Reasoning with Jehovah's Witnesses

25. The Rapture


Part 1: The Nature of God 
1. The Deity of Christ 
2. The Personality of the Holy Spirit 
3. The Trinity 
Part 2: The Nature of Man 
4. The Spirit of Man 
5. The Soul of Man 
6. The Nature of Death 
7. Resurrection 
8. The Nature of Hell 
Part 3: God's People 
9. Israel 
10. The 144,000 
11. God's Organization 
12. The Great Crowd 
13. The Faithful and Discreet Slave 
14. Persecution 
Part 4: Man's Salvation 
15. The Gospel 
16. Being Born Again 
17. Salvation 
18. Justification 
19. Sufficiency of Christ's Redemption 
20. Relationship with Christ 
21. Christian Freedom 
22. Witnessing 
Part 5: The Last Days 
23. The Return of Christ 
24. Watchtower Chronology -- The Year 1914 
25. The Rapture 
26. The Kingdom 
27. The New Heaven and New Earth 
Appendix A: Disassociation Letter 
Appendix B: The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures 
Scripture Index 
Subject Index 

25. The Rapture

Jehovah's Witnesses believe that:

a. The rapture occurred invisibly in the year 1918.9

b. Surviving the great tribulation and entering the cleansed earth following the great tribulation is the hope that the Bible holds out for Christians living during these last days.10 The bodily rapture of the Christian church is a false hope and will not occur.11

c. The rapture and the first resurrection do not involve resurrection of the physical body.12


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Q1. What hope does the Bible hold out for Christians living during these last days?

John 14:3-"I [Jesus] will come again, and receive you to Myself"

John 14:18-"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you."

Phil 3:20-21-For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body

1 Thess 1:10-to wait for His Son from Heaven...Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come

1 Thess 4:15-18-For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of [the] archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 John 3:2-We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.

Rev 3:10-Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that [hour] which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth.


Q2. Will the Christians be taken up bodily?



Q3. How should hope of the rapture affect one's Christian life?

Phil 1:6-He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ

Phil 1:10-be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ

1 John 2:28-And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

1 John 3:2-3-We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And every one who has this hope [fixed] on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.


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a. The rapture is the only valid hope (other than dying in Christ and being resurrected) that the Bible holds out to Christians living in these last days. The rapture has not yet occurred.

b. At the rapture, Christians will be taken up bodily to meet the Lord.

c. Expectation of the rapture has a purifying affect on those who have this hope.


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Scriptures commonly used by Jehovah's Witnesses:

1 Cor 15:50-flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God


Luke 24:39-"...a spirit does not have FLESH AND BONES as you see that I have."



9. Babylon the Great has Fallen, p. 458

10. Watchtower, 12/1/85, p. 17

11. Babylon the Great has Fallen, p. 458

12. Ibid.