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What is the rapture?

I never seen it once in the bible! It doesnt even describe it


Asked by Patience909 at 7:36 PM on Jan. 4, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • Because it's not there.

    The Rapture Doctrine was first expressed by Increase and Cotton Mather, Puritan preachers, in the late 1600's - early 1700's. But John Nelson Darby really took it and ran, formulating a rather sophisticated doctrine based on a lot of extrapolation of various different passages.

    However, the Rapture Doctrine is not original Apostolic teaching. Neither the Roman Catholic Church nor the Eastern Orthodox Church teach this doctrine.

    Answer by Redteux at 7:57 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • The rapture is when Jesus calls us up to Heaven, those that are saved, dead or alive. We will meet Him in the air and spend seven years with Him in Heaven while the people who rejected Him go through seven years of tribulation. It's true that "rapture" is not in the Bible, but the doctrine most certainly is there. Jesus said over and over that He would return for us after He prepared Heaven for us. (John 14:1-4) I Thess. 4:15-17
    These are just a few verses that I could think of.

    Answer by Laura2U at 8:20 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • hmm I thought I posted in here a long post..... Ill try again... The primary passage used to support this idea is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, in which Paul cites "the word of the Lord" about the return of Jesus to gather his saints.
    ...and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.
    The Latin rapiemur is Saint Jerome's translation of the Koine Greek verb harpazo, which means "caught up" or "taken away." The Greek verb harpazō (ἁρπάζω) is used only in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 and Acts 8:38.[8]
    Acts 8:39 "And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away (Greek harpazo) Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea."

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 10:16 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Red is right about where this teaching came from. This teaching also was quelched by all of the different Church leaders for many years. It wasn't until the beginning of the last century that it came up again only to be again quelched. When it really took off was with the "Left Behind" series. Jack Chick was the first one to bring it back but he was so radical in many of his beliefs that again the majority of Church leaders rebuked his teachings. But as an evil little worm it has found it's way right into the heart of many churches. If you talk to the old ones I mean the ones who are in their late 80's to 90's you will find that this was not taught until the 1970's as Gospel truth.

    Answer by oldermomof5 at 5:53 AM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • That's when Jesus/ The Messiah returns for the church (aka those who are devoted believers). He is suppose to come and take all the Christians from earth in a blink of an eye. Its in Revalations 10...I think


    Answer by sugahmamma at 7:45 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Strong's references 13 usages of harpazo (#726) in the New Testament.[9]

    he New English Bible, translated from the Greek[12] in 1 Thess. 4:16 has this footnote: suddenly caught up. Or "snatched up." The Greek verb arpazo (ἁρπάζω) implies that the action is quick or forceful, so the translation added the adverb "suddenly" to make this implicit notion clear.

    There you go... its there....

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 10:17 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • The word "rapture" does not appear in Scripture. Neither does the word "trinity". You can find what will happen when the Lord returns in 1Th 4:16-17. You can also read about it in 1Co 15: 51-53.

    Answer by popzaroo at 12:34 AM on Jan. 5, 2011