Bible Passages alluding to the Rapture
I Thessalonians 4:15-18
According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are
still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly
not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command,
with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught
up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
And so we will be with the Lord forever.
Therefore encourage each other with these words.
The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking
him to show them a sign from heaven.
He replied, "When evening comes, you say, `It will be fair
weather, for the sky is red,'
and in the morning, `Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red
and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the
sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign,
but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah."
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: "The kingdom
of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for
He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet
to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
"Then he sent some more servants and said, `Tell those who
have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and
fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready.
Come to the wedding banquet.'
"But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field,
another to his business.
The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.
The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers
and burned their city.
"Then he said to his servants, `The wedding banquet is ready,
but those I invited did not deserve to come.
Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you
So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the
people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall
was filled with guests.
"But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed
a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.
`Friend,' he asked, `how did you get in here without wedding clothes?'
The man was speechless.
"Then the king told the attendants, `Tie him hand and foot,
and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
"For many are invited, but few are chosen."
The Lord expects his Son's bride, the church, to be ready for
the wedding feast of the Lamb and to keep her garments spotless
in anticipation of the Son coming for His bride. The Holy Spirit
is calling out to many people who are too busy with the things
of this world to pay attention to God.
"Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice
and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has
come, and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine
linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
Then the angel said to me, "Write: `Blessed are those who
are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added,
"These are the true words of God."
Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs
get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
From Hosea 9:10 and Joel 1:6-7 it should be clear that the fig
tree is symbolic of Israel. May 14, 1948 marks the day that Israel
became a state to be recognized by the United Nations the very
next day. It was this day that Israel began to bud once again.
So from Matthew 24, if we know that summer is near, we can infer
that the harvest is also near.
Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked
will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand,
but those who are wise will understand.
Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape
all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand
before the Son of Man.
Gather together, gather together, O shameful nation, before the
appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff, before
the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of
the LORD's wrath comes upon you.
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he
commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will
be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger.
Both Luke 21:36 and Zephaniah 2:3 suggest that it is
possible to escape God's wrath on 'The Day of the Lord', a term
used over 300 times in the Bible.
"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with
The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became
drowsy and fell asleep.
"At midnight the cry rang out: `Here's the bridegroom! Come
out to meet him!'
"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise, `Give us some of your oil;
our lamps are going out.'
"`No,' they replied, `there may not be enough for both us
and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'
"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom
arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding
banquet. And the door was shut.
"Later the others also came. `Sir! Sir!' they said. `Open
the door for us!'
"But he replied, `I tell you the truth, I don't know you.'
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or
Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible. So if
we live our lives so that we have a full measure of the Spirit,
then we'll be prepared to meet Christ (our husband) when he comes
for his church (bride).
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her
holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain
or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
1 Thessalonians 5
Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write
to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come
like a thief in the night.
While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction
will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman,
and they will not escape.
But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should
surprise you like a thief.
You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong
to the night or to the darkness.
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us
be alert and self-controlled.
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk,
get drunk at night.
But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting
on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation
as a helmet.
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may
live together with him.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just
as in fact you are doing.
There were approximately 4,000 years from The Creation until Christ.
Add to this the 2,000 years since Christ's birth until now to
arrive at a total of approximately 6,000 years. Taking II Peter
3:8 into account, 6,000 years is the same as 6 days to the Lord.
The 7th day is the Lord's sabbath or day of rest. Revelation 20:4
states that those who were martyred for "their testimony
for Jesus and because of the Word of God" will reign with
Jesus for 1,000 years ( presumed to be the 7th day).
II Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord
a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the
sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.
Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
I Corinthians 15:51-52
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 trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of
their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They
had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received
his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life
and reigned with Christ a thousand years.