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The Shout and the Trumpet
Finally, that GREAT day happened, the sound of the trump went out over all the
earth. The earth trembled for a moment as the ground everywhere were disturbed,
people that were buried there were now gone and those who were alive vanished
and the world did not understand what just took place. Many did not notice.
It was written “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those
who have fallen asleep” (1 Thess. 4:13) this shout will wake up the dead.
1Thess. 4:13-18: “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning
those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if
we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those
who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who
are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those
who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead
in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall
always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
The English word rapture does not appear in the Bible but it is a term that is
often used to identify the Coming of Jesus for His church. The Greek word is
harpazo - it means a taking away by force. The Latin verb which was used to
translate the Greek verb harpaz ("caught up") found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
This Greek verb means to be snatched away, taken away suddenly, quickly removed
by force from one place to another, as when the Lord Jesus was suddenly taken up
to heaven at the time of the ascension (Rev. 12:5). When Christ returns for His
Church, (not to earth to set up his kingdom) believers will be "caught up," and
taken from earth to heaven (he promised this in John 14:3).
Latin equivalent of harpazo is the verb rapio, "to take away by force." In the
Latin Vulgate, one of the oldest Bibles, the appropriate tense of rapio appears
in verse 17. Raptus is the past participle of rapio, and our English words
"rapt" and "rapture" stem from this past participle. Even though the word
"rapture" is not in the King James Bible, the basic word does appear in the
We who are alive and remain is mentioned twice in this narrative, v.15 and 17.
What does it mean to remain, it means to be faithful. While the rest of the
church goes on to apostasy you will be steadfast in the faith. This is why when
the church is taken it will not probably not be noticed, because the majority of
the church went into apostasy and will still be here after this event defending
themselves as the church.
v.15 then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught
up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.” The resurrection of the dead
saints is followed by the translation of the living saints. At this time, every
believer will be removed from the earth and will be united with the Lord Jesus
Christ in the immediate heaven (probably our atmosphere). The living believers
will be caught up (raptured) with the ones who died and rested in Christ to meet
the Lord Jesus Christ in the air.
2 Thessalonians 2:1: Paul mentions the coming of our Lord Jesus “And our
gathering together to Him.” The Greek word for ‘gathering together’ is epi
sunagogues. Epi means “upon,”(above) and sunagoges means: “to gather or collect
together” (Matthew 23:37).
This is not teaching about our being gathered to Jesus after He descends to
earth to set up His kingdom, but to our being gathered up to Him. We are called
FROM ABOVE by the Lord to meet Him and be united together as an assembly in the
air and brought to the place He has already prepared (John 14:2) for us. Our
gathering together to Him is more accurately translated “our being gathered up
to Him’” (as is described in 1 Thessalonians 4:17). He is the object we go to;
He does not come down to meet us on the earth, we go up to Him (John 14) “that
where I am you may be also.” This can only make sense if one understands the
sequence of events.
The biblical description of the rapture involves both the resurrection of
deceased believers and the translation of living believers upward to meet the
Lord who comes near but does not set foot on the earth (1 Thess. 4:16-17; 1 Cor.
15:51 52). Just as the Lord was taken to the Father, in similar fashion we will
be taken to the Son.
The rapture of the church is often likened to the "raptures" of Enoch (Genesis
5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2: 12). In each event the individual disappeared from
the earth, caught up into heaven. At His ascension, the Lord was "taken up" into
heaven (Acts 1:9) by the Father.
To be raptured, taken up is a very special thing for the living. Enoch was
Methusaleh’s father, who became the oldest man who ever lived after his father
Enoch became the first man to be taken. He was alone walking with God at the
time. Gen. 5:21-24 “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he
begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and
daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And
Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”
We find in the New Testament revelation what this “God took him” means. “By
faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found,
because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that
he pleased God” (Heb. 11:5).
It was Enoch who was first privileged to be raptured and he is mentioned by
Jude as the one known to have prophesied of the end when the Lord returns “Now
Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold,
the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints” (Jude 1:14).
