Will All Christian’s Be Ready?

By: Robert Hunt – May 15, 2015
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Not long ago, I was discussing my view of the rapture with another fellow believer.  I shared with him that I did not believe that all Christians would be ready when the Son of man appears.  He politely said that he thought I was going against scripture.  Then he cited 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 as his proof text.  His understanding of that passage leads him to believe that Paul was saying that all living born again Christians (we which are alive and remain) will be raptured, but is that really what the apostle Paul meant?  I believe he is taking that passage out of context.  So let’s take a closer look at the entire text.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV) – “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
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From what I gather from the passage above, Paul is telling the Thessalonians not to be sorrowful about those who are asleep (their dead loved ones).  He’s teaching them that God will bring the dead with Christ when He comes.  Then he goes on to tell them that the dead in Christ will rise first, then, we which are alive and remain will be caught up together with them (the dead) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  In other words, Paul was merely comforting them about meeting their loved ones who had already passed away.  Although there is some valuable information about the rapture of the living in this text, Paul’s emphasis was not on the living, but rather, the dead; and that those who were still alive and remained at that time would meet them again in the clouds.  Therefore, we should comfort those believers who have lost loved ones with these words.
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Many have pulled verses 16 and 17 out of context for the purpose of discussing the rapture.  These two verses are probably the most popular rapture scriptures, and I have often applied them myself.  They contain some valuable information, no doubt, but we must not lose sight of Paul’s intent when he said it.  They were never meant to identify which living believers would be raptured, or to say that all believers will be raptured.  He was clearly comforting the survivors of the dead here.
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Many also teach that the apostle Paul was the first to reveal the mysterious rapture, but that is simply not true.  The truth is that Paul was the one who first revealed this mystery to the Gentile believers.  Christ had already taught this truth to His disciples years earlier (John 14:2-3, Matt. 24:30-31), before Paul was even converted to Christianity.  So let’s take a look at what Christ said about this, which actually corresponds with what Paul said later in the passage above.  Let’s compare them both below, beginning with another look at Paul’s statement, followed by Christ’s teaching.
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1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
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Matthew 24:30-31 (KJV) –
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
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There’s no doubt the two passages above are describing the very same event, though, there are both similarities and differences within them.  Let’s examine the similarities first, followed by the differences.  First, notice that in both passages Christ or the Son of man is descending from heaven or coming in the clouds of heaven.  Notice that both mention a gathering or meeting in the clouds.  And notice, also, that both gatherings are preceded by the blast of a trumpet.  And finally, notice that neither one mentions a physical returning to the earth at that time.  Now let’s take a look at the differences.
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Considering the context of both passages, there’s some noticeable differences as well.  First, we should take into consideration that Paul was describing both, the resurrection of the dead and the rapture of the living, as he was comforting those whose loved ones had already passed away.  Christ, on the other hand, did not even mention the dead, because He was answering His disciple’s question about the sign of His coming, for those who will be alive at that time, and also the sign of the end of the age (Matt. 24:3).  The dead won’t need a sign, so there was no reason for Christ to mention the dead in His answer to their question.  And let’s not forget the promise Christ made to His disciple’s:
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John 14:2-3 (KJV) – 
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
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Christ was clearly the first to teach His Jewish disciple’s about this mystery, even though they didn’t call it the rapture then.  Instead, each of them described it in their own way.  Christ also told them that He, Himself, was the resurrection and the life.  But the real question is: Did He tell them that He would rapture or gather the entire Church, as many pastor’s and teachers claim today?  The unpopular, but truthful answer is: No, He did not say that or anything similar.  He told them that He would send the angels to gather His elect (chosen).  He further illustrated this by telling them parables, saying that His coming will be like it was in the days of Noah.  Then He added that two will be in the field, one shall be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill, one shall be taken and the other left.  He told them about the faithful servant and the unfaithful servant, who thought His Lord had delayed His coming.  Next He told them about the parable of ten virgins.  Five were wise and five were foolish.  And finally, He told them the parable of talents, where He returns to reward His faithful servants, and punishes the servant who hid his talent.
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He also told them a very telling parable on another occasion.  In this parable, He said that those who are watching when He comes will be blessed, and that He, Himself, will be dressed to serve, and He will have them sit down and serve them.  He said that those who are ready will rule over His household and be given meat in due season (wedding supper).  However, in this same parable, He also mentioned the believers that will be caught unaware of His coming, and that they will be left with the unbelievers.  Some of those who are not ready will receive a little punishment, and some will receive a severe punishment.  Please don’t take my word for it.  Read it for yourself (Luke 12:35-48), and pay close attention to verses 46, 47 and 48.  In my humble opinion, Christ has made it abundantly clear that the entire Church will not be ready when He appears, regardless of what others may teach or believe.
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While studying and writing my book, I discovered the three different rewards that believers (cold, hot & lukewarm) will receive when Christ returns.  Not every believer will be ready when Christ appears.  Not all believers will be rewarded as His faithful servants.  We know that some will fall away and that the lukewarm will be spit out of His mouth, while most prophecy teachers tell us the entire Church will be raptured, even though there are no scriptures that support this claim.  Get ready for a new rapture theory.  Learn about the revolutionary Readiness Rapture” theory in my new book, “WHO WILL BE READY WHEN THE TRUMPET SOUNDS?”
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6 Responses to Will All Christian’s Be Ready?

