Top 7 Bible Verses About Rapture or the Rapture

Top 7 Bible Verses About Rapture or the Rapture January 29, 2015

What are my top 7 Bible verses about the Rapture or Christ’s return?

First Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

The Greek word for “caught up” is “harpazō” and means “to seize, to carry off by force” or “to snatch away.”  Someone who was kidnapped could be said to be caught up or snatched away by force and so this is the Lord’s doing however it is not done against our will because those who have repented and put their trust in Christ have by their own freewill chosen to believe in Him (John 3:16).  I think Paul wrote this to the Thessalonians to reassure them about those who had already died and they feared that they would miss the Lord’s return or miss out on the kingdom.  Paul expressly wrote this to reassure them that the Lord wouldn’t miss any of His when He returns; therefore Paul wanted them to “encourage one another with these words” that he wrote.

First Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

This will be hard to miss because when Christ returns again, He “will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel” so this won’t be something that believers will have to worry about missing.  His voice will be accompanied with “the trumpet of God” and those who are departed in the faith “will rise first” and then we’ll join them into the entrance of the eternal kingdom of God and that joy will be unparalleled in all of our lives and in human history.

Titus 2:13 “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Today, those who are in Christ are “waiting for our blessed hope” and that blessed hope is “the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”  Our waiting is not in vain because Jesus promised to come again and there is no doubt that He will (John 14:3).  That is why this hope is so “blessed” because it encourages us to endure what we go through in this life and that someday, this will all be behind us and like Paul wrote “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom 8:18-19).

John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, you may be also.”

Jesus at this very moment is preparing a place for you and me. He has been preparing this place for us since the day we were saved so that when He returns He’ll receive us and where He is, we will be.  This place is to descend out of heaven as the New Jerusalem which will then be our place.  Since He has prepared or is preparing a place for us and that He will receive us to Himself at that place, we should “rejoice that [our] names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).

Bible Verses About Rapture

Matthew 24:30-31 “ Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Christ will gather those who are His someday.  They are the elect of God.  Notice that those who Jesus is speaking about are “his” meaning that they are those who have believed in Christ and put their trust in Him.  There is no doubt that the Son of Man refers to Jesus Christ.  The Son of Man is frequently used when it is speaking about God for the Son of Man is tied to a supernatural being called God.  You can read about this in Daniel 7:13-14.  Ezekiel used the term Son of Man 93 times and it was sometimes a reference to Ezekiel’s humanity but since Christ is God and Man, the Son of Man in capital letters makes it a proper noun and clearly refers to none other than Jesus Christ.

First Corinthians 15:51-53 “Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.  For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.”

Paul was trying to uncover this mystery that had been hidden and that is that not every one of us will be at sleep at Christ’s return.   Paul is not talking about a soul sleep but if you read the context of this chapter and the use of the word “sleep” it obviously means those who have died.  Paul is telling the church that not every one of us will be sleeping (or dead) when Christ returns but we will be changed instantaneously or in the twinkling of an eye.  The dead will rise first and then those of us who are alive at Christ’s return will be changed and we’ll all put on immortality.

Philippians 3:20-21 “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

The older I get, the more I look forward to the day that “our lowly body [is] to be like his glorious body” and that this transformation will give us new bodies that never grow tired, never get sick, never feel pain, and will never die again.  That’s because “our citizenship is in heaven” and that is a citizenship that will never be revoked.

Conclusion

I believe the things Jesus spoke about in Matthew 24 have already happened, particularly with the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. I am not waiting for any rapture. I am waiting on my Lord to return. Either way, we all have differences of opinion on the rapture just like we do the tribulation and the time of the rapture or whether there’s even a rapture at all, but that doesn’t mean we divide. Instead of focusing on the rapture, let us focus of Christ or we’ll sink like Peter did in the stormy seas because he took His eyes off Christ. May we all be ready for His return at any given moment, or as the Apostle John wrote, “so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming” (1st John 2:28).  Whether you believe in the rapture or not is not the important issue.  What is important is that you decide today, if you haven’t already done so, to place your trust in Christ because “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD” (Jer 17:7) “For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be put to shame” (Rom 10:11).

