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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6 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.


  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. SLIMJIM says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

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