Christian Beliefs 101

Where Does The Rapture Occur In Revelation?

Where in the book of Revelation does the rapture occur?

The rapture of the church can be easily identified as to its location in the book of Revelation. It can be found in chapters 11-14. So now you know. Usually you have to read thru a great number of web articles, or watch a lot of YouTube videos, or buy several books to get your answer. The only problem that you may have at this point is identifying the exact moment when the rapture occurs. Well, you can’t.  And here is why.

The example of going to church on Sunday

To better understand why it is so difficult for most to find the event of the rapture in Revelation let’s use the example of going to church on Sunday. If I ask you what you did last Sunday you might say you went to Church. But was that event of going to church as simple as saying, I went to church? No, of course not. You had to get up, and get dressed and maybe you got your clothes ready the night before. Maybe you went and bought some new clothes for church. If you have kids maybe you got their clothes ready. Sunday arrives and you got up, got everybody ready. Maybe you read your Bible and prayed during all of that. Then you got all your stuff ready and started to drive to church. Maybe you stopped on the way to get some food, or coffee, or pump some gas. You arrived at the church parking lot and drove around looking for a parking spot, or you got in line to drop someone off. Then you parked your car, got out, talked to some fellow churchgoers, and made it inside. You looked or a place to sit, or you went to your usual location. You talked to all your friends, or you prayed or read your Bible. Then they started singing and you made your way back to your seat. You sang a bunch of songs, clapped your hands, hugged a few people and listened to some announcements. Then you may have heard a few short words about giving, after all God loves a cheerful giver. The collection plate was passed and you either knew what you were going to give or began thinking about how much you should give. Then after a few minutes a solo singer may have sung a special song and then the preacher came out and started talking. This went on for about an hour or three and then you hugged a few people, collected your things, and maybe family members, made your way to your car, loaded it up and left the church parking lot. Is this what you meant when you said last Sunday you went to church?

So when I asked you about what you did last Sunday and you said you went to church, your answer may actually have some similarity to the description I used above, right? There was a whole lot more involved than just going to church? Right?Well let’s look at the event of the rapture the same way we looked at your going to church. We are not going to be looking for one word, rapture, but all the things that are associated with it, the beginning, the middle, and the end. People look for that one magic phrase, “the rapture is happening now,” or something similar to that when trying to find where the rapture occurs in the book of Revelation, and it doesn’t exist.

Can’t see the rapture forest because the rapture trees are in the way

There are however, many, I repeat, many, references to events that involve the rapture. I call the failure of people to see these events not being able to see the rapture forest because the rapture trees are in the way. They are looking for a word, or a phrase, or they found a word, or phrase and interpreted it such that they no redistribute the other events in Revelation to fit their one phrase or one word understanding. If you can’t see the events of the book of Revelation unfolding in sequence then you are going to create your own version of the book of Revelation. In essence you are taking away or adding to the words of the book of Revelation, a prophecy, which is dangerous. Why is it dangerous. Well, adding to or taking away from the words of this book of prophecy is deadly.

18 For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any Amy adds to them God will add to them the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if any man takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life, and from the holy city that are written in this book. –Revelation 22:18-19 (GFS)

 

 

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Gregg F. Swift, J.D.