THE RAPTURE: is an event foretold in scripture (ex. 1 Thess 4) The word "Rapture" is simply a word meaning to "catch away." The word does not actually appear in scripture, but does accurately describe the event. Jesus Christ promised his disciples that He would come again to receive them unto himself. The Rapture and related scriptures describe Jesus returning to the atmosphere in order to "catch away" believers both living and dead. A trumpet call will sound and "the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air...so shall we ever be with the Lord." This event is separate from the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and prior to it. Contrasting the events: at the second coming, Jesus returns with his saints and the armies of heaven, coming all the way to Earth in order to wage war against the Antichrist, Beast of the Sea, and the armies of the world gathered at Jerusalem. At the Rapture Christ comes to receive his saints to himself and does not come all the way to Earth.