I have been watching YouTube videos of Dr. Michael Heiser’s lessons on The Rapture. They are very informative. I did not know that there are so many theories concerning this event. I must commend Dr. Heiser for his non-committal to any one theory. As he says, all of them may be right. This is the true answer.
It seems that The Rapture consists of 3 parts: The Rapture itself, the Tribulation, and the Second Coming of Christ. It is the order of these elements that composes the different theories surrounding The Rapture.
Both The Apocalypse and The Rapture are meditative experiences, period.
Both are metaphorical, not physical. Only those who have reached a certain level of prayer or meditation will experience The Rapture and/or The Apocalypse.
I’m sorry, but at no time will anyone physically disappear from the earth. There will not be a mass disappearance of the population causing numerous accidents all over the globe and it does not matter if Solomon’s Temple is reclaimed and physically rebuilt in Jerusalem.
Here is why.
The universal model of spiritual attainment contains 2 distinct paths that are mirror images of each other.
The Anima-based personality – Birth of the Spiritual Being AKA: The Grail Path, The Virgin’s Path, The Way of Grace
This path begins at the crown chakra. Once the crown chakra is opened, Grace then flows down into the inner sanctum slowly cleansing the inner being or soul. Once the soul is fully cleansed and full of Grace, the divine gives the purpose of one’s life. This is known as the Immaculate Conception. The average time it takes for Grace to cleanse the soul is 20-30 years. Once the task is accepted the root chakra opens to allow Passion/Kundalini to rise up through the soul and give the adherent the power to accomplish this given and accepted task. The full attainment of Passion happens within “A twinkling of the eye,” because the inner being is totally empty, like a womb. At this point, nothing and no one can stop the adherent from accomplishing this task, not even death. This is why martyrdom was so prized in ancient times.
In this scenario, there is no Tribulation and the spirit is not broken. The soul grows slowly over time like a mustard seed in the earth of the womb. While the person will encounter hardships and setbacks on the road to accomplishing their task, they will have all the Grace and Passion they need to accomplish their divine mission. The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ are one and the same event. If there has to be a separate Rapture event, I would have to say that it occurs after the death of the body. Elisha, Jesus, and Mother/Virgin Mary were all documented cases of people seeing the spirit rise to the heavens.
The Animus-based personality – Death of the Ego AKA: The Path of the King, The Hero’s Journey, The Way of Passion/Kundalini
This path begins at the base chakra. Once the base chakra opens, Passion or Kundalini then flows up into the inner sanctum, slowly burning away the ego that has built up within the soul. This process is very stressful for the individual, both mentally and physically. It feels like everything you know and love dies. The Book of Job gives the full expression of not just the inner events but also the common reactions of those who are friends and spouses. This suffering is The Tribulation. The average time it takes for the Passion to burn off the entire ego is 7-10 years. When the Ego is fully gone, Passion burns open the crown chakra.
At this point, the spirit rises into the heavens and meets Jesus in the air. (The Rapture) Jesus is the Prince of Peace, which is an attribute of Grace. Grace then pours into the hollowed out tomb, blessing the soul and forgiving all sin. The process of blessing and forgiving gives birth or new life to the inner spiritual being, or rebuilds the Temple of God. It takes on average 10-15 years to rebuild inner spiritual being or in the case of Job, grow a new family.
In this scenario, the Tribulation is fully experienced. All who go through this process are grateful for all the trials that show them the error of their ways. The Tomb can only be carved out through this process. You will know them by the fruit of their spirits: ability to forgive and to serve.
The only possibility for The Rapture to happen half way through the Tribulation is to completely drop the Ego in one swoop. There has to be a significant incident in one’s life for this to happen. This incident can be either a random horrific occurrence or an artificially created ritualistic event. (The Evangelical Hell Houses and the Freemason initiation with the noose around the neck come to mind.) The mind cannot tell the difference between real and created.