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The Rapture is the belief that believers will be “caught up” into the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. Jesus will take away the faithful followers on earth, who patiently waited for His return. In the Book of Revelation, there are two visions of the coming of Jesus, the harvest of the earth (Rev 14) and the rider on the white horse (Rev 19). I’m interested to know whether there have been studies by scholars on the Book of Revelation in order to find the concept of the Rapture.

Which part of Apostle John’s vision is interpreted as the Rapture?

(Note: I'm asking this because my answer to the previous question (Is “Rapture” mentioned in the Book of Revelation?) had 2 downvotes, which made me assume that my answer was wrong!)

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The problem is that there are so many views. Search the site for "eschatology" and you'll begin to see how many. Remember that even though we have the prophecy, it doesn't mean that we understand it 100%. There were many prophecies about Christ in the Old testament, but many still didn't recognize Him when he came. Many thought he would be an earthly ruler. We may have to accept the answer "We're not sure, but here are various thoughts on the matter that all have validity". The question of what views exist has already been asked here. – David Jan 24 '14 at 13:23
I'm pretty sure you can only ask this in the context of pre-supposing a rapture at all, which only a handful (of mostly modern) eschatological views even do. – Caleb Jan 24 '14 at 13:24
@Mawia For what its worth...I agree with David and Caleb. The word "rapture" isn't in Revelation. Only the presupposition handed down by John Darby (1800s) that dispensationalism is logical will lead one to find Revelation "explicitly" displaying "the Rapture." The real question at play here is how exactly does this question "define" "Rapture." – user5286 Jan 24 '14 at 14:09
"Rapture" is taken from the Greek words translated "caught up" in 1 Thess. 4:17. The entire secret rapture thing made popular by the Left Behind series is not Biblically supported very well. Your sequence of events in that answer are not supported by 1 Thes. Christ comes, then the dead rise, then they are "caught up" with him. – fredsbend Jan 24 '14 at 17:38
@fredsbend Did you notice that Christ came two times in my answer? First on the clouds and second on the white horse. I think no one really understood what I was explaining. – Mawia Jan 24 '14 at 18:07
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Revelation 6-8 follows closely the timeline Jesus gave in Matthew 24 on the end-times events and His return. Based on the parallel events, where the Bible interprets itself, we can tell at which point deliverance comes for God's elect (the rapture):

Mt 24:5, Rv 6:1-2 -- Mt: False Christs; Rv: First seal (false savior on white horse).

Mt 24:6, Rv 6:3-4 -- Mt: Wars; Rv: Second seal (people kill one another).

Mt 24:7, Rv 6:5-6 -- Mt: Famines; Rv: Third seal (scarcity on earth).

Mt 24:9, 21, Rv 6:7-8 -- Mt: Great tribulation; Rv: Fourth seal (widespread death).

Mt 24:9, 22, Rv 6:9-11 -- Mt: Martyrdom; Rv: Fifth seal (martyred for their testimony).

Mt 24:29, Rv 6:12-14 -- Mt: Sign of the end of the age; Rv: Sixth seal (moon and stars).

Mt 24:30, Rv 6:15-17 -- Mt: Sign of Christ's coming; Rv: Christ seen.

Mt 24:31, Rv 7:9-14 -- Mt: Deliverance of Christ's elect; Rv: Great multitude comes out of great tribulation.

Mt 24:14, Rv 8:1-7 -- Mt: Wrath of God; Rv: Seventh seal (see acknowledgment in 6:17).

My source is from The Rapture Question Answered: Plain & Simple by Robert Van Kampen, a proponent of a pre-wrath timing of the rapture.

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Interesting. Does the book explain in detail how exactly "The Great multitude in white robes(Rev 7:9-17)" are the ones from Rapture? – Mawia Jan 26 '14 at 4:34
@Mawia By the parallel timing in Matthew 24. First the great tribulation, then the deliverance; so the robed ones are said in John's hearing to have "come out of great tribulation" (7:14). See also the sequence of tribulation and deliverance in 1 Peter 4:12-13. See also the pairing of persecution and deliverance at His coming and showing wrath in 2 Thess. 1:4-8. – Steve Jan 26 '14 at 16:19

The rapture itself is not described in the Revelation, and for that reason there are three common conceptions as to when it will occur, of which I am sure you are aware.

There are however some hints we can use to form our own opinion as to when it will occur in Revelation.

As I'm sure you are aware the rapture is a concept formed from being caught up into the air in:

1st Thessalonians 4:17 KJV

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.

The first clue we have is in the verse preceding this:

1st Thessalonians 4:16 KJV

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:

The second clue comes from the Revalition.

Revelation 19:11 KJV

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

One last clue is in:

Revelation 19:14 KJV

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Although my answer is probably not what you are seeking it is the best answer I can give.

Hope it helps.

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What about the harvest? – Mawia Jan 24 '14 at 18:15
@ Mawia If the harvest was the rapture it would have to happen after the millennial reign of Christ on the Earth, since it is preparatory to the Great White Throne judgment. That would preclude the saints reigning with Christ as is stated in Revelation 20:6 KJV Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. – BYE Jan 24 '14 at 19:26
No. The harvest vision comes first before the Judgement. From chapter 13 onward, I take the sequence of the visions literally, till the last chapter. – Mawia Jan 25 '14 at 4:54
There is still much disagreement between Bible scholars about the sequence of events in the Revelation. One of the best assessments of the Revelation I have found is at – BYE Jan 25 '14 at 12:32
Don't you think John was shown in a sequence what will happen in the future? I believe it was like a movie with a proper sequence, in which, some parts of it are flashbacks to the past and some parts are inserted only for giving it some background. It makes more sense when viewed in this manner. – Mawia Jan 25 '14 at 12:44

The rapture is mentioned in the Revelation. It just uses a different term: Reap the harvest (Rev. 14:14-16)

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