Continuing on from my previous post, here are the remaining nine rapture characteristic that were assembled from the 29 verses I found on the rapture.
9. It will be a day when we will see and experience His glory and power (Phil. 3:21; Col. 3:4; 1 Pt. 1:7-8). When He comes, on that day of rapture, all eyes on the earth will not see Him (as will be the case for the second phase of His coming); however, all believers of the church age (those who have died and those living) will definitely see Him and will personally experience His great power and glory, as we, all together, are transformed.
10. It will be a day of revealing (Rom. 8:19; 1 Cor. 1:7-8; Col. 3:4; 1 Pt. 1:7, 13; 5:4; 1 Jn. 3:2-3). On that day when He takes us up, His glory will be revealed to us; and then, as we behold Him, we will also be glorified. Hence, He will infuse us with His glory; or we could say that He will share His glory and grace with us; and so, we will be like Him. Thus in that wonderful moment, as we see Him in all of His grace and goodness, we will also see ourselves in all that we were created for—all our gifts and talents and good qualities. And we will also see the goodness in others.
11. It will be a day when we are confirmed blameless in His blood (1 Cor. 1:7-8; Phil. 1:6, 10). When we see Him in His glory, He will not blame us for any past sins; rather He will be friendly to us un love, for His blood will have perfectly cleansed us, and the good work of salvation He has begun in us will then be completed.
12. It will be a day when our bodies are redeemed and made new; thus when we are set free from slavery to pain, suffering, corruption and death (Rom. 8:19-23; Phil. 3:20-21).
13. It will be a day when His bride is delivered from the coming wrath of God upon the earth (1 Thess. 5:4-10; Rev. 3:10-11). Paul tells us that since we are believers and are sons of the light, the day of the Lord (the coming 7-year Tribulation) will not overtake us like a thief (1 Thess. 5:4). And the reason that it will not overtake us is because God will remove us from the earth before it comes (Rev. 3:10).
Many have fought against this pre-trib idea, arguing that believers should be strong and not be looking for a way of escape; that God would want us to remain on the earth as His witnesses.
This may sound logical, however, it isn’t biblical. God has designed the 7-year Tribulation for unbelievers only—to judge them and to cause them (especially Jews) to repent. Moreover, it is also clear from scripture that God has not destined His bride to face His wrath; rather, to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ—which will be completed when He comes and raptures us safely to heaven.
14. It will be a day of rewards (1 Cor. 3:13-15; 4:5; Phil. 2:16; 2 Tim. 4:8; 1 Pt. 4:13; Rev. 22:12). After we (His bride) are taken up and transformed, there will be a judgment to determine our eternal rewards—which will amount to the praise we will receive from God (1 Cor. 4:5). This period of judgment will probably begin immediately after the rapture, and some believe that it will extend throughout the 7-year period of Tribulation on the earth.
This judgment will not be for sins (the penalty for sin was taken care of at the cross), but will be according to our works—to “test the quality of each man’s [or woman’s] work” (1 Cor. 3:13). Hence, we will be judged mainly on the motives behind our works—whether we did our works to gain personal recognition from men or to please God. Those who have served the Lord willingly, without complaining, and even served joyfully while suffering, will be greatly rewarded in heaven.
15. His coming is definite (Heb. 10:37; Ja. 5:7-9; Rev. 22:7, 12, 20). We are now waiting for His coming, and we are to be patient in our waiting, and hopeful, because when the time is right (that is, when the Father sees that the harvest of souls is complete, and also, when the time is right for judgment to begin on the earth), then He will come and will not delay His coming. Thus when the trumpet sounds there will be no hesitation in His coming, and as He comes nothing will slow Him down along the way; no one will be able to convince Him to wait a while longer until they are ready. Nothing will cause Him to pause or hesitate. His coming will be definite and without delay.
16. His coming is imminent (Matt. 24:4-8; 1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 22:7, 12, 20). Certainly there are more and more indications that the time for His coming is near. False prophets are numerous; the news of war and terror is almost daily; and famine and earthquakes are more common. But there is no particular sign of His coming (in rapture) that we are waiting for and that needs to happen in order for Him to come. He could come today, tomorrow, next week, next month, in a year from now, or in a hundred years. We don’t really know. All we know is that He could come any time. And all indications tell us that His coming will be very soon.