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Where in the Bible is the Rapture mentioned?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9878points) March 26th, 2018

I’ve read the New Testament many years ago, and I’ve read parts of the Old Testament. But I don’t recall ever seeing the word “Rapture”.
If the Bible mentions it, please cite chapter and verse.
If not, where did the notion come from?

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seawulf575's avatar

The term “Rapture” is not mentioned anywhere in the bible. It was a term coined by some evangelist in the 19th century, I believe. It describes the time around the Tribulation…the end of days.
There are several theories concerning the Rapture. They seem to revolve around the Tribulation…that 7 year span that ushers out the end of this age and ends with Jesus coming back to Earth. The most popular theory is the one that has all true believers transformed to their spiritual forms and taken direction to heaven, followed immediately by the 7 year span of the Tribulation. The others would say something like this would happen in the middle of the 7 years or at the end of the 7 years.
Matthew 24:29–31 talks a little about this. 1Thessalonians 4:13–18 also seems to explain it. Revelations seems to have some, but I like to avoid Revelations….it reads too much like a bad acid trip or the retelling of a dream.

kritiper's avatar

The term “rapture” originated in 1594, according to my Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., and is a Christian theology thing. For Bible reference, see 2 Kings, ii. 11

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But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died. For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever. (NRSV, 1 Thessalonians 4:13–17)

n Dispensational theology, the Rapture will be the centerpiece of Jesus’ second coming – a glorious, dramatic event with Jesus coming to literally take believers up into the sky. There are several theories about the timing of the Rapture:

Pre-tribulational rapture: When John ascends to heaven (Revelation 4:1–2). In this theory, Christians will be taken up before the Great Tribulation (Daniel 9:24–27, Revelation 7:14) and will be spared its suffering.
Mid-tribulational rapture: When the two prophets ascend to heaven (Revelation 11:11–12)
Post-tribulational rapture: At the end of the seven bowls (Revelation 16:17–21)

LostInParadise's avatar

My favorite biblical interpretation Web site is the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. They say that the idea for the rapture comes from Thessians 4:17. You can see their interpretation along with the surrounding verses here

If you are curious about the reference to WND (which I never heard of before) and Trump, I came across this link

KNOWITALL's avatar

@LostInParadise I’m always shocked at the number of people who find the parallels, it just never makes sense to me, but I know plenty of others that take it very seriously.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I think it is the old testament that says that the twelve tribes of Israel will be in heaven. A total of 144,000 souls will be saved in heaven. 12,000 per tribe. 144,000 people mentioned in the book of Revelation, chapters 7 and 14? link I think the word used is saved. Like a computer program is saved.

kritiper's avatar

Also, “rapture” is an English translation, so wasn’t mentioned that way in the ancient texts.

2davidc8's avatar

Thank you all for your answers!

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