What Does the Rapture Look Like and How Does it Happen?

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Having a basic understanding of future events, such as the Rapture, helps me to walk securely today.  I understand the basic chronology of end times events, therefore I don't get tossed to and fro with every end times "prophecy" that comes across my path.

I am familiar with the end times Scriptures, and they are my filter to sift out the incorrect and even harmful words I hear from whomever makes the recent  headlines.  We must also filter specific teachings from well-meaning church leaders who have been more influenced by books about the End Times than the primary source Itself.

Beyond the timing I also enjoy learning what specific end times events will look like...how they will happen.  While we may not get all the details we desire, there is certainly enough in His Word to draw a basic picture of the Rapture.


Here are 3 Scriptural points to help draw a picture of the Rapture:

1. The dead believers will be raptured first and then the living saints...at the same event.

I Thessalonians 4:13-17

"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord."

Who will go up first? the living or the dead Christians?...the dead.  Do the living and the dead go at the same event?...yes, “caught up together with them”.

So, when the dead are raised the living are going to be raptured right after them, and when does Paul say both these things will happen here in I Thessalonians 4?...when Christ descends from heaven (He’s not descending to the earth, but to the mid-heaven...He descends and we go up and meet Him in the middle).

So this means that Daniel, along with all the other dead saints/Christians (if you’re reading this many years from now this will include me), will go up before those believers who are alive at that time.


2. Will He come like a thief in the night?

I Thessalonians 5:2

“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.”

This is the verse (and I mean verse...keep in mind that one gets in trouble when you use a verse and not a passage to base an idea on)...this is the verse where all the great movies and books get the idea of “The Thief in the Night”.

(excitedly and with warning) "He’s coming like a thief in the night.  We don’t know when He’s coming because He’s coming like a thief in the night."

They scare the believers and try to motivate them this way to live a holy life.  No, no, no.  Go to Titus 2 for a proper view on the motivation for holy living.

Titus 2:11-14

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds."

If you believe that Christ will come for you like a thief in the night then you have been deceived!  I hope you refuse to remain in that state...for the full understanding of the passage in I Thessalonians 5 and its accompanying myth buster click here.


3. Not all Christians will die...some will be alive to be "changed" at the Rapture.

I Corinthians 15:51,52

“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

We will not all die, but we will all be changed.  When?...at the last trumpet.  Is our being changed and the dead rising the same event?...yes.

As with other end times passages, some try to separate them to support their theories.  There is only one raising from the dead for all Christians and one Rapture for all living Christians.  This event happens in the twinkling of an eye.


It is difficult to include everything I would like on a website!  One way you can gain clarity to your questions is to send your questions to me and I'll address them via my regular presentations.

But in this limited space you can begin to get a general picture from the Scriptures as to what the Rapture will look like.

Overwhelmed by all the theories about the End Times?  Whose end times prophecy is right?

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