The Rapture

The Rapture has been talked about for many decades. Countless books and articles have been written about it. Many will recall the "Left Behind" series of books and movies about this event. Yet few have been willing to take a truly serious look at what Scripture actually says, or does not say, about this issue. 

I admit to having been duped by all the rhetoric about it. I've believed in "The Rapture" for 50 years or more. But you know what? I never took the time to search out diligently, to "rightly divide”, what YAHWEH's Word says about this. I just accepted what I was "taught", without checking it out myself to see if it was true.

Well, once again I find myself astonished and ashamed. It's only since I humbled myself before YAHWEH and made an earnest commitment to learn YAHWEH's Truth that I've begun to really discover just how badly misled many who call themselves "Christians" are. This is truly tragic. In today's world we have all the resources available to us that we need to "do our homework" and search out the Truth. Yet time after time we simply fail to do what Scripture, and YAHWEH Himself instruct us to do.

Shame on us for our casual approach to something as serious as YAHWEH's Word!
If we're truly going to "follow Him" we need to be very serious about it.
We need to do everything within our capabilities to learn His Truth.

I had the privilege a short time ago to listen to a message given to a group at a meeting referred to as "Cowboy Church" by one of those "cowboys". He brought forth his own struggle with the concept of the "rapture", remarking how YAHWEH had "taken him to the woodshed" on this issue. He shared his study of Scripture as he sought to find the answers to his question. And he told us how he had come to the conclusion that "there is no rapture".

My initial reaction was one of shock. My secondary reaction, that same night, was one of serious concern that I had been duped by my "teachers" - the traditions of men. After some serious reflection on this issue I simply had to check it out for myself. I needed to verify what he presented - not because he was wrong, but because I was perhaps wrong.

This article is the result of my personal research on this topic.

My friend, if you are a fellow believer in YAHWEH, and in His Son, YAHUSHUA, and if you've been persuaded to believe in a "rapture of the church", you have believed in a LIE! I agree with that cowboy - 
There is no "rapture"!
There is only the second coming of YAHUSHUA, The Messiah!

If your mind is open to it I can demonstrate to you that it does not exist. 

Below you'll find the terms used in Scripture, along with their real meanings, that are supposed to show there will be such an event.. These include both The Old Covenant and The New Covenant terms that are used by some to create the concept of the "rapture". The terms are followed by the majority of the Scripture passages that are so often quoted by those who promote this lie.

I urge you to study them for yourself, with the proper meaning of the terms inserted into the text, and not the "theological" terminology used even by most "translators" to produce their version of the text. Do your own comparison. Put them side-by-side and observe the obvious 'religious bias' inserted by the "translators" into the text. By simply adding or slightly changing a few terms they can imply something exists that does not exist.

Sadly, the more I research these age-old "traditions of men" the more I realize just how foolish I have been, personally, to simply accept their teachings, without bothering to check them out for myself. That's irresponsible. It's even contrary to Scripture which encourages us to be diligent in searching out the Truth, YAHWEH's Truth, and doing everything we can to live according to what HE SAYS!

Please, study these verses very carefully - and prayerfully. See if you can find within them any reference to a separate event that is commonly referred to as "The Rapture of The Church". If you can I'd really like to hear what you've found. I can find none.

The terms used to refer to "the rapture":

726. aJrpa¿zw harpazo, har-pad´-zo; from a derivative of 138; to seize (in various applications):
— catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force). 
138. 
aiJre÷omai  haireomai, hahee-reh´-om-ahee; probably akin to 142; to take for oneself, i.e. to prefer: 
— choose.

4884.sunarpa¿zw  sunarpazo, soon-ar-pad´-zo; from 4862 and 726; to snatch together, i.e. seize:
— catch.

4862. sun sun, soon; a primary preposition denoting union; with or together (but much closer than 3326 or 3844), i.e. by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.:
— beside, with. In composition it has similar applications, including completeness.

726 is aJrpa¿zw harpazo, given above.

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sunarpazo: occurrences

Luke 8:29 Indeed He 
had directed 
the unclean vital essence to come out of the person, because many times 
it had seized him.
And he was kept shackled with chains and fetters.
 And he broke the bonds 
and was driven by the unclean nature into the wilderness.

Acts 6:12 They even 
incited the people, 
the elders,
 and the scribes. 
And they assaulted him, seized him, and led him
 to The Sanhedrin. 

Acts 19:29 So the whole city was filled with disorder and rushed into the theater with one mind, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians,
 Sha’ul’s travel companions.

Acts 27:15 Then the ship
 having been caught, 
and not being able 
to face into the wind,
 we surrendered her,
 being driven. 

