The Bible Tells the Exact Timing for the Rapture

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.  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?

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 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.

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  1. I have read and read and re-read and still come to the conclusion there is a place of safety but no left behind rapture and people failed to mention that the world or heavens and earth shall pass away and all the works therein shall be burned up then how can anyone still be left in that environment and it states that when Jesus comes back to be ready because you won’t and Jesus or the angels won’t know what hour god will send his son and brings his reward with him when he returns that’s why people say when judgement day comes and for the elects sake the days will be shortened or no flesh left alive because you couldn’t have the dead in Christ risen first and then those left alive changed in a twinkling of an eye if there was no flesh left alive now could we and it all takes place at the last trump while tribulation is happening !we face tribulation on a daily basis but we are protected from losing our sanctity through god’s grace by believing it doesn’t say we aren’t gonna go through trials and tribulations it says if we endure (hold to that which is good and not waiver or be swayed he will save us )he says don’t fear the one that can kill your body only but fear the one who can destroy both body and soul and cast it into hell which would be god and god saved Daniel and Paul and others while they were going through tribulation not before and also if there was a rapture wouldn’t Paul be disappointed it didn’t happen to him after having such hope ,I believe the Bible says we were sent strong delusion to deceive the whole world might be based on this same kind of debate and whether it is or isn’t there is scripture that says not to get caught up in debates that can cause a less informed believer to stumble , so have faith and be ready and hopefully you will be awake when he comes and not sidetracked by deceptive debates ,cause it won’t matter anymore when he gets here just be ready . Thanks for humoring my thoughts on the matter

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    1. Mike I really appreciate your comment. It shows that you are paying attention.
      Let me see if I understand correctly what you are stating…
      First you are stating that at the time of the second coming, the heaven and earth are destroyed to the point that no one could survive. That would be a valid point if the Scripture indeed stated that no one would survive. However, you will notice that at the point…after the 7th bowl/judgment there is a great hail storm in which man curses God.. see Rev. 16. My question to you is… who are those men… saved or unsaved?
      Second, it appears that you are considering that tribulation and wrath are one in the same. Scripture shows that tribulation is man made, and wrath is God made. It refers to tribulation and not God’s wrath when it talks about the days being shortened and no flesh left alive. The devil comes to kill steal and destroy… Not God. Tribulation comes through the hands of man… led by the devil.
      Third, Paul went daily to dispute in the temple… see Act. 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. What is the difference between debating and disputing? I dispute doctrines of man, just like Paul.

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