I see room for a circa 70AD rapture of the sort Ed Stevens & Walt Hibbard describe from 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 that accompanies the John 14:1-3 reality that Jesus brings the New Jerusalem with Him at His Return.
(And Rev 21-22's "New Jerusalem" is Hebrews 12:22's "Heavenly Jerusalem" which is Galatians 4:26's "Jerusalem which is above" which is the home Jesus goes away to prepare for us in John 14:1-3. I think we are agreed here, right? Interesting how at Mt. Sinai the leading men and Moses are called upward to meet the LORD at His coming to the Hebrews).
It was an interesting night when I happened through Ardmore, OK one Wednesday night to visit Don Preston's church. Don was trying his best to shoot down the idea of any rapture while preaching through the Greek of 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17. But the more evidence from the biblical Greek expressions around the term "parousia" that he brought out, the more he had to honestly admit how it is employed to speak of the ancient practice of local dignitaries meeting together up the road outside their town to welcome and accompany a visiting higher dignitary that final leg of journey. He also had to admit honestly that "air" in v17 is used in ancient Greek for "the atmosphere above." It was so ironic because, as he was quoting commentaries he was expressing his amazement at how the commentators often would occasionally end up providing better evidences for the positions they were straining to refute than the ones they were trying to promote. And here I was witnessing him doing the very same thing. May God bless Don Preston, he is a good guy, however, afterall. So I see a rapture occurring as Jesus is beginning His final descent of Return, (although I have not proved it here but merely mentioned it). And Don Preston inadvertently provided me with more support for my long-held position.
1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For 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.16For 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: 17Then 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.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
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And this is love: that we keep Christ's commandments ~ 2 John 6