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The Origin of the word Rapture (An English word from the Latin word Rapiemur) :Christian Reality or a Recent Hoax?

Updated on September 14, 2012

Over the years I have seen quite a few articles online that promote the Anti-Rapture /Margaret MacDonald - Hoax theology...

There are several churches that do much to promote it and keep it perpetuating.

They seem to be splinter groups of some legalistic 7th day Adventist stock... Not sure more than that as they are somewhat “Ambiguous or non-denominational” and it is common for the source pages to be missing when you search for their origins.

Saying “The Rapture is not a word found in your King James English Bible” is sort of like saying:

“Webster’s English Dictionary does not have the word "Conceiçao" in it...”

Well of course not... "Conceiçao" is a Portuguese word.

Likewise Rapture is an English rendition of an old Latin word with the same base or root as Raptur (the name of a Bird)

It is in the Vulgate Bible, found in:

1 Thes 4:17 deinde nos qui vivimus qui relinquimur simul rapiemur cum illis in nubibus obviam Domino in aera et sic semper cum Domino erimus

In English that is:

1 Thes 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The Word "Rapiemur" (or rather its Greek Equivalent “Harpazo”) was rendered "Caught Up" when the English Bible was translated.

Latin was the dominate language in religion for many years.. the Latin Word "Rapiemur" then could be used from its root and said in different ways... Rapture is one of those renderings that have come down to use in English over time.

This story about the Scottish girl (Margaret MacDonald) and her Visions, is pretty much like an internet hoax that keeps getting retold and growing as it goes.

First they say that it is the Origin of the Rapture… and downplay the Bible passages that teach it, and the Bible verses that show the early church was already waiting for it in their time (as early as the first century).

Then they call it "The Secret Rapture theory". And try to turn it into a Hidden event which Jesus himself condemned… (Mark 13)

The Rapture will not be a "Secret" when it happens. It will be a major Worldwide event that cannot be swept under a rug.

Jesus said that his coming would be like Lightning from the east is seen in the west.. Everyone will know that something great has happened... but they may not understand exactly what it was that happened...

The Bible also says they will be sent a strong delusion to believe the Anti-Christ’s lies.

The Rapture may be a new thing to some Christians and especially to Protestant branches.. but it is by no means a new thing to Bible believers (Baptists).

Baptists did not get our theological ideas from the Church of Scotland, or from the Anglicans or Catholics.

We are Sola Scriptura Separatists.

The Concept of Christ returning for his Bride is as old as the Church that He Himself founded. It is His Promise to us, and it is also our “Blessed Hope”. (Titus 2:13)

My Advice to you on this is that you put away the same old reading material that you have been inundated with… and Read the Bible passages I have quoted in their proper context. If you want more to study on it, then just do some reading behind some different writers on the “Rapture of the Church”

Study the “Pre tribulation rapture”, Mid tribulation, and maybe “Rapture theories”

I have my opinions like everyone does… But I do not necessarily propose to you any one specific view… Pre, Mid or Post Tribulation Event.. I think that that should be for you to decide for yourself after you do more study on it…

It is a fun study.. called Eschatology.

And will entail you dividing of scripture to discern when Jesus will return for his Church.

Some think early and some think later… But most will agree that it should be Sometime before or during the first 3 ½ years of the Anti Christ’s 7 year Reign.

Have fun.. But be careful who you read behind as in every century there are those who do allot of damage to peoples faith through confusion. Usually teaching Half Truths when they know more than they are telling…

Like for example: Those people who keep posting the Margaret MacDonald stuff; do you think that they did not know that the Latin root Rapiemur is the base of Rapture??? They know it… but it suits their game to play ignorant and deceive their readers.

Preparations for your future

It is one thing to debate theology and religion.. and yet quite another thing to take those lessons learned and apply them in our lives.

It is one thing to talk and dream about the Lords return and yet quite another to actually be Prepared to meet your maker.

If you died today, Do you know for certain that you are Saved? Do you know for certain that you would be received up into heaven to be with the Lord for eternity… Or would you find yourself in a dark and dismal place awaiting your future Judgment and the eventual eternal punishment for your sins and rejection of God?

Not everyone who calls themselves “Christian today” are in fact Saved… It will be a Very Rude Awakening for some people to die in their sins and realize too late that they had all of the opportunities in the world to get saved.. to receive Christ.. to place their faith in the savior… But that they chose to pretend instead.

For your Consideration I would like to present a Simple Biblical “Plan of Salvation” for you to read and ponder upon… Continue Reading at:


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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 6 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      Hello out there, "somewhere in the 3rd world"! What you've relayed is a great covering of this frequently debated topic. I like espeically that you have mentioned some of the "false prophets" that are out there, whose views are contributing to the 'Apostasy' of today.

      May the Lord's hand continue to be with you my friend as we all prepare for His coming Kingdom! "Come O Lord... Our Lord, comes." ...Rev.Ted