---- The Rapture (Catching-away) of the Church (Saints) ----
“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.” (Revelation 3:10 KJV)
Notes from the Finis Jennings Dake Annotated Bible
"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." (1 Corinthians 15:20-24 KJV)
"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 [raptured] 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." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV)
Rapture and Second Advent (1 Th. 2:19)
Gr. parousia. personal presence (note p, Mt. 24:3). This refers to the rapture, not the second advent of Christ. It is the same as in 3:13; 4:13-17; 5:8; 2 Th. 2:7. note.
These two comings should not be confused. The scriptures that apply to one do not apply to the other. Not one passage refers to both events as if they were one. These two distinct comings are separated by several years and so, are not two stages or Phases of one coming.
The rapture is the first of the two comings, not a coming to earth but in the air. It could not be the second advent because Christ does not come to earth to live here and fulfill a mission as He did at the first advent. When Christ meets the saints in he air He takes them back to heaven with Him and presents them before the Father's throne where they remain during the time the tribulation is running its course on the earth (1 Th. 3:13; Jn. 14:1-3). Christ does not remain in the air with the saints when they meet Him as in 1 Th. 4:13-17. The marriage supper and the judgment of saints take place in heaven, then at the second advent after the tribulation Christ and the saints leave heaven together to come down to the earth (2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 19). The rapture is the time Christ comes for the saints to take them to heaven.
The second advent is the time He comes to the earth to live here and fulfill a mission. This is the time He comes from heaven with the saints, having raptured them at least 7 years before. The second advent cannot take place until all of Rev. 1:1-19:21 is fulfilled while the rapture can take place any moment without anything being fulfilled.
Shout-Command (1 Th. 4:16)
Gr. keleusma. a cry of incitement; an order; command in war; the call of preparation for action. Only here. Not the same word where shout is mentioned the only other time in the N.T. (Acts 12:22). Here it is the shout of command for the dead to arise, as in the case of by Lazarus (Jn. 11:43). This will be followed the shout of the archangel (used only here; Jude 9), and the trump of God, whose great and terrible blasts, like those on Sinai grew louder and louder until the heavens and the earth did shake (Ex. 20:18-19; Heb. 12:18-21, 26).
The Trump of God (1 Th. 4:16)
This is not the same as the 7th trumpet of Rev. 11:15-13:18. One occurs at the rapture of the church before Daniel's 70th week (v 16; 2 Th. 2:7, note; Rev. 4:1,, note), and the other occurs at the rapture of he manchild in the middle of the 70th week (Rev. 11:15-13:18). One is the trump of God (v 16), the other the trumpet of the 7th angel (Rev. 11:15); one is to herald an event that will take place in a moment (1 Cor. 15:51-58), the other is to herald many events which are days in duration (Rev. 10:7; 11:15-13:18); one is a trumpet of blessing (v 16-17), the other a trumpet of woe to men (Rev. 8:13; 11:15; 12:12); one is before the 7 seals and first 6 trumpets of Rev. 6:1-9:21, the other is after these (Rev. 11:15). See note f, 1 Cor. 15:23.
The death of Jesus Christ is the assurance of salvation for all who will believe (Mat. 26:28; Rom. 5:6-11; 1 Pet. 2:24). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the assurance of resurrection for all men (1 Th. 4:14; 5:10; Jn. 14:19; Rom. 5:10; 6:5-8; 1 Cor. 15:4-23; 2 Tim. 2:11). Christians at death go immediately to heaven to await the resurrection of their sleeping bodies (2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:21-24; Heb 12:22-23; Rev. 6:9-11). When Christ leaves to come down in the air of the earth (1 Th. 4:17), the saints who are in heaven will come back with Him and be reunited with their bodies which will be resurrected in a moment (1 Th. 4:14; 1 Cor. 15:51-58).
Scriptures on the Rapture – Christ's coming for the saints
10 Qualifications for the Rapture (1 Th. 4:16)
Purposes of the Rapture (1 Th. 4:17)
The Rapture First (1 Th. 5:4)
Christians are not in ignorance and darkness about the day of the Lord (v 1 -2,4-5,9). The rapture takes place at least 7 years before the second advent (2 Th. 2:7, note; Rev. 4:1, note). Therefore, they will not be here so that day will overtake them as a thief like it will the ungodly (v 2-5).
The Jews had a tradition that God would judge the Gentiles at night when they were careless and asleep in sin, but would judge the Jews in the day time when they would be employed in keeping the law. But both Jews and Gentiles who miss the rapture will have the day of the Lord come upon them as a thief. It is only brethren who will be translated and escape this day (v 4-5, 9; Lk. 21:36; 2 Th. 2:7, note).
Conditions of Escape (1 Th. 5:6)
In view of the fact that we are children of the light and of the day, and that God has not appointed us to wrath but to obtain deliverance from this day by rapture, let us meet the conditions of escape from that day of wrath and from the sudden destruction of v6-ll.
4 Conditions of Escape
- Not sleep (v6-7). Gr. katheudo, to repose one's self in sleep. Used of the sleeping, indifferent, careless, and unfaithful virgins (Mt. 25:5); of the sleeping disciples who could not watch with Christ one hour (Mt. 26:45); and of indifferent and backsliding men (Eph. 5:14; 1 Th. 5:6, 7, 8). The warning here is that we not go back into sin.
- Watch (v 6). Be always alert and live godly in Christ; do not permit self to be overthrown by temptation (Mt. 24:42-51).
- Be sober (v 6-8). Gr. nehpo. to drink no intoxicants; live soberly and righteously (Tit. 2:11-12). Trans, be sober (v 6.8: 1 Pet. 1:13; 5:8) and watch (2 Tim. 4:5; 1 Pet. 4:7). It was counted a disgrace even among the heathen to be drunk in the day, hence the admonition to live as children of light and of the day (v 5-8).
- Put on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet, the hope of salvation (v8; Eph. 6:10-18). We are not only to be sober and watch, but we are called to fight the fight of faith and lay hold of eternal life (1 Tim. 6:12; 1 Cor. 9:24-27).
Five (5) Raptures in the 1st
Other Sources Of Information On The Rapture
Chuck Missler's "The Rapture" Supplemental Notes (see video below)- http://www.fmh-child.org/The_Rapture_Supplemental_Notes.pdf
Here He Comes by Jack Chick - http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/5025/5025_01.asp
Resolving The Olivet Discourse - http://www.fmh-child.org/Olivet.html
Tribulation Horror Show - http://www.fmh-child.org/tribulation.html
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