This shout (1 Thess. 4:16), the trumpet will bring the dead to life is a
unique one time event. This shout will signal that the resurrection is happening
and what is left to come is “Day Of The Lord”, judgment. The earth will shake
for every “Saint” that rises out of the earth alive in glorified bodies. Isaiah
described it in unmistakable terms. The earth in its cursed state will cough
them up, for they will receive immortal, sinless bodies. “Thy dead men shall
live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell
in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the
dead” (Isaiah 26:19).
“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:” (I Thess. 4:16) Notice how Apostle Paul emphasizes, “The Lord Himself”.
The Son of God comes from heaven, a trumpet blast precedes the shout. This
trumpet is the right Horn of a Ram and represents the 100th blow of the trumpet
on the Feast of Trumpets. It’s a special sound that awakes the Saints from
sleep. There will be a great archangel who will accompany Him from the Father’s
house in Heaven. Each is a procedural step in announcing what is to take place.
Jesus said "My sheep hear My voice” (John 10:27). John 5:25-26 "Most
assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear
the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. "For as the Father
has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself.”
Let's first begin by looking at some Bible texts; promises Jesus gave to
those who believe:
John 14:1-3 Jesus promised He would return to receive unto himself. This is
different than coming to earth and setting up his kingdom rule. He is taking
believers to where he is. “Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God.
believe also In me. In my Father's house are many mansions; If It were not so, 1
would have told you; for 1 go to prepare a place for YOU. And If I go and
prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself, that
where 1 am, there ye may be also. This passage does not describe the Rapture
event; only that Jesus is coming for the saints and that he will take us to
where he resides. Where is Jesus been preparing this place? Heaven.
I Thessalonians 4:16-17 The resurrection and transformation of those living
will be an event unlike any other. It is the ONLY place in the Bible where a
group, not an individual is "caught up." The righteous dead will be resurrected
and along with the righteous living caught up to Jesus made like him. The real
church will be removed in less than a blink of an eye, but there will still be a
church left, but it will be an organizational church, not the true spiritual
church that waited patiently for the Lord to return.
I Corinthians 15:51-54 it is from this event God will clothe His people with
1 Cor 15:52: “Behold, I show 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
Here Paul is emphasizing the fact that there would be an entire generation of
Christians who would never experience physical death and the reason they won’t
is because the Lord was going to come and remove them from the earth while
they’re still alive before they could experience physical death.
Paul is saying not every Christian will die, but every believer will be
changed, whether they are dead or alive. And he emphasizes that the change will
involve their body. They now have a mortal body, which is subject to disease,
deformity and death; but when this change takes place, they will receive an
immortal body, which will never die, which will never be subject to disease and
Paul also emphasizes the immediate change for everyone in all time in the
body of believers when this event takes place. The change in that body will take
place faster than the twinkling of an eye. So the rapidity of the change in
their bodies that will happen at the Rapture of the Church.
In Rom. 8:18-23 Paul explains our future glorification “For I consider that
the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation
eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was
subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in
hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that
the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not
only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves
groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our
That is what the rapture/ resurrection event is about, our bodily change. The
Bible is clear, Christians are to be taken away from earth, “to meet the Lord in
the air” (I Thessalonians 4:17), dead Christians will rise from the ground and
the bodies of the living will be changed, transformed to immortal bodies.
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul says for the Christian "to be absent from the body
is to be present with the Lord." So when believers die, their soul leaves their
body, and comes into the presence of the Lord in Heaven, and that’s where they
stay, in Heaven, until Christ comes to Rapture and resurrect the Church. He will
bring their souls with Him out of Heaven down toward the earth to be united with
a transformed immortal body and the believers that have not seen death that will
also be changed to immortality.
The rapture removes all believers at the same time from the earth.
