The Rapture , in Christianity , the eschatological concerned with the last things and Endtime belief that both living and dead believers will ascend into heaven to meet Jesus Christ at the Second Coming Parousia. The belief in the Rapture emerged from the anticipation that Jesus would return to redeem all members of the church. The term rapture , however, appears nowhere in the New Testament. Belief in the Rapture is often connected with a belief in the literal coming of the millennium , the 1,year rule of Jesus Christ after his return, as mentioned in chapter 20 of The Revelation to John also known as The Book of Revelation , although there are also amillennial interpretations of the belief that reject that notion. There is also a divide among pre-tribulationists, who believe that the Rapture will occur before a period of tribulation on earth mentioned in Daniel and Matthew and preceding the End, and post-tribulationists, those who believe that it will come after that period. Finally, dispensationalism, the notion that God periodically enters into a new covenant with his people, has had some influence on the belief, insofar as some believers in the Rapture consider themselves to be dispensationalists. Along with the epistles of Paul and the Revelation to John, apocalyptic literature and millennialist thinking have long maintained a hold on the Christian imagination, even when they have been variously interpreted or—in the case of millennialism —even rejected by some of the major figures in the history of Christian theology.
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We believe in the second coming of Christ. His return from heaven will be personal, visible and glorious, a blessed hope for which we should constantly watch and pray. Before He establishes His kingdom on earth, Jesus will come for His Church, an event commonly referred to as the "Rapture. Christians living at the time of this event will not die, but will be changed to be like Christ. After the Rapture of the Church, Christians will be brought before the judgment seat of Christ. He will reward them on the basis of the works they have accomplished.
Last May, one of the more highly publicized predictions in recent memory came from radio host Harold Camping, who gained national notoriety by warning that Judgment Day would arrive on May Meanwhile, other doomsday predictors have had their eyes on for several years now; some say the Mayan calendar places the end of the world on Dec. But amidst all the hype and pop culture hoopla, what does the Bible actually say about the end times? Eschatology is a popular but notoriously difficult area of Christian theology. There are nearly as many theories on how to interpret the book of Revelation, for example, as there are books in the Left Behind series. One of the most contested elements of evangelical end times scholarship is the rapture — specifically when it will take place in relation to other eschatological events like the tribulation and the return of Christ to earth. The rapture is the doctrine that at the return of Christ, all believers will be caught up i. The bodies of dead believers will be resurrected, and all believers, living and dead, will be glorified. It is taught explicitly in 1 Thessalonians —17 and more or less implicitly in 1 Corinthians —55 and John Other passages, such as Matthew ; 2 Thessalonians ; and Revelation —16 are debated.
The end of the world will coincide with war and natural disasters, according to prophetic scripture in the Christian Bible. Before the end times and Second Coming of Jesus Christ, many Christians believe the Antichrist will arive to deceive the world during a seven-year period known as the Tribulation. Professor Tom Meyer, who memorised more than 20 books from the Bible, said: "The Rapture, which is the first event that kicks-off the beginning of the end, has no signs that precede it. Professor Meyer is a college teacher and author who can recite significant portions of the Bible from memory. During the Rapture, he said Jesus Christ will supposedly appear in the skies but he will not yet descend to the Earth.