What is the Rapture? A Simple Definition
This is the fourth in what will be a collection of seven Credo Clips about Revelation and eschatology.
In this short video, Dr. Mark Hitchcock (of Faith Bible Church) gives us his definition for the concept of the rapture.
You can catch up on the other videos in this series:
- The Mark of the Beast – What Does the Bible Say?
- Armageddon – What is it? Mark Hitchcock Gives His Definition
- Eschatology – What Does it Mean? A Simple Definition
Yea, the rapture is a word that is not found in the Bible, it’s that english word. And that bothers a lot of people who say, “The word rapture isn’t even in the Bible.” And of course the word Bible’s not in the Bible.
The word trinity’s not in the Bible. The word trinity, obviously is a theological term.
But the word rapture comes from the greek word in 2nd Thessalonians chapter four and verse seventeen (Editor’s Note: 1st Thessalonians) where it says there that, “[…]we who are alive and remain will be caught up[…]” to meet those who’ve died, and their bodies are being raised, to meet them in the air.
And it means to be snatched or to be seized. It’s the greek word harpadzo (ἁρπάζω).
So I always tell people if you don’t like the word rapture call it the harpadzo of the church. You can call it whatever.
But, it’s an event in the future when those who are alive on the earth at the coming of Jesus Christ, are going to be caught up.
They’re going to be transformed immediately, in the twinkling of an eye. We’re not going to die.
There’s going to be a whole generation of believers who are going to do an “end run” on the grave.
So we’ll be caught up. We’ll receive immediately an immortal, imperishable, incorruptible body.
We’ll be caught up to be with the Lord. At the same time those who’ve died, who are dead in the Lord, their bodies will be raised, and the Lord will bring their perfected spirits with Him and they’ll be reunited and their bodies will be changed.
We’ll be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
And I believe the rapture is the next event on God’s prophetic calendar. It’s something that can happen at any time. It should be a motivating factor in each of our lives.
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