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"Rapture--Rapturus--Harpazo--Caught Up--Catch Away--Translated"
What does it all mean?
Here is the history that we find for the word "Rapture" and how it applies to the Church:
It's true that the English word "rapture" is not in the Bible, but it comes to us through the writings of William Shakespeare from the Latin "raptus or rapturus", meaning to seize or transport.
According to W.W. Skeat’s "Etymology of the English Language, 1879", the word "rapture" was coined by William Shakespeare. The English word "rapture" that he coined means "to be transported".
In 1 Thes 4:17, the Church is said to be "caught up" to meet Christ in the air, at the last trump. The Greek word there is "harpazo" meaning to remove, seize, or take away.
So, to us, the English "Caught up"and Latin "Rapture", as well as the Greek word "Removal" in the Bible text, are all three very good descriptions of the removal of the Church from earth by Jesus in 1 Thes 4:17.
We do not find where the early Church Fathers used the word "Rapture" in their writings. The "Text Book of the History of Doctrines" by Reinhold Seeburg, 1952, quotes the doctrinal position of virtually all the early Church Fathers and commentators:
The common word used in the early writings was "resurrection" of the dead and "translation" of the living saints. "Translation", of course, they took from Heb 11:5, where Enoch, the seventh from Adam, was "translated" that he should not see death.
Enoch is a strong Old Testament type of the New Testament Rapture of the Church.
Noah's Ark is also a major type of the Rapture of the Church. The Lord gave us these types for a reason. Please think on that.
The rapture and second coming are similar but separate events. Both involve Jesus returning. Both are end-times events. However, it is crucially important to recognize the differences. In summary, the rapture is the return of Christ in the clouds to remove all believers from the earth before the time of God’s wrath. The second coming is the return of Christ to the earth to bring the tribulation to an end, to defeat the Antichrist and to usher in the 1000 year millennial reign of our Lord.
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