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.
By Gary Frazier
Why should we believers think that we are the generation which shall see Christ in the air? Do you know that many, many End of the Age prophecies have already been fulfilled and that the stage is being set for many more to be fulfilled?
This is commonly known as the Feast of Trumpets and is celebrated on the 1st day of the seventh month (Tishri). Its Hebrew name Yom Teruah translates as the Day of Blowing (of the Shofar). The Jews also regard this day as the New Year Day of the civil year (just as the 1st of Abib is the New Year Day of the religious year). Since Rosh Hashanah means First of the Year, the Feast is called Rosh Hashanah and is celebrated in the secular Jewish world.
Most Christians who know about the Rapture and look longingly for it, think that the Rapture is prophecied only in the New Testament. They think there is no information about it in the Tanach (the Bible from Genesis to Malachi).
The Feast of Trumpets prefigures the Rapture. The first mention of the Trumpet is in the book of Exodus before God gave the Ten Commandments. It was at Sinai, and the purpose of it was to announce the coming of the Lord in glory on the Mountain of God.
Joshua delivered His people to their promised Land at the sound of a trumpet.
A Review and Defense of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church (Watch pair page)
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.