The pre-wrath crowd loves to snicker at pre-trib believers telling us that there will be no "secret" rapture...Really? We've already seen other ways that pre-wrath believers call the bible a liars document, denying the secret rapture is another way they do that. The rapture WILL be a "secret" rapture.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 says, "For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night."
Revelation 3:3, "Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you."
Does a thief come "secretly" ..........YES
The pre-wrathers would argue that the day Jesus comes like a thief is not the day of the rapture, it's the "day of the Lord" , well they'd be wrong and right. The bible tells us clearly how this is going to happen:
Luke 17: 26"Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28"It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30"It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
the DAY that Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down. Things were normal until the DAY that Noah entered the ark, then the flood came and destroyed them all. We see clearly here how the Lord operates, on THE DAY THE RIGHTEOUS ARE RAPTURED, destruction will rain down on the wicked. The Lord never changes. He's told us over and over and over again how He operates. These events happen on the same day, the righteous are raptured and the "day of the Lord" begins.
Here we have a very clear picture of the rapture:
34I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be paralambanō'd (to take to, to take with one's self, to join to one's self) and the other left. 35Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be paralambanō'd (to take to, to take with one's self, to join to one's self) and the other left."[d]
37"Where, Lord?" they asked. He replied, "Where the body is (soma-the body both of men or animals), there the eagles will gather."
Where else in the bible is this word paralambanō used?
Matt 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to paralambanō (to take to, to take with one's self, to join to one's self) unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Notice the word paralambanō was specifically used in the context of TAKING SOMEONE IN MARRIAGE.......we are the bride of Christ....how much more plain could it be?
Again, in verse 37 we see "Where, Lord?" they asked. He replied, "Where the body is (soma-the body both of men or animals), there the eagles will gather."
Is the Lord really talking about "eagles" here? What does men and women being paralambanō'd have to do with eagles? Well, if the BODY of christ is no longer on earth since it is meeting Christ in the clouds during the rapture, the BODY would be flying/in flight right? Put the statement into context, the context is men and women being joined to Christ as in marriage (paralambanō) it's about bodies (soma) in flight (eagles).
The rapture of faithful believers is VERYVERYVERY near, be watching, be ready...Grace and Peace