When will the Rapture occur? One can only guess, for this
is truly a mystery, as was affirmed by the Apostle Paul (1 Cor.
15:51), and is not a subject of Old Testament prophecy (Rom.
16:25; Col. 1:26).
Definition of the Mystery
The mystery is this: The body of believers in Christ, which
have lived since the time of Christ and until the time of the
Rapture, is a body in which Gentiles are able to come to God
directly through Christ, the Jewish Messiah (Eph. 3:6)—
without the birthright of God’s chosen people, the Jews, or
through adoption of Jewish Mosaic Law.16
Salvation was extended to the Gentiles because the Jews
were not in a right relationship with God. They could have
been a blessing to the rest of the world, yet to this day they
continue to chafe under God’s rejection. 17
In a sense, the problem of an unrepentant Jewish nation
has temporarily been set aside, while God carries on with busi-
ness (Rom. 11:11-25). They’re “on break,” and are being dis-
ciplined. In the meantime, we who are believers by faith, hav-
ing been sprinkled with the blood of Christ, are able to pass
from the outer court of the temple directly into the Holy of Ho-
lies! We who are in Christ may go directly to the throne of
God, and no longer need a priest to intercede and make sacri-
fice for our sins.
Non-Jews who became Jews by following Mosaic Law are called prose-
Jews who come to faith in Christ the same as Gentiles become part of the