What is rapture?
17 Feb 07
Some people talk of rapture as if they are terrifying people and many are afraid and they join the group of those who preach the Word of God as such. If we study the Holy Bible, rapture is not the way as such people talk of. It's simply the coming of the Lord again to get the saved to live in heaven forever.
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17 Feb 07
The Apostle John was given a revelation by God of the end times. Paul also saw a vision from God of heaven. Both of them wrote of what they saw, John more extensively. The word "rapture" does not appear in the Bible. That has cause problems for people over the years. It is an English word. What the Bible does mention is a "catching away." In the Latin this word is, I believe, rapturum. So, from that, we get the English word rapture. When we combine this description from Paul, found in 1 Thessolonians, with John's vision, we get an idea of the end times. At the end, Jesus will return to receive all those who believe in him. He will rapture, or catch away, His followers. They will simply disappear. Jesus mentioned this Himself when He spoke of two being in a field, with one taken and one left. He also likened the last days like the days of Noah. He pointed out that in those days, life was going on as usual, then God shut up Noah in the ark and sent the floods. Noah and his family, God's followers, were safe from the judgment. The majority of John's vision deals with God's judgment of the earth. At that time, wickedness will so fill the earth that God will utterly destroy His creation. Using the words we find in the passages I mentioned, it is believed that God will remove His people, then rain these judgments down on the earth for seven years. After this seven years, Jesus will return again, this time to conquer and destroy all those who have turned their backs on His mercy and grace. Jesus will then reign for 1000 years and God will create a new earth, one that will forever remain perfect, as it was created to do the first time. I hope that explains what Christians mean when they discuss the rapture.
17 Feb 07
Yes, there is no such word as rapture in the New Testament. The Greek word used is "harpazo" which means "I grab" (verb) which is used 14 times in the New Testament. I have consistently used the same word in my translation. I am a Christian, a child of God, baptized into Christ on October 1, 1989 and I belong to the Church of Christ founded and headed by Christ as shown in Acts Chapter 2. I am given the gift of knowledge and understanding Bible Greek and I translate the Word of God from Greek to English PLAINLY - Greek word into its English equivalent with additional words for grammar purposes written in italics so that readers may deletethem as the wish. I have already published THE WILL New Testament (Greek to English), GENESIS & EXODUS (Greek to English), ELEMENTS of SALVATION, The Right Way, GOD, ORIGIN, TRANSFER into PERFECTION, GREEK-ENGLISH (Grammar & Vocabulary), WORDS in THE WILL New Testament, and others shown at http://www.lulu.com/arseniajoaquin
24 Feb 07
Radicalpatriot, you probably think that is a clever answer, but I must tell you how wrong you are about God. He is a God of love. He loves you dearly and He longs to have a personal relationship with you even though you are antagonistic.
6 May 07
The popular teaching of a secret coming of Christ to rapture the church before the final tribulation is devoid of any biblical support... 1. None of the 3 Greek terms used in the New Testament to describe the return of Christ---namely PAROUSIA..coming, APOKALYPSIS..revelation, EPIPHANEA..appearing, to be continued lol