1st Corinthians 15:51-58


By David J. Stewart

1st Corinthians 15:51-52, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

       The Bible tells us that the Rapture is a mystery, amongst many mysteries in the Bible. Old Testament saints weren't even familiar with the teaching of the Rapture. It was Jesus Himself Who first taught the Rapture in Matthew


The Rapture is a mystery that was not revealed in the Old Testament prophecies (1 Cor. 15:51). The Old Testament prophets taught about the bodily resurrection, but they did not teach that some would be glorified without dying. They prophesied about the resurrection of Jews at the end of the Tribulation (Dan. 12:1-2), but they did not see the Rapture of New Testament believers before the Tribulation.

2. The dead in Christ will be raised to incorruption and the believers who are living at that time will be changed from mortal to immortal (1 Cor. 15:52-53). “Incorruptible” means the resurrection body will be incapable of such things as pain and sickness. “Immortal” means incapable of dying.

3. The Rapture of church-age believers is a source of great encouragement and motivation to godly Christian service (1 Cor. 15:58). The Rapture is a very important doctrine. It helps to motivate the Lord’s people to stay awake spiritually and it helps to motivate the churches to stay busy in the work of preaching the gospel to lost souls before it is too late.

4. What about “the last trump”?

The trumpet that will sound at the Rapture of the church-age saints has nothing to do with the trumpets that will sound in Revelation as judgments on this world or the trumpets that sound in reference to Israel. The church is not a part of these other programs. Her “trump” is a different one. The church’s last trump is when she shall finally be congregated together to the Lord (1 Th. 4:17). Compare Numbers 10:7.

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