Meaning of "Rapture"
What follows is a summary discussion
of a very important event in Bible prophecy. The Appendix goes into more detail for the benefit of the serious student.
"Rapture" comes from the words "caught up" in I Thessalonians 4:17. In the Greek the word is harpazo
- "to seize upon by force", "to snatch up." The Latin translators used the word rapturo. Some people claim
that "rapture" is not a Biblical term. This is untrue, unless they want to say that "God" and "Jesus"
are not Biblical Terms. Almost all words in our English Bible are translations of Greek or Hebrew expressions, and are, therefore,
not in the Bible in the form we know them. "God" is a proper and meaningful translation of certain words in the
original languages, and "Jesus" is a good translation for us of His name (Yeshua, "Joshua," "The
Lord Saves," in Hebrew). In the same way, the English word "rapture" which means "to be caught up"
is an excellent translation for the Greek harpazo
From Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia
The rapture ("harpazo" in Greek) is the
event in certain systems of Christian eschatology (the study of the end times) in which it is stated that all born-again Christians
will be taken from Earth into Heaven by Jesus Christ. While almost all forms of Christianity believe that those who are saved
will have eternal life, the term "rapture" is usually applied specifically to the event in which all Christians
on Earth are simultaneously transported by some manner of physical bodily ascension to join Christ. Everyone else on Earth
will be left to wonder where they went. The concept has been popularized recently by proponents of the dispensationalist or
futurist interpretations of scripture. According to these theories, current world events indicate that the fulfillment of
prophecies of the end times is imminent.
The timing of when the rapture will take place is a key point often discussed
and debated between denominations and individuals who accept the notion. The most common is that the rapture will take place
immediately prior to or during the great tribulation, a seven-year period preceding the second coming of Christ. Others propose
that the rapture will take place after the events of the tribulation, as Christ comes to Earth to establish a kingdom here,
taking over rulership of the world.
An alternative viewpoint is that Jesus will return when all on Earth have come
to worship Him as their savior.