The only English definition of Rapture that should matter to believers in Christ Jesus is: “The transporting of a person from one place to another, especially to heaven, by supernatural means.” The second issue that should matter to believers in Christ Jesus is whether or not there is a solid precedent for future Raptures, mainly the Rapture of the Bride of Christ. The Word of God gives Enoch’s Translation/Rapture as that solid precedent. Lastly, believers in Christ Jesus need to know if what happened to Enoch is what the Word of God says will happen to the Bride of Christ. The answer is YES, because it will be with the Bride of Christ as it was with Enoch: 1. A literal physical removal (an act of the Holy Spirit); 2. A sudden disappearance of faithfully righteous man; and 3. An impending godly judgment/wrath!
The ORIGINAL texts of the New Testament, in which the Rapture concept is found, are Greek NOT English. Therefore, just because the English word Rapture is not in any particular English translation of the Holy Bible that doesn’t mean that the concept of a Rapture is not in the Holy Bible, because it most definitely is there, and this concept begins with Enoch’s Translation.
When the apostle Paul says believers are not meant to go through God’s Orge (Wrath), the apostle Paul means exactly that. God allowed His Son to experience His Orge and Thumos, which He poured out against sin and evil—He allowed Jesus the Christ to be beaten beyond recognition, crucified on a Cross, and resurrected from the grave just so that the Lord’s Bride, every saved and justified believer who is allowing God’s Holy Spirit to change him and her from the inside out, until he or she becomes like Christ Jesus, would be SAVED from all of the Wrath (Orge) to come.
No person who is of “sound” mind would want to experience any of the increasing in intensity and frequency horrors that are to take place during the end times. Predicted in the Old and New Testaments is the unprecedented dreadfulness (Wrath of God) that will start in the first 3½ years of Daniel’s 70th Week (missing 7 years) and continue through the last 3½ years of said Week. The second half of Daniel’s 70th Week also is known as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. Sadly, there will be too many vacillating, unprepared believers and far too many hardhearted, committed unbelievers who will be left on this Earth to live or die during these 7 years of Tribulation. That’s why everyone who needs to do so should get his or her “house” in order, NOW, because Daniel’s 70th Week is just around the corner, and it not only will include the Time of Jacob’s Trouble but also the worst of all the wars there ever has been, or ever will be—the Battle of Armageddon!
If so many people (the Bride of Christ, disbelievers, and unbelievers) will be dying during the Tribulation Period, then how is Christ Jesus keeping His promise to deliver/save/keep His true Bride from God’s Wrath (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10-11), if they aren’t Raptured until mid-Trib or post-Trib? Furthermore, wouldn’t those believers who are snatched off the Earth at mid-Trib also be ESCAPING the most horrific parts of God’s Wrath, since the Word of God describes His Wrath as increasing in intensity throughout the Tribulation Period? So how would believers in a mid-Trib Rapture of the Bride of Christ not be escapists, too? Then too, why would Christ Jesus Rapture His Bride at mid-Trib or post-Trib and then bring them back to the Earth ONLY so that they can be gathered again from the four corners of the Earth, once the Great Tribulation has ended?
Many Messianic Jews and Christ-believing Gentiles agree that the Feast of Trumpets primarily is a picture of The Rapture—the “snatching away” of the alive Bride of Christ. Yet, despite the fact that biblical Scriptures and Jewish traditions are in harmony with each other about the “last trump” or last trumpet being the shofar blast that marks the start of Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh HaShanah, many people still want to claim that the “last trump” is the seventh judgment trumpet in Revelation.
Clearly understanding the hidden Divine Truth that pertains to the “Rapture” is possible only for those believers who are full of the Holy Spirit and who are accepting His leading and teaching. To the nonbelievers and to those doubting and skeptical believers who are not full of the Holy spirit and therefore who are not always led or taught by Him, the “Rapture’s” unambiguous understanding will remain controversial—will remain a mystery—so that they will never be in agreement with the Bride of Christ.
Because there is NO biblical prophecy that needs to be fulfilled; that is, there is no major spiritual event that MUST happen before the “rapture” takes place, it is crucial for believers to know and to be looking for the signs of the times. It also is imperative for believing men and women to make sure that they are living a hopeful life—living like they are expecting their Lord to come at any moment to “catch up” His CHURCH (to return on a cloud to “rapture” them).
The Holy Bible has been translated into many languages, with English being only one of those languages. Latin is another language, and, where the word Rapture is concerned, the early Latin translators of the Greek New Testament portion of the Holy Bible translated the Greek word harpazo into the Latin word rapturo. Certainly, modern-day English speakers can see that the root of their English word Rapture is from the Latin word rapturo.