Rapture or Coming of the Lord?

Many often refer to or merely repeat the notion that there is a “first fruits rapture”.

Let me show you, explicitly, who the Apostle Paul says is the “First Fruits”.

(1 Corinthians 15:21 [AKJV])
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

(1 Corinthians 15:22 [AKJV])
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

(1 Corinthians 15:23 [AKJV])
But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

(1 Corinthians 15:24 [AKJV])
Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

Verse 23 clearly says Jesus is the first fruits, “Christ the first fruits”. Then Paul says, “afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming”.

Notice the distinction here? 1) Christ the first fruits. 2) they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Q. When do they that are His resurrect?
A. AT HIS COMING

Paul is clearly and explicitly telling us that Jesus, the first fruits of the resurrection had already resurrected and the next resurrection will be for those that are His, when He returns. “at His coming”.

This entire chapter is about the resurrection and the coming of the Lord. It is taught in the context of the Gospel, so to change the resurrection and coming of the Lord to any of the various and divergent teachings of a rapture is to actually change the Gospel:

(1 Corinthians 15:1 [AKJV])
Moreover, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand;

(1 Corinthians 15:2 [AKJV])
By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain.

(1 Corinthians 15:3 [AKJV])
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

(1 Corinthians 15:4 [AKJV])
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Then, he goes in elaboration about the resurrection which is “at His coming”.

What happens “at His coming”?

(1 Corinthians 15:51 [AKJV])
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

(1 Corinthians 15:52 [AKJV])
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

(1 Corinthians 15:53 [AKJV])
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Paul was consistent about this, having said the same thing to the Thessalonians.

(1 Thessalonians 4:15 [AKJV])
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

Notice Paul said, “coming of the Lord”. Paul is talking about what happens at “the coming of the Lord”.

(1 Thessalonians 4:15 [AKJV])
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain to the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. (prevent here means “precede”)

(1 Thessalonians 4:16 [AKJV])
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:

“and with the trump of God”, In 1Corinthians 15:52 Paul called this trump, the last trump which is a trumpet

(1 Thessalonians 4:17 [AKJV])
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 4:18 [AKJV])
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Jesus and the Apostles spoke of the resurrection, the Day of Christ, the day of the Lord, His coming, the coming of the Lord, – ought we not also use the same language?

I don’t see a point in introducing new terms when we have established terminology given to us by the Lord and His Apostles. Why sow confusion unless there is also a motive to introduce a different doctrine and set of definitions to turn our attention to something other than the Apostles Doctrine.

As for me and my house, we will stick with the Apostles Doctrine.

We are waiting for the “Coming of the Lord”. That is when the dead in Christ rise, that is when those who are alive ‘at His coming” will be changed.

Christ is the first fruits, we are “they that are His” . . . if, you are His.

(1 Corinthians 15:21 [AKJV])
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

(1 Corinthians 15:22 [AKJV])
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

(1 Corinthians 15:23 [AKJV])
But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

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