What’s to see?
Why go into an empty tomb? Haven’t they heard? He’s not there, Jesus has risen and we know where He went. Jesus, the Son of God, our Lord and our life sits at the right hand of our Father waiting for the seventh angel to blow the “last trumpet.” “Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of the Lord and His Messiah; and He will reign forever and ever.’ And the twenty four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying,
‘We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and to give the reward to Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.’
And the sanctuary of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His sanctuary, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and great hail.” (Revelation 11:15-19)
We eagerly await the “last trumpet.”
Consider what the apostle John saw and heard paying close attention to the sequence of events. The apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthians and to the Thessalonians will then become clear regarding the question; “When is the rapture?”
The dead first.
“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruptible, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53)
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
Those “who are alive and remain” must wait until the seventh angel blows his trumpet and Jesus returns. In the meantime brothers and sisters let us grow in His grace as we love one another.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates of the city.” (Revelation 22:14)