  1. Seraphine says:

    So what must one do to be ready and exactly what must one look for in order not to be caught unaware or left behind?

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    • r69hunt says:

      Good question, Seraphine. It was none other than Christ, Himself, that warned we must be ready for the appearing of the Son of man (rapture). In Matthew 24 He gave us several signs that will precede His coming (gathering together of His elect), which He followed with several parables to help us understand. He said that we must keep watch, be doers of His Word, and not just hearers only. And obviously we must crucify the flesh, live by faith and be obedient, faithful servants. I recommend reading another post: https://ruready.blog/2017/06/07/matthew-24-revisited-new-revelations-revealed/
      Luke 21:34-36 provides an excellent answer for not being caught unaware. Thanks

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  2. istallion says:

    “The dead in Christ will rise first….”. Okay, but your book showed me the possibility that not ALL the dead in Christ will make it to the rapture/wedding feast, so was Paul possibly giving these people false hope about their parents? Just thinking out loud here.

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    • r69hunt says:

      Not at all. He offered them hope, comforting them that they would meet their dead loved ones again. Paul was referring to the dead “in Christ” in this passage, not those who will fall away or the lukewarm, which Jesus promised to vomit out of His mouth. So the key is the dead being in Christ, or those that abide in Him. Hope this helps.

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  3. istallion says:

    When discussing your book and showing the parables and passages that support a ready rapture position, both my friend and wife were “impressed” with the scripture cites but both wanted an explanation regarding 1 Thess 4 and or 1 Cor 15. They were trying to put the burden of proof on me to show them where in those two passages only “some” of the Christians, both dead and alive, will experience the rapture? Of course, I just turned that around and said, show me where it says in those two passages that ALL believers, both dead an alive, experimence the rapture. So, it appears we ended in a stalemate On this. But I did remind them that I can show you in other passafes of scripture that not all believers, dead or alive, are raptured. Stay tuned…….

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    • r69hunt says:

      I don’t think Paul was permitted to tell everything. Paul said that he once knew a man (himself) who was caught up to the third heaven and saw and heard inexpressible things that were unlawful for a man to tell (2 Cor. 12:1-4). I believe this relates to some of the details about the mysterious rapture as well. Paul offered some clues, but he also called it a profound mystery. Peter gave a strong clue in 1 Peter 4:17-18. And even Christ, Himself, was very vague about the gathering together of His elect, and instead of answering His disciples question plainly about the sign of His coming, He only offered them parables without telling them the meaning of these parables. These parables hold the keys to the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, which have been hidden since the foundation of the world (Matt. 13:34-35). If Paul was permitted to tell all, then it would no longer be a mystery. To know the mysteries and the secrets of the kingdom of heaven that have been hidden since the foundation of the world, we must understand His parables. This is why I love the parables so much, and I’m so glad and thankful that He gave me the insight to break them all down. Praises to His name! Cheers

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