Thank you for your ministry and your question and answer program on KHCB. I respect Jim’s knowledge and commitment to evangelical work. I love Peggy’s gentle spirit and knowledge of God’s Word.
God bless you both.
Thanks, Tim. I am thankful for the opportunity to host the Questions and Answers program on KHCB. Glad you found our website. We would appreciate your prayers for our ministry. God bless! Jim
The word rapture is not in the Bible. where does it come from? In revelation 22:18
For I testify unto every man who hears the words of this book. If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.
Why does the Church of the living God add rapture to the book? I know that the Lord is coming again, but it says caught away not raptured.
According to Charles C. Ryrie in “Basic Theology,” The word rapture is described as a “state or experience of being carried away.” The English word comes from a Latin word “rapio.” which word means to seize or snatch in relation to an ecstasy of spirit or the actual removal from one place to another.” This is a description of the rapture of the church. In 1 Thessalonians 4:17, the Greek word harpazo is translated “caught up.” In the Vulgate, this word is translated rapturo, meaning rapture. This word is also used in Acts 8:39 and 2 Corinthians 12:2-4.
So to answer your question, this is an issue of translation, not theology. You are correct in saying that the English word rapture does not occur in Scripture. However, the theological concept certainly occurs in Scripture. The Bible clearly defines the future event for believers alive at the coming of Christ.
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