Is the word rapture literally mentioned in the Bible?

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  1. jak2009 profile image59
    jak2009posted 14 years ago

    Is the word rapture literally mentioned in the Bible?

    The English definiton of rapture does not in way go close the meanings the discussion on rapture in this hub. Can someone point to the exact word 'rapture' and tell us the refereence and the version of the Bible.

  2. HOOWANTSTONO profile image60
    HOOWANTSTONOposted 14 years ago

    Its an extra biblical meaning. devised with wrong understanding of the meaning of scriptures.
    There is a Resurrection not a Rapture. Some think that the Church will escape the tribulation and 666 , the Bible says the Tribulation is a time and a testing of the Saints (beleivers)

  3. dwmiller profile image61
    dwmillerposted 14 years ago

    No, the Bible doesn't literally mention the word rapture.  The closest passage we have in the Bible to the rapture is I Thess 4:17.  The word rapture, comes from the latin word rapturo meaning "caught up" in this verse. A quick snatching away.

    Personally, I think this passage makes it very clear that there will be a rapture.

  4. ZJWM2009 profile image60
    ZJWM2009posted 14 years ago

    No, not at all. There is a history and starting point to this teaching. What persons do is point to certain scriptures and then tell you that this means a "rapture." The rapture is a dispensational teaching. It gained a lot of attention because people like gloom and doom and spooky "end time" ideas.

  5. Synclesian profile image73
    Synclesianposted 14 years ago

    Resurrection and rapture are both in the New Testament. Resurrection is coming out of death. The dead are under  the earth in Hades. At the coming of Jesus, the dead in Christ shall rise (from Hades to the earth). The Greek word for resurrection is anastasis, which literally means standing up. Resurrection affords both the dead in Christ a spiritual body, for in Hades they have no body, as well as a new body for those Christians alive on the earth (1 Cor 15; 2 Cor. 5:1-4). Then both parties will be caught up to meet Jesus in the air (not heaven). The Greek word for caught up is harpazo, and is used in 1 Thess. 4:17. It means being carried away by force. It can be translated rapture. While resurrection brings one from death to the earth, rapture takes one from the earth to the sky. This is to save them from the Great Tribulation that will scourge the earth. Then Jesus and His believers will return to the earth to reign for 1000 years.  This is not some invented teaching of John Darby (dispensationalism), nor some fictitious spooky tale. Jesus describes it in Matthew 24-25. It is what the Bible describes.  Listen to Paul himself in 1 Thess 4.  Note how he starts with his desire for people not to be uninformed:

    13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

    14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

    15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

    16For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

    17Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 14 years ago

    No, I think some English guy came up with that after a bad batch of "bangers and mash' . He started seeing people disappear and thought it was a religious experience, turned out they were on their way to the Loo. They had eaten the same thing.

  7. pelican1 profile image58
    pelican1posted 14 years ago

    The rapture, as described in the End Time series and as is taught by some christian sects, is nowhere to be found in the Revelation of St. John. What can be found is some rather terrifying symbology if one does not understand the righting style of of the author of Revelations and the language in which he wrote it.

    Darby, is in fact the author of the rapture doctrine.This idea appeals to people who not only feel entitled to be spared the results of mankind's "sins" on earth, but take some perverse delight in knowing that others will suffer outrageous global catastrophe and the ensuing agony.

    I seem to recall that Jesus once said that those expecting to enter the kingdom of God should come as little children, in other words, childlike; not childish, which is the case, I'm afraid, with the Rapture Christians.

    1. MrMaranatha profile image72
      MrMaranathaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Darby was not around when the Bible was written.. and since the 1st century the Church has been waiting for an imminent return of the Lord "in the Clouds"...
      Not Darby originating anything, But lots of 7th day advocates telling everyone that he did.

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    jcmmanuelposted 14 years ago

    It is not mentioned. Rapture has been popularized by J.N.Darby, it is based on a particular reading of some verses in 1Tess 4 (which is then linked with Daniel 9 in a specific way, and to the book of Revelation) but most Christians do not see rapture in those verses. Most people only see rapture in it once they have heard the particular explanation of these verses in 1Tess 4 (verse 16 and so on I think). It is based on the idea that to meet the Lord (part of the way) indicates a rapture kind of movement. But people before have never understood it that way - the verse may just indicate the coming of Christ in a way which expresses our longing for Him of course. The only event that ALL Christians know about is the coming of Christ - not this 'special' event before the coming of Christ. Most believers believe that Christ will return - that is something Christians have in common. Rapture divides Christians along the lines of one particular bible verse read in a particular way. This sounds to me like a sad thing. (There are also other worries, such as the idea of Christians leaving - once again - the persecution up to the Jewish people on earth... even while Jesus did not promise us to escape from persecution, rather told us we WOULD be persecuted).

    I think Christians should focus on what they have in common.

    1. MrMaranatha profile image72
      MrMaranathaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Darby was not around when the Bible was written.. and since the 1st century the Church has been waiting for an imminent return of the Lord "in the Clouds"...
      Darby didn't originate anything its just 7th day advocates telling everyone that he did.

  9. Apostle Jack profile image60
    Apostle Jackposted 13 years ago

    No it is not ,it is a pagan principal that came from seeing something that is not there.When you don't know the truth you just might say anything.

  10. MrMaranatha profile image72
    MrMaranathaposted 12 years ago

    Before the Bible was in English... it was in other Languages. Two of these languages were Greek and Latin.
    In 1 Thes 4:17 of the Greek we see the word "Harpageesómetha" and in the Latin the word used is "Rapiemur" from which the word Raptor (the Bird) and Rapture the concept of being Caught up and away by Christ comes.

    Both the Word  "Harpagees√≥metha" and "Rapiemur" are defined as "shall be caught up" in English.

    The word Rapture is a coined word that sums up a much larger topic...

    "Hope I See you at the Rapture... Maranatha!!!"

  11. LoisRyan13903 profile image60
    LoisRyan13903posted 10 years ago

    The word rapture is not in the Bible since that is a man-made term. However,  1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 states, "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." (NIV)  So the rapture will occur but we won't know when

  12. Reluctant Revival profile image54
    Reluctant Revivalposted 7 years ago

    It is in the Latin Vulgate as "Rapturo". The author, Jerome, put that word in there to describe Jesus' bride (the church) being "caught up" in the air as the first part of His second coming. Jesus' bride will then be taken to Heaven.......The Latin word Rapturo is translated in English as Rapture.


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