If RAPTURE comes from the Latin word raptura, which means the same as the Greek word harpazo for "caught up",?
Why isn't the word rapture used in any bible?
It's obvious that if there's no such word, like the trinity there would be no such teaching!
- TigerLv 77 years ago
The word “rapture” does not occur in the Bible. The concept of the rapture, though, is clearly taught in Scripture. The rapture of the church is the event in which God removes all believers from the earth in order to make way for His righteous judgment to be poured out on the earth during the tribulation period. The rapture is described primarily in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. God will resurrect all believers who have died, give them glorified bodies, and take them from the earth, along with those believers who are still alive and who will at that time also be given glorified bodies. “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with 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” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
The rapture will be instantaneous in nature, and we will receive glorified bodies at that time. “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). The rapture is the glorious event we should all be longing for. We will finally be free from sin. We will be in God's presence forever. There is far too much debate over the meaning and scope of the rapture. This is not God’s intent. Rather, in regard to the rapture, God wants us to “encourage each other with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18).
- HaeoLv 67 years ago
I believe the term was created a couple of centuries ago.
I'm also pretty sure the Bible is rather vague on the concept of the rapture, particularly that it only really says "The Lord will gather those elect and take them to be with him".
Currently I'm pretty skeptical about the whole "people vanishing instantly and atheists being left looking at empty sets of clothes" as I think that's a bit of a massive fabrication.
And as a Christian I understand that it doesn't really matter *how* exactly it will happen, only that Jesus is explicit that it does - and if we've found reason to trust that he's the son of God, we kind of have to trust his word on that, too.
(Also, nothing actually hinges on what you *believe* about the rapture / end times - the absolute truth is irrespective of your opinion!)
- Guru HankLv 77 years ago
Use an American Bible instead of a Latino Bible.