When is the Rapture?

When is the Rapture?

Jesus will not come back for his Church until the Antichrist is revealed

By Craig C. White

When is the Rapture? When will Jesus return to gather his Church? The Christians in Greece were wondering the same thing. You see, the Bible foretells a seven year period of terrible trouble called the Tribulation. It is a period in which God will pour out his wrath on the earth. The Apostle Paul said that Jesus will deliver us from the wrath to come. The Christians at Thessalonica suspected that the Tribulation had already begun. They were wondering why hadn’t Jesus rescued them? They were wondering when will the Rapture take place?

The Apostle Paul assured them that the Tribulation had not yet begun. Paul told the early Christians that two events must happen before the Tribulation can begin. Satan must be cast out of heaven in order to empower the Antichrist on earth. So don’t worry that the Tribulation has come until you see those two things happen.

2Thessalonians 2:1-3 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

The Apostle Paul instructed the Thessalonians about the events that will precede the Tribulation. But he was assuring them that they hadn’t missed the Rapture. The Rapture will also precede the Tribulation. So when is the Rapture? The day that Christ comes back to earth (the day of Christ) to collect his Church (our gathering together unto him) will not happen until Satan is cast out of Heaven (a falling away) when it becomes obvious that he is empowering a specific man on earth (that man of sin be revealed). All of these events will precede the Tribulation period.

To put it very plainly, Jesus will not come back for his Church until the Antichrist is revealed. To put it another way, the Rapture of the Church will not occur until the Antichrist is exposed. Or, the revelation of the Antichrist is the sign of the Rapture! I know this comes as a shock to most of you. But it helps to put things into perspective. Like the church members in Thessalonica we can now understand the signs of Jesus’ coming for the Rapture. Unlike the church members in Thessalonica we are much closer to that event.

I think that the Antichrist is already identifiable because he is already doing the things that the Bible predicts. I expect to see the Antichrist officially revealed shortly. The Bible says that Satan will fall from heaven like bright shining lightning. After he falls then he will empower the Antichrist. When we see the Antichrist exposed for who he is, with lying wonders and blasphemy; then be on the lookout (Luke 21:28-36) for Jesus to come in the air, to raise the dead and Rapture the living!

By the way, I think that Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. Plus, I think that Jesus will return when the Turkish Army enters northern Israel. The Turkish Army is in northern Syria now and is threatening to attack Damascus. Damascus is only thirty miles from the Golan Heights of northern Israel!

Also read Rapture fuse is lit 

Read The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist in my book The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

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  1. Your post says the rapture will come “before” great tribulation, so you are pre-trib. Here’s a little something to consider.

    We meet the Lord in the air on the Lord’s day when he comes as a thief in the night, the Lord comes as a thief after the sixth plague, Rev.16:15 then verse 16 he gathers his people to battle. In Isa. 13:1-6 the Lord gathers his people from every generation as the weapons of his indignation (we are his army) Zeph.1:18 he makes a speedy riddance of his enemies. Also when we meet the Lord on the Lord’s day it is after they say peace and safety (as in after a time of world tribulation) “then” sudden destruction. So, we meet the Lord at the exact same time sudden destruction falls on Satan’s kingdom. Confirmation of this is Rev.11:18 the time of the dead (rise) is on the day the Lord takes the kingdoms and judges his people at the exact same time he destroys those that destroyed the earth. The bottom line: we meet the Lord on the Lords day when we destroy Satan’s kingdom “after” the tribulation. Lastly, the marriage supper of the Lamb is after Satan’s kingdom is cast down.

    I’ve not ever even once in several years gotten a straight answer to these finding, everyone is talking about what they believe, but nobody is willing to address the scripture at face value. Thank you, Jo Bernard

    1. Jo Bernard: Thank you for your well thought out question. I think that you are presuming that the Rapture of the Church happens after the final trumpet judgment in Revelation. I think that that is a misconception. The last trump in 1Corinthians 15:52 isn’t the final trumpet judgment. It is simply the last note of a trumpet call that sounds to call the church together with Christ. This trumpet call is separate from any trumpet call for judgment. It serves a different purpose. So the Rapture of the Church is unrelated to the trumpet judgments of Revelation. I agree that the marriage supper of the lamb takes place after Satan’s kingdom is cast down on earth. The marriage supper takes place on earth after the tribulation and after the Old Testament believers are raised from the dead.

      Mat 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

      Daniel the prophet along with all Old Testament believers (Primarily the nation of Israel, or all who were in Abraham’s bosom) will be raised a few weeks after the Great Tribulation ends. I think that they will be guests at the marriage supper of the lamb. I am having the steak.

      Dan 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

      I think that 2Tessalonians tells us that the revealing of the Antichrist on earth after the fall of Satan from heaven is the sign of the Rapture of the Church! Please read The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist.

    • Angelika Grimm on December 14, 2016 at 4:30 am
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    Jesus himself ssad in Mat 24:29-31″ IMMEDIATELY AFTER the TRIBULATION Of those days shall the sun be darkened, the moon shalk not give her light…and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven …and Shall gather his elects from the four winds..” that will be After the Anti-Christ has established a 7 year peace treaty, which he will break after 3 1/2 years, he will sits himself in the temple of Jerusalem, wants to be worshipped as God ans will require all to take the mark of the beast in their right hand or forehead those last 3 1/2 years our faith really be tested and some of us may have to die for their faith but will be with Jesus forever. Dont be afraid, just as Stephen saw the Glory of the Lord, we shall see it, and be with Him soon!

    1. Jesus will gather his elect at the end of the tribulation. God’s elect is the nation of Israel. After the tribulation old testament believing Jews will be resurrected and brought back to Israel from places like Babylon (Iraq) and Egypt where the Jews were captives.

    • Fundile on May 23, 2017 at 10:30 pm
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    Hi Craig. Does this mean before President Erdogan becomes a supreme head of Turkey in 2019, the spirit of Satan will fall on him.? I strongly believe the rapture will happen in the period of the feast of pentecost (Shavuot) in 2018.

    1. Hi Fundile. Turkish President Erdogan already is the supreme ruler over Turkey. When Satan is thrown out of heaven then he will empower the Antichrist to do false miracles and to gain power over the next world empire. I think that Erdogan is the Antichrist. This could happen at any moment if it hasn’t happened already.

    • Rory on March 25, 2018 at 5:53 pm
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    Hi Craig, what are your thoughts on the feasts of the Lord and the return of Christ for the rapture? Since Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts exactly to the day do you think that the fall feast of trumpets, which many believe to represent the return of the Lord for the rapture, will happen on the exact day on the Hebrew calendar of the feast of trumpets in a near future year?

    Thanks for all you do!!

    God Bless, Rory

    1. Hi Rory. I don’t know but I would try to understand current events as they relate to Bible prophecy and also be aware of the feast dates.

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