Bible/Scripture/Doctrine Study Topic: Rapture - The Blessed Hope

From My Doctrinal Statement

Future Events - the Rapture of the Saints

I believe in the personal, bodily, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, and imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven, who will be met in the air by the following:
I believe that all saints/believers from the Lord Jesus Christ's Death until the event known as the "Rapture" are in Christ, (you either are in Christ or you are heading to the Lake of Fire!) all saints/believers from Christ's Death until the very last one who becomes saved will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air: The Dead in Christ shall rise first then the remaining alive saints will come up in the Rapture to ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:14 - 18)

Old Testament Saints: I believe all Old Testament Saints from Adam until after The Lord Jesus Christ's Resurrection (Matthew 27:52 - 53) xref with Ephesians 4:8. rose from the dead went to Heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ and they will accompanying the Lord Jesus Christ at His Coming (Jude 1:14) while the New Testament Saints/Body of Christ are and will be seated in the heavenly places in Jesus Christ.

The Intermediate State and Resurrection

I believe that the spirits of the saved (from the Death of the Lord Jesus Christ and afterward) at death go to be with the Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven. They will return with Him at the Rapture of the Saints and will be united with their resurrected bodies at that time.

I believe that the spirits of the lost at death go to Hell where they are in conscious suffering until the Great White Throne Judgment. At that time they will be united with their resurrected bodies, judged, and cast into the eternal Lake of Fire.

2 Corinthians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 4:14, Luke 16:19 - 31; Revelation 20:11 - 15)

The Saints AFTER the Rapture during the Time of Jacob's Trouble (Tribulation) who die/get martyred will be in the First Resurrection at the end of the Tribulation, right before the Lord Jesus Christ sets up His 1000 Year Kingdom

Revelation 20:4 - 6

The Rapture is a Pauline Doctrine, ONLY taught in Paul's Epistles; No where else in the Scriptures are the Rapture mentioned but many denominations like using verses relating to Israel or the Second Coming to try to fit the Rapture.

Pastor Ricky Kurth of Faith Bible Church in Steger, IL and the Berean Bible Society (Sermons & Studies On This Topic)

Copyright Jeff Hertzog.