- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:46
Clear, literal teaching of the Word of God is convincing on this subject. The rapture, meaning "snatched away," is taught clearly in the New Testament. The Lord Jesus mentioned it in John 14:1-3. In 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, Paul teaches that the dead in Christ will be raised with incorruptible bodies and the living (mortal) will put on immortality and be caught up together (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).
Seven terrible years, when God's wrath will be poured out upon the earth (Matthew 24:21), follow the rapture. This concludes when the Lord descends to earth in power and great glory (Revelation 19:11- 21). He will banish Satan to the bottomless pit for a thousand years (Revelation 20:2). This millennial reign of Christ on earth is described in the Old Testament (Isaiah 11; Jeremiah 31:31; 40; Ezekiel 40-48; Zechariah 8-14). In Revelation 20:4-7, the 1000 years are mentioned six times. After the 1000 years, God will create the New Heaven and the New Earth (2 Peter 3:10-13) for His eternal kingdom.