The origin of the word “rapture”
The rapture is the most preposterous concept of the Christian faith. Many people say that the word is not even in the bible. That statement is true if we are only looking at English translations. However, what Paul describes as being “caught up” in 1. Thes 4:17 is the verb “rapiemur” in the Latin Vulgata. The noun form of this Latin word is “rapturus” – translated “the catching up” or “rapture”.
The event of the rapture
According to Paul’s writings in 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5 it will be a day, near the “Day of the Lord”, when Yeshua comes down from heaven to meet his elect in the clouds. The event will be announced with a great trumpet sound, which Paul describes again in 1. Corinthians 15:52.
Interestingly so one of the feasts commanded in the Torah is called “Yom Teruah”, which may be translated as “The Day of Trumpets”, which is followed by “Yom Kippur”, which may be translated as “The Day of Purging”.
It is also noteworthy that we don’t know for sure when Yom Teruah is, because it is on the first day of the seventh month and depends on the sighting of the new moon. Yeshua spoke of an event for which the exact day and hour is only known by the Father. But HE said that we would be able to know the season, when HIS elect would be gathered (Mt 24).
Many more Scriptures are alluding to the rapture:
1 Cor 1:7-8
1 Cor 16:22
1 Thes 1:10
1 Thes 2:19
1 Thes 5:9
1 Thes 5:23
2 Thes 2:1,3
1 Tim 6:14
2 Tim 4:7
1 Pet 1:7,13
1 John 2:28-32
Enoch taken away Ge 5:24
Isaac’s absence Ge 22:19
Daniel’s absence from the furnace Daniel 3
Isa 26:19-21; 57:1
The timing of the Rapture
There is much discussion among believers as to when the rapture might happen. There are many suggestions that it might happen before the Great Tribulation, in the middle of it or at the end of the Great Tribulation.
The common assumption all three theories make is that the Great Tribulation is a period of seven years, based on Daniel’s seventy week prophecy.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Great Tribulation is going to last seven years.
The Bible however does speak of the “Day of Yehovah” (day of the Lord). Many of the OT prophets describe this day as a day of great wrath. Yeshua Himself speaks of this time as only a certain day not years.
Now at the end of Luke 21 Yeshua gives some significant details. HE speaks of a certain, terrible DAY to come that will come on the WHOLE EARTH and of a way to escape. We can safely say that the escape Yeshua talks about is known to us as the rapture. Since the timeline of the last day events is laid out in Revelation we need to look for events, which encompass the WHOLE earth. The only judgements I see being poured out on the whole earth are the seven bowls towards the end of all the bad things. Those seven bowl judgements seem to happen rather rapidly compared to the previous events of the seals and the trumpets. And the last trumpet (remember Paul’s explanations) happens right before the seven bowls.
But as always: Don’t believe anything just because I said so. Look at the Scriptures carefully and come to your own conclusions.