The Rapture has been a much-debated concept throughout Church history. What is it exactly? When does it happen? Who does it happen to? Why does it happen? Let’s look at the Scriptural evidence for the Rapture in its context and also see why there is a great deal of evidence to support the pre-Tribulation view.
We are to die to our old nature, to “the flesh,” and we are to live in Christ.
The Rapture is the “blessed hope” which Paul mentioned in Titus 2:13. The reason I find it important to defend the pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine is because of the fact that it has a purifying and motivating effect on our lives.
In a day when evil abounds and the hearts of men are failing them for fear, the Christian is drawn all the more to see a hope beyond anything this world or this temporal life can offer.
Looking at the New Testament Jewish wedding ceremony (like the wedding that Jesus participated in at Cana) can help us understand this Scriptural context for the Rapture.
One of the clear Biblical warnings about the Rapture is that it is imminent. It can happen at any time without warning. Therefore one must be prepared and ready for the Rapture before it occurs.
The Millennium refers to the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ over the earth from His physical throne at Jerusalem and the Church’s rule with Him as His Saints. Woven throughout Scripture are references to the Millennium, which immediately follows the Tribulation. Let’s look at some Scriptural details of the Millennium in the context of the events surrounding it.
Yet, one might well ask, why one thousand years? Why not immediately create the new heavens and the new earth mentioned in Revelation 21:1, and then have Jesus Christ and His saints rule on earth forever? One thousand years is a long time, but it is not forever.
There are also many Christians who think we should focus on practical teaching for Christian living and skip all the prophetic elements since “they don’t really apply to me,” and “it isn’t really relevant to my life and my practical spiritual needs.” But the Millennium IS practical to our daily lives.
I want to start out this article by stating I am well aware of the fact that defending the Bible as a full authority is an unpopular position today. However, the fact that it is so unpopular brings me to remember something that Jesus Himself said about the way which leads to life: He said that it is a narrow way, and that there are few who find it (see Matthew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:23-24).