John 6:44, 54 tell us that “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day . . . Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day (emphasis added). This connects the Last Day (the Day of the Lord) to us being raised up. Being raised up is our resurrection, just as Jesus was raised from the dead. It’s when we overcome death and receive immortal bodies. This connects the Last Day to the rapture.
Following the principle of establishing truth with two or three witnesses, we can look at a passage that describes the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17). Read it carefully. We see Him coming literally, descending with a shout and the sounding of the trumpet. We see the dead in Christ rising first. These are believers who died and their spirits went to Heaven. When Christ says “Arise,” the earth gives up their dust and they receive immortal bodies.
Then Christ says, “Shine,” and we see those who are alive at His Coming being caught as well as we all meet the Lord in the sky. The Head of the Church (Jesus) and the fullness of His Body (the Church, His Bride) come together as one new Man. United we return to Heaven to take up our next assignment as the General Assembly and the Church of the Firstborn.
The Greek word for “caught up” is harpazo (pronounced har-pah’-zo). That word in Latin is rapturo, which is where we get the word rapture. The rapture is our promised deliverance. We are “taken” so we can fulfill our heavenly calling of reigning as joint-heirs.
The Church in general has not taught much about what that millennial reign will look like, even though it is laid out for us in the book of Revelation. Stay tuned to find out more about your job description.
By the way, we have several charts showing God’s great prophetic Week on our website: chronosministries.org. Click on the Resources tab and scroll down. The Day of the Lord is the last Day, the 7th Day when counting from Adam, and the 3rd Day when counting from Christ.