The Bible Clearly States that 1 Cor. 15:51,52 is not about the Rapture

In 2 Peter 3:10, Peter tells us that at the second coming of Christ, the heavens will be destroyed:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up

Job 14:12 tells us that the dead will not rise again until the heavens are destroyed:

So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep

1 Cor. 15:51-54 tells us what happens when people rise up from being dead and the resurrection comes:

Behold, I shew 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 be changed.   For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  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.  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The pretrib doctrine attempts to tell us contrary to the Word of God that people will rise up from death and that a rapture happens prior to the heavens being destroyed.  That is contrary to the Word.

Jesus tells us that no man knows the day or the hour of when the heavens are destroyed… not a “rapture!”  Matt. 24:35,36:

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

The pretrib doctrine consistently tells us that no man knows the day or the hour of the rapture.  That is purposeful misrepresentation of the Word of God.  Jesus defines the unknown, and the unknown is when the heavens are destroyed that no man knows the day or the hour.  Peter informs us that this time of the heavens being destroyed is the second coming.

The idea of a multiple return of Christ such as the idea of a pretrib rapture is conjured out of thin air, and the concept does not exist in the Word of God.

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Understanding Harpazo. Is it the Rapture?

The Greek word harpazo is use used 13 times in the New Testament:

Matthew 11:12: “suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Matthew 13:19: “
the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.
John 6:15: “
they would come and take him by force, to make him
John 10:12: “and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the
John 10:28: “
they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them
John 10:29: “
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Acts 8:39: “
water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch
Acts 23:10: “
the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them,”
2 Corinthians 12:2: “
I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such a one caught up to the third
2 Corinthians 12:4: “
How that he was caught up into paradise,”
1 Thessalonians 4:17: “
we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in
Jude 1:23:
“save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating
Revelation 12:5: “
and her child was caught up unto God, and to his

metetheken is the Greek word used to describe Enoch being taken up / translated to heaven in Heb. 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God”

The word rapture was first used to describe the coming of Christ in the 1850’s when John Darby wrote his book, “The Secret Rapture.”  Prior to that the word ‘rapture’ was unknown for the purpose of the return of Christ.

The word ‘rapture’ isn’t in the Bible, however the Greek word that many claim is the word for ‘rapture’ is ‘harpazo.’   Harpazo has several different contexts and meanings as can be seen in the thirteen verses listed above.  Although there are many verses using the word harpazo, only one verse of these is given the modern ‘rapture’ meaning.  This claim is a result of John Darby’s writings in his book, “The Secret Rapture.”

I’m not stating that the doctrine of multiple returns of Christ wasn’t suggested prior to Darby.  What I’m stating is that the word ‘rapture’ wasn’t used to describe the return of Christ prior to John Darby coining it in the 1800’s.  Darby needed a word to separate the return of Christ into multiple returns.  As a result, he coined the word “rapture” to differentiate between the multiple returns. From that day a large percentage of the church is now awaiting the “rapture” rather than the “second coming.”

Did Darby conjure up another return?  If there is multiple returns then there also must be a separation between the descriptions of them.  There can only be one element of surprise…  “Like a thief…” or, “of that day, no man knows the day or the hour…” can only fall on the first return.  The first return would announce the second, especially if there were a set time frame, such as seven years, between them.   However, ALL of the elements of surprise fall on the second coming.   “of that day, no man knows the day or the hour…” Which day?  The one described in the previous verse (Matt. 24:35,36) where heaven and earth are destroyed.  Peter describes this event at the second coming in 2 Peter 3:10.  So no man knows the day or the hour of the second coming.   Jesus states that He is still coming as a thief… for the second coming… 2 Peter 3:10, Rev. 16:15.

