Rapture-Return

THE RAPTURE, END TIMES,
AND THE RETURN OF CHRIST

Synopsis

“Believers will be caught up into
the air, reunited with Jesus and
Believers who have gone on to
Heaven. This will happen before the
Return of Jesus Christ. There will be
a period in which God will release
His Holy judgment and wrath upon
the Earth and it’s occupants. Jesus will
physically return to the Earth in the same
manner He left. He will wage war against
all unrighteousness.”

The word “rapture” is not used in the Bible. The word refers to the event wherein those who have died “in-Christ” will be resurrected and return with Jesus to meet those “in-Christ” who remain alive on Earth. This reunion will take place in the air. The Bible uses phrases of being “caught up” or “gathered” which commonly become known as the Rapture. (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-53). The timing to this rapture is not definitively stated but points to the time immediately prior to a seven year Tribulation period or midway through the period. Strong arguments can be made for each viewpoint. The main issue is whether it happens and to whom rather than the when.
There will be a period of time known as the “tribulation” or “end times”. Most people understand this to be a seven year period beginning with the confirmation of a treaty by the Antichrist (or Man of Lawlessness) to protect Israel from surrounding countries. The yet-future timing of this event cannot be known or predicted. The Bible says it will come upon us “like a thief in the night”—so be ready.
During this period many things will happen, but the primary thing to know is God will release His Judgments and His Holy Wrath upon the Earth and it’s remaining occupants. Our primary text for this is the The Revelation to John of Jesus Christ (Chapters 4-19)(commonly referred to as Revelation).
Secondly, Jesus will return to Earth towards the end of this tribulation period (Rev 19:11-16). (The Rapture is not the Return, they are two distinct events.) He will usher in the Kingdom Age aka 1000 Year Millennial Reign.