The “Rapture”: Timing and Purpose

I. Is the Rapture different than the Second Coming? How?
1. Compare John 14:1-3 and Rev. 19:11-15.
2. Compare Matthew 24:29-30 and 24:36-39.

II. Will the Church be raptured before the Tribulation?
1. 1 Thess. 5:9-10 (salvation and wrath)
2. 2 Thess. 2:1-8 (departure and removal)
3. Matthew 24:36-44 (surprise and evacuation)

III. What will happen in heaven following the Rapture (and before the start of the Millennium)?
1. Revelation 4: Bema (elders and crowns)-at start of the Tribulation
2. Revelation 19: Marriage Supper of the Lamb-at end of the Tribulation

IV. Jewish Wedding Model
1. Betrothal contract (Christ’s first coming).
2. Groom gets things ready for his bride (Church age).
3. Groom comes for his bride (Rapture).
4. Marriage ceremony (Judgment Seat of Christ).
5. Seven-day feast (“Day of the Lord” on Earth/“Day of Christ” in Heaven).
6. Bride and groom join the feasting (Marriage Supper of the Lamb).
7. Bride and groom go to their home (Christ’s second coming).

Author: James Buddy Smith
Ark of Hope
Jasper, Georgia