REASONS FOR THE RAPTURE
To understand the reasons for the rapture, we need a background on some biblical facts and worldwide events after the time of the rapture
A. Biblical Facts:
1. Abraham seed is made up of:
a. Descendants by flesh.
Father Abraham, Sarah, and Angel
O seed of Abraham, His servant,
O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
'As the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.'
Yet the number of the sons of Israel
Will be like the sand of the sea,
Which cannot be measured or numbered;
And in the place
Where it is said to them,
"You are not My people,"
It will be said to them,
"You are the sons of the living God."
b. Descendants by faith
They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus *said to them, "If you are Abraham's children, do the deeds of Abraham."
"I will sow her for Myself in the land.
I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion,
And I will say to those who were not My people,
'You are My people!'
And they will say, 'You are my God!' "
2. Spirits Cannot Reproduce
The people that take part in the first resurrection will be spirit, therefore unable to reproduce. The second resurrection (of the flesh) does not occur till after the millennium. Read The 1st Resurrection/Hope of the Christians.
For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:42
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body.
1. Persecution of Abraham's Children
I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;
It was also given to him to make WAR WITH THE SAINTS and to OVERCOME them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.
All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.
... And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they CAME TO LIFE and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
The Christians killed by the government of the beast are raised to spirit form during the FIRST RESURRECTION. They will not be able to reproduce because they are spirit.
but those who are considered worthy of the world to come and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;
In order for Abraham's seed to be as numerous as the sand of the sea, God needs to take them to a place of safety before the return of Christ for the resurrection, because as we read in the above passages, God allows the government of the beast to OVERCOME and KILL the Christians.
2. The Battle of Armageddon
The saints return with Jesus for the Battle of Armageddon. These saints are the descendants of the humans taken from Earth at the time of the rapture. The first resurrection occurs after the Battle of Armageddon, therefore, the returning saints are not spirit, but flesh and blood. See Timeline.
3. The Gene Pool is Reduced after Armageddon
I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold
And mankind than the gold of Ophir.
The people on this earth that survive the Battle of Armageddon are flesh and blood (mortal).
4. The First Resurrection Changes Saints to Spirit
The saints and other humans that return with Jesus , are flesh and blood, and so is everybody else on Earth who survived the Battle of Armageddon ... till the FIRST RESURRECTION occurs.
Only the believers are changed to spirit form during the First Resurrection. God never forces anybody to do anything... it is your own free will if you decide to follow Jesus/Yeshua -- the only door to eternal life.
1 Thessalonians 4:15
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 not precede those who have fallen asleep.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ WILL RISE FIRST.
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they CAME TO LIFE and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the FIRST RESURRECTION.
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the FIRST RESURRECTION; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
The believers and their descendants that are left behind on this earth after the rapture and are alive at the time of the Battle of Armageddon will be given the opportunity to be changed to spirit at the time of the FIRST RESURRECTION. We believe there will be very few due to the persecution of the beast. The rest of the humans who survive on Earth will be left in physical form able to reproduce.
Also the saints that return with Jesus from heaven for the Battle of Armageddon will be changed to spirit at the time of the FIRST RESURRECTION, but their children will continue as flesh and blood, able to reproduce.
Some people believe that when you die you go to heaven. This is not scriptural. God says:
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know nothing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Remember that there are several heavens. One of them refers to the actual habitation of God. In this one no flesh can enter.
And no one has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, the Son of man.
God is taking the humans at the time of the rapture to the third heaven, also called paradise, where there are trees and rivers and material life. Be sure to read Paradise
The dead in Christ are resurrected (to spirit ) at the same time that the believers who are alive at his coming are "changed" to spirit.
1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:23
But each one in their own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His COMING,
Obviously, the change to spirit is at Christ's coming for the FIRST RESURRECTION.
5. During the Millennium People Continue to Reproduce
After the Battle of Armageddon, Satan is chained for 1000 years and the saints are given spirit life. The rest of the humans (flesh and blood) continue living and reproducing. During the Millennium they have the chance to learn how to be happy following God's commandments without the influence of Satan. Read again Revelation 20:4.
Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.
If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the LORD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, "HOLY TO THE LORD." And the cooking pots in the LORD'S house will be like the bowls before the altar.
Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the LORD of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take of them and boil in them. And there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts in that day.
They need rain to grow crops. They need pots because people still eat. The pots are holy because people will not be eating unclean foods such as pork and lobster.
6. The New Earth
1 Corinthians 15:24
Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
This happens after the Millennium.
1 Corinthians 15:25
For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.
1 Corinthians 15:26
The last enemy that will be abolished is death.
1 Corinthians 15:51
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
1 Corinthians 15:52
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:53
For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:54
But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.