Rapture is Not in the Bible - 10/05/2008

the word rapture is not in the Bible. So, how do we know to believe it the rapture. I go to a Baptist church and was raised Church of Christ.

any information will be appreaciated.

denise





CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:


Hello Denise.  You're correct that the word "rapture" is not in the Bible.  Neither is the word "Trinity" though, yet that does not negate the triune nature of God.  Trinity is a word used to sum up what the Bible describes.  So is rapture.  But rapture actually has a tighter connection to the Bible.  Rapture comes from the Latin word rapere.  Rapere is the Latin translation of the Greek word harpazo, which means "to be caught up or taken away suddenly." Harpazo is the Greek word used in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: "For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore encourage each other with these words."  So the Greek word for "be caught up" is harpazo, translated into the Latin as rapere, from which we now have the English word Rapture.  While it may not be found in the Bible, it is derived from Scripture and refers to something quite biblical - much like the non-biblical word Trinity refers to a doctrine and nature of God that is quite biblical.  If you want to learn more about the Scriptural support for the rapture, please read, "Like a Thief in the Night - the Rapture of God's Church".  I hope this helps.

In Christ,

Ben Rast
Contender Ministries