The real rapture, beloved, is the catching up of a risen soul and spirit who has put on the spiritual body of the resurrection. This spiritual body is given for ASCENSION, and to enable a spiritual and heavenly EXPERIENCE which is so high as to be inconceivable except to those who have been caught up out of the earthly body (as mentioned by Paul) and who thereby know something of it, if not just a foretaste of it.
Beloved, the apostle Paul was given a taste of the glory of the first resurrection when he was “caught up” to the third heaven, and this seems to have caused him to press so after the resurrection mark and the spiritual body (to know no more absence from the Lord – 2 Corinthians 5:7) that no price was too great for him to pay, no suffering too great for him to suffer, when that was compared to even the taste of glory that was given to him.
Now, it is my understanding, beloved, that our coming into the glory of the first resurrection entails a resurrection of our spirit, soul and spiritual body, the spiritual body being a HEAVENLY VEHICLE through which one can receive of the spiritual sensations of a realm which excels the life of faith. What I mean by this is that there is a TRANSLATION by way of this spiritual body to a realm in which we see “eye to eye” and “hear as we are heard” and “know even as we are known,” eternal and heavenly objects clear and obvious to us in this place, and we can taste and feel the power and the goodness and sweetness of God CONTINUALLY! As I have shared, I believe that this is also where we can fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ who have attained to Zion and New Jerusalem.
Quite a while ago, beloved, I received a word by the Spirit which said “be an angel.” I believe this word to be creative. By creative I mean that to “be an angel” is to get beyond the the death, the burial, and the resurrection-probation unto the ASCENSION and the GLORIFICATION of the redeemed spirit, soul and spiritual body. There seems to be great grace being released now for those who, like Paul, feel that they MUST lay hold of this thing, at any cost, beloved. SO GO FOR IT!
Along these lines; about 15 years ago, when quite literally going through a hell on earth, the Lord told me that there was a great purpose for the horrifying experience that He was allowing me to go through. As encouragement to me when I was in the midst of spiritual warfare beyond description, He said to me, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” I was tremendously blessed to hear that back then, though to be quite frank, I didn’t have much of a clue as to what He was talking about. Today, I have a pretty good understanding of what those words actually mean.