Not one of these references is in any way connected to a "rapture", being snatched up and away into Heaven.
harpazo: occurrences

Matt. 11:12 Now from the days 
of Yahonathan the Baptizer until now The Kingdom of The Heavens suffers violence, and the violent ones seize it by force.

Matt. 13:19 When anyone hears 
the message of The Kingdom 
yet does not understand i
t the hurtful one comes and seizes what was sown in his heart.
 This is the seed beside the road.
- the typical translation uses "snatches away”, yet there is absolutely no connection to a "rapture". It's talking about seeds.

John 6:15 YAHUSHUA therefore, knowing that they
 were about to come 
and seize Him in order to make Him king, departed once more 
onto the mountain 
by Himself alone.

John 10:12 But one who is
 a hired-servant (employee) and not the shepherd, for whom the sheep 
are not his own,
 watches the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away.
 And the wolf
 seizes the sheep and scatters the sheep.

John 10:28 And I am giving to them Eternal Life. And they will not ever
 be completely destroyed. Neither will anyone
 seize them out of My hand.

John 10:29 My Father, 
who gives them to Me, 
is greater than everything.
 And not even one 
is able to seize them 
from My Father’s hand.

Acts 8:39 Now when they had come up out of the water 
the Divine Nature of YAHWEH seized Phillip, and the eunuch saw him no longer. Indeed, he traveled on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip
 was found at Azotus. And traveling through,
 he proclaimed the good news in all the towns
 until he came to Caesarea. 
- This passage is normally translated as "caught… away", similar in thought to what is presented as a "rapture", but it has absolutely nothing to do with a believer being taken out of the world.

Acts 23:10 Now great dissension having happened, 
the commander,
 fearing lest Sha’ul might be pulled to pieces by them, ordered the soldiers 
to go down and seize him
 out of the midst of them and bring him into the barracks.

2Cor. 12:1-4 Now being
 that it’s not profitable for me to boast I will then go on 
to visions and revelations of The Master. 2 I knew a man 
in The Messiah 
about fourteen years ago. (Whether in the body 
I do not know 
or whether out of the body I do not know.
 YAHWEH knows.) Truly this one was taken even into 
the Third Heaven. 3 And I knew truly this man (Whether in the body
 or out of the body 
I do not know. YAHWEH knows.) 4 He was taken into Paradise and heard 
inexpressible utterances which it is not right 
for a human being to utter.

- This is a passage that could possibly be construed as representing a "rapture". It's normally translated as "caught up”.- However, Sha’ul is very clear that this refers to a vision, and not to a physical experience of being taken out of the world.

1Thess. 4:13-18 Now I do not want you 
to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have died, in order that you are not sad, like the others
 who have no hope. 14 Indeed, 
if we trust that YAHUSHUA 
has died
 and has been raised up, in this same way YAHWEH will also bring with Him those who have died
 for the sake
 of YAHUSHUA. 15 Indeed,
this we say to you 
by The Word of YAHWEH, that we who are alive, surviving until
 the coming
 of The Master, 
by no means precede those who are dead; 16 because The Master Himself
 will descend 
from The Heaven
 with a shout, with the sound
 of a Chief YAH-Messenger,
 and with the trumpet
 of YAHWEH,
 and the dead 
in The Messiah will be raised up first. 17 After that we who are alive and surviving will be seized (taken) at the same time together with them into the clouds 
to meet (encounter) The Master in the air. And thus we will always be with The Master. 18 Therefore, encourage one another with these words. 

- Same time - "together with them".
-
After them, not before them.
And not without them - separate from them.

Jude 23 but others save with fear, seizing them from the fire, detesting even the garment stained by the flesh.
- No connection to any "rapture".

Rev. 12:5 And she gave birth to a male child
 who would rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child was taken to YAHWEH and to His throne. 
- The woman is Israel. The male child is The Messiah.
- He is "seized" (taken) to
YAHWEH and to His throne; an obvious reference to the ascension of The Messiah, and not to anyone else.

Not one of the preceding occurrences of harpazo is in any manner connected to a proposed "snatching away" of "the church". NONE OF THEM!

Likewise, none of the following passages provide any evidence of a "rapture" event, yet these are passages often cited by those who claim there will be a "rapture".

Read the evidence from YAHWEH's WORD for yourself
- and then decide if you're still going to believe there is a "rapture".

