The word rapture (in Greek harpazo, in Latin rapere) means to be caught up or taken away suddenly. The rapture refers to the sudden removal of all of God's people on the earth. In the twinkling of an eye, born again Christians will suddenly be transformed out of our human bodies and will rise up into the air to join Jesus Christ.
Psalms 71:9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
A marvelous prayer that should become dearer to us with every passing day.
If you have an old parent, grandparent, relataive or friend, it can be a stark reminder of what could one day be your own state: old age, failing strength.
This is a prayer that you can pray with the other person for himself or herself, and simultaneously for you, no matter what your age, but all the more relevantly and poignantly when you yourself are in the autumn or winter of your life.
Lot was pulled out of Sodom before the city was destroyed by the wrath of God. In this respect, he is a type of the living saints who will be taken out of the earth in the Rapture before the wrath of God is poured out on the wicked who resisted the gospel right up to and into the Tribulation Period.
The tiny seeds of promise found in the book of Genesis come to fruition in the New Testament. Specially in this first book of the Bible are found the beginnings and typical forms of all the fulfillments and consummations of the great Messianic future as revealed i the Book of the Revelation.
First let us turn to the brief note in Genesis concerning a man who anticipated by thousands of years the highest form of redemption, which awaits believers who shall be alive at our Lord's return.
The account is short, but filled with divine drama!
1. The early church believed in the imminency of the Lord's return. While it can be debated which church father said what, there is a consistency in the early church on imminency which is essential to the pre-trib position and in opposition to some other positions. (See additional reading suggestions at the end of this page.)
2. The Pre-trib position is the ONLY one which truly teaches imminency.