What about the rapture?



I have often been confronted by this question when I teach the end times as being the last  days of the Old Covenant: What about the rapture, being taken up in the air?

Let me say this. 

Did you know whenever Paul mentions “in the air” he does not mean in mid-air but that “the spiritual realm”?

Ephesians 2:2
2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

The air was the realm of Satan. It was where you were spiritually. So when Paul says:

1 Thessalonians 4:17
17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

It means you are transferred from the kingdom of darkness into his kingdom of marvelous light.

You were transformed from Sinai to Zion. You were transformed from
“Worshipping in Jerusalem” to “worshipping in the spirit”. You no longer look toward the “old Jerusalem and it’s temple” for worship. You now look into yourself as the new temple and the New Jerusalem. 

You are transformed in the spiritual realm from Adam to Christ. You are moved from being a slave of sin to a slave of righteousness. 

You are transformed from Hagar to Sarah. You are transformed from the bride of the Law to the bride of Christ. 

Paul tells us when that was going to happen. 

2 Corinthians 3:15-18
15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

This transformation happened when the veil is taken away. It happen when we see the Spirit. 

What is this veil that is taken away? It is the Law of Moses. You know when that happened?

AD70. When the temple was destroyed. It was when the veil is fully lifted away. That was when you were transformed with a blink of an eye. 

That’s when your engagement to Jesus became a wedding. You are as he is in heaven.

Romans 16:20
20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

The key word to this promise is “soon”. Not 1000 years. Not 2000 years. But soon. 

Paul tells us that we will meet Jesus in the air in 1st Thessalonians 4. 

A quick overview of 1st Thessalonians. 

1 Thessalonians 1:10
and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

The wrath was already coming at the time when the book was written. 

1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. 

They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.

The wrath of God was coming upon them “at last”. This means it’s “around the corner”. It is however not directed towards the whole world but just the Jews who oppose the gospel from being taught to the Gentiles. Hence it could not have been directed to the whole world which makes up almost the whole world. 

1 Thessalonians 3:3-4
so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.

Paul tells the listeners to his letter who was addressed to that they were destined for this. Not our generation but theirs. 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4
The Day of the Lord
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

This tells us that the Thessalonians had at that time already know when the “thief in the night” was coming. There was no need for Paul to tell them when he was coming.

In others words, the whole letter tells us the events mentioned in the whole book was about to take place at that time. 

So I have a question. 

How can the following verses be interpreted to be events that have yet to happen until today?

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Jesus tells that in Luke that Satan fell like lightning. 

Luke 10:18
18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Do you know where your position is at this moment?

Ephesians 1:20
20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

Seated in the heavenly realms. So you see you already have met him in the air. The word “in the air” means the heavenly realms. In fact it was where Satan dwelled.

Ephesians 2:2
2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

So you see the prince of the air got kicked out when you met Jesus in the air and when you took your seat in the heavenly realms. 

That happened in AD70. That’s why Paul said in Romans 16 at the time he was writing it: He will SOON crush Satan under YOUR feet.

Since it has happened in AD70, He has crushed Satan under your feet. 

That’s who you are now. Seated with him. Forever. 

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3 thoughts on “What about the rapture?

  1. Hi Simon – I read with awe all your articles on the end time and it seems to answer questions that bothered me before – please can you direct me to your blog on what happens after we die and what will happen to this earth? I ask because I’ve been taught that we waiting for the rapture – so if there’s no rapture or second coming, what happens to us?

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