What is the rapture?
1 Thess. 4:16-17 -The Greek word for rapture means “caught up”.
2 Corinthians 12:2
Why the rapture?
This event must happen. It is a taking away of the bride of Christ.
- Because the focus event of the New Testament is the Rapture. It is a time of repair, restoring and reconciliation.
- The completion of the marriage of The Bride of Christ (the church) and the Lamb of God (Jesus).
- To protect his Bride from the war he’s declaring on the world. He will become the Lion of Judah.
- To prepare us to rule with Him. We will be there for 7 years to prepare to return to Earth.
- The rewards – a time of ceremony- presenting rewards to those who are faithful.
These rewards will include 5 crowns:
- crown of life
- crown of glory
- crown of righteousness
- soul winners crown
- martyrs crown
For Further Reading: Luke 21, Hebrews 2:1-3, Rev. 8, 9, 16
What Will Take Place During the 7 Years?
1/2 of the population will be killed
1/3 of the vegetation will be burned up
Sun and Moon will be darkened.
Hell will open its mouth and locust the size of horses will roam the Earth.
People will hide and beg to die.
There will be worldwide famine and war.
Everyone on Earth will be covered with boils.
All 7 seas will run with blood. All rivers and streams too.
Fish will die.
The sun will increase in its heat.
The great, might, small, known and unknown will gnaw their tongues.
There will be Earthquakes and all islands will be underwater.