Another Reading on Patheos to Check Out: What Did Jesus Really Look Like: A Look at the Bible Facts

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Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book  Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon


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  • Guest

    Some of these are fulfilled by the restoration of Israel, the resurrection of the nation, and perhaps fledgling Christianity developing into the great mountain that fills the world, becoming safe from being destroyed by its sheer size, or Israel becoming a world power able to defend itself and guaranteed not to be destroyed again, safe from the second death that Germany’s empire suffered. Some of these however seem to indicate actual bodily resurrection of the individual, so I can’t say for sure if it’s all mere symbolism or what should be taken literally. I will say there is sufficient fulfillment of these and other prophecies that they should be taken as the true Word of God, and have faith that all will eventually be understood.

    http://www.dominionstate.wordpress.com/d/

    • Selma

      I am waiting on him and not Miserable. If you dont want to wait dont Tim. You are not forced its a personal choice and I am also not in a cult but in a relationship with Christ.

  • We shall not all sleep…

    Well, they’re all sleeping, the common euphemism for death. No trumpets no Jesus. There are several other “prophecies” where Jesus was promised to return within the lifetime of his followers.

    That bus is way overdue. He’s not coming back. Better start walking.

    But, amazingly, humans seem to have this propensity for cargo cult beliefs, waiting for somebody else to come and lift them from their miserable existence.

    bodmerpapyrus.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Cargo-Cult3333-2.jpg

    • D. Barron

      I’m so happy that you have discerned the true meaning of your interpretation of the scriptures! Have you yet investigated the contextual meaning of “soon” and “quickly” and “generation”? Typical atheist. You attempt to read and criticize what you don’t understand, because the Holy Spirit willl not reveal anything to an arrogant, pride-filled unbelieving person. I once read some of a work by Issac Asimov that attempted to be commentary on the bible. He should have not even wasted the paper to print it. So full of glaring error that even then, at my age of 18, I could see it! If you want to ridicule and criticize someone or something, then know a bit about the subject your’e addressing. By the way, you obviously don’t believe in the bible, so why are you bothering to look at it? Go find something more constructive to do with your time! Thank you.

      • I know the context of the words. You are trying to weasel out of the plain meaning of them. “Context” to you means this:
        CONTEXT!!!!!
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK7P7uZFf5o

        • D. Barron

          Have a blessed day! (And smile! 🙂

        • Guest

          He’s right, you don’t know what you’re talking about. “I come quickly” does not mean soon, it means suddenly and without warning, “like a thief in the night”.. now that you should know all about, atheists being mostly criminals. And if you’re going to insist that Jesus meant to return during the lifetime of his followers, you’re in luck, because he did. He returned to John, and showed him the visions of the Revelation. What, you thought something? Awww, that’s so cute, an atheist trying to think.. pointless though, you need brains for that.

          • You must have multiple degrees, one in post hoc rationalizations, and the other in insults.

          • Guest

            LOL, as if you knew what post hoc means, doofus.

        • Brian Smith

          I feel really sorry for you. I really do.

    • Joey888

      Actually, Timmy my boy. YOU will miss the bus, not those of us who are saved. Better get right with the Lord, or you will be left behind, and that is not good. Now, put childish things away, and become a mature adult and read HIS Holy Word, and you, like most of us once were, can now be saved as we are. If I’m wrong, you didn’t lose a thing. If I am right, you WILL lose it all. Read the basics. Start with John 3:16. Blessings, Timmy!

      • satwell53

        I will stay behind and work for Christ. He returns but one time the other will be the Anti Christ pretending, to steal God’s children. We have been told what must happen before his return but many are false prophets so study for yourself so you can’t be mislead. Be wiser than the serpent.

