In March 2014, I released a dream on the ministry’s YouTube channel – “Message: Rapture Ready.”
In that dream, Christ showed me four things that one needs to have to be raptured. In other words, He revealed what the church of God must be like for His return. I’ve searched the scriptures and found that the things He clearly spoke of in the dream are biblically true. I desire to go in depth about this message but feel that in order to be ready for the Rapture, we need to understand what the Rapture actually is.
What is the Rapture?
In theology, the ‘Rapture’ is a term not only used to describe the event of the church being taking out of earth, but a joyous promise to it. Before His crucifixion, Jesus gave this assurance to His disciples:
In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3
Jesus was saying He was going to depart but one day return for them. When He returned for them, He would take them back to heaven with Him. Of course, His words gave indication that He’d come back within the disciples lifetime but Christian history tells that other than John, all the disciples were martyred. [Yes, Jesus has yet to return!]
If we read further down in John 17:24, Jesus prayed to the Father that those who He had given Him could be with Him and see His glory. Now we know that when the righteous die, their spirits pass into heaven and there they are with the Lord (even if He didn’t return yet). I’m not talking about that, nor am I referring to Revelations 19, when Christ comes with the armies of heaven to rule the nations with a rod of iron.
Jesus said He would come again and receive His people to Himself. This states something specifically different from those mentioned above, and it is revealed in the Epistles.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 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. 1 Thess. 4:16-17
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Cor. 15:51-52
These scriptures clearly indicate the church of Christ will be taken up and away from earth in a moment’s time. Modern Christians call this happening the Rapture.
Where Did We Get the Term ‘Rapture’?
Except, there is a huge discussion about it because the word “rapture” doesn’t appear in our Bibles. But the fact is, we get the term from the Latin word, ‘rapio‘, which means to “seize”, “snatch”, or “abduct” the spirit or body from one place to another.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:7, it says that those which remain [on earth] will be “caught up”. The term and word ‘rapture’ comes from this verse, as the Latin translation is ‘rapturo’. This word translates to ‘harpazo’ in Greek, which means “to snatch” or “take away”. Harpazo was the same word used for when the Spirit caught up Philip from Gaza and took him to Caesarea (see Acts 8:39), and is also used to describe when Paul was taken by the Spirit to the third heaven (see 2 Cor. 12:2-4).
So in a nutshell, the term ‘Rapture’ comes from Latin and Greek translations and definitions, and is used to describe the carrying away of the church from earth to heaven.
Intense Joy for the Rapture
The joyous concept is often marred in our day and age, though. The religious do a great job in taking this promise out of context. Some promote it as an evil, fearful thing, while others think it’s far too much of a mystical topic, and completely degrade it in the pulpit. Hence, we have a flock who shies away from it’s own Shepherd’s coming.
If we know Christ, why would the act of Him catching away His people be so frightening? Or, “weird”, for that matter?
I don’t think it’s a mistake that the actual definition of the word ‘rapture’ is, “a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.” It speaks so truly for this event’s reality – Christ is coming back to claim His bride! Why wouldn’t the bride be full of intense joy for the coming of her Groom?
Let me just say it now, we will not anticipate His return, much less consider it with pleasure if we are not in love with Him. This is the reason why so many churchgoers find fault with the Rapture – they do not share an intimate relationship with Christ. But Jesus yearns and will only come for a church who possesses complete devotion to Him. He’s not looking for a people who claim a religion, and make serving Him a dutiful routine, but is desiring a personal (love) relationship with His bride.
Remember, this is a marriage between Christ and His people. The love that Christ has for His bride is far beyond our world could ever dream of. He’s prepared a place for all those who love Him and joyously awaits for the moment in time when He will come back to gather up and whisk away those He’s so longed for. If we truly love Him, then we’ll no doubt look forward to His return and “love His appearing”.