The rapture or resurrection

The Resurrection - Daniel 12:22;

‘Many of those sleeping in the dust of the earth will awaken, some to everlasting life.’

This painting is 'Our Blessed Hope';  The Resurrection (or ‘Rapture’).  

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

‘To wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come’.  

1 Thessalonians 4:16 - 18

‘..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.  Therefore encourage each other with these words.‘   Luke 21:34 - 37

‘Take heed to yourselves, lest haply your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day come on you suddenly as a snare; for so shall it come upon all them that dwell on the face of all the earth.  But watch ye at every season, making supplication, that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.’

In this painting you can see Ian and I going up to meet the Lord in ‘a twinkling of an eye’.  I take the ‘pretribulational’ view that says that this taking away or ‘rapture’ of the true believers happens before the time of the seven year Wrath of God, known as the ‘Tribulation’.  It does not begin the Tribulation however.  There are actually eight different views on this issue I am told!  ‘The Footsteps of the Messiah’ (Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum's book) says ‘the pretribulational view is the most continuously harmonious interpretation of prophecy’.  (p.xxvii).

According to 1 Corinthians 15:23 The resurrection is ‘each in it’s own order’, meaning the saints go at different times.  So first Jesus was resurrected, then we will be if we are alive at the time of the rapture along with all the church saints, then the two witnesses of Rev.11, finally old testament saints and tribulation martyrs.