The Rapture or the Rupture? (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
1 Thessalonians 4:13 - Now we do not want you to be in ignorance, brothers and sisters, concerning those who fall asleep, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too should we believe that God will fetch with Jesus those who will have fallen asleep believing in him. 15. The above then we say to you as a message of the Lord, namely, that we who are alive—who survive until the coming of the Lord—will by no means precede those who will have fallen asleep, 16. because the Lord himself, with a cry of command, that is, with an archangel’s shout and a blast of God’s trumpet, will come down from heaven. And so the dead in Christ will have risen beforehand, 17. then we who are alive—who survive—will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will be with the Lord forever. 18. Therefore, console one another with these words. Earl J. Richard, First and Second Thessalonians, vol. 11 of Sacra Pagina. Accordance electronic ed. (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2007), 224.?
This passage is not about a secret "rapture" - rather it is about a rupture of heaven into earth!
HOPE IS POSSIBLE
HOPE MAY GRIEVE
HOPE DOES COMFORT
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more