The Rapture Kit

The Rapture Kit resource will help believers know what the Bible says about the Rapture and how to proactively warn and inform those who are not spiritually prepared for the return of the Lord.  Rapture Kits will serve as a valuable resource for those not taken in the Rapture. With the church gone (raptured) and prohibitions on Christian literature and programming coming, we are concerned that individuals not taken in the Rapture will not understand what has happened, know how to be saved, or be able to grow to become strong disciples and leaders for Christ. The Rapture Kit resource addresses those concerns.

A 50-minute video will explain what has happened, what is coming, and how to be saved. 9 eBooks, a 120-page digital binder, evangelistic tracts, a Bible and 12 teaching videos will help individuals understand the truth, grow in Christ, prepare for the dark days of the Tribulation period, and be equipped to be leaders for Christ in the last days.

Is the Rapture in the Bible?

The term Rapture indicates a swift catching up or rescuing of devoted followers of Christ before the terrible events of the Tribulation. Does this mean that some people will not have to live through the holocaust that is coming? YES. Terrible events are coming—the Rapture is your ticket to escape.

The English term Rapture comes from the phrase caught up in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4. There the Greek text (the original language of the New Testament) includes the word harpazo, which means to seize upon with force or to catch or snatch up. The Latin translators of the Greek New Testament Bible translated that word, harpazo, rapturo. The Latin, rapturo, became the root word for the English term Rapture.

Through the Rapture, God will catch-up His church—the devoted followers of Christ. By this event faithful followers of Christ will be saved from the terrible Tribulation-period events that are to come. John, the writer of the book of Revelation, said it this way, The church will be “kept from the hour of testing that shall come upon the world” (Revelation 3:10). Paul, writing of the quick and sudden nature of the Rapture records,
“Behold I show you a mystery we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment in the twinkling of an eye…the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised…and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15:51-52)

Writing to the Thessalonian Church, Paul wrote,

  • “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout…and with the trump of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” (1 Thess. 16-18)

Jesus spoke about the suddenness of the Rapture.

  • “There will be two in the field, and then suddenly one will be left.”
  • “There will be two women grinding at the mill. One will be taken, and one will be left.”

In addition, in Luke 12 Jesus notes the importance of expecting His return. In Matthew 24 Jesus spoke of the need to be watching and waiting and ready for his return.

Summary:

  • The Rapture represents Jesus fulfilling His promise to come again (John 14:3; Acts 1:9) and rescue His people, the true Church, from the upcoming time of wrath (Rev. 3:10).
  • There are more than two dozen allusions to the Rapture in the Bible. The admonition is to be spiritually prepared for this event. Those who are not spiritually prepared will be left behind and will have to endure the horrors of the seven-year tribulation period.

Why believe the Rapture is imminent?

Though many dismiss the idea of a Rapture, this teaching has strong Scriptural support. The sobering truth is that those who are not in right relationship with Jesus Christ when He comes for His bride, the Church, will be left behind. The I Am A Watchman team prays you and your loved ones will not be left to endure the horrors of the Tribulation period. Noted below are five reasons to believe the Rapture event will happen:

  • The Rapture will happen because Jesus spoke of it (Matt. 24:27, 37-41).
  • The Rapture will happen because Jesus cautioned individuals to prepare for it (Matt. 24:42-44)
  • The Rapture will happen because the Apostle Paul wrote of it (1 Thess. 4:15-18; 5:9; 1 Cor. 15:52)
  • The Rapture will happen because it is referenced in the book of Revelation (Rev 3:10-11; 4:1-2; 7:9-17).
  • The Rapture will happen because it is allegorized in the book, Songs of Solomon, and is consistent with the nature and working of God through the ages (deliverance and rescue are always offered before divine judgment comes).

Noted below are five reasons to believe the Rapture is imminent. Jesus said there would be specific signs (prophetic fulfillments) that precede His return (Matt. 24:32-33). Those signs have either already been fulfilled or are taking place now. They include:

  • Israel will be restored as a nation (this happened in 1948 in accordance with prophecies found in Ezekiel 4 and 37)
  • Israel would be restored as a nation in one day (in accordance with Isa. 66:8).
  • The Hebrew language would return to the land, and the land would prosper (Isaiah 55:12-13).
  • There would be a move to reestablish Jerusalem as the capital.
  • Control of the city of Jerusalem would be a point of contention for the world (Zech. 12:1-4).

The Rapture will happen because it is prophesied to happen and Bible prophecies are true. Every one of the more than 900 prophecies to be fulfilled by this point in history, have been fulfilled, exactly as foretold. The remaining 100 or so prophesied events (including the Rapture) will be too.

The Rapture event is imminent because all requisite prophecies related to the Rapture have been fulfilled, and the signs Jesus said would precede the Rapture are visible. Matthew 24:33b notes: “…When you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.”

At least 100 Bible prophecies will be fulfilled in the last days. However, it is possible that the next significant prophetic event to take place will be the Rapture. Some prophecies have requisites. For example, the prophecy concerning the Antichrist forbidding sacrifices in the Temple has several requisites: First, the Temple must be rebuilt, and second, the Peace Covenant must be signed as this ushers-in the reign of the Antichrist. However, the fulfillment of the Rapture prophecy has no remaining requisites.

It is also important to note that the Rapture is presented as a singular, instantaneous event. There will be no warning and no subsequent (second-chance) event. Individuals will either be ready, caught-up and rescued by Christ, or they will be left behind and will have to endure the terrible events of the Tribulation period.

Will it be possible to be forgiven, become a Christian, and have the hope of eternal life in heaven after the Tribulation begins? YES. However, it will be very, very difficult to live as a Christian during this time in history. Most will not survive. The gravity of this reality, and a recognition that key prophecies regarding the return of Jesus have already been fulfilled and current signs indicate the Rapture event is near, prompted the creation of this Rapture Kit resource.