1Cor 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
I like to listen to different teachers of the pre-tribulation and post-tribulation rapture and in doing so I have
learned many things. As I was listening to this gentleman prove his case for a pre-tribulation rapture, he used 1Cor
15:51 in order to prove that the teaching of the secret pre-trib was actually in the Bible by trying to debunk the
idea that no one ever taught it.
The word 'mystery' can also be translated into 'secret'
His case was that this is the teaching of the secret rapture and the second coming was something that everyone
was familiar with, but this was a different event unknown to the human population at that time. What he failed to
realize was the "secret" wasn't about the event that is going to take place, but rather the things in the event that
were going to take place. People never heard the teaching that 'we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,'
that is the "secret" that was revealed not the rapture event that people have known since Daniel 12:2. As a matter
of fact Paul is expounding, on what Daniel revealed, to a group of people that already knew and understood the
subject matter concerning the resurrection and you can see this by the way he just goes into the topic.
Just to make sure I'm clear on this subject: The only secret Paul revealed was that not everyone would need to be
dead in order to be raptured when the time comes.
Again we can see that Paul taught this more than once:
1Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of
the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16 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:
1Th 4:17 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.
The subject matter is not about the rapture (verse 15 ...we which are alive...), it's about the ones that will be alive
during the event.
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