*Pastor’s Note: We will continue, in no particular order questions posed from the excellent book by Mark Hitchcock entitled, The Complete Book of Bible Prophecy. My hope and prayer is that it will give some insight into much of the end-times prophecy the Bible speaks of and hopefully alleviates some of the fears and confusion people have about studying prophecy. The following is the next in a line of questions I present to you from his book:
Why Is The Rapture Called a “Mystery”?
In 1 Corinthians 15:51, the apostle Paul refers to the Rapture as a “mystery” or “wonderful secret.” When we think of a mystery, we most often think of a story or event that is difficult to understand or solve. But in the New Testament, a mystery is a truth that is being revealed for the first time, and this is what Paul does in this passage. He reveals the mystery of the Rapture: “Let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed” (1 Corinthians 15:51). The mystery of the Rapture is that some people will go to heaven and receive new, glorified bodies without ever dying. They will do an end run on the grave.
This was a completely new truth that God had never disclosed until 1 Corinthians 15:51. If you read the Bible from Genesis 1 to 1 Corinthians 14, you would correctly conclude that the only way to get to heaven in your glorified body would be to die. But in 1 Corinthians 15, that all changes. The Lord unveils this glorious mystery through Paul—that a whole generation of believers will be transformed without tasting the sting of physical death. Millions of believers will be transformed into their new, glorified bodies in the amount of time it takes to blink one’s eye. This is the glorious mystery of the Rapture. May we be the generation to experience this breathtaking event!
Mr. Hitchcock’s teachings are informative and enlightening as well as inspirational and any book you can get for yourself from his writings will most definitely be well-worth it. I hope you are blessed AND informed and some of these questions and answers will give you a greater strength to walk in confidence and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bible prophecy ALWAYS points to God and His plans for this world that He created through Christ Jesus. Therefore, for true Christians, it is meant to be a comfort that God continues as always to have everything under control despite what it might appear to the average person.