What is The Rapture of the Saints?
Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The word rapture is from the Greek word ἁρπάζω, transliterated harpazō (phonetic: har-pad’-zo). It means to seize, carry off by force, to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly, to snatch out or away (Thayer Definition).
The word harpazō appears in the following Bible verses: Acts 8:39 (caught away), 2 Corinthians 12:2–4 (caught up), 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (caught away), and Revelation 12:5 (caught away).
The rapture is an end time event in which Christians “which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
Jesus Christ made a very important promise in John 14:1-3 about His coming to take us home.
John 14:1-3 says “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
This promise refers to the rapture, not the Second Advent.
Let’s consider the following scriptural verses:
1 Thessalonians 4:16 “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”.
1 Corinthians 15:23, 51-52 “But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed”
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