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?
There are two fundamentally different ways of viewing this transformed-transported event. Is the primary purpose of God to remove human beings from the earth to live in a non-earthly body forever in heaven? Or is it to establish the kingdom of God on earth by uniting heaven and earth together in perfect harmony (Ephesians 1:10)? We believe the latter to be true. That’s why we pray daily, “Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – (Matthew 6:10).