2 Rapture Passages



1 Thess 4:13-18

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.


[What follows is the Greek, a Parsing of the Greek, the King James, Strong’s Numbering, and a transliteration.]



Shout  NT:2752  keleusma, keleusmatos, to

(keleuoo), from Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.) and Herodotus (484-408 B.C.) down, an order, command, specifically, a stimulating cry,

either that by which animals are roused and urged on by man, as horses by charioteers, hounds by hunters, etc., or that by which a signal is given to men, e. g. to rowers by the master of a ship (Lucian (160 A.D.?), tyr. or catapl. c. 19), to soldiers by a commander (Thucydides (423 B.C.) 2, 92; Prov. 24:62 (30:27)):

en keleusmati, with a loud summons, a trumpet-call, 1 Thess 4:16. *

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Voice NT:5456   foonee, foonees, hee

1. a sound, tone: of inanimate things, as of musical instruments, Matt 24:31

2. a voice, i. e. the sound of uttered words: Rev 10:3

3. speech, i. e. a language, tongue: 1 Cor 14:10 f

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Dead NT:3498  nekros, nekra, nekron


1. properly,

a. one that has breathed his last, lifeless: Matt 28:4

b. deceased, departed, one whose soul is in Hades: Rev 1:18; 2:8

c. destitute of life, without life, inanimate James 2:26

2. tropically:

a. (spiritually dead, i. e.) destitute of a life that recognizes and is devoted to God, because given up to trespasses and sins; inactive as respects doing right: John 5:25

b. universally, destitute of force or power, inactive, inoperative: Rom 6:11

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Alive  NT:2198  zaoo, zoo, zees, zee,


I. properly,

1. to live, be among the living, be alive (not lifeless, not dead): Acts 20:12

2. to enjoy real life, i. e. to have true life and worthy of the name -- active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God

3. to live i. e. pass life, of the manner of living and acting; of morals or character:

II. Metaphorically, of inanimate things

a. living water, i. e. bubbling up, gushing forth, flowing, with the suggested idea of refreshment is figuratively used of the spirit and truth of God as satisfying the needs and desires of the soul: John 4:10 f

b. having vital power in itself and exerting the same upon the soul: 1 Peter 1:3

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Remain  NT:4035 perileipoo:

to leave over; passive, to remain over, to survive: 1 Thess 4:15,17

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Caught Up  NT:726  harpazoo;

to seize, carry off by force: ti (Matt 12:29)

to seize on, claim for oneself eagerly: Matt 11:12

to snatch out or away: Matt 13:19 ; ti ek cheiros tinos, John 10:28 f; tina ek puros, proverbial, to rescue from the danger of destruction, Jude 23 to seize and carry off speedily, John 6:15; Acts 23:10; used of divine power transferring a person marvellously and swiftly from one place to another, to snatch or catch away: Acts 8:39; passive, Rev 12:5

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


The passage (1 Thess 4:13-18) is in plain language. It lays out a hope, for those “in Christ” that the world does not have. Has there ever been a time when BELIEVERS who died in Christ have been brought with Him to meet up with every living believer in the air, all of whom have been snatched up suddenly for the meeting? This event does not match up with later resurrections. It is unique. You cannot deny the Rapture without grammatical, contextual, and interpretive mangling of this plain text. Oh, and for those who say “Rapture” does not appear in the Bible: “caught up” is “harpazoo”, in Greek; harpazoo was translated as “rapturo” ny Jerome and other Latin translators; rapturo transliterated is where we get “rapture”. It is in the Bible. If this was not intended to be understood as a literal event, it would be cold comfort indeed.




1 Cor 15:50-58

50 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.




Mystery  NT:3466  musteerion, musteeriou, to

a hidden thing, secret, mystery:

1. a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding: 1 Cor 13:2

2. a hidden purpose or counsel; secret will:

3. it denotes the mystic or hidden sense:

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Sleep NT:2837 koimao (koy-mah'-o); from NT:2749; to put to sleep, i.e. (passively or reflexively) to slumber; figuratively, to decease:

KJV - (be a-, fall a-, fall on) sleep, be dead.

(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.)


Changed NT:236  allassoo:

future allazoo;

1 aorist eellaxa;

2 future passive allageesomai;

(allos); (from Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.) down);

to change: to cause one thing to cease and another to take its place, ta ethee, Acts 6:14;

teen fooneen to vary the voice, i. e., to speak in a different manner according to the different conditions of minds, to adapt the matter and form of discourse to mental moods, to treat them now severely, now gently, Gal 4:20 (but see Meyer at the passage), to exchange one thing for another: ti en tini, Rom 1:23 (heemiyr bª- Ps. 105:20 (106:20);

the Greeks say allassein ti tinos (compare Winer Grammar (1883), 206 (194), 388 (363) Vaughan on Romans, the passage cited)), to transform: 1 Cor 15:51 f; Heb 1:12.

(Compare: apallassoo, diallassoo, katallassoo, apokatallassoo, metallassoo, sunallassoo.)

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Moment  NT:823 atomos, atomon

that cannot be cut in two or divided, indivisible 1 Cor 15:52

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Twinkling  NT:4493 ripee, ripees, hee

(riptoo), used by the Greek poets from Homer (900 B.C.?) down;

a throw, stroke, beat:

ofthalmou (Vulgate: ictus oculi (A.V., the twinkling of an eye)), a moment of time, 1 Cor 15:52

(Lachmann's marginal reading ropee, which see). *

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Last  NT:2078 eschatos, eschatee, eschaton

extreme, last in time or in place

1. joined to nouns: Luke 14:9 f

2. absolutely or with the genitive,

a. of time: who had come to work last, Matt 20:8,12,(14)

b. of space: the uttermost part, the end, of the earth, Acts 1:8; 13:47

c. of rank, grade of worth, last i. e. lowest: Mark 9:35

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Raised NT:1453  egeiroo;

properly, rise, i. e. Up! Come!

1. to arouse from sleep, to awake: Acts 12:7

2. to arouse from the sleep of death, to recall the dead to life: John 5:21

3. in later usage generally to cause to rise, raise, from a seat, bed, etc.

a. of one sitting: John 11:29 Matt 9:19

b. of one reclining: John 13:4

c. of one lying, to raise up: Acts 10:26

d. of one "down" with disease, lying sick: active, Mark 9:27; Acts 3:7

4. To raise up, produce, cause to appear

a. to cause to appear, bring before the public Acts 13:23

b. to raise up, incite, stir up, against one

c. to raise up, i. e. cause to be born: Matt 3:9

d. of buildings, to raise, construct, erect: John 2:19 f

(from Thayer's Greek Lexicon, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 2000 by Biblesoft)


Paul is about to tell the Corinthian believers about a mystery, something that hadn’t been previously revealed. The Pharisees knew about the resurrection of the dead, so that isn’t what he was speaking of… What could the mystery be? Look at the details given about the event! This is to inspire the Christians to be steadfast and immovable in the face of persecution! If Paul is speaking, in any way allegorically, then he is offering false hope, indeed, but the precise detail precludes that possibility. Just reading the passage should make that obvious.