By Patrick Hawthorne
Of late, I have been deeply engrossed in Bible prophecy. Well, let me rephrase that… In what little time that I have had, I have been studying Bible prophecy. So… to all my adoring fans – cough, cough – I have not given up the blogging scene; nor am I ignoring all whom I enjoy following. I have just been swamped. So, with much groveling out of the way, let me get to the fun fact.
Did you know that there are many appointed and self anointed Bible scholars who teach that the Rapture of the Church is a myth simply because the word “Rapture” is not in the bible? Ok, let me rephrase that lest I receive some scathing remarks. The word “Rapture” is not found in the more common translations such as the KJV, NKJV, YLT, CBJ and many other more familiar translations.
While it is true that the word “Rapture” is not in most bible translations, neither is the word, “Trinity.” Does that mean that God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit are myths? I think not. What it does mean is that shortened terms are often employed by theologians because of their descriptive nature. For instance, when one uses the word “Trinity” we understand that reference is being made to the triune nature of God.
Simply put, when the Bible was translated into Latin many, many moons ago, the word “Raptizo” or Rapture was used in place of the term “Caught up,” as is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. While the word, “Rapture” was not carried over into most English translations, the meaning behind the term has continued. Therefore, when we hear someone speak of the rapture of the Church, they are using a term which basically means, “then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Now, you tell me, which is easier to say? Be blessed.