The First Rapture of The Church Age Will Mirror The final Rapture of the Church Age
With God there is always perfect symmetry and consistent patterns.
An incident of Rapture occurred to usher in the time to begin marking the fulness of the gentiles and The Rapture will occur here soon to usher in the time to conclude the fulness of the gentiles.
The Church age began after Pentecost, specifically beginning 10 days after the ascension of Jesus Christ followed by the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the soon following rapid succession of events from the stoning of Stephen and the conversion of the Eunuch, Cornelius, and the ultimate conversion of Paul and the Mystery of the Church age being given directly to Paul.
In Acts Chapter 8 we are told that Philip was Raptured - Caught up and removed from his physical location and relocated after bringing the first Gentile to salvation - Acts 8:39 KJV - which ushered in the time to begin the fulfilling the time of the Gentiles. * See note 1 below on solid evidence that it was the African Eunuch who was the first Gentile saved instead of Cornelius. ** See note 2 on the fullness of the gentiles and this time period compared to the age of the gentiles.
Therefore I can logically conclude that an incident of the Rapture occurred to usher in the time to begin marking the fulness of the gentiles and The Rapture will occur here soon after the last person in this age is saved to usher in the time to conclude the fulness of the gentiles.
The purpose of this Blog is not to argue the doctrine of the precise event marking the beginning of the dispensation of Grace also known as the Church Age. There's much debate as the exact precise beginning of the Church age. *** You can study for yourself in the note 3 below. I personally believe it happened over time beginning from Pentecost through the conversion of Paul. We ought not to become too dogmatic on a precise event.
Dr. Keener makes the compelling case that it was the African Eunuch who was the first Gentile Christian and not Cornelius.
The First Gentile Christian was from Africa—Acts 8:26-40
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.”
King James Version (KJV)
“The times of the Gentiles” has been operating ever since the Babylonians began deporting Jews to Babylon. For over 2,500 years now, Gentiles having been ruling over Israel and her land, when Israel was supposed to be God’s chief nation had she not disobeyed Him. “The fulness of the Gentiles” involves God forming the Church the Body of Christ of people without distinction (Jews are considered Gentiles in the Dispensation of Grace). This has only been going on for the last 2,000 years (beginning with the Apostle Paul). “The fulness of the Gentiles” will end at the Rapture, when the Body of Christ is complete, while “the times of the Gentiles” will conclude at Jesus Christ’s Second Coming at least seven years later.
When did the church age begin?
Proof the Church age began at Pentecost
The Mid Acts Believers