Christians believe that Jesus will return to earth and take all his followers to Heaven. During this time, the “rapture” will take place. 

The Bible may have already gone through many translations, but none mentioned the word “rapture”. So, which part of the Bible – particularly in KJV – is the rapture mentioned? Let’s find out in the following sections.

Is the Rapture Mentioned in the KJV Bible?

“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, KJV)

This verse is often used to support the belief in the rapture. When this day comes, Christians who have died will be raised from the dead, and those still alive will be “caught up” or taken into the clouds to meet Jesus. Christians believe that this event will happen suddenly and without warning. So, while the word “rapture” is not mentioned, the event itself is described in the Bible.

Believers in the rapture hold that there will be a period when God’s chosen elect will be ‘caught up’ to meet Jesus in the sky before the coming Great Tribulation of Revelation. While they assert that this event is alluded to in several passages within scripture, most notably 1 Thessalonians 4:17 in the King James Version (KJV) Bible, not all scholars agree. Some suggest that the command in the said verse ‘come apart’ was meant as a call to separate oneself from sin.

Furthermore, some point out that believing in and looking for the Rapture presumes judgment has already been prepared and dispensed, which conflicts with 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 which teaches that resurrection comes before judgment. As such, interpretations vary greatly on whether or not the KJV Bible specifically mentions the Rapture, and believers must use Scripture case-by-case combined with strong prayerful discernment when considering it.

What Does the Bible Say About What Will Happen During the Rapture?

The Rapture is one of the most anticipated events for believers in Jesus Christ. According to the Bible, this event will happen unexpectedly, and during which individuals who have put their faith in Jesus will be called up in the air to meet Him. This is why Scriptural admonition encourages all of us to be vigilant and watchful as we await His return. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 states that “the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds.”

It emphasizes that those who are taken away will experience resurrection before those who are still alive on Earth. This moment marks the end of physical life here on Earth and the beginning of eternity with God in Heaven. All who go will receive a glorified body and reign with Him forever.

Ultimately, no matter how much anticipation or speculation surrounds The Rapture, its exact arrival will remain a mystery until Jesus returns as promised in His Word. He invites every believer to accept Him as Lord and live faithfully as they await His return – a return which could happen at any point! 

What Will Happen to Those Who Don’t Follow Christ During the Rapture?

The Bible provides several powerful examples of what will happen to those who don’t follow Christ during the Rapture. In one example, Jesus states that ‘The sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness’ (Matthew 8:12). This means that those who did not put their trust in Jesus before their physical death will be excluded from the eternal judgement and the promise of eternal life in Heaven.

Still, there are ways that one can do to be saved and have eternal life, such as the following: 

1. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

It is a fundamental teaching of scripture that God came down to Earth and experienced our lives as a man to show us the way to holiness and righteousness. The Bible states clearly that Jesus is the only begotten son of God, and he was sent here on this earth to teach us how to be loving, forgiving, and compassionate. 

Therefore, believing that Jesus is the Son of God is an essential element of Christianity, for it is through Jesus that we can access salvation and eternal life. By following his example, we open up a direct path toward spiritual growth and true peace with God. 

2. Confess your sins and ask for forgiveness.

Confessing one’s sins and asking for forgiveness play an essential role during the rapture. Each individual has different ways of confessing sins. Regardless, forgiveness from above remains an integral part of preparing oneself for The Second Coming. 

3. Follow Christ’s commands and live a life that pleases Him.

Developing a faith-filled mindset and abiding by the Word of God will keep us grounded and enable us to look past our worldly wants and desires toward the eternal blessings Jesus has in store for those who qualify for Heaven on judgment day. We should, therefore, never forget that following Christ’s commands and living a life pleasing to Him is essential so we shall receive salvation when the rapture comes.

What Does the Bible Say About Salvation?

The Bible is clear about the need for salvation. Salvation is a gift from God to everyone who accepts and trusts in Jesus’ death, resurrection, and eternal sacrifice (John 1:11-13). Without it, aside from His grace, no one can approach God (Romans 3:23). The Bible also declares that any chance at salvation is only through faith in Jesus as the Redeemer (Ephesians 2:8-9). 

A promise of eternal life awaits us if we remain faithful followers of Christ. Through the reassuring words of Scripture, believers can stand assured in knowing that they have been made worthy to receive these blessings. So it falls upon all those who seek redemption to accept this glorious path towards salvation and place their trust in Christ. Through Him, we are reconciled and can find lasting peace through His grace and mercy. 

What Does Eternal Life with God Mean?

Eternal life with God is the ultimate reward for those who are faithful. It means being freed of pain and suffering, and entering into a state of everlasting joy, peace, love, and contentment. Simply, it means that every form of absence or lack will cease to exist; there will only be an immeasurable abundance of truth and understanding.

Knowing God intimately aligns us with His vision for an eternity filled with nothing but blessings beyond what we can only imagine while living on earth. We will leave behind all that once consumed us—our fears, doubts, and material possessions—and look forward to experiencing new depths of desire. Truly there is no better joy than being embraced for eternity by the one who created us. This is the promise of eternal life with God. ​

Bottom Line

The Rapture is an event that marks Christ’s return to His church. The word itself is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, but it can be inferred from scriptures that speak of Christ’s return. 

The Rapture is a blessed hope for Christians, as it means we will be with Christ when he returns. Therefore, we must prepare for that day by trusting in Jesus and living according to His teachings. The Bible emphasizes the need for salvation and promises eternal life with God to those who accept Christ’s death, resurrection, and sacrifice. This is a reward that far surpasses what we can ever imagine on earth, and we should all strive to be worthy to receive it.


Sarah Goodwin

A passionate Christian and Bible enthusiast, I find joy in delving deep into Scripture and sharing its timeless wisdom with my readers. Through words, I aspire to illuminate the profound lessons the Bible offers, hoping to inspire faith and purpose in every heart. Join me on a journey of biblical exploration and spiritual growth.Enter your text here...

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