The word “rapture” does not appear in the Bible. The concept comes from 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 4, verse 17:
“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 Greek word for “caught up” is harpazo, and it literally means “snatch.” (I can see why Christians invented the word “rapture.” If we
went around saying we were “waiting for the Snatch,” we would be mocked endlessly.)
Another important word in that passage is “meet.” The Greek word is “apantesis.” It means to go out and meet and come back with.
Every time this is used in the Bible, it talks about a group of people who travel out a short distance to greet someone and then all of them
immediately go back to the place where the group came from.
Here’s another important passage:
1 Corinthians 15: 50-52:
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a
mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will
sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
The Greek word for “last” is eschatos. Last in time sequence, and last in a series.
Those who claim that the Church will be raptured before the Tribulation say it will occur at the last trumpet, which they say is before the
Anti-Christ’s 7-year reign, but then, they go on to say that there will be seven more trumpets after that. (Seven of the 21 judgments in Revelations
are accompanied by the angelic blowing of a trumpet.) Those seven trumpets are in a series. So the last one is when the Snatch happens. Problem is,
the seven trumpet judgments happen in the middle of the Book of Revelation. Revelation is always treated as a completely sequential series of events,
and here is the Rapture happening in the middle or perhaps the end of the Tribulation.
Another important word in that last passage is “mystery.” The Greek word is “mysterion,” meaning hidden or secret thing. Guess where else it
is used? In Revelations 10:7, when the 7th trumpet is blown. The last trumpet.
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his
servants the prophets”.
The mystery of God is finished. And the rapture is called a mystery. So the rapture finishes at the time of the 7th trumpet. Not years before.
edit on 16-2-2013 by Snsoc because: (no reason given)