I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
A number of years ago I had the privilege of setting in a meeting with the late Dr. Roy Hicks. In that meeting Dr. Hicks offered a great special on several of his books, which I went and purchased. In that set of books was a great little book entitled, Another Look At The Rapture. In that book Dr. Hicks put forth a notion that at the time I had never heard or read. The notion was that the rapture of the Church was a special revelation given to the Apostle Paul, and to no other New Testament author.
As we said last time during the earthly ministry of Jesus He never gave any details concerning the resurrection and the rapture. In fact, if one were to do nothing but study the teachings of Jesus you could assume that there would a general resurrection of the just and the unjust. It is only when you come over to the teaching of the Apostle Paul that you begin to understand some things concerning the order and timing of the resurrections.
Jesus said some things concerning His Second Coming in His great Olivet Discourse recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. He did make an isolated statement regarding the rapture in John 14:3, but it is clear they did not understand what He was saying. Since Jesus’ audience was Jewish, the emphasis of His teaching was on the time of “Jacob’s Trouble”, or the Great Tribulation period. Due to the prejudice of the Jews, Jesus was very limited in what He could say since the Church would primarily be comprised of Gentiles. Had He given details concerning the Church, and the Father’s special plans and purposes for it, they probably would have stoned Him; Jewish hatred for the Gentiles was that strong.
However Peter did very clearly foresee the Second Coming of Jesus when He returns to judge the earth.[See 2 Peter 3:10 -16] Notice if you will in the same context in which Peter refers to the Second Coming of Jesus, he also refers to the things Paul writes about (no doubt Paul’s teaching about the rapture), as being hard to understand. It appears that Peter himself was having trouble understanding the rapture. In another passage Jude refers to Jesus’ Return to earth:
|*14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,