CROWNS OF FAITH
PREPARE. RESTORE. CONQUER. 🏹
“Faith can move mountains.
So why are you stumbling on a little rock?”
Christians, "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: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together [RAPTURED] with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ☁️⚰ ☁
1st RESURRECTION (The RAPTURE)
The Apostle Paul wrote, 1 CORINTHIANS 15:20-23,
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of those who slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward those who are Christ's at his coming. 👑
There's not much disagreement between the pre-tribulation rapture advocates and those of the post-tribulation rapture when it comes to the resurrection of the dead and the rapture of the church. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 makes it clear that they both happen on the same day. The dead are raised first and raptured, then those who remain alive are taken up with them in the clouds to meet the LORD!
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of those who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years . 👹666
The first two scriptures refer to the resurrection of the church at the rapture, because they mention "those who are Christ's" (1 Corinthians 15:23), "the dead in Christ" (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and they are both addressed to churches. However, the last scripture (Revelation 20:4-6) places this resurrection after the tribulation, because the people who are involved in it have overcome the mark of the beast, and were killed for their witness of Jesus.
These scriptures show the same order. TRIBULATION first, then Jesus coming in the clouds (not to earth), and his elect being gathered. Which is both the rapture and the first resurrection. No GOSPEL writer alters this order. It shows that the rapture (1st RESURRECTION) happens after the tribulation begins! AMEN