Evidence of Pre-tribulation rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Topics: New Testament, Book of Revelation, Rapture Pages: 10 (2416 words) Published: October 13, 2014


Evidence of Pre-tribulation rapture in 1Thessalonians 4:13-18

Submitted to Dr. René A. Lόpez, in partial fulfillment
of the requirements for the completion of the course

SEMI 500-B10 LUO 201430 Summer 2014
Introduction to Seminary Studies


David P. Vélez
May 24, 2014

This paper will present evidence of pre-tribulation rapture according to 1Thessalonians 4:13-18. To one side from the pre-tribulation evidence, some strengths and weaknesses of the apostle’s Paul’s message to the 1Thessalonians 4:13-18 will be addressed. This paper will also view other schools of interpretation in benefit for better comprehension of the term rapture and pre-tribulation rapture. Keywords: Rapture, pre-tribulation, revelation

Evidence of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture in 1Thessalonians 4:13-18 One of the most glorious manifestations of the love of God for his Church is the rapture. It is a clear evidence of the love and security of God for those who serve Him and received Jesus Christ as Savior of their lives. The details are described by the apostle Paul in 1Thessalonians 4:15-18, where the apostle provides the lector with evidence of this act of love and protection for God’s people. The Bible assures that God’s people will be exempt from the trial period that will come to earth known as the tribulation period or the wrath that is destined for all that have rejected Jesus Christ (Revelations 3:10). The rapture will rescue the Church from the seven year period known as the tribulation period, a judgment that will be executed by a series of catastrophic events described in the book of Revelations. The strengths and weaknesses of 1Thessalonians 4:13-18 will be researched. From the book of Genesis to the book of Revelations God’s message is redemption. Rescue from the judgment of God due to sin. Jesus Christ came to redeem all things from their fallen nature as result of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3: 23-24). Jesus Christ not only redeems man from the bondage of sin, but also has promised to relieve man from the tribulation that waits ahead, where he will physically take his people away from this planet to be with him in his Paradise. Definition of the term Rapture

It is important to know that the word “rapture” does not occur in the English Bible but the main term comes from the Latin rapere, meaning “to be caught up.” The term appears in 1Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15: 51-53. Although the apostle Paul addressed the letter that contained the doctrine to the Church in Thessalonica and Corinth, the future event is promised for all believers of Jesus Christ. 1 Paul said “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord…” (1 Thessalonians 4:15b). 2 The word “coming” in Greek means parausia. It appears 24 times in the New Testament. The word parausia denotes presence, coming, advent; in the New Testament usually of the second coming of the Son of Man, arriving as a conquering king. 3 The rapture and the second coming of Christ are two separate events. The letter from that apostle Paul to the church in Thessalonica is a letter of hope and love. God promises in 1Thessalonians 4:15 that those who are dead (also refers as asleep) in Christ will arise (resurrect) and meet Christ in the sky. In this event Christ himself descends from heaven with; (1) A shout, (2) The voice of the archangel, and (3) With the trumpet of God to meet with his Church in the air and there transform the bodies of those who believe in Christ and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9-10). The snatching, calling up or “joyous catching of the Rapture is the disappearance of the righteous Christians that signals the beginning of the end times. Different Schools of Interpretation of the Rapture

Partial Rapture Position...

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