Scriptural Reference:
When to expect it:

Mark 13:32
"But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father."

Luke 12:40
"Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not."

What may happen:
The dead ~
1 Thessalonians 4:16
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:"

1 Corinthians 15:52
"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."

The living ~
1 Thessalonians 4:17
"Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

How to ensure Salvation:
Romans 10:9
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

For many the Rapture is both a great expectation and a debatable wonder. Some live their whole life rapped in the expectation that the Rapture will quickly whisk them away from the World and save them from trouble and hardship. While others take a more hard line view and work on the concept that this event will occur either during or just near the end of what has been termed the Great Tribulation. Yet there are sufficient entries in the Bible to tell us that the time and date of this event is shrouded in mystery (Mark 13:32). We are clearly told that the details are not common knowledge. But that we care expressly told to be ready at all times (Luke 12:40). The Master returns when we might not expect. Yet if we are diligent and ready, we will be actively working in the World in the service of our Lord and Saviour. To either ignore our spiritual calling or to focus on only the Rapture would be to do otherwise.

So who shall be taken hold of and released? The dead and the living are both mentioned. So we can expect that those who have died in the faith will be transfigured or reshaped as they are raised to meet Christ in 'the air' (1 Thessalonians 4:16). These are termed the first to be called. But the time between these and those who are alive is not mentioned. Perhaps we may see that it is as the words 'in a twinkling of the eye' suggests, the living will be raised so quickly that there would be no hint of a difference or perceptible time lag between the two events (1 Corinthians 15:52). Those that are alive when these things come to pass (1 Thessalonians 4:17) shall also meet the Lord. Not for a temporary moment. But for all of eternity. True, this concept of endless time has many confused and perplexed. Not really a place to go deeper in this short scriptural reflection. But one we may consider later.

So this event which has been called the rapture has also been somewhat divisive in the Church. Within the Post Modernist Church there has been a weakening of such Biblical topics as the Rapture. Even to the concept that there is no Hell or Judgement. That everyone gets to go to Heaven. Though in some Churches I have sat in, they even debunk the idea of Heaven. Citing a New Age concept that the original Jewish belief system has no structure of such a place. Which sadly has meant many now believe in just living a relatively good life and dying with a few relatively kind words quoted over the grave. With no concept or idea of release, forgiveness, redemption or a beautiful rest and peace found through our salvation.

For those who have grown up with the Bible as the Word of God and the Message of Grace and Hope, there is an understanding that we each must come to God on our knees. That it is only through the Grace afforded us through his Son Jesus the Christ that we may have assurance of our acceptance by God and entry into Heaven (Romans 10:9). It is not by living a so called 'good life'. Even Hitler was 'good' to those he favoured or loved. Why at the same time cruel and relentless to those he chose to hate. Such a wishful concept is Worldly and says more about the individual working their way into Heaven than by God accepting them through the Grace God has made available.

As a sort of visual metaphor, we could imagine a great wall in which a safe and beautiful garden is ready and available to any who wish to enter into. The only criteria is that they enter through a special gate. One where they must bow down very low to the ground and accept with humility the gift of the Garden and the spiritual place of the God or Gardener. While many will accept this and enter through the gate; there will be those who will try and dig their way in. Or perhaps climb over the wall to gain access. Yet others may try and break through the wall. Yet again, there would be those who would wander aimlessly around outside constantly denying that the wall or the garden exists at all. In each of these cases they would never enter in and by their choice lose out on the blessings and beauty of the gift.

So, in a nutshell, what I have been trying to express; the actual Rapture is not something we can or should focus on, as it will happen when it does. Not by our designs or by our so called cleaver calculation. The need to be right with God is the one and most important factor throughout the ongoing story. Good deeds are a dime a dozen and in the end add up to nothing if we reject the actual gift of God's Grace. What we do need to do is to be ready and alive in our faith. Talk about our God. Share the Bible story with everyone. Let people know where you stand in this story. Be a shining light of Gods gift of Grace to the World.


Lord, Let me be;
A light of your Grace,
A voice in the darkness,
A hand to the fallen,
A comfort to the sorrowful,
A strength to the weak,
A guide on the path.
That I may do your will,
In all things and at all times.