1 Cor. 15:20-24 But now,
The Messiah 
has been raised up 
from being dead,
 and has become 
the first fruits of those 
who have fallen asleep. 21 Indeed,
 since death came 
by means of a human being, by a human being also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 Indeed,
 just as in Adam all die, even so in The Messiah will all be made alive; 23 but each one 
in his own order. The Messiah 
is the first fruits;
 afterward those 
who are The Messiah’s 
at His coming;
 24 after that
 comes the end when He
 delivers the kingdom
 to YAHWEH,
 even The Father,
 when He will render useless all rule
 and all authority
 and power.

There is no "rapture" in view here.
The Messiah is resurrected first.
THEN, at His coming (the second one) those who are His are resurrected.
It does not say they are "raptured" or taken out of the world.
It's speaking of those who are dead
and need to be resurrected
at His coming.
This is
not at some mystical "appearing in the sky" for the sake of believers who are still alive.

1Cor. 15:50-58 Now this I say, brothers,
 that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of YAHWEH. Neither does that 
which is corrupt
 inherit incorruptibility. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery.
 We will not all sleep (die), but we will all be made different, 
52 in an instant,
 in the blink of an eye 
at the last trumpet. Indeed,
 the trumpet will sound, and the dead
 will be raised incorruptible, and we who are alive
 will be made different. 53 Indeed, this corruptible 
must put on incorruption, and this mortal
 must put on immortality. 54 Now when this corruptible has put on incorruption,
 and this mortal
 has put on immortality, then will be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (Is. 25.8) 55 “O Death, where is your sting?
 O Hades,
 where is your victory?” (Hos. 13.14) 56 The sting of death is offenses, and the power of offenses 
is The Torah. 57 But thanks be 
to YAHWEH,
 who gives us the victory through our Master, YAHUSHUA, The Messiah. 58 Therefore,
 my beloved brothers, be settled, immovable, 
always abounding 
in the work
 of The Master, knowing that your labor is not in vain 
in The Master. 

- The only "gathering of believers" is at the LAST TRUMPET.
- There is no "rapture" indicated in any manner whatsoever.

1Thess. 1:9-10 Indeed, 
they themselves 
declare concerning us what manner of entrance we had among you,
 and how you
 converted 
to YAHWEH 
from idols (voiceless images) to serve
 The Living 
and True Elohim,
 10 and are awaiting
 His Son 
from The Heavens, whom He has raised up from being dead, YAHUSHUA,
 who is delivering us 
from the wrath 
which is coming. 
- This does not say "from the great tribulation". The reference instead appears to be to the wrath YAHWEH sends on those who have not believed. They are certainly not delivered from His eternal wrath. And the believers are waiting for YAHUSHUA - not for "a rapture" prior to YAHUSHUA's second coming. 
He is only coming twice!
He is
not coming to take "the church" out of the world
prior to His Second Coming!
Not according to
YAHWEH's Word.

1Thess. 5:8-11 But we 
who are of the day should be sober, 
putting on the breastplate of trust and love, and as a helmet
 the anticipation of deliverance, 9 because YAHWEH has not appointed us to wrath, 
but rather, for the acquisition of deliverance through our Master, YAHUSHUA, The Messiah;
 10 who has died for us, in order that
 whether we keep alert
 or sleep, 
we might live 
together with Him. 11 Consequently, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

- The concept of "not being appointed to wrath" is distorted by those who promote "the rapture". They claim this means "the church", the body of The Messiah, will not have to endure "The Great Tribulation” - which they equate with "wrath" (implying it's the same as "The Day of YAHWEH's Wrath”). What they fail to distinguish is that there is more than one dimension to YAHWEH's wrath, and it does not all get completed during "the time of Jacob's trouble". There is also an eternal wrath, reserved for those who refuse to believe in YAHWEH or His Messiah.

- While it is true that believers will be delivered from wrath, it's that enduring wrath of eternity that is in view. To take ONE VERSE, take it out of its proper context within Scripture, and twist it to proclaim that "the church" will not go through "The Great Tribulation" is a horrible distortion of YAHWEH's Truth.

2Thess. 1:6-10 Perhaps it is just
 with YAHWEH 
to repay with trouble 
those who are troubling you, 7 and to repay you who are being troubled with relief among us 
at the revelation
 of The Master, YAHUSHUA, from Heaven
 with His mighty messengers; 
8 in blazing fire
 delivering retribution 
upon those
 who do not recognize YAHWEH, and upon those
 who are not
 paying attention 
to the good news 
of our Master,
 YAHUSHUA,
The Messiah. 9 These will pay 
the price of justice 
by means of eternal destruction away from 
the presence of YAHWEH 
and away from
 the magnificence 
of His might 
10. when He comes; being honored
 by His set apart ones and being marveled at by all those 
who are 
trusting at that time, 
because
 our testimony concerning Him
 has been believed.

