By Bob LeFevre | Jamestown
In reference to the Rapture: No man knows the day or the hour but the possibility of it occurring this year or next is extremely high.
Prophecy is history written in advance. Prophecy’s accuracy hinges upon the dependency of the one who made it. Bible prophecy is God’s description of future true events (Acts: 15:18). God’s word contains 10,385 predictions and each one has been or will be fulfilled in the minutest of details.
There are two stages or phases within the process of the second coming - the Rapture and the Revelation - and these are separated by a seven-year period.
The Rapture is the next occurrence on God’s calendar and is the literal, visible and bodily return of Christ in the heavenlies. He shall return as he left (Acts 1:9-11). One can easily know how he departed by studying Luke 24:39. He had a new resurrected body of flesh and bones, a body that could be seen, touched and fed.
There is a possibility the Rapture could take place this year around the time of the Feast of Trumpets Sept. 19. The Rapture could take place next season but this year seems a likely candidate with all the unrest in the world. This event ends the church age and ushers in the seven-year tribulation period. The Rapture of the church involves the resurrection of the Christian dead as well as the exit from earth of all believers living at that time. I feel the Lord is asking us to love our neighbor and forgive those who trespass against us. He is asking us to pray to the Lord daily and repent of our sins that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
When he returns in the heavenlies, all believers dead and living will also be taken bodily to meet him in the clouds. We shall be changed as this mortal body puts on immortality and is transformed to be like Jesus’ body (1 Corinthians 15:51-54; Psalm 17:15; 1 John 3:2). This happens in a moment, in “the twinkling of an eye.”
This event ends the church age and ushers in the tribulation period.
The Rapture of the church involves the resurrection of the Christian dead as well as the exit from earth of all believers living at that time (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).