There are several events recorded in the Bible that must take
place before  the coming  of the Lord,  and our  meeting with
Him in the air.  Comprehension of the Scriptures  will enable
God's people to put  the catching away  of the saints  in the
right perspective,  and to be  prepared for  what lies ahead.  
Jesus,  Himself,  tells us in the 24th chapter  of St. Matthew
that his coming is preceded by the days of tribulation. These
unusual and possibly catastrophic events are revealed in the
book of Revelation  when the sixth seal  is opened from the
book that  is sealed  with the  seven seals.  Again, this book
is the written revelation  of God's judgment  in the  last days;  
the earth doesn't actually experience these phenomenon until
the time for the sounding of  the fourth trumpet in Rev. 8:12.  
Then shall the third part of the sun,  the moon,  and the stars
be smitten;  and a third part  of the day  and the night  will be
darkened.

Paul reveals a mystery to us concerning the catching away
of the saints that most people  are inclined to misconstrue,
or just ignore. But the fact remains that he tells us when the
dead shall be raised,  and when we shall be changed,  and
our corruptible bodies put on incorruption. This all happens  
at the sounding of the last trump;  and the  last trumpet to
sound is
the seventh trumpet.

1 Cor. 15:51-53
Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we
shallall 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.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal
must put on immortality.    

This time of the dead  that Paul foretells of  to take place at
the sounding of  the last trumpet  is revealed in the eleventh
chapter of Revelation.  I know that  most of  the teaching of
today is that the Church,  the Bride of Christ, will already be
gone when the seventh trumpet sounds; but how can that be  
when we  are told here  in these Scriptures  that the  time of
the raising  of the dead  takes place at  the sounding  of the
seventh trumpet.

Rev. 11:15-18
And the  
seventh angel sounded;  and there  were great
voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are
become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and
he shall reign for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on
their seats,  fell upon  their faces,  and worshipped God,
saying,  
We give thee thanks, O lord God Almighty, which art, and
wast,  and art to come:  because thou  hast taken to thee
thy great power, and hast reigned.
And the nations  were angry,  and thy wrath is come,  and
the time of the dead,  that they should be judged, and that
thou
shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets,
and to the saints,  and them that fear thy name,  small and
great
; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.    

Paul gives us another account of the Lord's coming, and of
our being gathered unto him in 2Thess. 2:1-4. Paul explains
to us  that the  Lord shall  not come  until the  man of sin is
revealed, the son of perdition; who will exalt himself above
God,  and even  presume to  take the  place of God.  This
"Wicked One" shall cause the world to follow after him with
his deceit and lying wonders.
And in 2Thess. 2:9-12 the Bible tells us of a strong delusion
that is sent  from God,  which will cause all  who follow after
him to be damned, because they chose to believe a lie, and
live in  unrighteousness,  rather than  choosing truth and the
ways of God.

Another notable sign  of the Lord's coming is the mystery of
God being finished, and the first-fruits of the harvest (Israel)
being made ready.  In Rev. 10:7  the Bible tells us that when
the time comes for  the seventh angel  to sound his trumpet,  
then the mystery of God shall be finished (it shall be brought
to an end, it will be completed, terminated).  In the Scripture
references below we find that the mystery of God is, God in
Christ,  and Christ in man.  This means  that the  mystery of
God,  which is the  plan of  salvation,  shall be  brought to a
close through the bringing in of the nation of Israel, the Jews,
God's chosen among the nations, and God's chosen people.

Rom. 16:25-26
Now to him that is of power to establish you according to
my gospel,  and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according
to the  revelation of  the mystery,  which was  kept secret
since the world began.
But now  is made manifest,  and by the  scriptures of the
prophets,  according to  the commandment  of the ever-
lasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience
of faith.

Col. 1:26-27
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from
generations,  but now  is made  manifest to  his saints:  to
whom God  would make  known what  is the  riches of the
glory of this mystery  among the Gentiles;  which is Christ
in you, the hope of glory:    

There are many Scriptures that reveal to us that Israel must
first enter into  the kingdom of God  and become  a part of
the Body of Christ before  Jesus returns for his Bride.  And
then there's another representation of the coming of Christ
to gather together His elect, and it is symbolized by a great
harvest which takes place in the end time.  God symbolizes
the gathering of His people according to the natural harvest
procedure upon  the earth;  and in the course  of any actual
harvest season  of any particular crop  the primary,  or first,  
fruits to be gathered are called the first-fruits. And the nation
of Israel is the first-fruits of God, and of the Lamb of God.

