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n the previous article, we noted the   Jesus stated two things about the purpose
            promise, previews and participants   of the Rapture. One is “to receive you
        Iin the Rapture. Next, we consider the   unto myself” (this happens in the air)
        place of the Rapture.                 and the other, tied closely to the first, is
        Place of the Rapture (Where?)         “that where I am there you may be also”
          Jesus said He would come again and   (this happens by taking us to the Father’s
        receive us to Himself (Joh 14:3). We have   house). Paul writes that the purpose is
        argued that He will ultimately take us   “to meet the Lord in the air.” And as a
        to the Father’s house. But Paul tells us   result, we will forever be with the Lord
        something additional. He says that the   (1Th 4:17).
        dead in Christ will rise first and be joined   What needs to happen, then, for this
        together with the living to be “caught   purpose to be realized? Christ’s Bride is
        up together … in the clouds, to meet the   composed of those in heaven without
        Lord in the air” (1Th 4:17 KJV). Why “in   bodies, yet Christ Himself is in a body
        the air”? Why not just take us all straight   of glory. They need to be reunited with
        to heaven?                            bodies, but bodies of glory. Another part
           First, this is consistent with what the   of the Bride is upon earth, in bodies of
        groom would do when he returned to    corruption. They must be changed, which
        take his bride back to the Father’s house.    is exactly what we find in 1 Corinthians
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        Upon returning, the groom would stand   15:51: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall
        outside of her home. The bride would then   all be changed” (KJV). Thus, believers
        go out to meet him. So too will the Lord   who have died are raised and changed,
        Jesus leave the Father’s house and return   and believers who are living are changed.
        just outside of our house, this earth. He   The  Lord  Jesus  “will  transform  these
        will come to the “air” and we will meet   humble bodies of ours into the likeness
        Him there. Then the processional from the   of his glorious body” (Php 3:21 NET).
        air to the Father’s house will take place.   Immediately  afterwards,  we  will  be
          But there might be further significance   “caught up together … to meet the Lord
        to the fact that we meet specifically in   in the air: and so shall we ever be with the
        the “air.” Satan is called the prince of the   Lord” (1Th 4:17 KJV). So the purpose of the
        power of the “air” in Ephesians 2:2. We   Rapture is for Christ to unite His Bride, the
        are going to meet in the territory of our   Church, to receive us to Himself forever,
        enemy’s headquarters without any need to   and  to  take  us  home  to  be  with  Him.
        fear, as he will be proven powerless over   Perhaps His anticipation of this event is
        us. He will be unable to touch any of us   even greater than ours!
        there. Thank God! The one who harassed   Pre-tribulation Rapture (When?)
        and tempted us here will be incapable of   A number of Scriptures point to a pre-
        harming us any longer.                tribulation Rapture. First, consider texts
        Purpose of the Rapture (Why?)         teaching that Christ’s return is imminent.
          What is the purpose of this great event?   If He were not going to return until after
        ¹ Renald Showers, Maranatha: Our Lord Come   the seven-year tribulation period begins
        (Bellmawr, NJ: Friends of Israel, 1995), 164-169.  or concludes, the texts emphasizing His

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