The Rapture - Jesus' return

The "rapture doctrine" represented by some Christians is concerned with what happens to the Church at the time of Jesus' return - the "second coming," as it is usually called. The doctrine says that believers experience a kind of little ascension; that they will be "carried away," towards Christ, at some point in his return in glory. Essentially, the Raptor serves as a document a single passage:

1. Thessalonian 4,15-17:
"For this we say to you in a word of the Lord, that we who live and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not preempt those who have fallen asleep. For he himself, the Lord, when the command sounds, when the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God sound, come down from heaven, and first the dead who have died in Christ are resurrected. Then we who are alive and left will be caught up with them on the clouds in the air, towards the Lord; and so shall we be with the Lord always. "

The Rapture does seem to point to a man named John Nelson Darby returning to 1830. He divided the time of the second coming into two sections. First, before the affliction, Christ will come to his saints ("the Rapture"); after the affliction he would come with them, and only then did Darby see the actual second coming, the "second coming" of Christ in splendor and glory. The Raptors hold different views as to when the Rapture will occur with regard to the "Great Tribulation": before, during or after the tribulation (pre-, middle- and post-tribulationism). In addition, there is a minority opinion that only a select elite within the Christian church is raptured at the onset of distress.

How is the Grace Communion International (GCI / WKG) ready for the rapture?

If we 1. Looking at the Thessalonian 4,15-17, the apostle Paul only seems to say that when the "trumpet of God" is sounded, the dead who died in Christ will rise first and ascend together with the living believers "on the clouds in the air, towards the Lord ". That the whole church - or part of the church - before, during or after the distress to be raptured or transferred to another place, that is not the question.

Matthew 24,29-31 seems to speak of a similar event. In Matthew, Jesus says that the saints are gathered "immediately after the tribulation of that time". The resurrection, collection or, if you like, "Rapture" takes place summarily at Jesus' second coming. From these passages the distinctions which the representatives of the Rapture do meet are difficult to understand. For this reason, the church represents a factual interpretation of the above scripture and sees no special rapture. The verses in question simply say that the dead saints will be resurrected and reunite with those who are still alive when Jesus returns in glory.

The question of what will happen to the church before, during and after Jesus' return remains largely open in Scripture. On the other hand, we have certainty about what the Scriptures say clearly and dogmatically: Jesus will return in glory to judge the world. Those who have remained faithful to Him will rise again and live with Him in joy and glory forever.

by Paul Kroll


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