Rapture vs Resurrection

The word resurrection, found in Hebrews 6:1-2, as well as approximately 135 other places in the Bible, is the Greek word anastasis.  It is from the compound word ana, which means up and istemi, which means to stand:  thus stand up or resurrection.  You will find this compound word in your Stegenga Analytical Concordance on page 371 translated in the KJV Bible as: rise up, resurrection, stand up.  In the Bible it is used to denote a rising or standing up to do God's will (Acts 9:6); resurrection from death,  [raised to life again from the dead, whether spiritually, morally, or physically (see Romans 6:4-8 (1-11); raised to walk in newness of life - no longer a servant of sin].  When we are resurrected or raised into Jesus, we are resurrected from death into eternal life, see John 11:21-26. 


And, yes harpazo is found 30 times in the Bible.

So, the score is Resurrection - 135 times, and Rapture - 30 times, as to the number of mentions, but WAIT!  We must look at the whole picture.

What about Rapture,  Let's look at all the evidence 

It should be noted that the English word rapture itself, is not found in the Bible.  The word caught up or snatched is harpazo in the original Greek language.  In the English language, our word harpoon comes from this same word - harpazo.  Wow that is shocking! Now if you are a nice big whale frolicking in the beautiful blue waters near the Hawaiian Islands and suddenly you feel this horrific pain in your side and you are being pulled to your death, you wouldn't think that the word RAPTURE was so great, yet let's look at the full picture!  

I'll tell you about the exhaustive research we did on the word harpazo. Yes it is found a grand total of 30 times in Scriptures, (see the Stegenga Analytical Concordance Pages 73-74).  But it is mostly found with a bad result, or in an evil sense as in: * Mt 7:15; Mt 11:12; Mt 12:29 (2x); Mt 13:19 & Mt 23:25; Mk 3:27 (2x); Lu 8:29; Lu 11:39; Lu 18:11; Jn 6:15; Jn 10:12; Jn 10:28-29; Ac 6:12; Ac 19:29; Ac 23:1; Ac 27:15; I Cor 5:10-11; I Cor 6:10; Ph 2:10; Heb 10:34.  
In all of these above listed 24 Scriptures, harpazo,   sun+harpazo   &  dia + harpazo, are all translated into English, & used in an evi l sense, as follows: 
    1) take by force
    2) catch
    3) pluck, as in attempt to pluck out of God's hand
    4) robbery
    5) spoil 
    6) ravening
    7) extortion

 Following is "The Rapture Trajectory"

Rapture   -   Resurrection,  
or   Both?  what   does   the   Bible  say?

A Challenge to all Bible Students - do your own study!   Every place rapture (harpazo) is found in the New Testament is found listed below * - do your own study, by reading the full Bible context, not just the verse and call me @ (480) 205-3346 or email me @ gilbertandfriends.com with your conclusion.  No commentaries please.  Rev 7/18/2014

Thought for the day: 

Proverbs 16:27-28 says, "A worthless man digs up evil while his words are like a scorching fire.  A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates intimate friends."

Must see the Rapture Trajectory, and more - below, Rev 2/15/2013

The Resurrection

is found well over 100 times in the bible, so why aren't Christians talking about the Resurrection.  We looked up the word Rapture in the Strong's Exhaustive Bible Concordance, & The word Rapture is NOT IN THERE!
But wait a minute, if we are going to make a thorough search, without any prejudice, we have to look at the whole big picture and not make up our minds just yet!


Page 16 Rapture?

I Thessalonians 4:17 shows that we are caught up or harpooned or raptured up to be with Jesus at the resurrection.  
All the other scriptures call it the resurrection, this is the only Bible verse that refers to this event as the rapture also occuring.  So we may conclude that this event is indeed the resurrection and people will also be raptured, caught up, at the same time.  Jesus will come at the last trumpet blast, and will come like the lightning, and all will see Him at the same time.  We must combine all the evidence, not just take one piece and then go off on a tangent and make up a man made doctrine, but put the sum total of all the scriptures together to find the truth!

There are many different rapture events found in the Bible.  Harpazo, the Greek word for rapture, is used both in a good sense, (only 20% of the time), and in a bad sense (80%, or most of the time), so we must also read the full context and not just make a blanket statement regarding rapture, please read them all and tell me what you think after you make a thorough investigation of all the facts!

 We have laid out all the facts before you - all of the
 scriptures where harpazo is found are listed above.

Jesus' coming is likened to the Days of Noah
(read Matthew 24:37-42 & Genesis 6:1-22)

The wicked did not know of the coming flood, they were living normal lives until the flood came and took them all away.  Who were taken away?  

      The wicked were taken away, (see Page 18 Wheat or Tares)! 
The parable of the two in the field and the two grinding at the mill are in the same context as in the days of Noah.  Those left on the earth in Noah's time are the righteous, Noah, and his 3 sons and their wives all survived the flood and repopulated the earth.  

To reiterate, those taken away, are the wicked and those left are the righteous, 10 proofs:    (12 proofs, see below!)

    1)  Isaiah 4:3 it says that the ones left remaining in Zion & Jerusalem
          shall be called holy.
    2)  Proverbs 2:21-22 also states "For the upright shall dwell in the
          land and the perfect shall remain in it, but the wicked shall be cut
          off from the earth and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it."

The Hebrew word for rooted out is nacach, to tear away, destroyed, plucked up 2x) or one could translate it: "...and the transgressors shall be plucked up out of it."

To the above 2 scriptures, (2 = truth; 7 = doctrine), we'll also add:
 3)   Job 38:13 says, "That it might take hold of the ends of the earth and the wicked be shaken out of it."

 4)   Ps 21:8-10 says, "Your hand will find out all Your enemies; Your right hand will find out those who hate You, You will make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger The LORD will swallow them up in His wrath, and fire will devour them. Their offspring You will destroy from the earth, and their descendants  from among the sons of men."
5)   Ps 52:1-9 says, "Why do you boast in evil O mighty man.......But God will break you down for ever, He will snatch you up and tear you away from the land of the living - Selah (pause and think on this)..."

 6)  Prov 10:25 says, "When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation." 
 7)   Prov 10:30 say, "The righteous will never be shaken, but the wicked will not dwell in the land."
 8)   Prov 12:7 says, "The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but  the house of the righteous will stand."
 9)   Zech 5:3-4 says, "...This is the curse that is going forth over the face of the whole land; surely everyone who steals will be purged away according to what is written on one side, and everyone who swears will be purged away according to the writing on the other side.  I will make it go forth, declares the    LORD of  hosts, and it wil enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name, and it will  spend the night within that house and consume it with its  timber and stones."
10)  Matt 5:5 says, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the  earth."

You must see Page 17, The Wheat and the Tares.
           Who is Gathered out, 1st?

Some final thoughts
 (God's thoughts, not ours!)

We just read in Matthew 5:5 which said, the meek will inherit the earth!

11)  Psalms 37:9-11 it says, "In just a little while and the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.  But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.  The wicked plot against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked for he sees his day coming."

Psalms 115:16 is my favorite:  
12)   "<...the Heavens>   -  the Heavens belong to Yahweh
          <...the Earth>    -  He has given to the sons of men"