1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
We as Christians will have a future physical resurrection and/or ascension like Jesus. This event is referred to as the “Rapture” of the Church. This word describes the moment when the Lord Jesus will come and take the saints with Him to Heaven. It’s actually the first stage of His coming again which is “for us,” the Church, where we’ll meet Him in the air. It’s the event where:
- The saints who have died before His coming will be reunited with their bodies which will be resurrected from the dead ‑ to get an incorruptible, immortal, spiritual body.
- The saints who are living at His coming will have their bodies instantly transformed or changed to get an incorruptible, immortal, spiritual body.
The word “rapture” is borrowed from the Latin Vulgate Bible, but it doesn’t really appear in the Bible. The event that the word rapture describes is in the Bible. The New Testament in 1 Thessalonians 4:13‑18 describes this as being “caught up.”
The Bible also describes this event as the Blessed hope (Titus 2:13) and a purifying hope. First John 3:2, 3 says “That every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” The believer who looks forward with expectation and eager anticipation for this event is motivated to purify his own life. Why would this hope be a purifying force? It is because when we are taken or “caught up” we will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account for the deeds we’ve done while on earth in our mortal body (2 Corinthians 5:10). This event is an imminent event or it can happen at any moment. We should purify ourselves, be zealous of good works, and get busy preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, casting out devils, and making disciples of Jesus