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Sandra Marez wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What comes first: Jesus' Return or the Rapture?

Sandra

  { What comes first, Jesus' Return or the Rapture? }

Mary Ann replied:

Sandra —

The "rapture" happens when Jesus returns, according to Scripture.

Mary Ann

Eric replied:

Hi, Sandra —

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 says:

"15 According to the Lord's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."

Note that it refers to "we who are left until the coming of the Lord" when "the Lord himself will come down from heaven", then the Resurrection of the dead will happen. Then those who are still alive "will be caught up" (Latin: rapturus) together with the dead and meet the Lord in the air.

So my colleague is correct.

Eric

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