Is it enough for the Lord to just “deliver His saints” at the rapture? Or could there be a “whole lot more” to it? Might the Father, make a great honor to His Son, in the face of the enemy? The first time Jesus came, He did come like a Lamb, but the next time He is coming as the Lion of Judah. Is this just a nice thought, or is it the truth? At the time of the rapture, all the Saints will be giving the Lord glory from joyous and pure hearts, but Father God, will also see His Son glorified by the evil ones, whether they like it or not.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Lord's return is an “all-creation” event! The rapture, our gathering together to meet Him in the air, is a huge, huge event. Let's look again at what Jesus Himself said about it.
Matthew 24: 27-31 “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Another view of the same event, is at the 6th seal, with the 7th being the rapture.
Revelation 6:12-17 I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
Consider these two sections of the verses from above; “Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn” and "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” They are about the same situation. Many want to believe this is at the "end of the 7 years" but that is when He "comes on a horse," not "with clouds and a throne." (Jesus comes on a horse at the Battle of Armageddon and with other horses, the armies of heaven. An entirely different time and event- it is important to realize the difference.)
John described it as “all will see Him” - even those who pierced Him.
Revelation1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
Jesus told the High Priest that interrogated Him, the same thing.
Matthew 26:63-64And the high priest answered and said to Him, "I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!" Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power [of God], and coming on the clouds of heaven."(Sitting at the right hand of the power of God means “on His throne”- which is confirmed inRevelation 6:12-17)
The earth quakes, sun goes dark and the moon turns blood-red; stars fall to the earth. And yet the sky will light up as when lightning flashes from the east to the west. How can this be? The powers of the heavens will shake. When sign of the Lord comes, which is the sky rolling back like a scroll followed by the sound of heavenly trumpet. The Lord appears on the global seen in the sight of the whole earth with clouds and our glorious Lord is seen there on His throne as He calls out to “gather His people.”
The reason the high priest will see Him sitting at the right hand of the Father, is because “every eye will see Him” - on earth, above the earth and below the earth. This is an “all-creation event.”
The following verses are when the Two Witnesses are raised back to life and raptured up to the Lord along with all God's people. Notice how the one's left “fear and give the Lord glory.”
Revelation 11:11-13 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Now, remember those verses from the first to sections of scripture in this article: “Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn” and "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!”
How will those left “be fearful and give the Lord glory?” They will try to hide from the Lord on His throne because of what they had done on earth, because they completely rejected Jesus Christ and accepted the Antichrist... The wicked one, who they followed, will have blasphemed God, heaven and everything about Him. They will have persecuted God's people to the max. So when the Lord appears and the Two Witnesses of the Gospel that they had hated, come back to life... it will be a huge, incredible “Uh Oh, Are we in deep trouble situation.” They will try to hide but will fail. And they will give Jesus the glory: with their knees bow and their mouths confessing, Jesus Christ is Lord.
Father God, has given Jesus all authority and He will see that “all-creation” will glorify Him!
John 5:22-23 “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”
James 5:9 Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
How much “bowing to the Lord and giving Him glory,” will be done at Armageddon at the end of the 7 years? That is the time of “crushing the rebellion and destroying the rest of mankind” that is left after the trumpets of judgment and bowls of wrath. The only time that is possible is at the rapture.
Consider this verse:
Revelation 14:6-7 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having “the everlasting gospel” to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people-- saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water."
Will the Gospel still be “being preached” at Judgment Day? No, which confirms that this is about the rapture. The Lord's coming is: a harvest to Him, deliverance to the saints and the beginning of judgment to the wicked.
All will fear Him and give Him glory. Some will gladly with joy but others will have no choice. “Every nation, tribe, tongue and people” will have heard the Gospel (by the people of God but more-so by the Two Witnesses) and when Jesus comes as Judge on His Throne, they will fear God, give Him glory and worship Him, whether they like it or not. It will happen.
This prophecy will be fulfilled: "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:9-11
And they will give Him glory.
Revelation 11:13, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven
Matthew 25:31-32 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats."
Matthew 24:30-31 "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Revelation 5:9-13 For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth." Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!" "And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"
The rapture will be an “all-creation, all encompassing” event! Once the people of God are secured in heaven, then both they & the remainder of all humanity, and also, the angels both “not fallen” & “fallen,” wherever they are - all will be bowing to Jesus Christ and giving Him glory.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
While we do believe in a mid tribulation rapture, we are not saying we know the day or the hour. The Lord makes it very clear that no one but the Father knows that. While we do believe it is at or near the middle of the last 7 years of this age, the Lord says that He has to cut the time short for the elect's sake in Matthew 24:22 and who knows the amount of time that will be?