Will There Be a Rapture?


YES, YES, YES and Yes.

After church this morning (November, 4th), a senior Minister directed me to an article on the Soul Harvest concerning the topic of the Rapture.

The author of the article wasted no time in declaring his opinion which is there is no rapture. Since I have a totally different point of view I decided to share more about this topic.

There has been a lot of debate over what the rapture is all about. Most Christians today think it is fact and only seek to argue its particulars or just go by feelings. However in fact, it is not a biblical idea or even a word in the Bible.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

King James Version (KJV)

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

“What’s that,” …that we are all going to rise up in the air and be taken to heaven? “Really? Where is that in the Bible?” Should I throw this Bible away? What is this Bible saying?

I could engage this topic aggressively to show you all that there is going to be a rapture, but when the question about “where is rapture in the Bible?” comes up I could not find where in the Bible we could get a Rapture.

According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

The word rapture is not in the Bible, which is not a problem since many theological terms are not in the Bible such as Trinity or essential ministries such as Youth Ministry. As a word, rapture is originally from a Latin word meaning “caught up” or “caught away”, and is based on 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.

Yes there will be a rapture, as in “caught up together to meet the Lord” as the Scriptures tell us. But for us to argue its sequence and manner is just silly and misses the point. YES, there will be a rapture. WHEN, is debatable. The term “rapture” itself is not in the Bible. “Rapture” comes from the words “caught up” in I Thessalonians 4:17. In the Greek the word is harpazo – “to seize upon by force”, “to snatch up.” The Latin translators used the word rapturo, where we get the term “Rapture”. What are the texts that reference a rapture? John 14:2,3
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.

WHY would Jesus save the Church from the tribulation? First, you have to understand the purpose OF the tribulation. It has NOTHING to do with the church anymore. It is about the Jews. In the old testament, it is called the “time of jacob’s trouble.” The purpose of this time is to bring about a conversion of the nation of Israel into believing in the “one they have pierced.”

So back to “WHY” Jesus would save his Church, his believers from this time period? The Church is not made for wrath.

1 Thes 5:9,10
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

It is not about us, our views or agendas. When we get away from our selfishness and pride and really surrender ourselves to look to Him, our Church will flourish and we will get the point of what He saves us for!

If you don’t agree with me on this subject that’s ok I still love you. Lets focus on the majors such as sharing the gospel and building up our faith.

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  • Ian C. Howe

    Thank you Reverend Devon Burke for your timely intervention, if Christians who are making the grandeur effort to live their lives in a Righteous manner, are led to think that the only Fruit of their Faith is torture, death and mayhem during the tribulation, the weak ones, or even some of the strong ones shall fall away with hopelessness, which is another wicked and devious plan of the defeated devil to lead the Saints away from our Salvation.

    The pre-tribulation Rapture SHALL remove the FAITHFUL Saints, and because of this experience, the unsure, the doubtful, and the Christians who are FAITHLESS, shall be left behind, but then they shall have the physical evidence, that all the “Biblical teachings” were real, and they would be then willing to do ANYTHING to get back into GOD’s “good books”, even sacrifice their lives during the tribulation, they shall be the group who will fight the antichrist during his “7 years” of tribulation, so they do have an important role to play.

    My friends, to which group do you want to belong, the FAITHFUL or the FAITHLESS, each has a divine purpose. I once saw a poster somewhere that read “… I rather live my life believing that I should strive towards Righteousness, then find out that I didn’t have to, Than live my life not caring, then find out I should have” The repercussions of the latter would be painful..I.LOVE YOU my friends, with the Selfless LOVE of JESUS CHRIST!

      • http://fti.co.uk Jolonui

        How can that be inaccurate when all the scriptures were provided? Furthermore, nowhere in the Bible does the word Rapture or a “secret” snatching away feature because it clearly states “every eye shall see him”. You also failed to explain how a filthy sinned-stained, pagan-steeped church gets “raptured” when the Holy, Clean pure virgins with no guile who walk with the Son of the Most high forever (Revelation 14:1-6) are sealed but left on earth during the chaos. The Most High would not do such a thing. His method of protection never changes. Noah was not raptured, Lot was not raptured but warned to flee, Mary and Joseph were not raptured but warned to flee and if you read the entire bible a warning is always given followed by judgement but no rapture beforehand. Read Matthew 24, Jesus warned them to flee, he never said “don’t worry because I’m going to rapture you”.

        People distort or teach the Bible end times incorrectly, some deliberately for financial gain and others who pass on a “second hand” doctrine given to them by the previous mis-taught Bishop, Pastor or Minister. Ministers point to 1 Corinthians 15:52, yet completely ignore the fact that it says this happens at the very last Trump, the trump when he returns. Then we have 1 Thessalonians 4 verses 16 and 17, again at the same last Trump and take note of the following important things – The dead in Christ shall rise first! Exactly the same event mentioned in Revelation 20:5 clearly stating this is the first Resurrection (the dead in Christ rise first).

        These same lost or deceptive ministers will not tell you who the ‘those people’ are who return with Jesus in Revelation 19:14-16 and will claim “They are the raptured”, when clearly in Revelation 7 verses to 15 tells you who they are and makes no mention of “Raptured” saints. The Pre-tribulation rapture is a lie to make Christians sit down and wait falsely for an event that will not occur whilst at the same time not heeding to the warning to flee in Revelation 18:4. Many are going to perish for simply not reading and following what the Bible says in Black and White – Jesus returns at the Second coming only!

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.j.payne Robert Payne Jr.

    “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” -1st Thessalonians 4:13-…..Trinidad and Tobago……………Are you rapture ready?

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.j.payne Robert Payne Jr.

    Jesus’ feet do not touch the earth when He comes to take us to heaven. We (those who are “in Christ”) will meet the Lord in the air. The Rapture is characterized as a ‘translation coming – the dead in Christ will rise with resurrected bodies, and we who are alive will be changed in a moment.

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.j.payne Robert Payne Jr.

    The rapture is not for the nation of Israel as a whole, or the inhabitants of the earth who have rejected Jesus as their Savior (Messiah) – they are not in Christ. Some people will turn to Christ during the Tribulation and become “tribulation saints”, and they will be beheaded for their faith. The rest of the unsaved do not recognize Jesus until He comes back to the earth “to smite the nations” at His Second Coming (Rev. 19:15).

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.j.payne Robert Payne Jr.

    The rapture is exclusively for those who are in Christ – those who have accepted His death on the cross to redeem them – whether they are dead or alive, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.j.payne Robert Payne Jr.

    The opposition to the pre-trib rapture always likes to point out that the word Rapture is not even in the Bible. I’ve heard that so many times, I wonder if anybody really studies anymore, or if they just parrot what they’ve heard someone else say. The English word rapture is not in the Bible, that’s true. But neither is the word Bible, or Trinity. The Latin translators of the Bible used the word ‘rapturo’ – the root of the English word ‘rapture’. In our Bible, the same Greek word, harpazo, is translated ‘caught up’ which means ‘to seize upon with force’ or ‘to snatch up’. At the rapture, those who are in Christ (dead or living) will be changed into new glorified, immortal bodies and then we are “caught up” into the air to meet the Lord.

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.j.payne Robert Payne Jr.

    The Rapture of the church is a controversial subject… but I believe we are to take a literal view of Scriptures and not a symbolic or spiritualized one.

  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.j.payne Robert Payne Jr.