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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rapture Resolved by Resurrection

Rapture When? The Simple Truth (2)
The Apostle Paul preached a POST-tribulation "gathering" (aka "rapture"). 
.... 1 Thess 4:16-18 says the dead are raised FIRST.
The important question is: WHEN are the dead raised? 

THAT is the key to the timing of the "rapture", the gathering of  both the righteous living and the righteous dead in Christ. 

Paul wrote of the timing in 1 Cor 15:51-52 in detail regarding the Resurrection. "Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will ALL be changed, 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."   ALL are "changed" on the same day.

Jesus spoke of the timing of the "rapture" that is, resurrection four times in John 6 when He clearly said that He will raise ALL who have believed on Him on the last day. (John 6:39,40,44,54). 

ALL "raised" < aka, "changed" > on the same day. There is only ONE resurrection of the righteous. And He said He will gather His elect (which is the church all throughout the New Testament) AFTER the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31) .

The last trumpet is sounded on the last day, and Jesus said was after the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31). Both Paul and Jesus agree on the timing and it is not pre-tribulation, but POST.

Once you see the order and time of the last day resurrection-change, and leave them in their given chronology without manipulating them with "pre-trib" explanations and reasoning, all the other questions and arguments are answered. Trumpets, harpazo, clouds, elect, etc., ALL fall into place where God puts them in scripture. Simple

If you need an additional evidence pertaining to the "first resurrection", you will find it in Revelation 20:4-6.
Who is in the "first resurrection" after the tribulation?

Here is the simple truth:

Rev. 20:4   And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:
 === > and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus
and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand;
and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 …….. This is the first resurrection.
The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished.
6)   Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection
over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The first resurrection  of  “them that are fallen asleep” that is near simultaneous with the "harpazo" of 1Thess. 4 and 1Cor. 15  is in Rev 20 and includes the martyred tribulation saints!

That's right, there is only ONE "first resurrection" of those "in Christ" and it includes them that refuse the mark during the tribulation. All are "raptured" together in the "first resurrection.
Therefore there simply cannot be a "pre- or mid trib rapture" because all living and dead in Christ are gathered  at the same time, "in a moment, and in the twinkling of an eye..".

And that is the simple truth.


  1. Rory, it continues to amaze me that no matter how much scripture we quote proving that there will be no rapture, there are still millions out there who would rather believe in the fantasy that they will be "raptured" out of here. The Rapture is a doctrine that "tickles men's ears".

  2. Amen!!! Much easier to understand than dispensationalism!!!

  3. I got into a major debate with the pastor of my church and other ministers over this issue. If they could have ran me out of the church they surely would have. This is something that I've studied over the past couple of years and I found it heartbreaking that I was led astray for so long. We truly need to study the word for ourselves and not fall for everything. Since I made my stance I've been kind of an outcast amongst the ministerial team but I know what I know and they know as well. They attempted to use the verses that are commonly used to promote tithing and I was able to shoot them all down with the use of the Word of God. We have to get people out of this modern day bondage that has been placed on them but the clever wording of prosperity preachers.