THE RAPTURE IN THE BIBLE
By Ken Blue
We are not shaken or disturbed by the scoffers. Their unbelief and scoffing mean nothing to us. I must place my faith in their unbelief or in the infallible Word of God; I choose the latter. The rapture is a Bible truth and will happen in God’s appointed time.
The word rapture nowhere appears in Scripture, but the truth is everywhere. It means to be caught up or away. “ 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 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. “Behold, I shew 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-57.
There are several raptures in scripture.
- The first that is recorded is that of Enoch. (Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5.)
- Elijah. (2 Kings 2:11).
- Jesus. (Acts 1:9,10.)
- Paul. (2 Cor. 12:2,3.)
- The church. (1 Thess. 4:13.)
- The 144,000. (Rev. 14:2.)
There is no question about the teaching of the Bible; the rapture is a Scriptural truth. So, let not your heart be troubled. No one knows when the rapture of the church will happen, but you can be sure it will. You must get ready by trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. See Romans 10:9-13 for answers.
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Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.