Q. I have believed in a Rapture for many years now but have this nagging question: If the Rapture includes the dead in Christ as well as those still remaining alive why do we teach about the Resurrection? Since we will be in Heaven with the Lord and there is no longer death does the Rapture not cancel out the Resurrection? After all only the wicked shall remain to be judged but there are two resurrections: that of the righteous and then the unjust. It is appointed unto man once to die and then the Judgment.
A. At the rapture, all believers who have previously died will be resurrected. But that doesn’t bring the 1st resurrection to a close. The 2nd Coming will not take pace for at least another 7 years and during that time the End Times judgments will cause many more to become believers. A large percentage of them will die for their faith and be resurrected at the time of the 2nd Coming (Rev. 20:4). All the saints from Old Testament times will be resurrected at that time as well (Daniel 12:1-2). These events are all part of the 1st resurrection. The 2nd resurrection will take place 1000 years later at the end of the Millennium.