Top 6 Bible Verses About The Rapture

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Here are six Bible verses about the rapture.

1 Thessalonians 4:15 “For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.”

Part of the reason the Apostle Paul was writing to the church at Thessalonica was to reassure them that those who have died in the faith won’t miss the kingdom because their bodies will rise and be joined with their spirits who are now with the Lord.  The dead will rise at the Lord’s appearance and not miss out on eternal life, and so Paul writes, I “do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thess 4:13). Those who have no hope, cannot hope for the resurrection unto eternal life.  Their hope is lost after death if they’ve never repented and trusted in Christ (Heb 9:27), but Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this” (John 11:25-26)? I hope you answered yes, you do believe.

Top 6 Bible Verses About The Rapture

1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

Daniel 12 mentions a resurrection of the dead where he writes that “there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever”  (Dan 12:1b-3).  Paul does tell us that the dead rise first so we know that there is order to it.

Matthew 24:36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

Jesus also said “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).  Both of these circumstances remind us that we don’t know when the day or hour of His return will be, so we are to be ready at all times.  We must examine ourselves, confess our sins, and be ready at all times for His appearance because it’s coming when no one will expect it; perhaps even us.  Jesus knows that the world can take its toll on us so He tells us to be “praying that you (and I) may have strength to escape all of these things.”

1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

This verse doesn’t appear to be talking about those who were dead or the resurrection of the dead that we read about in the Old and New Testament.  This is a special group.  They are those who are alive when Christ returns and we meet with Him in the clouds but not just the clouds of heaven.  Being caught up and brought into the clouds could mean the Shekinah glory clouds?  If we are caught up in the air, but then the New Jerusalem will be coming down from heaven, (Rev 21:1-2), are we to be caught up to the New Jerusalem only to come down again? I don’t really know. I do know that those of us who are alive at Christ’s return will be with Him forever. That’s more than enough for me.

1 Corinthians 15:52 “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”

Is this the same trumpet that Paul wrote about in 1st Thessalonians (1 Thess 4)?  It still gives the right order where Paul writes that “the dead will be raise imperishable” and then “we shall be changed.”  He does say “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” (1 Cor 15:51) and almost instantly.  By Paul’s reference “we shall not all sleep” means some of us will be alive when Christ returns.  Sleep is understood in the context of 1st Corinthians 15 to mean dead.

Matthew 24:30-31 “Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Either way, when Jesus returns, He will gather up those who are His own that are still alive at His return but we’ll not precede those who are raised first and presented to the Lord (1 Thess 4:15) because to be absent from the body is to be in the presence of the Lord (2 Cor 5:8).  This is all that matters to the believer, either dead or alive; to be in the presence of the Lord because any place where Jesus is at is heaven to me.


We all have differences of opinion on the rapture just like we do the tribulation and the time of the rapture or whether there’s a rapture at all but that doesn’t mean we divide over things that are not essential to our salvation and our commands from God.  Instead of focusing on the rapture, let us focus on Christ or we’ll sink like Peter did in the stormy seas because he took His eyes off Christ.  May we all be ready for His return at any given moment, or as the Apostle John wrote, “so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming” (1 John 2:28).

Something more to read about the rapture: What is the Rapture?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Jim Schmechel February 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Thank you pastor Jack. We as Christians, ought to help each other, to be ready for the rapture. You are doing your part, and I appreciate that greatly!


Robert February 18, 2016 at 11:13 am

I love the way you refocus our attention onto Jesus Christ. Then, no matter what happens, we are safe. God bless you brother.
Yours in Christ,


Jack Wellman February 18, 2016 at 11:47 am

Amen…I trust in Christ more than prophecy. Thanks brother. You got it! May God richly bless you my brother for your encouragement.


Ettienne May 4, 2020 at 10:41 pm

Pastor Jack, thank you for the words. Just one word of caution. Discovering and mining the Truth from God’s Word is Trusting in Christ. Jesus and His plan for the future are revealed in prophecy.
Studying the Bible with an open mind under the guidance of the One who inspired those who wrote is critically important. Although doctrine cannot save us, believing a false (non-biblical) teaching can lead us onto a dangerous paths Satan will use to deceive us in the End.
Eve added to the command God gave Adam, and Satan used it ti his advantage. Correct understanding of Prophecy also helps us understand our Savior better, because Jesus rebuked Satan by saying that He lived by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
God bless as you keep studying His Word.


