Will There Be a Rapture?

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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.

Robert Paddier

Host Pastor at Light of Hope Ministries, Penal.
I am a life-long student of the Bible, and the Host Pastor of Light Of Hope Ministries Penal, under the leadership of my senior Pastor Dr Mark Daniel. I collaborate with several youth groups throughout Trinidad and Tobago, and also work with various Men's ministries.I am the President of Men of Purpose, ( a men's network). I discuss biblical truths and myths, politics, show business, and other hot topics on the popular social network sites: Facebook and Twitter, where there are often times: Smart and lively, passionate and funny, discussions.
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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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).

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    “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?

  6. Kent Peters says

    Hi Irvine

    Your article has elicited the following response from a theologian in the Body of Christ.

    "The word RAPTURE means caught up.

    It does not mean secret gathering of the saved in a split second while unbelievers are left to face tribulation.

    It does not mean Christians will be taken to heaven before the tribulation begins.

    This teaching is misleading and can be proven using the most obvious and reliable source, the Bible.

    The saints are NOT taken up before the tribulation; they actually GO through the tribulation and are killed.

    Evidence they are killed?

    Revelation Chapter 6 verses 9 to 12.

    11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

    And verse 12 proves this happens before the sun goes black as sackcloth which is when the tribulation ends.

    More evidence? Matthew 24 verse 29.

    29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

    Further proof that the saints die during the tribulation – the same people and more clothed in the white robes?

    Revelation Chapter 7 verses 9 to 17.

    Verse 14 in particular – They came out of great tribulation and had white robes!

    They are not and were not raptured before the great tribulation – so the pre-tribulation rapture teaching is false.
    This teaching is designed to make people stay put and die when they are warned to GET OUT AND FLEE!

    Revelation 18 verse 4 – Come out of her, my people, that yes be not partakers of her sins, and that yes receive not of her plagues.

    Where must you flee for protection according to the Bible?

    Revelation 12 verse 14.

    14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

    Those who flee must flee to the Wilderness where they are protected!

    What will happen to those who do not flee or cannot flee (could be financial, lack of knowledge or other reasons)?

    Revelation 12 verse 17.

    17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

    It is those people who endure the great tribulation who are NOT protected unlike those who dwell in the wilderness. But their reward came at the end and they were given new robes.

    Another false teaching is that the nation of Israel has been restored – This is FALSE.

    All those in Israel today are called Jews from Germany/Poland and nobody seems to want to question why that is?
    There are 12 tribes which form the complete nation of Israel, not one tribe called Jews.

    Take note vast sections of Israel are gathered from AFRICA (Isaiah 11:11) – those with wisdom will understand this statement along with Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.

    If you need clues? Read 2 Kings Chapter 17 verses 24 to 33 – Imposters converted, if you do your history you will see they traveled to Spain which is Falsely called Sepharad/Sephardi.

    (Sephardi tribe (Sepharad) are the Sepharvains from Zarephath. Sepharad is in Lebanon Obadiah 1:20).
    You will also see in Europe that a language little spoken about in Jewish history books in France/Germanic areas called Zarphatic (The predecessor language to Yiddish spoken by Ashkenazi Jews) also came from Zarephath.

    This is why the language you see today is NOT Hebrew, it was invented by Eliezer Ben Yehuda who spoke Yiddish and named it Modern Hebrew.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/9428189.stm

    The complete nation of Israel is NOT restored in Israel, they are gathered to the Mountains of Israel – The Wilderness!

    Micah 2:12

    I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

    Bozrah is the same wilderness mentioned in Revelation 12:14.

    Proof Bozrah is that Wilderness according to Micah 2:12 and Revelation 12:14.

    Jeremiah 49:13

    For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.

    But how can those gathered to the wilderness be fed and nourished if Bozrah and the mountain regions is a Wilderness according to Revelation 12:14.

    It is RESTORED.

    Read Ezekiel Chapters 36, 38 and 39.

    Further proof that Bozrah in Edom (Known as Buseirah (in Edom, Jordan) is protected from Satan.

    Daniel 11:41

    He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

    He cannot enter into Bozrah! This confirms Revelation 12:14 as truth.

    Why does the Most High bring the complete nation of Israel to the Mountains of Israel and Bozrah? Why does he not bring them straight into Israel?

    Matthew 24 verse 15 – The Clue lies in Daniel.

    15 When yes therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

    It say’s let those who read will understand!

    What major event does Daniel warn us about when the abomination of desolation is present?

    Daniel Chapter 9 verse 26.

    And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

    There is a major FLOOD – this is why the complete nation of Israel is gathered inland to the mountain regions of Israel, to Bozrah.

    To back this up with scripture?

    Revelation 12 verse 15 and 16.

    15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
    16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
    The Red Sea is going to rupture and cause a major tidal wave.
    Some of you may find this very interesting which coincides with coming events in Revelation and Daniel – it will happen much sooner than millions of years.

    Giant crack in Africa may create a new ocean.
    “http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33605604/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/giant-crack-africa-may-create-new-ocean/#.UJpxr5F7ySo"

    • says

      Kent and brethren; the above post is not accurate. There WILL BE a pre-tribulation rapture of the church – those that are READY. The above scriptures refer to those that are saved DURING the tribulation, and to God's chosen, Israel, finally returning to Him. Too many scriptures, but message me if you want them. Rev Burke

      • says

        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!

    • says

      It is this type of misleading doctrine that is leading people astray. Find a good teacher of Escatology, so that we understand what we read, in the CORRECT context…

    • says

      Understand, many Christians won't be raptured, and will have to make it through the tribulation without the Holy Spirit, but some will! And people will still turn to, and accept Christ as their saviour in the coming dreadful times…

  7. Ian C. Howe says

    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!

  8. says

    This comment is in support of the responses that Reverend Devon Burke made to a comment that Mr. Kent Peters made to the above article…..READ THE ARTICLE AND ITS COMMENTS TO FOLLOW

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