    • disqus_cHDSBkWbzY

      Tim

      It’s easy to doubt with all the hate and atrocities in the world, but what better reason to fight against it? If you’re looking for archeological evidence of Bible significance I’ve shared this video with some people who have found it helpful or at least interesting. I hope you’ll watch it: https://youtu.be/Hd9ftkAdaLA

      I didn’t have love in my life so had great difficulty accepting Jesus could love me as I am. He does! He’s shown me repeatedly. Please reach for Him as I did. He’ll reach back. I promise! God bless you! You’re in my prayers.

      Your Sister in Christ,

      T

  • JasonDuffnering

    >>> The older I get, the more I look forward to the day that “our lowly body [is] to be like his glorious body” and that this transformation will give us new bodies that never grow tired, never get sick, never feel pain, and will never die again. That’s because “our citizenship is in heaven” and that is a citizenship that will never be revoked. <<<
    The Bible says ALL people will see the Alpha and Omega coming. I look forward to this day. Either being here on this earth or coming with the Great Cloud of Witnesses.

    • Jack Wellman

      Amen Jason…I am also eagerly waiting for that great day. Thank you sir.

  • Stephan Watkins

    IF YOU’RE READING THIS THAN ITS BECAUSE OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS IS COMING SOON HE REALLY LIKE REALLY SOON NOW ITS UP TO YOU FULLY BELIEVE THIS OR NOT BUT IF YOU DO THEN JESUS NEEDS YOU TO DO THREE THINGS ONE , YOU NEED TO TELL SOMEONE ELSE AND HAVE FAITH IN WHAT YOU ARE SAYING OR YOU WILL MESS THE MASSAGE UP, TWO, BE READY MEANING DO NOT BE IN SIN OR SINNING IR AT LRAST TRYING TO BEAT YOUR SIN BECAUSE JESUS LOVES EFFORT AND THREE, BE PATIENT WAIT AND ASK GOD TO
    SHOW YOU THE SIGNS AND MOST OF ALL PRAISE THE HOLY OF LORDS CHRIST JESUS I LOVE YOU BROTHERS AND SISTERS GOD BLESS AND JESUS BE WITH YOU ALL SAVED OR UNSAVED BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU TO AS MUCH AS ME

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you Mr. Watkins. Our hope is in Christ, no matter when He comes.

      • Stephan Watkins

        No Listed. I know it may be hard to believe I am not saying I know exactly when he’s coming my spirit just knows he’s coming soon and I didn’t want to believe it at first but he showed me to much to not believe now not say I g that you don’t believe bubplease tell someone becuSe he really is and he needs your help OK fellow soldier 😀

  • satwell53

    As long as all know Christ will not return until the son of perdition has been revealed to the world, the two witness have to come to pass and if in the flesh it is the wrong guy. Don’t be deceived! Flesh can not enter the presence of the Holy Spirit so the falling away of the flesh body to our perfect bodies will happen in the air or a breath. The Great Deception of the Anti Christ is to deceive God’s children to steal them from him. He will come as a flatterer and pretending to be Christ. We are to work in the field, not run off, which is the world until he returns and make this world his foot stool.

  • tom

    How do we know that the elect is the church? Sounds like the church will endure the tribulation.

  • Richard Rettenmaier

    With respect i disagree with you, that the verses in Matthew and John are about the “rapture”They speak of his second coming, a separate event! Paul says i tell you a mystery! A Mystery is something not known before, part of that mystery is also that we are saved apart from Israel and the Law! The changing point was Saul’s conversion.(Acts 9) In Acts 10 when Peter goes to Cornelius, he receives the spirit without being baptized first (Baptism was commanded by the Lord and necessary to receive the spirit!) Also Peter used Cornelius example at the counsel in Jerusalem to justify Paul’s message! The Body of Christ started with Paul (Not peter). Paul is the Pattern, Paul is the master builder. After acts10 Peters ministry declines (Change of dispensations), Paul’s ministry picks up!! In christ Richard