October 24, 2020 | The Resurrection of the Church: Reflections on the Rapture

The Rapture

The Rapture is overlooked or purposely avoided by many today. This might leave you asking, “Is the Rapture really that important? Does the Bible even tell us anything definite about it?” You bet! The Rapture is a huge part of biblical prophecy and one of our greatest hopes as believers, and God’s Word tells us all we need to know as we anticipate its coming. First Thessalonians 4 speaks of the Rapture by describing believers being caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. But the context that prompted Paul to write this might surprise you.

By sharing biblical facts about the body, the Thessalonian believers, and the resurrection, Chris sets the record straight on what Scripture teaches about the Rapture in this week’s program. With pertinent information from Greek culture, he fills in the gaps in our knowledge with much-needed context. Find refreshment in this study of the resurrection of the church—the Rapture.

Chris explains why resurrection matters in this short video:

Maranatha: Our Lord, Come!

By Renald Showers

Dr. Renald Showers’s study of the Rapture is a treasure trove of biblical wisdom. In it he discusses prophetic topics such as the Day of the Lord, the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, the 70 weeks of Daniel, and so much more. 

An extensively detailed book loved by biblical scholars, Maranatha: Our Lord, Come! answers all your questions about the Rapture, assuring you that we who believe in Him will meet Him in the air as His Word says!


Apples of Gold: No One Will Remember Her

Everyone fears death, but death cannot be avoided. That was the subject of conversation among Zvi and his neighbors when an elderly woman in their neighborhood died. Many were lamenting her passing and how she had no money or children to ensure that her memory would live on. But there was hope for her soul. Hear how Zvi used this opportunity to speak about the Messiah and the secure future he could look forward to because of his belief in Jesus.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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Comments 4

  1. In response to your question regarding the rapture… How much weight should we give to it? Considering that each of us are just a heartbeat away from standing before Jesus the Christ, shouldn’t the focus and urgency be on that? In retrospect, how much did the rapture affect RC Sproul, Adrian Rogers, the Puritans, the apostles??
    If you’re following Christ, renewing your way of thinking, transforming into His likeness… Take up your cross daily and follow His example, and stop pacifying yourself, as we see humanity spiral downward, thinking “fear not” because we’ll be snatched away from the chaos.
    The chaos is actually evidence of our apathy. Rapture focus is “me” (myself, my family, my friends and church), Christ focus is always on others and their greatest need, salvation.

    1. 100% agree.

      From my POV? It’s The Revelation of Yeshua HaMashiach – not the Revelation of the end of the world”

      Focus on your relationship with Elohim. The rest happens whether we pay attention or not, and as long as we truly understand by testing and questioning everything? Including our pastors, doctrines, transliterations etc?

      We’ll be fine.

      Ps: fun fact. There is only 1 Shabbat 😉

      Another fun fact: Yeshua was upset about the Tulmadic traditions of men applied to His Rest – He didn’t disqualify it
      Fun fact 3: annnnnnd now? You know the Mark B)

  2. My problem is this… why do we call it a “rapture” and not a resurrection? Why is there such a remedial inability to understand that “the dead in Christ will rise first & we meet them in the sky” isn’t also – resurrection since we transform from a body of death to life?

    And furthermore – why would a “rapture” be the glue for christendom when the gospel IS the resurrection vis-a-vis atonement and it is a transformation?

    Why does Christendom make stuff up?
    Or write a lesson then spin bible verses to support those lessons… while simultaneously being unable to truly understand anything outside of their own tangibility?

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