Temporarily there will be no believers on earth until the Lord begins his
salvation work again. This time he concentrates on reconciling the Jews as he
Of course the people removed will not get any attention because the church is
in apostasy. They will believe and say we are the church - and we are still
here, so this event (whatever it is explained as) could not be the rapture. In
fact they may even argue there is no such thing, since this is already their
It says that “his eyes behold, his eyelids test the sons of men.” (Ps. 11:4)
Exodus 32:1: “Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the
mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us
gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up
out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."
2 Peter 3:2-4 “that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by
the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and
Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking
according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming?
For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the
beginning of creation."
What do both of these have in common, the people turned to idolatry, unbelief
because of the delay; in the same manner during the height of the apostasy the
Lord will come.
Most don't believe in body's resurrection
SCRIPPS-HOWARD NEWS SERVICE - By THOMAS HARGROVE and GUIDO H. STEMPEL III -
April 5, 2006 - Most Americans don't believe they will experience a resurrection
of their bodies when they die, putting them at odds with a core teaching of
The findings of a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll surprised and dismayed
some of the nation's top theologians since it seems to put Americans in conflict
with both the Nicene Creed and the Apostles' Creed, ancient statements of faith
meant to unify Christian belief.
The Nicene Creed, adopted in 325 at the First Council of Nicea under Roman
Emperor Constantine, concludes with the famous words: "We look for the
resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen."
Similarly, the Apostles' Creed professes a belief in "the resurrection of the
Only 36 percent of the 1,007 adults interviewed a month ago by the Scripps
Survey Research Center at Ohio University said "yes" to the question: "Do you
believe that, after you die, your physical body will be resurrected someday?"
Fifty-four percent said they do not believe and 10 percent were undecided.
"This reflects the very low state of doctrinal preaching in our churches," said
Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville,
Ky., and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.
"I continually am confronted by Christians, even active members of major
churches, who have never heard this taught in their local congregations," Mohler
said. "We have a lowest-common-denominator Christianity being taught in so many
denominations that has produced a people who simply do not know some of the most
basic Christian truths."
….The poll found that half of all people who have attended church recently said
they believe they will experience a physical resurrection someday, while only a
quarter of those who have not publicly worshipped recently said the same.
Fifty-nine percent of people who profess a "born again" faith, one of the
hallmarks of evangelical Protestantism, said they believe in personal
resurrection, the highest level of belief among any group in the poll.
The survey was conducted by telephone from Feb. 19 to March 3 among 1,007 adult
residents of the United States. The study was sponsored by a grant from the
Scripps Howard Foundation.
The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
(Thomas Hargrove is a reporter for Scripps Howard News Service. Guido H. Stempel
III is director of the Scripps Survey Research Center.)
The emerging church and others consider the Rapture doctrine to be dangerous
because it interferes with their belief of "kingdom building". Some call it
escapology theology, so if one wants to go through the tribulation to the end
should we call this abuse theology? For it says in the Tribulation, especially
the second half the false messiah overcomes the saints (Rev.13:7,10).
Those names that deny a rapture are endless in the emergent church from
McLaren, Pagitt etc:
Mark Driscoll’s book Vintage Jesus, he ridicules Christians who believe there
will be an Armageddon and a rapture (pp. 44, 157). In Mark Driscoll’s book
Vintage Jesus, he ridicules Christians who believe there will be an Armageddon
and a rapture (pp. 44, 157). (source lighthousetrails.com)
McLaren says that he grew up with a dispensational view (the belief that
Jesus Christ will return and establish his kingdom on earth) but has come to
realize this view is “morally and ethically harmful.” He likens this belief
system to racism in the 50s and 60s and says:
“These doctrinal formulations often use a bogus end-of-the-world scenario to
create a kind of death-wish for World War III, which–unless it is confronted
more robustly by the rest of us–could too easily create a self-fulfilling
Popular speaker Tony Campolo says: "the 'Left Behind' books are false
theology and unbiblical to the core. I mean all of this stuff comes out of not
only fundamentalism. It comes out of dispensationalism, which is a weird little
form of fundamentalism that started like a hundred fifty years ago." That whole
sense of the rapture, which may occur at any moment, is used as a device to
oppose engagement with the principalities, the powers, the political and
economic structures of our age" ("Opposition to women preachers evidence of
demonic influence," Baptist Press, June 27, 2003).
