At Least 12 Raptures or Resurrections

With or Without Newly Clothed Spiritual Bodies*

 

After you study this, take the partial rapture poll.

* You need a newly clothed spiritual - resurrected - body in order to enter 3rd heaven since you cannot come before the throne at Rev. 7.9 to the High Priest naked. The Bible says nobody is in 3rd heaven yet. Therefore, before both the first rapture (Rev. 3.10, Luke 21.36) and the last trumpet resurrection and rapture (1 Thess. 4.15-17, 1 Cor. 15.23,50-52), those who have been raptured already who are awaiting newly clothed spiritual bodies have gone some place in the interim which is where the "companion firstfruits" are now, who were resurrected with Christ in Matt. 27.52. There is also Enoch and Elijah. They would not have newly clothed spiritual bodies, necessarily, since Enoch and Elijah have not yet died, for they shall return as the Two Witnesses.

It is not of God to think legalistically there is only one rapture or resurrection. God reveals to us at least 12 raptures and/or resurrections. We may know the specific reason for these various raptures. Believers in the last days must pay attention to 3 essentials: (1) eternal life, (2) rapture, and (3) reward. Thank God, He has already provided the first essential. He has chosen us before the foundation of the world that through the death of Christ we should receive eternal life. The other essentials are something required of us.

 

"Harpazo" (Rev. 12.5, Acts 8.39, 2 Cor. 12.2-4, 1 Thess. 4.17). Though we can't resurrect a soul or perform the rapture, we can clone people which is a type of resurrection. The smallest indivisible unit of time is 10-43 seconds which is even smaller than a "twinkling of an eye" (1 Cor. 15.52).

 

The various raptures and resurrections:

 

1) Enoch and Elijah (representing readied overcomers and first rapture) were raptured (Gen. 5.24, Heb. 11.5; 2 Kings 2.1,11).

 

2) Christ (Mark 16.19, Acts 1.9-11; in Rev. 12.5 Jesus firstfruits and overcomers).

 

3) Those out of the grave at Christ's death (companion firstfruits).

 

4) Lazarus raised from the dead, as well as, the 12 year old girl who was only asleep (Matt. 9.18-26) - we are only appointed once to die so then comes rapture.

 

5) First rapture (Rev. 3.10, Luke 21.36, Matt. 24.37,40-41,42) at Rev. 7.9 before the trumpets of the Tribulation (Rev. 8ff) - firstfruits before the first month of Tribulation signified by the two wave loaves (could signify the first rapture and the harvest rapture or the rapture of those who are saved among both the Jews and Gentiles) in Lev. 23 at Pentecost. These two wave points also can typify from the time of Pentecost to the first rapture based on readiness, watchfulness, patience and holiness in our manner of life. To understand this complexity, some points need to be addressed:

6) Philip the evangelist (Acts 8.39), who was raptured while at work (a type) away to Caesarea - reward is related to our work. Rapture and reward are interrelated, such as in the case of Philip. Paul was taken up in the spirit in a vision of Third Heaven (2 Cor. 12.2-4). John was taken up in the spirit to see the visions in the book of Revelation (4.1).

 

7) Many martyrs raptured separately and individually during Tribulation (many) like the Two Witnesses.

 

8) Two Witnesses (Enoch and Elijah) raptured at the end of the 42 months of the Great Tribulation or 1260+3.5 days (the Great Tribulation is the second half of the 7 Year Tribulation). The reason they are not rapture around mid-Trib as some think is because mention of them takes place in Revelation 11 which is the timing of the last trumpet or 3rd woe. Recall the 1st woe or 5th trumpet took place back in Rev. 9. The gleaning period of 30 days is to the 1290th day-this 30 days is for judgment by Christ when He is on earth with his sickle to divide the unsaved wheat (pretending to be saved) from the saved wheat in Matt. 13 & the good and bad nations as sheep from goats in Matt. 25.31-46.

 

9) The 7th trumpet resurrection and rapture (final harvest of the last week in Daniel 9) of the body of Christ which is pre-wrath at the start of the 19th month of the Great Tribulation (1 Thess. 4.15-17, 1 Cor. 15.23 and Rev. 14.14-16). The last trumpet or 3rd woe pours out the 7 bowls and lasts 24 months from the 19th to the 42nd month. Noah goes through the stormy sea to be raptured to dry land and represents those not martyred in the Tribulation.

