Q. I recently came across your site and I truly appreciate your gift of interpreting Gods Word. It has helped me, more specifically on understanding the Rapture and events leading up to the Rapture. My question is that is John 5:25-29 referencing the Rapture? I did a quick search of your site but found nothing identifying these verses. I look forward to your response.
A. Having the benefit of Paul’s teaching we can see a hint of the rapture in John 5:25-29. But if we didn’t already know about it I don’t think we would interpret the passage that way. In verses 25-27 He was speaking about living unbelievers who would hear the gospel and be saved to eternal life. Then in verses 28-29 He explained that everyone would someday hear His voice and come out of their graves. Some would inherit eternal life and some would be condemned. These are the two resurrections first spoken of in Daniel 12:2.
Jesus never clearly taught about the rapture, leaving that for Paul to do. But He did give some interesting hints, such as the one in John 11:25-26.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies (resurrection); and whoever lives and believes in me will never die (rapture). Do you believe this?”.
Some believers who have died will come to life and others will receive eternal life without dying.