THE POST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE (PART 1)
I.WHEN WILL THE RAPTURE OCCUR?
A.This is a big question that has been debated for the better part of the last 100 years is, and oneI hope to answer in this teaching.1.For many, the answer to this question is a foregone conclusion. Typically ones viewdiffers based on what stream of the body of Christ they grew up in.2.I grew up in Calvary Chapel so my view was shaped by the pre-tribulation perspective. In fact, so much so, that it even affected the way I interpreted my dreamlife. One night I had a dream that I was in the midst of the great tribulation leadingsomeone to Christ as chaos was happening all around. When I awoke I was terrified because I thought, “Oh no, I must fall away from the Lord in the future, and therefoream left behind!”
II.WHAT IS THE RAPTURE?
What is the rapture? –
The rapture describes what happens to the saints worldwide whenJesus appears in the sky at His Second Coming.
the Lord will descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with thetrumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be
together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air… (1 Thess.4:16-17)
1.Greek – The Greek words for “caught up” are “arpazw harpazo” (Strong’s 726). Thismeans, “to seize, catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force), gathered.”2.Latin – In Latin the term “caught up” is translated “Rapio.” It is from “Rapio” that weget the word “Rapture.”3.Meeting Jesus in the sky –
Paul understood that being
meant to meetJesus
“in the air.”
The “Parousia” of Christ –
The Greek word “Parousia” is the most popular word used todescribe Jesus’ Second Coming.1.This idea of being caught up to meet Jesus in the air, from a post-tribulation perspective, has been questioned as illogical since Jesus is returning to the earth after the tribulation.
THE POST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE
– BENJAMIN NOLOT
IHOP Mission Base