Why The "Rapture" Won't Be What You Think
|"Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall
not all sleep, but we shall all be
changed..." (1 Corinthians 15:51)
Debunking religious myths and inaccurate misunderstandings of scripture is a mission
given to Prophecy Unveiled as God prepares His people for the coming of Christ by
revealing His truths. The bible calls it 'the gathering." (Matthew 24:31, 2 Thessalonians
2:1). Many Christians call it "the rapture." Irregardless of what you call it, it has been
You have seen many movies and heard many theologians misrepresent the "rapture'' as
a quiet disappearing of God's people from the earth, leaving behind their clothes and
mourning relatives and friends. But, that is not how it will be.
First of all, it will be witnessed by the whole earth. (Matthew 24: 29-31; Revelation 6:
12-17; Revelation 1:7). Secondly, Jesus explains in Matthew 24:27 how He will come back
to the earth. He follows it in verse 28 by saying, "Wherever the corpse is, there the
vultures (buzzards, eagles) will gather." In Luke 17:36-37 He says, "Two men will be in
the field; one will be taken and the other will be left. Then again He says, "Where the
body is there also will the vultures be gathered."
What does He mean by these two statements? He means that your body will not be
changed and taken to heaven. When Christ appears in the sky to gather His elect, your
earthly body will be left and you will be given a heavenly body! Can you imagine dead
bodies lying everywhere all over the world? Can you imagine the stench of thousands of
bodies as they wait to be buried or destroyed? The vultures or buzzards will have a feast!
This will be another devastation that those left behind will have to go through.
The word "changed" in the scripture above comes from the Greek word, allasso which
also means to alter, to exchange. Our earthly bodies will not be changed, they will be
exchanged. We will exchange this earthly body for a heavenly one. Hallelujah!
It makes sense since those who are already dead, don't have a body to be "changed" so
they will be given a heavenly body. Paul explains the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. In
verse 36, Paul says, "You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies."
In other words, those who are alive when Jesus comes will leave that earthly body (die)
and their spirit will be given a heavenly body. "You see, "flesh and blood cannot inherit
the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 15:50). The corruptible body will be left behind in
"exchange" for an incorruptible one.
"There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one,
and the glory of the earthly is another." (1 Corinthians 15:41). One has not been
changed into the other. They are two different things.
So, why is this important? First, it is a reminder that we must study and accurately
interpret God's word so that we are not misled. Secondly, it debunks the myth that
cremation is a sin. It doesn't matter, since you are going to get a new body anyway.
Thirdly, it underscores the reality that our earthly bodies are simply houses for the spirit
that is the real us. Fourthly, and most important is Matthew 10:28, "And do not fear those
who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell."
Sisters and brothers in Christ, the difficult days are upon us and will increase in
wickedness and evil. Be comforted by God's Word. AMEN.