When we look and speak with those who fight against the Rapture of the Church. Most don’t understand the differences of many these events. The origin of the word Rapture comes from the Latin translation (Vulgate) when Jerome translated the Greek word (ἁρπάζω harpazō 1Th 4:17). Rapture critics like to claim that the word “rapture” is not located in the Bible. It may not be in the King James, but the word “rapture” is found in the Bible if you have the Latin Vulgate produced by Jerome in the early 400s. The Vulgate was the main Bible of the medieval Western Church until the Reformation. It continues to this day as the primary Latin translation of the Roman Catholic Church.
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It was Protestants who introduced the word “rapture” into the English language from the Latin raeptius. It was Jerome’s Vulgate that translated the original Greek verb harpazo used by Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in 1 Thes. 4:17, which is usually translated into English with the phrase “caught up.” The leading Greek Lexicon says that harpazo means “snatch, seize, i.e., take suddenly and vehemently.” This is the same meaning of the Latin word rapio “to seize, snatch, tear away.” It should not be surprising to anyone, that an English word was developed from the Latin which we use today known as “rapture.”
The teaching of the rapture is most clearly presented by Paul in the first books and Thessalonians and Corinthians:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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 Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thes. 4:16-18).
“Behold, I shew 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 trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality” (1 Cor. 15:51-53). (Source RR)
It is the blessed hope and the Resurrection promised to The Church. List of Scriptures implied by the Resurrection by our Lord Jesus: List here
Differences Between The Rapture And The Second Coming
|At the Rapture, Jesus will remain in the air or clouds (I Thess. 4:17).||At the Second Coming, Jesus will come down to the earth and stand on the Mount of Olives (Zech. 14:4, 9; Matt. 25:31-32).|
|At the Rapture, the Church will meet Jesus in the air (I Thess. 4:17).||At the Second Coming, the Church will follow Jesus to the earth (Rev. 19:14).|
|At the Rapture, the Church will go up to meet Jesus (I Thess. 4:17).||At the Second Coming, the Church will come down with Jesus (Rev. 19:14).|
|At the Rapture, the Church will leave the earth (I Thess. 4:17).||At the Second Coming, the Church will come back to the earth (Zech. 14:4; Rev. 19:14).|
|At the Rapture, Satan will be very active on earth (Rev. 12:12; 13:2).||At the Second Coming, Satan will be bound and chained and cast into the Bottomless Pit (Rev. 20:1-3).|
|At the Rapture, peace will be removed from the earth (Rev. 6:3-4).||At the Second Coming, peace will be restored on earth (Isa. 9:6).|
|At the Rapture, the Antichrist will appear and go forth conquering and to conquer (II Thess. 2:7-8; Rev. 6:1-2).||At the Second Coming, the Antichrist will be seized and cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 19:20).|
|The Rapture and Tribulation Period will come like a thief in the night to unbelievers (I Thess. 5:2-4).||At the Second Coming, every eye will see Him (Rev. 1:7; Luke 21:27).|
|At the Rapture, the Church will be removed from the earth (I Thess. 4:17).||At the Second Coming, the Lost will be removed from the earth (Matt. 13:36-43; 47-51).|
|The Rapture will before the Marriage of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7-10).||The Second Coming will be after the Marriage of the Lamb (Rev. 19:11-15).|
|At the Rapture, Jesus will come to receive His Church (John 14:1-3; I Thess. 4:13-18)||At the Second Coming, Jesus will come with His Church (I Thess. 3:13; Rev. 19:14).|
|There are no signs of the Rapture (Matt. 24:36).||There are many signs of the Second Coming (2520 days after covenant is signed, 1260 days after Antichrist defiles the Temple, after the Mark, after the Battle of Armageddon, etc.|
|The Rapture will take place in the twinkling of an eye (I Cor. 15:52).||At the Second Coming, Jesus will remain to reign on earth (Isa. 9:6; Jer. 23:5-6; Zech. 14:9; Hos. 3:4-5; Matt. 6:9-13).|
|At the Rapture, Israel’s enemies will try to destroy Israel (Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:16; Rev. 12:13-17).||At the Second Coming, Jesus will destroy Israel’s enemies (Rev. 19:17-21).|
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