The Bible indicates a Precise Timing for the Rapture

Jesus states in Rev. 22:12, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Paul states this as well in 2 Tim. 4:1. The significance of this statement regarding timing is the fact that Jesus tells us that at the time of His coming He simultaneously rewards, both the righteous and the wicked. So this give a clue to the puzzle. All a person has to do is discover at what point Jesus does precisely that…. Rewards. Rev. 11:18 tells us that at this point in time Jesus does exactly that, “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth” This event happens at the time of the seventh trumpet of Revelations…Rev. 11:15-19.
Although the Bible tells us that no man knows the day or the hour… Matt. 24:36 and that Jesus will come as a thief in the night…Matt. 24:42,43, 2 Thess. 5:2, 2 Peter 3:10, Rev. 16:15. The Scripture also gives a very big clue and tells us when. In 1 Cor. 15:51,52 Paul tells us that it is “at the last trumpet”
[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
Often this fact doesn’t fit several doctrines so those who believe those doctrines immediately dismiss this fact. As a result they conjure up ideas that there are several “last trumps” in the Word.  However, Rev. 10:7 and 1 Cor. 15:52 are the only two verses in Scripture that discuss the revealed mystery at the last trumpet. Take a look at Rev. 10:5-7
[5] And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven
[6] And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
[7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Now lets take the actual event of the last trumpet: Rev. 11
[15] And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
[16] And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
[17] Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
[18] And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
[19] And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail
Take a look at some of the list of happens at the last trumpet..
1) Time is no more…. Rev. 10:6
2) The kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of Christ… Rev. 11:15
3) Christ rules forevermore… Rev. 11:15
4) Not only does Christ have the power…. He uses it… He HAS reigned at this moment in time/7th trumpet! Rev. 11:17
5) God pours out His wrath on the dead… Rev.11:18
6) He rewards His people (see list)… Rev. 11:18
7) People can no longer destroy the earth… Rev. 11:18
8) The rapture…. at the last trumpet…. 1 Cor 15:52
9) The mystery of God is finished… Rev. 10:6
Notice that Christ rewards His people… Point number 6…. At this point the reward is given out
Rev. 22:12
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be
Rev. 22:12 implies that the reward is handed out at the time of His return.
Could the fact that God wrath is poured out on the dead mean anything different than putting them into an eternal Hell?
2 Tim. 4:1 states, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom”

Digging still deeper into the Word. Rev 10 tells us that John eats the scroll or little book that gives him a bitter stomach. Is this not the climax of the chapter? This brings about the result of God giving him another word to release to the people… Rev. 10:11
[11] And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings
John wrote the Book of Revelation in his 90s if he were relatively the same age as Jesus. Some say it was written in 92 Ad others 95 during his exile to the island of Patmos when he recorded it. It is believed that he was released and lived the remainder of his days in Ephesus where he completed the finished copies of Revelation and John.
So the question is when did he prophesy AGAIN. John isn’t known historically as a prophet. He is known as John the revelator because of the book of Revelations.
The obvious conclusion is that the seventh trumpet is the END of the first prophesy. The angel had declared that “time is no longer” at the last trumpet just prior to giving John the little book, You simply cannot have the big long list of accomplished events such as Christ ruling and reigning forevermore and then events in the next prophesy such as the antichrist reigning a couple of chapters later and think that the events are sequential. The fact is that the first prophesy is finished at the 7th trumpet, and John is about to prophesy again.
In Rev. 12 the second prophesy begins and it is sequential through chapter 16. Note the absence of any angel leading John through this passage. The absence would give opportunity for the presentation of the little book’s second prophesy. Chapter 17 and 18 are explanatory chapters of that prophesy where the angel returns to explain them.
There must be two prophesies, because that would be the only way for the angel to swear correctly, and for Christ to rule and reign forevermore. The the second prophesy is complementary of the first. Therefore the trumpets and the vials/bowls are one in the same. Note the announcement of the Rapture right before the 7the vial/bowl….
Rev. 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame
Here again we have doctrines that dismiss this verse or tell us it is misplaced, but is it? If the trumpets and the bowls are one in the same, this placement of this verse absolutely complements the fact that Jesus comes at the last (7th) trumpet