Actually it comes out of the Bible and should not prevent anyone from doing
what is necessary for the Lord while on erath. While I agree with some points on
the left behind series we do not throw out what is biblical. This is a false and
weak argument that has the alternative of denying much of what Jesus said would
take place in the last days.
Campolo explains his position “I want to emphasis that I do believe, and it's
core to my faith, that Jesus Christ is coming again. That's crucial to what
Christianity is about. I believe that Christ is at work in the world through
Christians. Trying to change the world that is into the world that ought to be,
into what the Bible calls the Kingdom of God--a society of transformed people in
a transformed social system--that's the Kingdom. We should be trying to create
that Kingdom here on earth.” (Interview: More from Tony Campolo:
The early Christians interpreted prophecy literally and were looking for a
literal millennial kingdom and a literal fulfillment of God's covenants with
Israel (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 11:25-27), they were pre millennial. It was not
until centuries later that new concepts like amillennialism and preterism
surfaced which depends on allegorical interpretations became popular.
There are numerous books being produced to have people not believe in this Bible doctrine
(notwithstanding the timing of it- pre, mid or post) they all want everyone to
get on board with kingdomizing the world.
Is Jesus coming secretly or openly? The Bible teaches when Jesus comes back
to (on) the earth - to establish his kingdom it is not a secret event
(Revelation 1:7; Psalm 50:3; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Matthew 24:27). When He
comes it is called Armageddon, the nations declare war, where armies will be
gathered to fight to stop him. His coming ends the tribulation period and
transitions to the Millennium, His rule for 1,000 years from ZION.
Revelation 19:11-16 As King of Kings leading the armies of heaven, He returns
as triumphant Lord.
Revelation 6:14-17 at the time of his return The unrighteous fear His coming and
cry for the rocks to fall upon them.
Revelation 1:7 When Jesus returns every eye shall see Him. This is when he
returns with all his saints and angels to set up his kingdom and the worlds
armies are gathered together to stop him.
Matthew 24:27 His return shall be like lightning flashing across the sky. It
will be unmistakable
Matthew 16:27 His return shall be a glorious event. He comes with His reward.
Titus 2:13 His coming is called the “Blessed Hope”.
Isaiah 25:9 The righteous are delighted to see Him come. They joyfully exclaim
“Lo, this is our God…”
Matthew 13:37-43 The evil are purged out of His kingdom by fire and the
righteous saved through all eternity.
two angels confirmed His promise to the apostles (Acts 1:9-11) and testified He
would come back the same way He left.
Both Jude 14 and Zechariah 14-4-5 tell us that when Christ returns to earth and
stands on the Mount of Olives He brings "all the saints" from heaven with Him.
For this to be true He must have already taken the saints into heaven to return
with them for the Second Coming
Zech. 14:1-5: “Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, and your spoil will be
divided in your midst.
For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be
taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into
captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the
day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which
faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from
east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward
the north and half of it toward the south. Then you shall flee through My
mountain valley, for the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall
flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus
the LORD my God will come, and all the saints with You.”
This is what Jude said as well; Jude 1:14-15 saying, "Behold, the Lord comes
with ten thousands of His saints "to execute judgment on all, to convict all who
are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in
an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken
The differences are obvious. The rapture is characterized in the Bible as a
"translation" into his kingdom (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:15-17) that is not
on earth. Christ comes for His church and changes their body to be suitable for
heaven. At the second advent, Christ returns with His saints who are glorified,
descending from heaven to establish His earthly kingdom (Zech. 14:4-5; Mat.
