1 Thessalonians 4 verses 16 to 17

1 Thessalonians 4:16  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:
17  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.
18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

This is the prophecy of the rapture event. The words “caught up” (harpazo in Greek) is “raptus” in Latin, from which the English word “rapture” is derived.
(I point this, because some have been known to say that the word “rapture” is not present in the Bible!)

This is the same event typified in Revelation 4:1-2 when the Lord utters the words “Come up here!” in a voice loud as a trumpet.

Revelation 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2  And immediately I was in the spirit:
It reminds us of the time when of the time when Jesus called forth Lazarus from the dead:

John 11:43  And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

When Jesus called “Lazarus, come forth” only Lazarus rose from the dead.

In the day of the Rapture, Jesus will just shout “Come” and all of us will come forth. He just has to say, “Come up here!” and we will all be up there at the midway point in the sky, to meet the Lord in the air.

The comparison with the resurrection of Lazarus is appropriate, because “the dead in Christ shall rise first.” Then the living will be caught up (raptured).

Clearly the dead (whose spirits are already in heaven) will find their bodies have just been raised at the shout of the Lord, the voice of the archangel and the shofar of God. Their bodies, corrupted in the grave, will put on incorruption. And they will come with Christ to the meeting point in the sky.

 Then those living at that time will find their mortal bodies have put on immortality, as they are caught up, to meet Christ and the resurrected saints at the appointed meeting place.


1 Corinthians 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52  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.
53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54  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.
55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Then the Lord with His assembled saints, all shining, transformed in bodies, souls and spirits, to be like Christ when they see Him face to face, will move towards their heavenly home, as described in John 14:1-3.
John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.


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