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Where in the Bible is the rapture mentioned?

The word "rapture" is not in the Bible. For more detail on this, see PREWRATH > The Rapture. But the concept of the rapture is in many places. The most definitive description of the rapture is found in 1 Thess 4:15-18.

1 Thess 4:15 (NIV) 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. 16 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. 17 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. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words (emphasis added).

But there are many more passages which describe the rapture.

Matt 24:29 (NIV) "Immediately after the distress of those days "´the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.' 30 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.


Matt 24:36 (NIV) "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

In the 1 Thessalonians 4 passage the Apostle Paul describes the rapture and then in chapter 5 he says...

1 Thess 5:1 (NIV) Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Also, in 2 Thessalonians 2...

2 Thess 2:1 (NIV) Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 

Here the Apostle Paul describes the event of Jesus coming and our being gathered to Him as "The Day of the Lord!"

Paul, himself, called the rapture the "day of the Lord." When you realize this, then anywhere the scripture uses the term "day of the Lord," it is speaking of the rapture and the rapture is all through the scripture. For instance in the book of Acts...

Acts 2:20 (NIV) The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'

This passage begins to take on new meaning, as will many others when the connection is made between the rapture and the Day of the Lord.



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Last update: 2012-04-17 05:20
Author: Elbert Charpie
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