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The difficulty in verifying the math and the calculations is that every prognostication has its own formula. In order to verify Harold Camping, for instance, you have to look at the passages he is pulling from. For example, here is one (and I don't endorse it) showing how they arrive at their numbers. Probably the most important calculations revolve ...


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The Rapture is one of the events that is believed will occur during the end-times. There are several different end-times scenarios that are all based on slightly different interpretations of Scripture, but the three major ones all agree that it will occur. (A comparison of some of the views can be found here.) The term "Rapture" means "Caught up". The ...


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I don't know how much weight should be put on this reference, but it does give different information: It may come as a surprise but the doctrine of the Rapture is not mentioned in any Christian writings, of which we have knowledge, until after the year 1830 C.E. Whether the early writers were Greek or Latin, Armenian or Coptic, Syrian or Ethiopian, ...


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Looking at the passage you quoted, it seems pretty clear that there are two resurrections. The first resurrection is the resurrection of the righteous, while "the rest of the dead (the wicked) did not come to life until the thousand years were ended." It doesn't look to me like it's saying anything about the Rapture; merely that those who were righteous in ...


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John Darby (1800-1882), often considered the father of dispensationalism and one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren, tends to be given credit for inventing the doctrine, or at least for having "provided the intellectual mantle that helped make it respectable." (1 2 3 4). Anti-pre-trib sources often allege that he got it from a certain Margaret ...


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As dleyva3 mentioned, the term comes from 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Our word "rapture" comes from the Latin word for "caught up". The doctrine that faithful Christians would be whisked away to be spared tribulation is a relatively new interpretation of that verse. The traditional Christian belief was that Jesus would return once, to bring judgment. At his ...


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It's a combination of a couple of things. First, there's a passage in Matthew 24:38-41: For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the ...


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There's also Matthew 24:40-42 Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. and it's friend Luke 17:34-35 I tell you, on that night there will be two people in ...


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Catholicism is incompatible with the Rapture because the Church has taught for many centuries before people started envisioning folks disappearing mid-sentence that there would be a Final Judgement where everyone would see their sins and their effects. I don't think 1 Thessalonians 4:17 speaks to the Final Judgement on account of the fact that St. Paul says ...


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The following statement is directed specifically to Adam as only Adam technically came from dust! We of course as the offspring of Adam are affected relationally. However, this statement would not be substantial enough to impose death or the "returning to dust" upon every member of humanity. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you ...


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Abstract The idea that the saved go to heaven when they die is somewhat anachronistic. Equally anachronistic is the idea that people will be "raptured" into heaven when Jesus returns. Paul had another meaning in mind when he wrote this verse. N. T. Wright explains in Surprised By Hope: The word parousia occurs in two of the key passages [concerning ...


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This is the LCMS answer to questions concerning the Rapture: The short answer is: On the Last Day. When is the Last Day? We don't know. The last day will come "like a thief in the night," bringing destruction to unbelievers but salvation to believers (1 Thess. 5:1 - 10). Q: Does The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod believe in the rapture? A: The ...


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This one line "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather." is parable. This would be the equivalent of saying, "Where there's smoke, there's fire." Long answer: Where, Lord? The question that Jesus is responding to is also a bit confusing (particularly given our modern understanding of the rapture). However, the question of "Where, ...


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To be honest, I don't have a good answer for why Jesus doesn't mention the Rapture in His Matthew 24 discourse. However, I don't think that this disproves a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and many other passages support it. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 (KJV) 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of ...


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The rapture, properly understood, is fully compatible with Roman Catholicism. The English word rapture comes from the Latin word raptus ("a carrying off"). This Latin word (or a similar one, rapio) is employed in the writings of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, and it appears in the Bible, which indicates that the word rapture is perfectly legitimate in ...


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In addition to Rick's great answer, I would like to add that there are many exceptions to the rule of "dying once". People who never died: Enoch and Elijah. People who died more than once: Lazarus, an unnamed man and Eutychus, amongst many others.


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The original question asked: What did the early church actually believe about what we call the "rapture"? There are two prominent meanings of the word "rapture". The most common meaning today is the one used by Dispensational theology, in which the rapture refers to the belief that either before, or simultaneously with, the Second Coming of Jesus ...


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The "dead in Christ" (οἱ νεκροὶ ἐν Χριστῷ) refers to "those who are asleep" (τοὺς κοιμηθέντας; cp. 1 Thes. 4:14). The Greek phrase ἐν Χριστῷ means one who is incorporated into the body of Christ, i.e. a Christian. Thus, οἱ νεκροὶ ἐν Χριστῷ means "dead Christians." Specifically, it is referring to the bodies of Christians lying in the grave, for the soul does ...


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The idea of the rapture is taken from many scriptures in the Bible, but the term "rapture" is from 1 Thes. 4:17. The phrase "caught up" in latin is rapiemur. It means "seized" or "taken." See also the words of Jesus: For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe ...


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The first mention of an "escape" event outside of the scripture (according to my studies) is The Shepherd of Hermes. The following is an excerpt from my book, The Partial Rapture "Theory" Explained / Escaping The Coming Storm. The Shepherd of Hermes is one such ancient document. We will acknowledge first that much of what is recorded in these texts does ...


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The rapture itself is not described in the Revelation, and for that reason there are three common conceptions as to when it will occur, of which I am sure you are aware. There are however some hints we can use to form our own opinion as to when it will occur in Revelation. As I'm sure you are aware the rapture is a concept formed from being caught up into ...


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God makes it pretty clear in verse 2 what the trumpet commands are for: Numbers 10:1-2 ESV The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Make two silver trumpets. Of hammered work you shall make them, and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for breaking camp." Now, you could say that this passage (or any passage) has some sort of hidden meaning, ...


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How do those who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture explain that not everyone who remains will believe? It is not only the failure to notice those disappearing in the rapture, other more significant events also fail to motivate people to repent. Revelation 16:9-11 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath ...


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Thanks to books like Left Behind, the English word rapture often conjures up images of bodies mysteriously disappearing into thin air, followed by several years of severe tribulation, leading up to the final judgment and resurrection. Such a view is a product of dispensationalism, a relatively new theological framework, and not one that the church fathers ...


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Dispensationalists believe that in the secret rapture, believers will receive their new, glorified bodies. This rapture occurs prior to or during the tribulation, meaning that the current earth will continue, and only later will the new earth be made. Glorified bodies Dispensationalist John MacArthur, while discussing 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17 and what he ...


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While the doctrine may have not been created until the 17th century, the idea came about probably quite shortly after Revelations was first created. The idea comes directly from a literal interpretation of Revelations. Revelations 20:4-6 NIV 4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those ...


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Be careful to distinguish between the Rapture and the resurrections. There will be two resurrections, of the just and the unjust: John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done ...


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The Moody Bible Commentary (MBC), which is dispensational, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial in its outlook, takes an in-depth look at these verses. Some relevant points from it include 1) the rapture is described as a single event and 2) the distinct steps of the event do not suggest a delay. 1) The commentary describes the rapture multiple times as a ...


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It's not easy to arrange the end time events in a specific order. Events in the Book of Revelation are also not arranged in the exact sequence in which they will happen. There are some important events which will happen at the end times. The Rapture: The faithful will be caught up in the sky. The Woman: Usually identified as the false religion who ...



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