14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 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.
3 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.
The term “rapture” is derived from the Latin Vulgate translation of the Greek ἁρπαγησόμεθα as rapiemur, from the verb rapio meaning “to catch up” or “take away, which is a reference to the term “caught up” mentioned in I Thessalonians 4:17.”
I Thessalonians 4:13-17
13 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.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
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.
Many of us have read the Bible accounts of; Enoch being raptured(Genesis 5:23-24), Elijah being taken to heaven in a chariot of fire and whirlwind(II Kings 2:11), and Philip being carried away from the eunuch in a whirlwind, to continue his ministry elsewhere(Acts 8:39).
Jesus reveals in Matthew 24:36-44, that at a future appointed moment, known only to God the Father; every person from throughout the annals of time who has genuinely placed their faith in God and Christ’s finished work, will hear the call of Christ and the trumpet sound. We will be snatched from this earth to be with Christ forever.
As believers living in a mortal body, our spirit wars against the sin nature of these bodies. The scripture below encourages us that at the moment of the rapture, our earthly bodies will be transformed into glorified bodies, which means we will finally be free from the ability to sin once and for all.
I Corinthians 15:50-58
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
We see many of the prophecies foretold of in the Bible, beginning to occur with more frequency; natural disasters, wars, rumors of wars, the growing apostacy within the church, and our world governments’ desire to unite under one governing body.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
I have placed my faith in Jesus Christ, as the Lord of my life; and I eagerly look forward to meeting Him face-to-face.
Will you place your faith in Jesus?
Will He be able to call your name?
Will you be ready when the trumpet sounds?
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, I encourage you to remain steadfast in your faith and to live a life that brings glory to God the Father. If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, I appeal to you to examine your life, and consider the eternal ramifications of your current life choices. God loves you, regardless of what you may have done, and desires to spare you from having to endure the perils of the tribulation period that those left behind will have to face.