Rev. 14:14-19
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud
one sat  like unto  the Son  of man,  having on  his head a
golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
And another angel  came out  of the temple,  crying with a
loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle,
and reap;  for the time  is come for  thee to reap;  
for the
harvest of the earth is ripe
.
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth;
and the earth was reaped.
And another  angel came  out of  the temple  which is in
heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
And another  angel came  out from  the altar,  which had
power over fire:  and cried with  a loud cry to him that had
the sharp sickle,  saying,  Thrust  in thy  sharp sickle,  and
gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes
are fully ripe.
And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered
the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine press of
the wrath of God.

This is the time for the event that the Church realm calls the
"Rapture;" this is the time of the harvest of the earth: those
who are righteous  are gathered together  to meet the Lord
in the air,  but the unrighteous are gathered together for the
time of the  pouring out  of God's wrath  upon a rebellious
and wicked world  that refused to adhere  to the gospel of
Jesus Christ. Israel, the first-fruits of God, are the hundred
and forty  and four thousand  that are  the first  to be
numbered and  to be sealed  in the seventh chapter  of the
book of Revelation.  They are numbered because they are
a remnant;  and only a remnant,  or that small  portion that
remains,  shall be saved in Israel.  But the Gentiles are the
great multitude which no man can number.

Rom. 9:27
Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, though the number of
the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant
shall be saved.  

Joel 2:32
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the
name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and
in Jerusalem  shall be deliverance,  as the Lord  hath said,
and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.    

Isa. 10:21
The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob,
unto the mighty God.  

Jer. 2:3
Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the first-fruits of his
increase:  all that devour him shall offend;  evil shall come
upon them, saith the Lor
d.    

Not only is the nation of Israel the first-fruits of God, and of
the Lamb of God,  but they  will also  be the  first to receive
their reward  at the last day;  for they  are the first  that shall
be last, and the last that shall be first.

Rom. 2:6-10
Who will  render to  every man  according to  his deeds:  to
them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory
and honor and immortality, eternal life:
but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth,
but obey unrighteousness,  indignation and wrath,  tribulation
and anguish,  upon every soul of man  that doeth evil,  of the

Jew first, and also the Gentile
;  but glory,  honor,  and peace,
to every  man that  worketh good,  
to the Jew first, and also
to the Gentile
.   

Matt. 20:8-16
So when even was come, the Lord of the vineyard saith
unto his steward,  call the labourers, and give them their
hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh
hour, they received a penny.
But when the first came, they supposed that they should
have received more;  and they  likewise received  every
man a penny.
And when  they had  received it,  they murmured against
the good man  of the house,  saying,  These last have
wrought but  one hour,  and thou  hast made  them equal
unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee
no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last,
even as unto thee.
Is it not lawful  for me to do  what I will  with mine own?
Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
So  
the last shall be first, and the first last:  for many be
called, but few chosen.   

The Jewish people are the few in number that are called the
chosen of God (a remnant);  and the Gentiles are the many
that are the called of God (number that no man can number).

Christ's coming is very near, but let us look for the signs that
proclaim the very season of his coming. For although we will
not know the day,  nor the hour,  of Christ's coming,  we can
know the season.

And these signs  will make known  unto us the  season for
which we wait.  The days of tribulation  that will take place
during the sounding of the first six trumpets;  and then the
time of the  sounding of  the seventh trumpet  will be the
season of the Lord's coming. And again, the changes that
are recorded to  take place in the sun,  the moon,  and the
stars. And the Anti-Christ, the son of perdition, leading the
world astray with his  deceit and damnable lie.  And Israel,
the first-fruits, receiving the covenant of grace through the
blood of Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God.
The Signs Of His Coming
Chapter Two
End Time Bible Prophecy
Latter Day Prophecies
Prophecies Concerning The Last Days
The Word And Prophecy
The Word And Prophecy
Jesus Is The Light Of The World