The Bible declares that at a point in time in the future, eligible Christians will be supernaturally equipped with glorified bodies and lifted up to meet the Lord in the air. This event will happen in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye. The exact day and moment in time when this event will occur is unknown. However, the Word of God has given copious indications about the times and the season when this event will occur.
Two separate but closely related events constitute rapture. Firstly, there will be a change in the physical circumstance of the qualified believer, dead or alive. (1 Cor 15:51-53). Secondly, there will be a lifting up or “catching-away” into the atmospheric heaven. These events will happen so fast, at a speed equivalent to “a moment or the twinkling of an eye.”” (1 Thess 4:15-17).
The key to participation in the rapture of the church is purposeful preparation. We are the generation that will witness the rapture of the church. Jesus said: “Behold the fig tree, and all the trees” (Lk 21:29). In Scripture, Israel is the Fig Tree. The other trees include Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon and their allies. The Fig Tree is the nation of Israel. After close to two thousand years of oblivion the nation of Israel dispersed in AD70 was reestablished on May 14, 1948. Those who were alive on that day constitute the Fig Tree generation. Jesus said: “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place” (Mt 24:34). That means the generation that witnessed the budding of the fig tree, the rebirth of Israel shall not die out or pass away before the second coming of the Son of Man, which will kick-start with rapture.
Thus, the rapture of the church is the next event in God’s prophetic calendar. There are eligibility criteria: only those who meet the conditions shall participate in the supernatural airlift to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air.