Jack Wellman May 5, 2020 at 9:29 am

Hello Ettienne. An open mind can be dangerous as anything can be let in. We sleep with our doors locked at night,not open, so be cautious about trying to keep an open mind…it can be open to wicked spiritual demons. Prophecy is good to know but prophecy does not open our eyes to Christ…that’s what the Holy Spirit does.


Percival Ecleo March 4, 2016 at 6:59 pm

Yes there is a rapture but it was not explained here when it will take place. Is it pretrib, midtrib or postrib?


Jorge Mendez June 28, 2018 at 2:36 pm

The article on the rapture was true, however I found the New Jerusalem comment not actually correct. where those resurrected meet Christ in the air.
John sees a new Jerusalem coming down, but it’s after the 1000 years with Christ chapter 20. where it says about those resurrected first. The new Jerusalem does come down after the thousand years, this is “that war” when Satan is let loose once more for a little while. He attacks the New Jerusalem before God destroys them all.


Ramona Wolfe October 9, 2018 at 2:04 pm



Jack Wellman October 9, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Thank you for your kindness. This has been corrected. We appreciate your comment and help.


Skyler Compton November 21, 2018 at 11:16 pm

I still dont understand , how the rapture can happen with the dead rising before the end, in
The bible it doesnt teach that. .the bible is so clear in passages that, The dead rise on the LAST DAY. Thus it does not teach a pre trib rapture but after the tribulation … i could be wrong but that what i gather from scripture.


Ken S December 22, 2018 at 10:28 pm

I would only say be careful on the verses you use to represent the rapture. For instance Matthew 24:30-31 is not speaking of the rapture but is speaking of the 2nd coming. Two different events.

In Matthew it is when Jesus returns to reign for the thousand years. They will see him coming on a cloud. Some verses talk about a grand display of lightning and such on the 2nd coming. He also sends the angels out to gather the elect (The Jews who had to endure through the end times I believe this is).

In Revelations and other places when it speaks of the Rapture it happens in the twinkling of an eye. SO fast that you cant see it happen. It speaks of how people will be there and then one is there and the other is gone. It also has Jesus on the cloud and He reaps the good harvest. Jesus Himself will call us up. Not the angels.

The Bible would never say Jesus does it in one passage and the angels do it in another. So these are absolutely two different events.


Bongani lubisi February 10, 2019 at 12:33 pm

What is rapture
What is tribulation
What is 1000 millennium


Jack Wellman February 10, 2019 at 3:38 pm

The rapture is an end times concept of certain Christians, particularly within branches of North American evangelicalism, consisting of an end time event when all Christian believers who are alive will rise along with the resurrected dead believers into Heaven and join Christ.

The Great Tribulation is another endtimes event and is a period mentioned by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse as a sign that would occur in the time of the end. At Revelation 7:14, “the Great Tribulation” is used to indicate the period spoken of by Jesus. (see Matt 24 & 25).

The millennuim is a period of a thousand years, especially when calculated from the traditional date of the birth of Christ.


Havyarimana jeremie April 12, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Thank you sir but am little bit not agree with here so that you may help me this you showed here is like second coming of Christ not repture because after life will keep on and where trubiration will took place because tribulations will took place after repture and during tribulations saints will not be here and after Christ shall come where every eyes shall see and judgment took place


Jack Wellman April 12, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Hello friend. I am in agreement with you on this. This is for those who do believe in the Rapture, but either way, we know He is coming again. Thank you for your comment.


Rapture Prophecy January 19, 2020 at 4:42 pm

Greetings Jack, Revelation 3:10 is also a great Bible verse about the Rapture…

Revelation 3:10
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee (from- Greek, ek- out of) the (hour- Greek, hora- season) of (temptation- Greek, peirasmos- adversity or tribulation) which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.


Jack Wellman January 19, 2020 at 7:42 pm

Thank you for adding to our learning my friend.


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