Fun Fact -Where Did that Word Come From?

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.

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11 comments on “Fun Fact -Where Did that Word Come From?
  1. Ha! This is incredibly good news Patrick, on account of the fact that when Jesus returns that does not mean it is time to suddenly grab the spam and ammo and head for the underground bunker. I live in a land of rapture deniers or perhaps people quite concerned they might be left behind? Regardless, it can be quite comical. A group of ladies I know are simply not going. To be “caught up in the air” sounds way to risky, and potentially dangerous,so no,no, we won’t be getting in that ride. 🙂

    I wrote this piece a while back, which might amuse you.

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  2. Patrick, you caught me up short with the CBJ bible reference. At first, I thought it was a typo of my go-to version ~ the Compete Jewish Bible (CJB). However, according to Google, there is a CJB designed for journalling.


  3. Ike12Stones says:

    I think the problem with certain non-biblical theological words being used is that it creates a terminological disparity which creates ambiguity. (That is, using non-biblical terms to discuss biblical concepts can create a lot of misunderstanding.) The ‘rapture’ is a good example of this; the biblical term for the event is ‘the resurrection of the dead,’ but using the separate term ‘rapture’ creates the impression that there is a resurrection event separate from the resurrection of the dead. I don’t believe in the pre-trib rapture, ( but I don’t mind the term other than the confusion it creates.

    My view is similar on the terminology of the ‘Trinity,’ I think there is confusion created when we use the unbiblical phrase: God in three persons BECAUSE it creates the impression of three separate PERSONALITIES. There are three different ‘role’s’ certainly, but Father, Son and Holy Spirit are, indeed the same Person with the same personality. The biblical term is ‘Godhead.’ ( (I think the terminological use of ‘trinity’ is one of the theological Catholic traditions that Protestants never shook.) Do I think there is a salvation issue in the terminology? No, certainly not, although when you get to the point that we hold as dogmatically to non-biblical terminology as we do to scripture, are we in danger of adding to scripture? (I suppose that’s a debatable point.)

    I don’t believe in the rapture, but that’s not because of the word, ‘rapture.’ I hope I don’t seem to be trolling, I thought your post was interesting, that’s why I responded.


    • Thanks for the comment. You are most certainly entitled to your thoughts on the subject. I don’t agree with every issue brought by those I follow and I don’t expect everyone to agree with mine. Life would be really boring if we did. The only time I would strongly argue a point is if it went against the salvation message. As for the rapture, when we get to heaven you will see that I was right. 🙂


  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Good point it is the meaning and idea and not the term per se that we need from Scripture.

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  5. Steeny Lou says:

    Fun fact: The word “bible” isn’t in the Scriptures, either.

    See you in the rapture, the harpazo, the catching away, the blessed hope, whatever it can be titled that will happen no matter what it’s dubbed. ❤



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