The Rapture

What scripture reveals about it

After Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven from the Earth some 2,000 years ago (Acts 1:9), the Holy Spirit commenced His ministry (John 20:22; John 16:13-14) of gathering those who believe in Jesus into becoming members of His spiritual body here on the Earth (1 Cor 6:15; Rom 12:4-5; Matt 5:29-30).  Such people are those who are prepared to give up their lives and follow Him (Matt 10:39-40) in a similar manner as the 12 disciples of Jesus did (John 4:20-22) back then. 

The purpose of the Holy Spirit gathering individual members together is so that as “one man” (Eph 4:16) they can go out and spread the Gospel of the Kingdom in the power of God, while functioning in their respective role of being a member of Christ’s body – a hand, a foot, an eye, a nose, a mouth, etc. (1 Cor 12:14-20).

For a Christian to fulfil his or her respective role as a “particular member,” the person must be truly born again (John 3:1-8). All members have to be in unity together (Eph 4:16), and this can be evident by how much they genuinely love one another (John 13:34-35), and how they understand, agree on and can prove to others (2 Cor 13:5) the doctrines of scripture that God the Father has personally taught them (John 6:45).

With all this in mind, once the Antichrist has emerged on the world scene and the Wise Virgins who are alive on the Earth have been able to add up the number of his name (“666” – Rev 13:8), Christ will return in the clouds (1 Thes 4:16-17) to take His bodily members from the Earth (the “dead in Christ first, then we who are alive and remain – 1 Thes 4:16-17) so that Satan’s son (Antichrist) can no more afflict His ‘body.’

Jesus Christ coming back in the Rapture to receive the members of His spiritual body in the same manner as a Jewish bridegroom would receive His betrothed bride. The analogy of a bridegroom and his bride is symbolic of how pure and undefiled Christ is expecting the members of His ‘body’ to be – as pure as He is pure (1 John 3:3). The true “bride of Christ” is the New Jerusalem that will one day descend from Heaven and be established on the New Earth (Rev 21:9-10) and is not the "bride" of the Rapture.

Therefore, the articles presented here aim to clarify many misconceptions about what ‘the body of Christ’ and the ‘bride of Christ’ represent, and how they relate to the Rapture.

The following articles relate to important issues related to the Rapture:

    1. Harlot Versus Virgin Christians
    2. Wise Versus Foolish Virgins
    3. The First Resurrection
    4. Qualifications for the Rapture
    5. False Prophecy of the 21st May 2011 Rapture

      God bless,

      Alan Manson

      The Bible's description of the Rapture