Thursday, March 24, 2011

Is "rapture" in the Bible?

I just got a question about the word rapture.
"I have a friend who is an avid studier of the Bible and a Christian. He insists that the 'rapture' is never mentioned in the Bible. Do you have more info to rebute his belief?"

The word rapture is from the Latin version of the Greek word "Harpazo", meaning to snatch away It is also known as "the gathering together". See 1Cor 15:51-54 and 1Thes. 4:15-18. The concept is commonly known as the rapture.

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  1. Funny, some of peoples ideas of the "rapture" is not in the Bible either. We often get our beliefs unintentionally, for movies, books, ets. The idea that we will all just vanish is not in the Bible. The Bible says the Lord will return with a shout and a trumpet, and we will meet him in the air:
    16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
    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.

  2. This happens "in the twinkling of an eye", so from the perspective of those still on the earth, it would look like we vanished.


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