IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE
What does the phrase "in the twinkling of an eye" mean? Many say it is "faster than a blink." Whatever it means, it's fast! The next question is, "what happens in the twinkling of an eye"? This verse in 1 Corinthians 15, is one of the most misquoted verses of all time.
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
It says “we shall be changed” in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. It does not say that the Rapture happens in the twinkling of an eye!
Consider the preceding verses to this. This whole section of scripture is about “how we shall be like the Lord”. How corruption is not fit for heaven. Flesh and blood is corruptible. Both the bodies of the saints in heaven and those who are still alive, must be made fit for heaven. It is about the speed of the changing of the bodies and remains, not about the speed of the Rapture. When does it happen? At the last trumpet. The last trumpet of this age which is not the same trumpet as the 7th one of the Seven Trumpets. See the article on The Last Trump and The Seven Trumpets for further study.
1 Corinthians 15:48-53
"As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-- in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
Paul also writes in Thessalonians some very important information about our “gathering together” unto the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus."
Those who died in Christ will return with Him... “they” are not in the grave - “their bodies” are...
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
"For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. (their bodies) Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."
Just “the trumpet blast alone” will take longer than “the twinkling of an eye”. And the Lord descends (and we know the sky rolls back like a scroll and an earthquake happens Revelation 6:14 ~ all this will take more than a blink..). So, what is the truth about “the twinkling of an eye” and what difference does it make?
Plenty. Because it is most often spoken of by people preaching myth and rhetoric.
For example, on March 10, 2015, I heard a famous preacher from San Antonio, Texas, say that it is IMPOSSIBLE for the Saints not to be taken out at any other time than the beginning of the 7 years and he was emphatic that the Saints would not have to see the antichrist. He said the Rapture happens in Revelation 4:1 when a voice from heaven said to John “Come up here”... He then further said that, “everything, all events that happen after that in the entire Book of Revelation” is “post-rapture.” This is absolutely NOT true. The seven seals correlate with Matthew 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13. The Apostle John in Revelation chapter 4, was being shown heaven, to “come up there” was for him alone, and is NOT the rapture for us and then everything in the Book of Revelation after that post-rapture!
Look at the 7 seals which start in chapter 6...
The rapture happens at the 6th and 7th seals. (which takes a lot longer than any twinkling of an eye - please read it... Revelation 6:12-17, 8:1) The 7th seal being Revelation 8:1 where there is silence in heaven for about an half hour. And even the 5th seal (Revelation 6:9-11), where the martyred saints cry out “how much longer O Lord” and John writes and I paraphrase, “not yet until the correct number of saints are martyred.” Once again, I repeat, the rapture, is the 6th and 7th seals! So how could this famous preacher and others like him be right? They aren't, they are dead wrong
Not only all this, but the 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each tribe, “have to be sealed.” Read all of Revelation 7 and see “them sealed” and “followed by the gathering of the saints”... whereupon an Elder says to John in Revelation 7:14, "So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” How can this be in Revelation chapter 7 if the rapture happened in Revelation chapter 4 and as this "famous preacher" says it is all in order? Not only would that be impossible but the Book of Revelation is not written in chronological order. It is written to be revealed by the Holy Spirit and repeats itself and has interruptions that a person has to see in order to get the full picture (see the article, The Holy Interruption). God did not make it easy to see on purpose. And He reveals it just like all truth, according to where we are at the time and what we are able to receive!
The Bible clearly says in:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
"Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."
Therefore we know: 1. There will be a falling away (a time of great apostasy), many will turn their back on the real God (see it also in Matthew 24, Luke 21 & Mark 13) and 2. the antichrist, the lawless one, son of perdition must be revealed. Not only that, but 3. he will eventually set himself up as God in the temple (4.that has to be rebuilt)...(actually these are 4 big things that have to happen)
What will happen in the twinkling of an eye? “We shall be changed, from corruptible to incorruptible” so then we will become like our Lord.
How long will the rapture take? Much longer than any “twinkling of an eye”...
There has to be time for a huge earthquake, the sun go dark and moon turn blood-red and stars to fall from the sky, the sky has to have time to “roll back like a scroll”, there has to be a heavenly trumpet blast and the shout of an archangel, the time for the graves of the saints to open on the whole earth and give up the remains of them, those alive rising to meet the Lord and the saints in the air - both putting on incorruptible for corruptible (changing to the heavenly state), every eye will be seeing Him, even the evil ones and ones even in hell will see Him (Revelation 1:7), and long enough for the 144,000 to be sealed (protected from the wrath to come). And even more. But this alone is enough to make the point!
Other "General Rapture" Articles
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Shows a distinct correlation between ancient Jewish wedding customs and the Rapture.
AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT
Understanding this idiom of the day. Understanding its real meaning and how it correlates with other Scripture matters.
AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH
Taking a closer look at what Jesus really was saying.
CAN THE RAPTURE REALLY HAPPEN TODAY?
What events or prophecies are yet to be fulfilled?
CONSIDERATIONS FOR REAL REVELATION UNDERSTANDING
How to study more clearly.
EVERY EYE WILL SEE HIM
Showing how huge and visible the Rapture will be.
EVERY KNEE WILL BOW
The lost will bow to the Lord Jesus. The Father will see His Son glorified; whether they like it or not. And they will confess He is Lord.
SOME KEY COMPONENTS OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION
An overview of many of the components of the book of Revelation.
THE APOSTASY - THE GREAT FALLING AWAY
Many are looking for "the whole world to come to Christ" before the Lord returns. In reality, it will be more the opposite. See it in God's Word and explained here.
THE LAST TRUMP
There are many trumpets in the Bible. There are 7 special ones foretold of by John the Revelator. But which one happens at the Rapture?
THE LAST TWO GREAT BATTLES
See the biblical truth that Armageddon happens at the end of the 7 years and the battle of Gog and Magog at the end of the Millennium.
THE LORD WILL RULE WITH A ROD OF IRON
This article explains how the Lord will rule with a rod of iron.
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SALVATION DOES NOT LAST FOREVER
Understanding that once the Rapture happens, it will be a time of wrath for those left.
TWO WHITE HORSES, TWO VERY DIFFERENT RIDERS,TWO VERY DIFFERENT TIMES
The Antichrist is the allegorical rider of the white horse at 1st Seal. Jesus Christ is the rider of the white horse at Armageddon.
WHAT "ON EARTH" IS GOING ON AND HOW DO WE DEAL WITH IT?
In considering the bigger picture, we can develop a stance that will see us through.
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