There are various examples and instances of resurrections and raptures described in the bible. In terms of the rapture or the transport of the people of God to Heaven, Enoch is the first recorded human person taken alive to Heaven. In Genesis 5:23-24, it is recorded, “So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” This is further confirmed in the book of Hebrews 11:5, “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” And, the second human person to experience rapture to Heaven is the Prophet Elijah. We find this in the passage recorded in 2 Kings 2:1, “And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.”
Another important phenomenon to consider is that of the resurrection. However, there is also yet another profound phenomenon involving the transfiguration described in the bible. In Matthew 17:1-3, we are told, “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.” Our God is So Awesome! This was an amazing occurrence because we find that the disciples of Jesus who were at the time, ‘ordinary human beings or persons’ were in fact able to witness Jesus communicating directly with Moses and Elijah, and not only that, they also heard the voice of God the Father as you read further in the passage in Matthew 17:5. And in addition, there are still so much to capture and understand from the whole passage involving Matthew 17:1-13. The bright shining truth was confirmed by our Lord and Savior that in fact, our Lord Jesus was able to communicate with Moses and Elijah. So clearly, various occurrences of raptures and resurrections have been confirmed in the bible.
Furthermore, some well known examples of resurrections in the bible involve the cases of our Lord Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11, raising a young man back to life in Luke 7:11-17, and raising the little girl back to life in Mark 5:41 and Luke 8:54. And, our Lord Jesus Himself rose from the dead to live forever as recorded in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20. In addition, the bible also tells us what happened after Jesus resurrected in Matthew 27:51-53, “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” And as we study the bible further, both in the Old and New Testaments, there are various resurrections and raptures promised to occur as described in the books of Daniel, Malachi, 1st & 2nd Thessalonians, and Revelation.
In overall, it is very important to have faith in God and to live a life that is focused on loving and serving God. The word of God is eternal and God is always faithful to fulfill all His promises. The corporate resurrection and rapture of God’s people or the church of God is drawing closer and closer everyday. By the grace of God, it is good to be prepared and ready. You can click here to learn how to become born again or how to become a Child of God. Receive the Salvation of God and be ready for the resurrection and rapture of God’s people. Be blessed always. Live your best life with God, and live inspired.
Article post by Evangelist Dr. Unyime E. Bond
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