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Favorite 29 The Word Rapture

July 21, 2017

Synopsis of May 28, 2015 …… The Word Translated Rapture

1 Thessalonians 4:17 – “Then 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.”

How many times have you heard that the word “rapture” isn’t found in scripture? True, one will never find this word in an English translation of scripture. But does this mean that it doesn’t exist at all?

How many times have you heard that those who use the word rapture must be labeled unorthodox, blasphemers, illiterate, or heretical? The terms “millennial reign” and “millennium” aren’t found in scripture either, but the phrase “reign for a thousand years” is found in Revelation 20:4-7! Neither can the phrase “second coming” be found anywhere in the Bible. Likewise, the word “trinity” isn’t found in the Bible. None of these words or phrases gets anyone labeled unorthodox, a blasphemer, an illiterate, or a heretic, except the word rapture!

The Origin Of The Word Translated “Rapture”
True, one will never find this word, rapture, in an English translation of scripture.   The term, caught up is, however, found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 – “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught-up.   This term, caught-up, is the Greek word harpazō, [ἁρπάζω G726] which means to be seized or plucked up by force, to catch (away, or up), pluck, pull, or to take by force.

As the language in the church changed from Greek to Latin, Saint Jerome was given the task of translating the scriptures from Greek to Latin, and used the word “rapiemur” to translate the Greek word harpazō. Rapiemur and rapturo are two forms of the same verb, as are: rapio, rapere, rapui, raptus. The English word, rapture, simply comes from the Latin translation, rapiemur, of the Koiné Greek word, harpazō.

The Rapture Is The Blessed Hope
How many times have you heard that the Church/Bride of Yeshua will have to endure either part of or the entire tribulation period?   Apparently these people are not looking for “the blessed hope”, as scripture calls it. Shedding this mortal, earthly, fleshy body for a body that will be like Yeshua’s – glorious, radiant, honorable, powerful, undying, and spiritual is a blessed hope. Leaving this earthly realm to always be with Yeshua when he appears and is revealed is a blessed hope.

Throughout the Newer Covenant scriptures, we see an image of the meeting with Yeshua Ha’Mashiach upon the resurrection/rapture as a blessed, joyful, wonderful event. At the resurrection, we receive our immortal, incorruptible bodies in which we will spend eternity. Now that is a blessed hope.

Conclusions
The word Rapture, is indeed used in scripture. But one has to do one’s homework and trace its origins. Greek to Latin to English! The English word, rapture, simply comes from the Latin translation, rapiemur, of the Koiné Greek word, harpazō. The Rapture will simply be like being caught for some up but for others will be like being yanked out of here! The snatching away, the catching up, the seizing, or the harpazō, whichever term one uses, will not be something that human beings accomplish. When Yeshua shouts, he will be commanding our immediate presence, not asking if we would mind coming up once we’ve gotten showered and dressed in our finest linens!

Are you looking forward to The Resurrection / Rapture with joy, with a living hope, and overwhelming gladness? Are you looking forward to the blessed hope? Or are you simply expecting to be taken up with nary a whimper, leaving your clothes behind in a crumpled heap? Not much fun in that, is there!

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