Revelation - The Rapture

The word "rapture" is not in the Bible. It comes from the Latin "rapere" meaning "caught up"

It is a term we use to describe the event, which is described in the following passages.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Y'shua (Jesus) died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Y'shua (Jesus) will G-d bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the L-rd, that we, which are alive and remain unto the coming of the L-rd shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the L-rd himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of G-d: and the dead in HaMashiach (Christ) shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the L-rd in the air: and so shall we ever be with the L-rd. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:51-53 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (KJV)

Notice both of these passages mention a trumpet sounding.

Who will be raptured? The church.

Remember "the church" consists of all believers in Y'shua, both Jewish and Gentile, from the start of the church on the day of Pentecost until the "rapture".

The rapture ends "the church age".

Matt 24:36-44 "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your L-rd doth come. But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." (KJV)

Notice this event is immediate, sudden, and could happen at any time. The dead believers will be raised from the dead and given their new glorified bodies. Then those believers that are alive will be transformed in an instant and transported to meet Y'shua in the clouds.

Very important note: We meet Y'shua in the clouds. Y'shua does NOT stand on the earth again until His second coming. We will discuss the second coming later in the book of Revelation.