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Christians all over the world are looking for a sudden rescue - a Rapture - to save them from the coming time of trouble. Explore the roots of this doctrine and discover the wonderful hope of resurrection God has planned for all mankind.
Most people say 1 Thessalonians 4 describes a secret Rapture taking place before the Great Tribulation. But put together all the scriptures that talk about being resurrected to meet Christ in the air, and you can piece together a coherent picture of not only when it will happen (at the end of the Tribulation), but how obvious it will be (very).
The book of Revelation describes Satan's wrath on God's people and God's judgment on humanity as seven seals. Additional passages in Matthew, Daniel and other books add further detail. By piecing together all of these references, we can create a timeline of end-time events, presented here. Feel free to print this chart and stow it in your Bible for reference.
Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 about the resurrection and glorification of Christ's followers at His return. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 shows that this will occur when Christ descends from heaven with a mighty shout and the great sound of a trumpet. This is no secret event.
The most popular and widely-believed version of the rapture theory has Jesus Christ miraculously rescuing His people from an earth on the brink of tribulation. It's a comforting belief, since it offers the promise of peace and safety in heaven while the earth below is immersed in turmoil and destruction.
Let's summarise 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 which mentions believers being caught up, actually says: 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 together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Staggering changes are taking place in Western society. Standards and cultural structures that have stood for thousands of years are being dismantled. The very foundations of society—what it means to be a man, a woman, a husband, a wife, a father and a mother—are being cast away without regard for what will replace them. God’s very design for human societies—with a man and a woman united in marriage to have children—is being deliberately destroyed. Who and what is behind this? Why is it happening? What is God’s purpose for sex, marriage and family? You need to understand what’s taking place and why! Discover the answers in this issue of Beyond Today.