Clearing Up the Confusion and Ending the Speculation About the ‘Rapture’

Minister Paul J Bern
8 min readMay 29, 2023

Clarifying the “Rapture” of the Church

by Rev. Paul J. Bern

(1st Thessalonians 4: 13–18; Matt. 24: 3–14; Rev. 13: 5–8)

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For as long as I have been alive, which has been for quite a while now, there has been endless talk and rampant speculation about the ‘rapture’, or literally snatching away, of all the ‘real’ followers of Christ. This has been predicted to take place within 3–7 years prior to the return, or Second Coming, of our Lord and Savior. There are 3 versions or explanations of the “rapture” of the Church, also known in the Book of Revelation as the Bride of Christ. But before we get into that, let’s have a look at one of several passages in the New Testament about the ‘rapture’ so we can get a little background, and I quote:

First Thessalonians Chapter Four Explained

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to God’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will



Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player