Some people say that there is no rapture of the church, the “catching away” of real believers into the air to meet Jesus. The word “rapture” does not appear in the bible so the thinking is that the rapture will not happen. It is not a real event we are to expect, wait for and being ready for, by studying the bible and speaking to Jesus on a daily basis and “walking with Him” every day.
I’ll admit, they have a point that the word “rapture” does not appear in the bible. We have to go back to the Greek and Latin to understand where the present day English speaking bibles refer to “the rapture”.
Strong’s Concordance defines the Greek word, “harpazo as “to seize, catch up, snatch away”. As you may know, the New Testament was first written in Greek.
The Catholic Vulgate translates the latin verb “rapio”, which means “taken away” or “catch up” into “rapiemur”, translated as “we are caught up” or “we are taken away”.
When it was translated into English, from 1604 to 1611, for the Church of England, it became “caught up” in the King James version.
The rapture is not the same event as the Second Coming of Christ, which comes after the rapture. More scripture is needed as proof, but here I’m only addressing why the word “rapture” is not found in the bible. For those still confused about how a word could not be found in the bible for something that many if not most, Christians believe, know that the word “bible” is also not found in the bible but it does not invalidate the proof that there is a bible, and what the bible is.
Without going into the whole list of verses that describe the rapture, here are a few that describes our rapture, but do not use the word “rapture” in the English translation.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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.
1 Corinthians 15:52-53: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.