This is the claim of some.

I Thessalonians 4: 17, 18:

“After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (NIV)

The New Testament was written in Greek.  In verse 4: 17 of I Thessalonians, we find this Greek written down by Paul.  [See:  Acts 9: 15]

726. harpazó 
Strong’s Concordance
harpazó: to seize, catch up, snatch away

Original Word: ἁρπάζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: harpazó
Phonetic Spelling: (har-pad’-zo)
Definition: to seize, catch up, snatch away
Usage: I seize, snatch, obtain by robbery.

HELPS Word-studies

726 harpázō – properly, seize by force; snatch up, suddenly and decisively – like someone seizing bounty (spoil, a prize); to take by an open display of force (i.e. not covertly or secretly).


NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin
from a prim. root harp-
to seize, catch up, snatch away
NASB Translation
carry off (1), caught (4), snatch (2), snatched…away (1), snatches (1), snatches away (1), snatching (1), take…away…by force (1), take…by force (2).

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon

STRONGS NT 726: ἁρπάζω

ἁρπάζω; future ἁρπάσω (Veitch, under the word; cf. Rutherford, New Phryn., p. 407); 1 aorist ἥρπασα; passive, 1 aorist ἡρπασθην; 2 aorist ἡρπαγην (2 Corinthians 12:2, 4; Wis. 4:11; cf. Winers Grammar, 83 (80); (Buttmann, 54 (47); WH‘s Appendix, p. 170)); 2 future ἁρπαγήσομαι; ((LatinrapioCurtius, § 331); from Homer down); to seize, carry off by forceτί (Matthew 12:29 not R G (seeδιαρπάζω)); John 10:12to seize on, claim for oneself eagerlyτήν βασιλείαντοῦ ΘεοῦMatthew 11:12 (Xenophon, an. 6, 5, 18, etc.); to snatch out or awayτίMatthew 13:19τί ἐκ χειρός τίνοςJohn 10:28f; τινα ἐκ πυρός, proverbial, to rescue from the danger of destruction, Jude 1:23 (Amos 4:11Zechariah 3:2); τινα, to seize and carry off speedily, John 6:15Acts 23:10; used of divine power transferring a person marvellously and swiftly from one place to another, to snatch or catch awayActs 8:39; passive, πρός τόν ΘεόνRevelation 12:5; followed by ἕως with the genitive of place, 2 Corinthians 12:2εἰς τόνπαράδεισον2 Corinthians 12:4εἰς ἀέρα1 Thessalonians 4:17. (Compare: διαρπάζωσυναρπάζω.)


Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance

catch, seize, take by force.From a derivative of haireomai; to seize (in various applications) — catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force).

see GREEK haireomai

The word is translated into English as “Caught Up.”  Jerome translated the Greek into Latin prior to English translations as Rapturo = Rapture.

The sin of replacement theology ignores the eternal promises God made to Abraham.

Romans 10: 9-13:  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”


Chris Queen.  2/26/2019.

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