Will there be rapture?
Yes. Rapture means "to be carried away with power."
"Then we, which are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Master." 1Thessalonians 4:17.
Will it be a secret rapture?
"No! The Bible tells us that Yahushua's return will be:
"And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Yahushua, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Acts 1:9-11.
Heaven-sent messengers told the disciples that Yahushua would return to this earth in the same manner as He left. Yahushua left in the clouds and He will come back in the clouds.
"Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory." Luke 21:26-27.
"And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our Eloah; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is Yahuwah; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation." Isaiah 25:9.
"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him." Revelation 1:7.
Yahushua was visible when He left and He will be visible when He comes again.
"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:27
"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." Matthew 24:30.
The Bible is very clear that when Yahushua comes back, His feet will not touch the ground. The righteous will be caught up to meet Him in the air (1Thessalonians 4:17). This is why Yahushua warns us: "Therefore if they say to you, "Look, He is in the desert! do not go out; or "Look, He is in the inner rooms! do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:26-27.
"For the Master himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Yahuwah: and the dead in the Anointed shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Master." 1Thessalonians 4:16-17.
"Yahuwah shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout." Jeremiah 25:30.
"Our Eloah shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him." Psalms 50:3.
Why is Yahushua coming?
To resurrect His dedicated people who are dead: "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:40.
"For as in Adam all die, even so in the Anointed shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: the Anointed the first-fruits; afterward they that are the Anointed's at his coming." 1Corinthians 15:22-23.
"For the Master himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of Yahuwah: and the dead in the Anointed shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Master." 1Thessalonians 4:16-17.
This is the Bible's description of the rapture. The dead in Yahushua will rise by His power and will meet Him in the air. Afterward the faithful who are still alive will also be caught up. It will not be a secret!
To reward His dedicated people: "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Matthew 16:27.
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Revelation 22:12.
It is at Yahushua's return that we will receive our final reward. Each person's destiny will have already been decided.
What will happen to the earth?
"The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again."Isaiah 24:19-20.
"And the heaven [sky] departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places." Revelation 6:14.
"And there were voices, and thunders, and lightings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before Yahuwah, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found." Revelation 16:18-20.
If that is what the Bible teaches, how then did the idea of a secret rapture arise?
Here are a few verses used to support the Secret Rapture theory:
"But the day of Yahuwah will come as a thief in the night" 2 Peter 3:10.
Many conclude that this means that there will be a secret rapture. But if we continue the passage:
"in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10.
"If the good man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not." Luke 12:39-40
Here Yahushua is using a parable to point out the unexpectedness of His return, and admonishes us to therefore watch and pray.
"I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left." Luke 17:34-36.
This verse simply implies that at the end, there will be just two groups of people living upon the earth the lost and the saved.
Why is the Secret Rapture belief popular?
Many have come to believe that the Secret Rapture will take place quietly and faithful Christians around the world will suddenly disappear while life here on earth will continue for a seven-year period of tribulation. During this time, they say, many will be converted and have a "second chance" at salvation before Yahushua's final coming, but we know that Satan would have us believe that so that we can delay our conversion to Yahushua.
This belief is popular because it teaches that the dedicated people of Yahuwah will not have to go 'through tribulation' and the wicked will have a second chance; but the Bible does not teach that:
"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Revelation 7:14.
But Yahuwah will be with His children during tribulation. Praise His Name!
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33.