What is the Pretribulation Rapture?

The rapture is an event that will take place sometime in the near future. Jesus will come in the air, catch up the Church from the earth, and then return to heaven with the Church. In 1 Thes. 4:13-18 we are given a clear description of the rapture: "the dead in Christ will rise, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord." The timing of the rapture is not known. From the word of God and from sound reasoning, something Jesus used quite frequently, I hope to prove the reality of the pretribulation rapture.

The word rapture comes from Paul's "caught up" remark in verse seventeen. The two words caught up are translated from the Greek word harpazo, which means "to "carry off," "snatch up," or "grasp hastily." The translation to rapture was a two-step phase, harpazo became the Latin word raptus, and raptus became the English word rapture.

Scriptural Evidence for the Pretribulation Rapture

Common Sense Reasons for Believing in the Pretribulation Rapture

There is one thing we should all remember. Whether or not we know the Antichrist's mother's maiden name isn't the primary goal. Knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and having your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life should be our number one priority. The jailer asked Paul, "What must I do to be saved?" The answer was, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved."(Acts 16:30-31)


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