I personally am not a fan of the word “rapture”. Greek #726 is Harpazo. It means
to seize (in various applications):–catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force). It has nothing to do exclusively with the Lord, can you see? A candy sitting on the rug can get harpazo in the vaccum. It says nothing about the relationship that a believer may or may not have with Eashoa. Yet, Eashoa will only gather those who love Him and show the profession by keeping His words. He sees.
- A lack of Biblical definition. All words that you cannot look up a verse for in the Bible are subject to salt and pepper, the augmented attempts of interested parties will be around, to make it into something that takes on a religious life of its own.
- Rapture is related to a word used in many places in the New Testament. But in all its uses, they do not all point to the Going Up To His Marriage. It only describes an action. It means snatching away. It is describing an object that suddenly gets violently removed. It could mean good and bad depending on the context. We should not be speaking about the “rapture” because you need then to explain if you are speaking about the rapture to judgment or rapture to somewhere else.
- I have also observed that nowadays many who mention this word, mostly the datesetters and the pre-tribulation escape artists, do not even say the name Jesus when they discuss the rapture. Something is wrong.
- 4 years ago I was requested to moderate a site where the owner works six months out of a year in Alaska. We had a discussion first to clear the air. I asked him about his eschatology view so that I may not offend him with my posts, explaining, I reject the pre-trib outlook. He often reposts a lady who is also pre-trib. In 2015 they said the rapture is “imminent” and it will be before the tribulation. Today I still see her fb notifications while we are in the tribulation, to wit.
- In 1 Tasloniqiym 1 Paul says, ” 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead—Yeshua, the One delivering us from the coming wrath. ” Those who hold the pre-trib outlook want to change it from wrath to tribulation and everyone in that camp is eating it up.
There is another Greek word in the New Testament that has the same meaning as “rapture”. It is ékstasis (1611). It means “completely remove”, in a context of properly, take out of regular position (standing) and bring into a state of ecstasy (rapture) – like a person “carried out” in trance-like amazement. This state of mind reaches far beyond the powers of ordinary perception.
So do I have to ask first upon hearing “rapture”, which Greek word are they bringing up?
There from the synoptic Gospel, a parable told by Eashoa speaks of a Father who sends out invitations for His Son’s upcoming wedding. The Patriarch is in charge of all the details Himself. At the end of the period where His servants (the Prophets) wrapped up the delivery, it turned out not many were interested. Hard to imagine some people would want to skip a party. Maybe some people did not want to bother with bringing a present. Some would rather watch the laundry, to wit. It is that same kind of contempt that the Father was made to feel.
If you are called when someone handed you one of Father’s invitations to attend His Heir’s marriage, you are already blessed according to Revelation 19. The rest is up to you. Will you get dressed and go get prepared to attend the marriage? For many are called but few are chosen.
The chosen is a play of words for one of the myriad of titles of Eashoa. In Enoch, the dominant title in that literature that prophesied a figure that will come to mankind is Ha Yakhid, the Elect One, according to the works of the English translation expert, R. H. Charles. As in Isaiah 42:1, it reads,
In the New Testament only in the account of Luke this title is used, The Elect One. But in many English translations, the translators unfaithfully hid the word and white washes the translation to “Christ”. Therefore, those who will be with the Lord all the way to the end are the chosen ones as the Lord is the Elect One (chosen one).
The Gathering Together
The “gathering together to Him” refers to the “lift off” to the Marriage of the Lamb to the Bride of Christ, to be witnessed by all the heavenly armies as you will expect to see from time to time in a Marine’s wedding. They shall all gather in the presence of all of His family, His Father, His brothers from the messianic tribes and His guests.
In AW Tozer speak, it is called the Blessed Hope event. The word in Greek, episynagōgḗ , takes two English words to come to translation (gathering together). I prefer this word to the commonly floating word, rapture. It is because episynagōgḗ is from the Scripture. The Greek word has a meaning that the translators forewent in English. It is ” a complete collection “.
A complete collection was intended by Paul in his explantion, that which he learned from the Lord, says both the revived House of Israel, the messianics, and the bride of Christ, the nations who turn to Jesus, will both Olive Trees be collected in completion when the Son appears as He says it in Matthew 24.
And a complete collection of the elect it shall be. From the Olivet Discourse of the Lord.
29 “But immediately after the trouble of those days,
‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light
and the stars will fall from heaven
and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’[e]
30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’[f] with power and great glory. 31 He will send out His angels with a great shofar, and they will gather together His chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Come Lord, come quickly!