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What will the Rapture be like?

Updated on May 7, 2017

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?).

Listen to this sermon on the rapture:

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.

An artist's conception of what the rapture of the church will be like
An artist's conception of what the rapture of the church will be like

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.

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      Rangler 

      3 years ago

      So true. Honesty and everything renczoiged.

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      Cecilia Karanja 

      4 years ago from Nairobi

      It will not be a pretty sight for non-believers. Looks like so much confusion. I pray that I shall be prepared

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      Messiah888 

      4 years ago

      Interesting information here concerning the rapture thanks for posting

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Agreed! See you in the rapture friend! Make sure the rest of your family and friends are truly saved as well. Keep God close, for the time is very near. Much blessings! :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @Christian_Clicks: Indeed! See you in the rapture friend! :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @jolou: I believe it will happen in this lifetime, all the signs match up with what's been going on lately. I'm guessing that God is waiting on that big number (1/3 of the Earth's population) and after the last one gets saved and accepts Christ into their lives, then the true believers will be placed into the rapture. So I think we all should make sure our family and friends are saved, and if not, we need to guide them and warn them. Many blessings, and see you in the rapture friend!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @davenjilli lm: Me to, we must stay strong in faith and I've been getting a feeling that grows stronger every night that God may be trying to tell me about it. So make sure your family and friends are right with God! The world certainly looks like it's nearing the end, if you go back and look at all the signs that will have to happen before he can come back, about all of them have happened, or are happening and coming to a close. I'm guessing now, God is waiting on that one big number (1/3 of the earth's population) to become Christians, and when the last one accepts Christ, we will be placed into the rapture.

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      yoheb15 

      5 years ago

      I found most of this lens to be completely absurd. I was raised Catholic, but this is one of those things that drove me away because it really misses the mark.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Anyone not believing this event wont happen has already sealed your doom. I am waiting for the rapture to happen. I think that thinking about it helps us not to concern ourselves with what goes on in the world too mcuh and it is a comfort to know that one day we will be raptured up to meet and be with the Lord forever.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      While I do believe there will be a rapture, I have never worried overmuch about the how, when, where etc. I did, however, read the entire "Left Behind" series of books. I found the authors take of possible events enlightening and though provoking. I do see several other books listed here that I believe I would enjoy reading.

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      WinWriter 

      5 years ago

      I just want to encourage you to keep writing about what you believe in - detractors or not. I think you provided a very thoughtful lens. I'm a Christian and I do believe in the rapture. There will always be scoffers.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Halleluja for glory among us with evelasting love in God for Jesus bloods victory with amazing respond n peace and thanksgiving of us in salvation and in the Holy Spirit and the word of God who wil take us to favor and prosper and itho wisdom of God,thanks and bless and be happy ,keijo sweden

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      Christian_Clicks 

      6 years ago

      This will be a glorious day for the world...the certainty of a new beginning!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @neuromancer lm: Jesus said i am the way the truth the life

      if you do not believe in Jesus Christ as savior

      or are saved by his grace and blood

      you will be left behind

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      neuromancer lm 

      6 years ago

      How crazy must person be to trust this? I also believe in god, but there will not be anything like this.

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      ercramer36 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! Can't wait for the rapture!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Yes the rapture will happen, nobody knows the time nor the place when jesus will return but we know heaven is only for the born again christians and only some people who ain't christians will be allowed to heaven after rapture

      But if you have be brought up in a christian family and been told about jesus let denyed him alll your life then he will deny you

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      jolou 

      6 years ago

      I'm a Christian and know this will happen one day. Maybe even in our lifetime!

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      davenjilli lm 

      6 years ago

      I'm looking for it any day now..*blessings*

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