IS THE WORD "RAPTURE" IN THE BIBLE?
Is the word “rapture” really in the Bible? Yes and no. The specific word “rapture” is not in the Bible. However, the word “rapture” is derived from the Latin Vulgate translation of the Greek word “harpazo,” which means to “forcefully take” or “catch up.”
Strong’s Greek Concordance #726 harpázō – properly, seize by force; snatch up, suddenly and decisively – like someone seizing bounty (spoil, a prize); to take by an open display of force (i.e. not covertly or secretly).
Notice in the preceding definition, “harpazo” means to “openly seize” - not covertly or secretly. This is another reason to consider a “visible rapture” versus a “secret rapture.”
“Harpazo” was used when Paul was caught up to heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, when Jesus was caught up to heaven referenced in Revelation 12:5 and the Saints will be caught up in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." I Thessalonians 4:16-17
In closing, listed here are the 14 occurrences where the original Greek word “harpazo” Is used in the Bible.
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12
“Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house” Matthew 12:29
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.” Matthew 13:19
“Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.” John 6:15
“But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.” John 10:12
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.” John 10:28-29
“Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.” Acts 8:39
“Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks.” Acts 23:10
“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows-- how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” 2 Corinthians 12:2-4
“Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17
“but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” Jude 1:23
“She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.” Revelation 12:5
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