Q. You say that there is only one rapture, but Rev. 7:9 seems to indicate an additional rapture at approx. pre-wrath. And for a long time I’ve been saying there are multiple biblical raptures which includes OT prophets, Jesus, the Church, newly saved tribbers, two witnesses, the 144000, and finally everybody for the White Throne Judgement. Can you clear this up for me?
A. There is only one rapture mentioned in the Bible and it involves only one generation of the Church. 1 Thes. 4:16-17 and 1 Cor. 15:51-53 describe living believers in Jesus being instantaneously changed from mortal to immortal without experiencing death and being taken directly to “my Father’s house” (John 14:2-3). This cannot be said of any other group you listed. They will all be resurrected, having experienced death first.
Enoch and Elijah are said to be Old Testament models of the rapture, but there’s a question as to whether they went into the presence of God, because before Jesus was crucified for our sins no one went directly to be with the Lord. The spirits of believers who died went to a place of comfort to await His resurrection.
Speaking of Enoch, Genesis 5:24 only says Enoch was no more because God took him away. And as for Elijah, the Hebrew word translated heaven in 2 Kings 2:1 is a plural word that actually means “the heavens” and can also mean “sky” and “atmosphere” as it does in Genesis 1:1.