It is true the word “rapture” isn’t found in the Bible. However, Jesus called it the “gathering together of His elect” and it’s in red letters. There was no single word in the first century to describe this previously unknown event when it was first introduced as a mystery. So Christ and the apostle Paul said a phrase in their own words to describe it instead. This future event was foretold nearly 2000 years ago (Dan. 12:2, Matt. 24:30-31, 1 Thes. 4:16-17 & 1 Cor. 15:51-53), and today we simply call it the rapture, short & simple.
Daniel foretold the resurrection of the dead and was then ordered to shut up the words and seal the book, that knowledge would be increased at the time of the end (Dan. 12:2-4). Just as the mystery of Messiah was concealed in the Old Testament and later revealed in the New Testament, the same can be said about the rapture, which is why Daniel was told the words would be shut up and sealed until the time of the end, when knowledge would be increased.
Then about 500 years later, Christ, Himself, in the New Testament continued Daniel’s prophecy (increased knowledge), when He prophesied about the gathering together of His elect (rapture of the living).
Notice very carefully that Daniel didn’t mention anything about the living, and likewise, Christ mentioned nothing about the dead in these prophecies. But 20 or 30 years later Paul confirmed both, the resurrection and the rapture (1 Thes. 4:16-17, 1 Cor. 15:51-53).
NOW LET’S DO THE MATH:
Dan. 12:2 (resurrection)
+ Matt. 24:30-31 (rapture)
= 1 Thes. 4:16-17 (resurrection & rapture)
Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses (2 Cor. 13:1).
Daniel 12:1-4 – “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
Matthew 24:29-31 – “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 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.”
Notice that Daniel’s resurrection occurred right after the time of trouble (tribulation); and the gathering together of Christ’s elect (rapture) occurred immediately after the tribulation as well. This is not very good news for those who are expecting a pre-tribulation rapture. Now compare Daniel 12:1 with Matthew 24:21 and you’ll see without question, that they were both speaking of the same exact future time. Please don’t take my word for it. Open your own Bible and read them for yourself.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – “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.”
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 – “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
The scriptures posted above are prophecies that will be fulfilled in the near future. If you don’t believe them, I’m afraid you’re on the outside looking in. It’s one thing to say you don’t believe in the rapture because the word “rapture” is not in the Bible, but to read these prophecies and still deny them is unbelief. God’s Word says, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” We either have it or we don’t.