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About The Rapture
Is the Rapture Scriptural and is the Terminology Proper ?
seems to be considerable confusion about the word; "Rapture" and it's
usage to define the Second coming of our Lord for his Bride-The Church.
The old English usage of the word implies; "a Carrying
Webster's dictionary makes note of it being an obsolete usage in that
sense. For that reason many people are puzzled at the terminology when
used to identify The Second Coming of Christ. Even though the scripture
doesn't contain the specific word Rapture; we see quite often a word
that means Rapture. "Ascension" is used in scripture both in the Old
New Testaments and means virtually the same thing as rapture. We will
look at some
of them later.
all reality there is no Doctrine of the rapture but there is the
Doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ even though many
use the word Rapture in their speech. That terminology doesn't present
a problem for me but we are seeing more and more of the fulfilling of
the Prophesy: "In the last days,
Knowledge shall be
for that reason many good people are having a problem with reasoning
the importance of a word that isn't translated into English in our
Bibles. The translators of the King James Bible used the word "Ascension" or "Going up" or "Caught up" to identify the
of both the dead in Christ and those who are alive at His Second Coming
to remove them from Earth and join Christ in the air so if the word,
"Rapture" is a problem for you; replace it with "Caught up".
2- Was Rapture Mentioned In
The Old Testament?
answer to that question is Yes, many times. For instance we see Enoch
being Raptured or Taken up by the Lord.
Genesis 5:24- "And
Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him".
lived on this earth
for 365 years serving God and when it came time for
him to die, God said it would be proper for him to just come on home
without tasting death. My what a servant of God this man must have
been. Most of us would like to leave on those terms. But the word Took
him in Genesis 5:24 is the Hebrew word
Law-kakh' which means to
snatch away. This is exactly the same meaning as the word Rapture.
Another example of God rapturing an Old
Testament Saint was in second Kings where Elijah was removed by Divine
2:1-"And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah
by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal."
2:9-"And it came to pass, when they
were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for
thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee,
let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me."
the story how a Chariot of fire
swept down and snatched Elijah away to heaven.
2:11-"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked,
behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and
parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into
2:12-"And Elisha saw it, and he
cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen
thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes,
and rent them in two pieces."
In 2- Kings 2:11 "Elijah went UP by a
whirlwind into heaven". The
word UP is
the Hebrew word: Law-kakh' which means to snatch away and means
exactly the same as the word Rapture.
in God's word we find the same Hebrew words used for the transition
from earth to
Heaven that has the same meaning as our word Rapture.
3- Was Jesus
the scripture tells us so in Mark 16:19: The word RECEIVED UP has
the same meaning as the word Rapture.
16:19-"So then after the Lord had
spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right
hand of God."
He was received up into Heaven, and sat
on the right hand of God which is exactly the same terminology as
3:22- "Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God;
and authorities and powers being made subject unto him."
10:12-"But this man, after he had
offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of
Christians Can Look For ?
(1)- Jesus verified it.
John 14:3- Jesus said, "I will come
again and receive you unto myself".
(2)- John heard it from God.
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying come up hither".
(3)- The apostle Paul
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17-
" 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: then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the
air, so shall we ever be with the Lord".
rest assured it is going to
happen if you are a Child of God:
Peter spoke about it.
3:13-"Nevertheless we, according to
his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth
John described it.
21:2-"And I John saw the holy
city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a
bride adorned for her husband".
I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of
God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his
people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God".
When Can We Expect The Rapture To Take Place ?
(1)- Signs of the end time show us that
it is very near.
In Matthew 24:3-8 Jesus gives us insight
concerning events leading up to the Rapture. "when shall these things be
and what shall be
the sign of thy coming and
the end of the world?"
(A)- Deceivers who say they are Christ
makes us know that
it is near.
24:3-"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came
him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what
shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"
24:4-"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no
24:5-"For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and
(B)- Wars around the world becoming more
frequent verify it is close at hand.
24:6-"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye
troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not
24:7-"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against
and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers
24:8-"All these are the beginning of sorrows." I think we are living in the beginning of
sorrows as these verses
indicates the imminent second coming of Christ!
Jesus is not going to send for His Church,
He is coming for it in person. Jesus said in John 14:3- "I
and receive you unto myself that where I am you shall be also". Listen
up children the Trump of God might be the next sound that you hear!
(1)- We will hear the Lord call for us.
4:16-"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in
Christ shall rise first:"
(2)- We will be raptured.
4:17-"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord."
Thessalonians 4:18-"Wherefore comfort one
another with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4:16- The
dead in Christ shall RISE first"-The word Rise is the
Greek word, An-is'tay-mee
which literally mean To
for a journey. I get excited just thinking about it but we need consecrated lives in order
to stand ready!
(5)- We are ready.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 gives us another
Greek word we need to look at where scripture
which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT
UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the
air". The word caught up is
the Greek word: har-pad-'zo which means TO SNATCH OUT
Sisters in Christ, it is going to be so fast that you will wonder how
it happened! We might not even taste of death and we won't if Christ
comes in our life time!
ready; Pack up- Pray up- because we are Going up soon!