Q. I have another question regarding the Rapture. The most popular opinion is that at the Rapture, all the believers will be “vanished into thin air”, leaving behind their clothes and accessories.
I have no problem with this opinion. However, the Bible doesn’t explicitly state this; in fact, I find the verse in 1 Cor. 15:52 only says that “we will be changed in a twinkling of an eye”, nothing about disappearing. What is your view about this? How do you think the Rapture will happen?
A. You are right in saying that people have different opinions on how the rapture will happen, but that’s what they are, opinions. The three clearest verses in the Bible concerning the rapture are John 14:2-3, 1 Cor. 15:51-53 and 1 Thes. 4:16-17. In John 14:2-3 the Lord said He was going to His father’s house to prepare a place for us, and one day He would come for us to take us there. 1 Cor. 15: 51-53 says we will be changed from mortal to immortal in the twinkling of an eye, in other words, instantaneously. 1 Thes, 4:16-17 says we will meet the Lord in the air and go to be with Him forever.
The golden rule of interpretation says when the plain sense of a passage makes common sense, seek no other sense. The plain sense of these passages is that we’ll be changed in an instant and meet the Lord in the air to always be with Him in His Father’s house. To me that says we’ll vanish from Earth. Anything beyond that is human speculation.