1 Thessalonians 4:17 says, “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
“Aliens have abducted them!” “No, it’s a scam; they’re in hiding somewhere.” These are some of the statements many in the world will make when they realise there has been a sudden disappearance of so many people. Many don’t understand the Rapture because it is a secret given by divine revelation.
The Apostle Paul, by the Spirit, got the revelation of the rapture of the Church and said, “Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed)” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 AMPC). That shows how fast the Rapture will happen; it will be so fast there would be no time for those who were not prepared.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we find an expression that is synonymous with the term, ‘Rapture‘; it is the phrase, ‘caught up‘ which is from the Greek word, ‘harpazo‘. ‘Harpazo‘ means to seize, catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take by force. At the Rapture, it makes no difference where you are, the power of God will snatch you (if you have received Jesus Christ) away from this world. Christians who had died will be resurrected, and together with them, we will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord. What a day that will be!
One might ask “When is this going to take place?” It is closer than ever; it is going to be anytime soon. Your responsibility is to be prepared by receiving Jesus Christ as Lord of your life and by living your life for Him, every day.
"How can/would I be Raptured?"
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).
At the Rapture, not everyone will hear the sound of the trumpet. It will be audible only to the Christians; those who died in Christ already and those alive at the time. Everybody else won’t hear it, because the sound of the trumpet would only be heard by faith. It is not something you are going to make an effort to hear, because as a Christian, you already live by faith. Everything about your life and your relationship with God is by faith; therefore, you’re going to hear it.
The Bible says, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found…” (Hebrews 11:5). He was raptured by faith. So, with your faith in Jesus Christ, you have nothing to worry about; trust that when the trumpet sounds, you’re going to hear it.
As read in 1 Corinthians 15:52, the sound of the trumpet will happen faster than the snap of your finger. In a twinkling of an eye, we are out of here, and suddenly, we are in heaven. Every Christian ought to go at the rapture. It therefore means that anyone who doesn’t make the ‘first flight‘ hasn’t been living for the Lord.
"I am Born-again, what must I do to stay prepared?"
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34).
As we each as individuals and collectively earnestly look forward to the Rapture of the Church, it is important that your focus be on the achievement of the ‘greater goal’. What is this greater goal? It is winning the unsaved to Christ.
Much later, when His disciples returned with the food, and Jesus wouldn’t eat. When they wondered why He didn’t want to eat, He replied, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about; the food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, and finish His work” (John 4:32-34).
This is the example He left us to follow. Doing God’s work was number one to Jesus. Nothing should be more important to you than ensuring the spread of the Gospel in your world and around the world. You must realize that your earthly job, business, education or other career are your opportunities and vehicles for transporting the Gospel.
When you commit your life to soul winning, you discover the satisfaction and fulfilment nothing else in life can give you. You declare like Jesus, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” Praise God!