VIIIa.10. Will Backslidden Christians Go at the Rapture?

Question:   If I am backslidden and not serving the Lord when the Rapture takes place, will I be left behind?

Answer:  Several passages answer our question. Space prohibits giving them all; but, here are a few.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:10.

"And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come."

The original Greek for "delivered" is in the future tense, not the past tense. The "wrath to come" is the 7-Year Tribulation Period. (See Revelation 6:16,17). In other words, we are to wait for Christ to come (Rapture), who will deliver us (the Christian) from the "wrath" (i.e., Tribulation Period) which is coming. The Christian is not looking for Christ to come to deliver us from Hell, for we are already delivered from this. The Christian is looking for Christ to come to deliver us from God’s wrath during the Tribulation Period.

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 is speaking of the Rapture. The bodies of those Christians that have died ("this corruptible") will "put on incorruption" (i.e., bodies that will never decay). The "mortal" (those that are alive at the Rapture) will "put on immortality" (bodies that will never taste death again). Verse 51 says,

"Behold I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep (die), but we shall ALL be changed."

"ALL" means every Christian; those not serving the Lord as well as those who are.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 is also speaking of the Rapture; and this lets us know that the Christian who is "sleeping on the job of his, or her, responsibilities," and the Christian who is "watching and serving the Lord" will leave together. Notice Verses 9,10.

"For God hath not appointed us to wrath (the Tribulation, Revelation 6:16,17), but to obtain salvation ("deliverance") by our Lord Jesus Christ." (9)

"Deliverance" and "salvation" are from the same Greek word.

"...Who died for us (the Christians), that, whether we wake (same word as "watch" in Verse 6, i.e., serving the Lord) or sleep (the Greek is NOT "death"; but "backslidden", or "sleeping on the job"), we should live together (Gr. is "hama" or "together at the same time") with him." (10)

In other words, this Scripture is saying that all Christians are delivered from the Tribulation at the same time, regardless of their spiritual condition.

Titus 2:13 tells us that we are,

"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ."

We are NOT looking for the "glorious appearing of the Tribulation, " the day of wrath upon the earth; but, will be delivered from that!


For  more information on the subject of Bible Prophecy, you will find Pastor Younce’s book, “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, A Book on Bible Prophecy” helpful. It has many charts and diagrams to make things clear. You can read it free here:  Click Here to Read Online

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