The term “rapture” is derived from the Latin “rapio,” which refers to the two words “caught up” in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
Although the word “rapture” doesn’t appear in the Bible, the idea of the church being raptured is undoubtedly present.
In the bible verses about the rapture, 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 says, the dead are raised first, and then those still alive are taken into the air to be with the Lord Jesus.
Bible Verses About the Rapture
We can all recognize several indications that foreshadow the end of the world. Phenomena like earthquakes and plagues, conflicts and wars between nations, and persecution of Christians indicate that the Rapture is about to occur.
This demonstrates the utmost confidence in Jesus Christ’s return to the earth in the end days (Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11–16).
The Bible is the most reliable source of information regarding the Rapture. You can read and contemplate the Bible verses we’ve gathered about the Rapture.
Matthew 24:31 (ESV) – The Angels Will Be Sent Out With A Loud Trumpet Call
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.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 (ESV) -Do Not Be Deceived
Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
1 Thessalonians 4:17 (ESV) – We Will Be Called Up To Meet The Lord In The Clouds
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.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 (ESV) -The Dead In Christ Will Rise
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.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 (ESV) – Rapture Will Be Unpredictable
For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
Matthew 24:42 (ESV) -No One Can Predict The Coming Of The Lord
Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 (ESV) – Be in Christ so you will be Saved
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (ESV) – Keep your heart, body, and soul blameless
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 24:36 (ESV) – Only The Father knows The Hour when Christ will come again
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
Revelation 3:10 (ESV) – Keep God’s word in your heart
Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
Titus 2:13 (ESV)
Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
Revelation 13:7 (ESV)
Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation,
2 Peter 3:10 (ESV)
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
Hebrews 9:28 (ESV)
So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Colossians 3:4 (ESV)
When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
John 14:1-3 (ESV)
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
John 5:28-29 (ESV)
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Matthew 25:31-5 (ESV)
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, …
Matthew 24:27 (ESV)
For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Daniel 9:27 (ESV)
And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”
Revelation 22:12 (ESV)
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.
Revelation 7:14 (ESV)
I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Revelation 4:1 (ESV)
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
Revelation 1:1-20 (ESV)
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ..
2 Thessalonians 2:8 (ESV)
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 (ESV)
Who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
Revelation 1:7 (ESV)
Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 (ESV)
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (ESV)
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. 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.
1 Thessalonians 5:4 (ESV)
But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 (ESV)
For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
In conclusion, the Rapture will involve a quick physical change that will make us fit for eternity. We should all look forward to the beautiful event of the church’s Rapture.
Rapture ought to be a consoling, upbeat doctrine, and God wants to use this to “urge each of us to stay steadfast and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the ends of the earth.”
God’s redemptive plan is to restore what was lost since the time of Adam, notwithstanding the conflicts raging inside Christian communities.
The Rapture of Christians is intended to safeguard the church and restore the world for God’s purpose to succeed. God will pour out his wrath on the planet that resists his authority.