The Bible tells the How, When, and Where of the Rapture

The Bible tells us how, when, and where He will return, even the exact moment… just not the time and date.

THE HOW AND WHERE

The how is told in Acts 1:9-12 where the angels inform the disciples that He will return in “like manner” that He left.  He left from the Mount of Olives, to the clouds, to heaven.  If He returns in “like manner,” then the order is:  from heaven, to the clouds, to the Mount of Olives.  (1 Thess. 4:16-17, 2 Thess. 2:1, Matt. 24:29-31, Zech 14:4,5)

THE WHEN

Although the Bible tells us, “of that day, 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. 3:3-4,16:15.  Which “day” is it talking of in Matt. 24:36?  It is the day, just described of in the previous verse, the day in which heaven is destroyed… see Matt. 24:35.  2 Peter 3:10 gives us the same analysis:  ” But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away…”

ADDRESSING SPECULATION

The Word of God has simplicity.  It is matter of fact.  To find out the truth we need to keep to the facts.  When people start adding their speculations all sorts of winds of doctrines are conjured up.  Paul addresses this fact to Timothy in 2 Tim 2:23, “But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels” NAS.  There are serious quarrels concerning the events surrounding the return of Christ.  If the people of God were to take a stand against speculations, and choose to stand solely upon what the Word states, there would only be one view.  However, as it stands today, there are multiple views.  There is only one correct view.  All others are based upon speculations, assumptions and opinions.  Some of those views are very popular and are taught in Hollywood movies.

MORE ON THE WHEN

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 informs us that the reward is WITH Him.  Often when people travel from afar they bring gifts with them to be handed out at their arrival.  Therefore, the arrival and gift giving often happens at the same time.  However, the gift giving cannot happen prior to arrival, if the gifts come WITH the giver. Therefore, it is interesting to note that the Bible states at what time the gifts/rewards are given… Rev. 11:15-18

[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.

Take a look at some of the list of happens at the 7th trumpet..

1)  Time is no more…. Rev. 10:6,7

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… Rev. 11:18

7)  People can no longer destroy the earth… Rev. 11:18

8)  We are changed in a moment…. at the last trumpet…. 1 Cor 15:52

9)  The mystery of God is finished… Rev. 10:6,7

Notice that Christ rewards His people… Point number 6….  At this point the reward is given out

 

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.  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.

DIGGING DEEPER
Digging still deeper into the Word.  Rev 10 tells us that John eats the scroll or little book that gives him a bitter stomach.  As a result he is told that he will prophesy again.  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

Historians believe that John wrote the Book of Revelation in his 90s.  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 finalized 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 finalized events such as Christ ruling and reigning forevermore and then chronological 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 that shows finality, 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 as the first prophesy.  The absence would 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 in Rev. 10:6,7, and for Christ to rule and reign forevermore in Rev. 11:15-18.  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

This is the exact same message that was given the church of Sardis in Rev. 3:1-5.  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.

All of these verses pen point the same time.  1 Cor. 15:51,52, Rev. 11:18, Rev. 22:12, 2 Tim 4:1,2, Rev. 16:15.  It is all at the end of time.