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.
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.
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.
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.
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.