Why Can’t I Find the Word “Rapture” in the Bible?

The following is an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her radio commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books. Permission is given to copy, distribute and transmit this work for non-commercial use only. All other uses must have written permission from the author.

Why Can’t I Find the Word “Rapture” in the Bible?
Many are being led into serious error, even defecting from the faith, because of doctrinal difficulties having to do with Biblical Prophecy. One very serious issue among Christians concerns the use of the word “rapture” and the doctrinal claims made by those who oppose it. The word “Rapture” is found in the Bible—just not in any modern Bibles. It is found in older versions that were translated from a Latin version. Some theorists, who oppose the use of the word, refer to the W.E. Vines Expository of New Testament Words as an authority to claim the word “rapture” has no rightful place in New Testament vocabulary. Below are 2 reasons the Vines should not be used as an authority in this case:

1. The Vines commentary is not comprehensive. It does not contain all of the words used in the New Testament. 2. The word “rapture” is found in Latin translations of the Bible—not Greek Translations. The Vine’s Expository does not deal with Latin Translations. Therefore, using the Vines as an authority on the subject is very misleading to those unfamiliar with the limited scope of the work. Some argue against the Greek Word, harpazo, being translated, caught up, in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. They maintain that it has a very forceful connotation and can also be accurately translated, caught, snatched or seized. They are correct. The problem presents itself when they go from there to attack the use of the word “up” being used in connection with the word caught (forming the phrase—caught up). They oppose this as an inaccurate translation of the word harpazo. But can they back up that opposition with facts? In scripture, we see the Greek word, harpazo, used in other applications having nothing whatsoever to do with being caught up or snatched up. But is that proof it was translated erroneously in 1 Thessalonians 4:17? Is that reasoning logical considering the end result? After the event described in 2nd Thessalonians, where do we find

those who have been snatched or caught…(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)? Were they not caught up…? Into the air…? with Christ? The translators of the King James Bible were responsibly looking at the entire context and were in no way misleading anyone when the decision was made to translate the Greek word, harpazo, as “caught up.” In looking at other passages in which the word harpazo was used, the end location of those who were seized or snatched was not necessarily up— and the seizing or snatching was not necessarily a good thing. So we know the word, harpazo, by itself, has no connotation of good, evil, or of direction (up, down, east, west etc.). The context of each passage must determine both the purpose and the direction of the catching, snatching or seizing (Acts 8:39, 23:10, 1 Thessalonians 4:17).
This has been an excerpt from the book, “Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation,” by author / speaker Jocelyn Andersen. Her informative, challenging and often provocative radio commentaries can be heard on Sharecropper Christian Radio www.ShareCropperRadio.com Her latest book, Woman Submit! Christians and Domestic Violence, is available where ever books are sold. She invites you to Visit www.WomanSubmit.com for details. Her book, Bible Prophecy, Bible Versions, Spiritual Formation, is available FREE for Download at www.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen Visit www.HungryHeartsMinistries.com for information concerning all her books. Permission is given to copy, distribute and transmit this work for non-commercial use only. All other uses must have written permission from the author.

Jesus said by our words, we will be justified, or by our words, we will be condemned. That is a frightening thought for most of us. During the

course of a lifetime we speak many words, and we do not always choose our words wisely. The wisest choice of words we can ever make is to confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is the risen Son of God. If we come to God on those terms, with a truly repentant heart, we are promised eternal life. A broken and contrite heart, he will not despise. Here is what it all boils down to. Our God is merciful and loving. He does not unnecessarily complicate things. We read in Romans 10. 9, 10, and 13, that if we confess with our mouth, words, that Jesus is the Son of God, and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, and call on God to save us according to those terms, We, Will, Be, Saved. Is it well with your soul?