This single event, Christ’s appearance, is the hope and focus for countless millions; some alive, many already dead. It is core to the gospel and a central pivot point from which the future of humanity rests. Yet for many that future, and perhaps even that gospel, is cloaked in mystery. That is not by accident. In order to see it one must align with Christ and give way to the Holy Spirit. In that light, let’s see what Paul describes as the hope of our glory and when that will occur.
14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
(1 Thessalonians 4:14-17)
See an analysis of the Fifty Arguments for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, assembled by John F. Walvoord in his book The Rapture Question.
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