1Thess. 4:17: “And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” our uniting with
Christ in the air guarantees we will permanently remain with Christ to return
with Him into heaven. He will take us with him to where he has gone after His
The Bible teaches Jesus is coming as a thief (I Thessalonians 5:2). The Bibles
references to Jesus coming as a thief is referring to the unexpected time of
Jesus' coming, the manner of His coming, quickly, unexpectedly as a thief, not
to the timing of the event. Where it says Come quickly in Revelation it means
not that he comes immediately but that when it commences it will be quickly
Paul speaks of the rapture as a "mystery" (1 Cor. 15:51-54), that it was not
revealed until the apostles taught it (Col. 1:26). It is distinguished as a
separate event from the second coming that was taught and predicted in the Old
Testament (Dan. 12:1-3; Zech. 12:10; 14:4). In the Old Testament a resurrection
was taught but in the New Testament they are made as the same event for
The Second Coming, on the other hand, was predicted in the Old Testament (Dan
12:1-3; Zech 12:10; 14:4). The oldest prophecy uttered by a prophet was given
before the flood of Noah and was of the Second Coming! Given by Enoch, quoted in
Notice the different movement of the believer in these events. At the Rapture
the movement is from earth to heaven; at the Second Coming it is from heaven to
earth. At the Rapture, the Lord comes for His saints (1 Thess 4:16), while at
the Second Coming the Lord comes back to earth with His saints (1 Thess, 3:13).
The Second Coming of Jesus is a climatic event that ends the age of man ruling
Now is the day of salvation (II Corinthians 6:2). In Matthew 13:30. Both wheat
and tares (the righteous and wicked) grow together on earth until the harvest.
The righteous are saved and the unrighteous lost. In the parable of the
unfaithful servant, there is no second chance. The unfaithful are lost when the
Lord of the house comes back unexpectedly (Matthew 24:44-51). In the parable of
the sheep and goats, men and women are either saved or lost when Jesus comes
1 Thess. 5:4-9: “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day
should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day.
We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others
do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and
those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober,
putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of
salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through
our Lord Jesus Christ” those who have the armor on will survive.
So where is this all headed? A COUNTERFEIT Revival under a counterfeit Christ
that the other religions accept and the worldly church accepts because it does
not believe the Bible that He gave us. So many are influenced by the popular
views that are found in many new songs about conquering the land and taking
Because of the false teaching of church triumphalism many are being prepared to
meet “Christ” on earth, to reign over the kingdom they are establishing in his
name. The belief in the rapture/resurrection actually protects us from accepting
the wrong Christ. If we are watching for the Christ who transforms our mortal
bodies and takes us to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:51-52), we cannot be deceived by
a counterfeit that will rule on earth no matter what kind of power he exhibits.
We are to be looking for the Christ who comes back the same way He left, from
heaven (Acts 1:11).
After hearing so many times about Jesus’ coming through false prophecies many in
the church have rapture fatigue, we are in a time where we no longer take it
seriously. A reminder from 2 Peter 3:2-4, "Where is the promise of His coming?
For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the
beginning of creation." Our Lord said, “Therefore be ye ready: for in such an
hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44 KJV). This is why
kingdom dominion teaching is so dangerous. With watchfulness, preparation, we
need to be ready. Will the Day of Christ (the rapture) happen simultaneously
with the day of the Lord (the tribulation)?
There is no explicit indication of the TIMING (Day or hour) of the Rapture in
Scripture. This is why so many people arrive at different conclusions; we must
weigh out the weak and strong points of each view. However, we cannot eliminate
any scripture that would change the identifying of the season. Since the
apostasy comes first, before the tribulation and it has already begun and the
rapture is accompanied within the time frame of the apostasy, we should
understand the times we live in. We do not know how long we will be here during
the current apostasy before the rapture or the tribulation begins. The rapture
removes the true church (universal believers), and leaves a visible church on
the earth, composed of unbelievers. It is a church that departs from the faith
that exists throughout the Great Tribulation period united with other religions.
The real bride of Christ will be enjoying heaven while they unite with other
religions on earth.