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Taken on Winchester Road NW Huntsville AL (2013)
Taken on Winchester Road NW Huntsville AL (2013)

The sudden removal of the church (believers in Christ) from the earth to be with the Lord.


Rapturo (Latin) “caught up”


I Thessalonians 4:17“

“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 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.”

Motif: AIR

Text Support

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) 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“(I Corinthians 15:51-52).

Spirit (7307) of God moved upon the face of the waters; breathed (5301) into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (5315). (Genesis: 1:2; 2:7)

“God is a Spirit (4151): and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24) .

7307 Ruwach: wind
5301Naphach: to puff (literally) to inflate
5315 Nephesh: a breathing creature
4151Pneuma: a current of air, breath (blast) or breeze
Numerical code from Key Word Hebrew-Study Bible, Zodhiates (2008)

Purpose of Rapture Scriptures:

Source of Comfort throughout the church ages: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. In addition to being a source of comfort, scripture is to be applied in order to become perfected (complete/mature) fruit bearing entities in spiritual development.



Historical Ascents to Glory (3rd Heaven).


There are three accounts in scripture wherein an individual who is yet alive is taken by God to Heaven.



1. Jesus

“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9).

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5). At the conclusion of the first half of the tribulation It is believed that Elijah and Enoch are the two witnesses, from the Greek, martus; meaning martyr) are prophets that are slain in Revelation 11. Scriptural text support s this in Malachi. “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD” (Malachi 4:5).

2. Enoch

“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:24).

3. Elijah

“And it came to pass, as they still went on , and talked , that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven” (II Kings 2:11).

During the Great Tribulation, God uses the uniqueness of the two prophets, thought to be Elijah and Enoch, to cause many to repent; Elijah and Enoch both were translated without seeing death (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11). Some speculate that Moses was one of the witnesses however Moses saw death. His body became a point of contention from Satan directed towards Michael the archangel (Jude 1:9), the bodies of Elijah and Enoch were never found because God had taken them.

Will the Rapture occur before or after the Tribulation?

The Tribulation (page 282) is the seven year period immediately preceding the second coming of Jesus Christ: a time of unparallelled suffering as expressed in bulk of Revelation (Chapter 6-19).

Pre-Tribulation view states that the Rapture shall occur before the Tribulation. However some believe in the Rapture occurring Post-Tribulation and that the Second Coming of Christ and the Rapture occur simultaneously. This is not the doctrine of the Church of God in Christ.


1. It is certain that Christ will return
2. The resurrection of those who died in Christ.
3. There will be a transfer of living beings into immortal bodies
4. There will be a reunion of loved ones who died in Christ.
5. The doctrine of the Rapture is a source of comfort to those suffering upon the Earth.


Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: Rapture pg. 278
Study Guide for Charles Stanley, Handbook for Christian Living: Rapture pg. 278


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