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#3.8 RAPTURE AFTER THE SEVENTH TRUMPET JUDGMENT
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601 || ἀποκαλύπτω || apokalupto || to reveal.
602 || ἀποκάλυψις || apokalupsis || revelation.
2347 || θλῖψις || thlipsis || tribulation.
3952 || παρουσία || parousia || coming.
One of the false teachings of the pre-tribulation rapture teachers is that no prophesied event stands between us now and the rapture. So what is the significance of the seventh trumpet judgment? Simply this, the seventh trumpet judgment is preceded by six other trumpet judgments, and as the trumpet judgments all come as part of the seventh seal, then there are at least six seals and six trumpet judgments which are prophesied in Revelation, which must happen before the rapture. This bible study gives scriptural proof that the rapture occurs after the seventh trumpet judgment.
|Greek - 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 - English|
|ἰδού, μυστήριον ὑμῖν λέγω πάντες μὲν οὐ κοιμηθησόμεθα πάντες δὲ ἀλλαγησόμεθα||51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,|
|ἐν ἀτόμῳ ἐν ῥιπῇ ὀφθαλμοῦ ἐν τῇ ἐσχάτῃ σάλπιγγι σαλπίσει γάρ καὶ οἱ νεκροὶ ἐγερθήσονται ἄφθαρτοι καὶ ἡμεῖς ἀλλαγησόμεθα||52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.|
5 And the angel who I saw standing upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6 And swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that are in it, and the earth, and the things that are in it, and the sea, and the things which are in it, that there should be time no longer:
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets.
REVELATION 11:15, 18
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
18 And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and those who fear your name, small and great; and should destroy those who destroy the earth.
(Revelation 8:1-2) "And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
And I saw the seven angels who stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets."
The last of these seven trumpet judgments is "the last trumpet:" (1 Corinthians 15:52), when "the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." John calls it, "the time of the dead that they should be judged," (Revelation 11:18), but this cannot refer to the "great white throne" judgment of the unrighteous (Revelation 20:11-13) because this does not take place until a thousand years after Jesus comes (Revelation 20:5). This is obviously referring to the judgment which has to be made for who takes part in "the first resurrection" of the righteous dead, which takes place at the rapture. How are they judged? Jesus said:
(John 12:48) "He who rejects me, and does not receive my words, has that which judges him; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day."
So whether a person was obedient to the words of Jesus or not will be the basis of whether they take part in the first resurrection or are left to face the white throne judgment (Revelation 20:11). Then there will be another judgment for those who are resurrected.
(Revelation 11:18) "that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and those who fear your name, small and great;"
When does Jesus give these rewards? When he comes:
(Revelation 22:12) "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."
It all proves that the rapture occurs at the end of the trumpet judgments. As these trumpet judgments occur just before Jesus returns, it shows that the rapture occurs at Jesus' only coming, which is after the tribulation (Matthew 24:29-31). Other evidence confirms this timing:
(Revelation 10:7) "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets."
What "mystery" of God will be finished at the sound of the seventh trumpet? It must at least include the one Paul talked about when he said:
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52) "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
This is the rapture, and confirms that it happens at the seventh trumpet judgment. Here is more evidence:
(Revelation 11:15) "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
When do the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of Christ? After the seventh trumpet, at the start of the millennium, showing that the rapture takes place just before the start of the millennium, on "the last day", at Jesus' second coming, after the tribulation (Matthew 24:29-31). This bible study has given plenty of scriptural evidence that the rapture occurs after seventh trumpet judgment.
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