 

10) Those raptured after the 7th trumpet resurrection from the 19th month to the 24th month of Great Tribulation are gleaned like in any field (various fragmentary raptures).**

 

11) After the Last Revolt at the end of millennial kingdom, there is the resurrection and rapture of the unsaved from the bad side of Hades (where the rich man is) to be judged and cast into hell.

 

12) After the unsaved are cast into hell at the end of the millennium, rapture of the saved takes place from the good side of Hades (Abraham's bosom, sometimes called paradise below) for those who died in the 1000 years or who have not yet be resurrected or raptured.

 

It is very special to note that anyone who is resurrected is also to be raptured, but not all those who are raptured were resurrected, since they did not die. Rev. 20.4 refers to the first resurrection overcomers who receive the reward of reigning during the millennial kingdom.

** Those gleaned may be martyred or remain alive. If they die, they would be resurrected and raptured individually three and a half days days after going to rest in Hades like the Two Witnesses. This can also occur and extend to the time after Christ's appearance as Christ administers judgment (Matt. 25.31ff) from the 1260th day (end of the 42nd month from the starting point of the first woe of Rev. 9.1) to the 1290th day, and definitely no latter than before Israel receives glory at the 1335th day from the commencement of the Great Tribulation (Rev. 9.1 or 5th trumpet). If any are not raptured from the 1260th to the 1290th day, even to the 1335th day, then they would be raptured after the Last Revolt at the end of the millennial kingdom at Great White Throne. Proof of this gleaning is shown when after the 42nd month (equaling 1260 days), there is still more rapturing going on, e.g. The Two Witnesses three and a half days after the 1260th day.

Of course, whether taken or left, all the men and women spoken of in Matthew 24.40-41 are saved—so that the ones left cannot be viewed as being unsaved because of the following reasons:

(1) “Watch therefore” (v.42). The word “therefore” connects with the preceding verses 40 and 41. Since you are saved and have life, you are expected to watch. Those who lack the Lord’s life cannot watch. The determining factor in rapture is not a being saved or unsaved but is a case of one’s works after regeneration. To say that all the regenerated will be raptured together is a serious mistake.

(2) “Your Lord cometh” (v.42). The unsaved do not have the relationship of servant and master with the Lord. Man may misuse this word, but the Lord never will. The unsaved person may consider himself to be a servant of the Lord, but the Lord will not carelessly use such a term as “your Lord” here.

(3) “The thief was coming” (v.43). If a thief comes to steal apples, he will take the ripe ones and leave the unripened ones behind. Thus it is not a difference in kind but one of degree.

(4) The five foolish in the parable of the virgins told of in chapter 25 are not false virgins. They are real, except that they are not wise as are the five wise virgins. The wise ones spare no effort to carry oil in the vessels whereas the foolish are too lazy to make such a provision. Nevertheless, both the wise and the foolish are virgins, and they all go forth to meet the bridegroom.

(5) Judging from typology, those who are left can be the saved as well as those who are taken. Both Enoch (who was raptured) and Noah (who entered the ark) were saved. Yet both Abraham (the intercessor) and Lot (who passed through tribulation) were saved too. But Elijah (the taken) and Elisha (the left) were saved. The disciples whom the Lord in His ascension left behind were all saved ones. Both Philip (the one taken away) and the eunuch (the one left behind) were saved.
 

Watchman Nee writes on pages 154-155, KKH (also see collateral references on Rev. 14 and Leviticus 23, pp. 151-153):

 

Two passages of Scripture mention the conditions for [first] rapture directly:

(1) Revelation 3.10 “Because thou didst keep the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of trial, that hour which is to come upon the whole world, to try them that dwell upon the earth”—It says “the word of my [i.e., the Lord’s] patience” and not “my word of patience”: today in this age people curse the Lord, yet the Lord does not strike them to death with lightning (in the millennial kingdom, however, such conduct will not be tolerated). Christians stand with the Lord on the same ground and refuse glory from men because the Lord is now rejected and has not received glory yet.

(2) Luke 21.36 “But watch ye at every season, making supplication, that ye may prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man”—“that ye may prevail”: We need to watch at all seasons, not just be watchful for five minutes. We should not go to sleep [such as those in Matt. 13.25 who slept which allowed the unsaved tares to to deceive those in their midst. Christ must treat those who slept according to Matt. 9.24,25, refusing them the first rapture and rewards of reigning for not discerning in their spirit and abiding in Christ], but instead discern the light of the Lord and the darkness of the world. And always praying that we may be counted worthy to be in the first rapture. If we do not resist the blessing of the world we cannot escape the woe of the Great Tribulation.

 

Troy Brooks