Cinda Godfrey (21 May 2011)
"To Suzi re: Dead in Christ Timing"


Hi Suzi,
 
I agree that there will probably be a great earthquake when the dead in Christ rise at the Rapture.  You are wondering how long it will be between the time the dead in Christ rise and the Bride is caught up with them at the Rapture.  I was wondering the same thing a few years ago so I looked up some of the key words in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and Bingo!!!!  The original Greek translations seem to answer this question.  Here's the famous Scripture passage:
 
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
 
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
 
I went to my Strong's Concordance and looked up the following words from this passage:
 
together
 
remain
 
"Together" is also translated as "simultaneously" or "at the same time".
 
"Remain" is also translated "survive".
 
So, by substituting the above words in place of "together" and "remain", the passage would now read like this:
 
............."and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
 
Then we which are alive and survive shall be caught up simultaneously with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air............."
 
Survive what?  The earthquake?
 
Reading 1 Thess. 4:16 this way seems to indicate that the earthquake or catastrophic even associated with the Rapture may actually end up killing some of us but since the Lord takes his Bride at the very same instant, it won't really matter.  Either way, in a split second, we will be in the arms of our Saviour. 
 
Still, it's no wonder men's hearts will be failing them with fear.  Sounds like a very scary scenario.  It will be the ultimate test of our faith that Jesus will save us.
 
Isn't it amazing that the closer we get to our redemption, the more God is opening our minds to the truth of how everything will take place? 
 
Blessings to you, Suzi!!!