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.