be like:
The Bible plainly teaches that there will be a rapture of all those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ. This is the glorious hope which believers have to look forward to. But have you ever wondered what the rapture will actually be like? I have, and thus, I'm making this page on "The rapture: What will it be like?" First we'll examine the scriptural basis for the rapture. Then I have posed a few questions which have come to my mind concerning what the rapture will be like, and I will try to answer them.
Scriptural basis for the rapture:
The rapture of the church is described in some detail in I Thessalonians 4:16-17. First the Lord (Jesus) shall descend from heaven, then the dead in Christ shall rise, and finally we which are alive and remain shall be caught up in the air to be with Him. And in Matthew 24:40-41, Jesus describes it by saying that among any two people, one could be taken and the other left. In I Thessalonians 5:2, Paul describes it as coming like a thief in the night, and Jesus uses the same imagery in Matthew 24:43, urging us to watch for that day. It could be any day now. Are you ready? (See also Are You Going To Heaven?).
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How will it happen?
As to when the rapture could occur, there are different views on that subject and you might want to check out the first book in the sidebar (The Rapture Question) if you're interested. But not much is said about how it will happen. In thinking about the rapture lately, it occurred to me that with all the believers from all over the world, the air will certainly be full of believers and it might be hard to avoid running into each other. It also occurred to me that we could be anywhere at the time it occurs. We may be outside, in which case, it would be no problem for us to be pulled upward to meet our Lord in the air. But what about if we are indoors, or in our car or in an airplane? In our present bodily state, we are not able to go through ceilings of any kind. I suppose that is why Paul added the last phrase of I Corinthians 15:52: "we shall all be changed." He goes on to say in the next verse that it will be "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." And in verse 53 he states that we must put on immortality. John further states in IJohn 3:2 that "when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." After the resurrection, Jesus had a new body and thus he was able to go through walls (Luke 24:36 simply says he stood in their midst and the next verse says they thought he was spirit. Yet, in verse 39, He told them that a spirit doesn't have flesh and bones as He has. It''s a mystery, but we will have a glorified body like His. We will be changed first, which is why we will be able to go through ceilings or walls of any sort and be taken up from our homes, cars or wherever we are at the time as well as bumping into each other without any hurt. It will be a glorious time for the saved, but, If you're not saved, watch out-- there'll be mass collisions and a massive pile up on the highways.
As believers driving cars are raptured, many crashes are likely to occur. As believing pilots are raptured in flight, plane crashes may happen. The world will be in turmoil.
For more on the rapture, check out this great site:
- Rapture Times
Everything about the rapture you always wanted to know and more.