The rapture is the rejoining of the Spirit of a man with his physical body. The body becomes a glorified version of itself, having no blood in it. No blood is also referred to as corruption, meaning decay (1Thessalonians. 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-55).
The Rapture is distinct from the resurrection because it happens only once and happens to people who are dead, as well as those who are alive at the time of the event. The resurrection takes place with dead people first. Both companies go to Heaven in glorified bodies, and both return to earth with Christ during Armageddon.
Those who are raptured are unique in their dispensation, because this group will never experience death like everyone else does. They are transformed alive. In some way, this transition must cause physical death and resurrection simultaneously, or within moments of one another. The reason for this assertion is that it is written,
“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27
Those experiencing the Rapture are unique, having this isolated exception to the way they transition from physical life to Heaven. These will be those who never entered Heaven in Spirit form without their bodies.
Jesus is the “first” to experience this transition Christians refer to as the “Rapture” or the “First Advent” of Christ, Jesus “first” coming (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:50-55; Matthew 24:40-42; Luke 17:34-36).
In this context Jesus is also referred to as the “first begotten of the dead”
“From Jesus Christ, who is the faithful and true witness, and the first begotten of the dead” Revelation 1:5
Jesus being the “first” to be resurrected.
There is only ONE Rapture event, but the rapture is directly connected to the beginning of the tribulation, which belays five viewpoints of when the rapture would take place.
Meaning all Saints alive at the time the tribulation begins will be taken up bodily to meet Christ in the clouds and subsequently go to Heaven. This rapture is referred to as the First Advent of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-55). Those who become believers after the tribulation begins, do so by refusing the mark of the beast and being killed off, but their death is NOT a raptured event. (Revelation 13:15-18). Pre-Tribulation is the only advent that is supported by scripture.
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10
Meaning the Rapture will occur during the Tribulation at the Midpoint but before the Seven Vial Judgments.
Seven Trumpet Tribulation
The Rapture occurs at the sound of the seventh trumpet (Revelation 11:15; 1 Corinthians 15:52)
Rapture occurs at the 3i/2 year point, before the harsher aspects of the tribulation unfold.
No one is taken to Heaven at all. Everyone is gathered on Earth by Christ into the thousand year reign at the end of the tribulation.