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Rapture and Resurrection

written by Asher Intrater
February 27, 2011

Two supernatural events that are due to take place in the end times are the “Rapture” and the “Resurrection.” There are differences of opinion as to when the “Rapture” occurs; however, everyone agrees that it happens immediately after the “Resurrection.” This is true of both the “Pre-Trib” and “Post-Trib” camps. The following verses show the connection of the timing of the Rapture with the Resurrection:

I Corinthians 15:52 – For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

I Thessalonians 4:15 – We who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.

I Thessalonians 4:16-17 – And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them…

“The dead in Christ will rise first.” If the Rapture occurs immediately after the Resurrection, it should be a fairly simple matter to determine the timing. Just find out when the Resurrection is, and then you will know when the Rapture is.

Let’s check the book of Revelation which speaks the most clearly of any book in the Bible about the Resurrection. Well, it’s not in chapter one, not in chapter two, not in three, not four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen… Ah here it is:

Revelation 20:5 – This is the first resurrection.

So apparently the Rapture takes place right after verse 5. This of course is right after the Devil is bound (verse 2), which is right after the Beast is destroyed (verse 19:20), which is right after Armageddon (verse 19:19), which is right after the Second Coming (verse 19:11).

If the Rapture takes place right after the Resurrection, which takes place after the Tribulation, how can anyone say that the Rapture is before the Tribulation? No, the Rapture takes place at the end of the Tribulation, along with the Resurrection at the time of the Second Coming. It is at the end of the book of Revelation, not at the beginning, not at the middle, but at the very end.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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