Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
For further study – I Thessalonians 4:1-18
I could hardly wait to get to this chapter in 1 Thessalonians for our devotional time. The “hope” of my life and indeed the main prayer of my life is that the Rapture will happen in my lifetime.
I have traveled across this world telling people of the Rapture and then teaching the prophetic passages of His Word to help everyone that I have contacted to understand that today could well be the day of the Rapture.
We’ll look together at the description of how the Rapture will play out in a moment, but first just a word or two about Paul’s message to the people in Thessalonica who he had led to the Lord just three weeks before he wrote this letter to them.
Paul tells these new Christians, as well as us long-time Christians, that we will “abound” if we will walk with the purpose of “pleasing God”, verse 1. Paul then tells them, and us, what the will of God is for our lives, verses 3-12.

No longer do we have to say “I wish I knew the will of God for my life”. The best way to be in God’s will is to follow the instructions in these verses.
Now to the Rapture, actually the word “rapture” is not used in this passage, in fact the word rapture is not used in the entire Bible. Don’t be concerned about that, the word “trinity”, the term for God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is not used in the Bible. The truth of the matter is that the word “Bible” is not used in the Bible.
The word “rapture” comes from the Latin word for the phrase “caught up” in verse 17. The Latin word, “rapturo,” in verse 17, is how we get the word Rapture. I Corinthians 15 says, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” we will be caught up to be with the Lord.
Verse 14 says that only saved people go to be with the Lord at the Rapture. Verse 16 says that those Christians, which have already died, they will be the first ones to respond to the Lord’s shout, the sound of the trumpet and the voice of the archangel.
It is after the “dead in Christ” have been raised and start towards heaven that the rest of us Christians move from this earthly home to a heavenly home, never to leave the Lord’s presence, forever, verse 17.
This event, the Rapture, could happen at any moment and with the prophetic events recorded in God’s Word seemingly coming to pass, the Rapture could happen today. Even so come, Lord Jesus.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Lord, my hearts desire is for the Rapture to happen in my lifetime. Help me to live every day as if it would be today.

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