You have heard it said that the rapture is an instantaneous event that happens at the same time as the resurrection of the dead. But I say scripture presents an entirely different scenario. The instantaneous event paradigm, I believe, is mere tickling of the ears, a misinterpretation that is caused by looking at scripture scripture through the lens whose name is Instant Gratification.
The Many Resurrections From the Dead
The son of the Shunammite woman
1 Kings 17: 22 –“The child’s soul came back into him, and he revived.”
The full narrative can be found in: 1 Kings 17:21-22, and 2 Kings 4:31-35
The prophet Jonah
Jonah 2:6 – “Yahweh brought me up alive from the pit.”
The full narrative can be found in: Jonah 2:1-10
The daughter who is only “asleep”
Luke 8:54-55 – “But he took her by the hand, called out, ‘Little girl, get up!’ and her spirit returned.”
The full narrative can be found in: Matthew 9:23-25 ; Mark 5:35-42; and Luke 8:52-55
The only son of a widow
Luke 7:14-15 – “Yeshua said, ‘Young man, I say to you: get up!’ The dead man sat up and began to speak.”
The full narrative can be found in: Luke 7:11-15
John 11:43-44 –“Having said this, he shouted, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The man who had been dead came out.”
The full narrative can be found in: John 11:11-44
Acts 9:40 – “Peter said, ‘Tavita! Get up!’ She opened her eyes; and on seeing Peter, sat up.”
The full narrative can be found in: Acts 9:37-42
Wait: None of Them Just Disappeared!
The above statement is absolutely true: Not one of these six resurrected people instantly disappeared when they came back to life. Just the opposite. ALL were seen alive by many after their resurrection.
But, But, But: None of Them Got Glorified Bodies
The above statement is also absolutely true: Not one of these six resurrected people mentioned above received a glorified, incorruptible, immortal body. Most, we assume, later died and were buried.
Two More Resurrections From the Dead
The Holy Ones
Matthew 27:50-53 – “The graves were opened, and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life; and after Yeshua rose, they came out of the graves and went into the holy city, where many people saw them.”
Those who were already in the grave were resurrected at the moment Yeshua died and later were seen by many as they witnessed in the city of Jerusalem.
Matthew 28:7 – “He has been raised from the dead, and now he is going to the Galil ahead of you.”
Mark 16:9 – “When Yeshua rose early on Sunday, he appeared first to Miriam of Magdala.”
John 20:17 – “Stop holding onto me,” Yeshua said to her, “because I have not yet ascended to the Father.”
When Yeshua rose early on Sunday, he appeared first to Miriam of Magdala and commanded her not to cling to him as he had “not yet ascended to his Father”, saying he would meet them in Galilee.
Wait: None of These People Disappeared Either!
Neither the Holy Ones nor Yeshua instantly disappeared after their resurrection. Just the opposite. ALL were seen alive by many after their resurrection.
In not one of the many resurrection narratives does scripture indicate that a person’s resurrection resulted in an instantaneous rapture, even for those who have received an immortal, glorified body!
Not once does scripture give an account of an instantaneous rapture after a resurrection.
Even without a prior resurrection, every bodily rapture in scripture has three common components:
- Advance notice is given to the person to be raptured;
- Witnesses see the rapture as it takes place;
- Horses are involved in the mode of transportation.
The belief that “the resurrection is the rapture” and the instant rapture paradigm is a false narrative not supported by the many patterns revealed in the scriptures that show a progression of well witnessed events over time. I believe that this paradigm is a golden calf whose name is: Instant Gratification. How sad that this lens is applied to the rapture.
Yahweh does nothing without first giving advance notice (Amos 3:7). Tom Horn, along with several scientists have set the impact of Wormwood on the Earth in April 2029. If this date corresponds with the mid-tribulation period described in Revelation 8:10-11, then time is incredibly short, and advance notice has been given – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – Be sure he is your Redeemer, King, and High Priest.