he central event of the end times is the Second Coming of Yeshua. He will descend from heaven leading angelic armies and release the fire of God to destroy the wicked. The souls of those who are part of the first resurrection will come with Him and receive their new bodies. Yeshua will enter Jerusalem in glory to start the millennial kingdom on earth.
At that time another special event will take place, popularly called, the “rapture.” There are three primary reasons for this event:
1. Receive a Resurrection Body – Along with those who are part of the first resurrection, those dedicated believers on earth still alive must also receive a new body. Instead of dying, they will undergo an instant transformation in which their bodies will be changed to a resurrection body (I Corinthians 15:51-52).
2. Escape Destruction of Wicked – Similar to the reason why the angels pulled Lot’s family out of Sodom before the destruction, so will some of the angels in Yeshua’s army be assigned to go pull the righteous “out of the way” before the coming fire (Matthew 24:31).
3. Welcome Yeshua into Jerusalem – Crowds of people will welcome Yeshua back into Jerusalem with shouts of “Hosanna.” In order to welcome Him, the saints will meet Him in the air on His way down. To be lifted and transported into the air, they will obviously need a transformed body (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).
In Heaven or on Earth?