2Thess. 2:1-12 We ask you now, brothers,
 concerning the coming (return) of our Master, YAHUSHUA,
The Messiah,
 and our
 complete gathering unto Him, 2 not to be soon disturbed in the mind
 nor frightened,
 neither by a vital essence, nor by a message, nor by a letter 
as if from us,
 as though the day
 of The Messiah 
is at hand. 3 Not even one of you is to be deceived 
by any means,
 because that day will not come (It appears that this is either to be inferred, or a portion of text is missing. Without this the section does not make proper sense.) unless the falling away comes first, and The Man of Offense has been revealed,
 The Son of Destruction, 4 the one who 
is opposing 
and exalting himself above everything that is identified as a god (elohim) 
or that is an object of worship, so that he, 
in the manner of YAHWEH, 
is sitting 
in The Temple of YAHWEH as YAHWEH, 
exhibiting himself as YAHWEH. 5 Do you not remember that being yet with you 
I told you these things?
6 And now you understand Who is restraining him, (
YAHWEH is the restrainer.) so that he 
might be revealed in his own set time. 7 Indeed, the mystery of lawlessness is already active.
 Only He is restraining it (The Mystery of Lawlessness) until it becomes absent from the midst. 8 And then 
“The Lawless One” will be revealed, whom YAHWEH will consume
 with the breath 
of His mouth,
 and will render entirely useless 
by the appearance of His presence; 9 whose coming (The Lawless One) is according to 
the operation of The Adversary, by every force,
 and by miracles, 
and by lying wonders, 10 and with every delusion of injustice among those 
who are being 
totally destroyed because they 
did not accept
 the love of The Truth (YAHUSHUA) in order that they
might have been delivered. 11 And for this reason YAHWEH will send them effective deception so that they believe 
The Lie, 12 in order that everyone might be condemned
 who does not trust in The Truth,
 but instead,
 has pleasure in injustice.

- The coming of The Master, YAHUSHUA, is equated with our being gathered together to Him! Paul is writing to believers! Not one of them will be gathered to Him prior to His second coming!

John 6:40 Moreover, this 
is the will of Him
 who has sent Me, 
that everyone 
who is observing The Son and is trusting in Him might have Eternal Life!
And I will raise him up
 at the last day.”

John 6:43 YAHUSHUA therefore responded and said to them, “Do not grumble
 with one another! 44 Not even one 
is able to come to Me unless The Father who has sent Me draws him.
 And I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:53 Therefore YAHUSHUA said to them, 
“Most assuredly I say to you, unless you continually eat the flesh of The Son of Man
 and drink His blood
 you have no life in you. 6:54 Whoever continually eats My flesh and drinks My blood has Eternal Life!

And I will raise him up at the last day.

- Three times in one chapter The Messiah teaches that those who believe in Him will be raised up at the last day. Three witnesses absolutely confirms a matter in Hebrew thought. Two witnesses is enough to put someone to death. 
- There is
no reference to anyone being "raised up" or "taken up" before the last day.

Rev. 7:9 - 8.1 After these things (the sealing of the 144,000) I looked.
 And behold! 
A large crowd which no one was able to count from all
 races, 
and clans,
 and peoples,
and languages, standing
 before the throne 
and before The Lamb, having been clothed with white garments, and with palm branches in their hands. 10 And they 
were crying out
 with a loud voice saying, “Our deliverance is of YAHWEH who is sitting 
upon the throne, and of The Lamb!” 11 And all the messengers stood around the throne, and the elders,
 and the four living beings. And they fell
 on their faces 
before the throne
 and worshiped YAHWEH, 12 saying,
 “Amen!
 Blessing
 and honor 
and wisdom 
and thanksgiving 
and preciousness 
and power 
and might,
 be to our Elohim 
into the ages of eternity. Amen!”
13 And one of the elders responded,
 saying to me,
“
Who are these that are clothed in white robes and where did they come from?” 14 And I said to him, “Master
 you understand.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great trouble, and have washed
 their robes 
and have whitened them by means of
 the blood of
 The Lamb. 15 Because of this 
they are before the throne of YAHWEH 
and serve Him
 day and night
 in His temple.
 And He who is sitting upon the throne
 will dwell among them. 16 They will not be hungry anymore nor will they be thirsty anymore. The sun will not fall upon them, nor burn any one, 17 because The Lamb Who is in the midst 
of the throne 
will shepherd them and will guide them
 to living fountains of waters. And YAHWEH 
will wipe away (Lit. – erase) every tear 
from their eyes.” 8:1 And when He
 had opened 
the seventh seal there was silence 
in The Heaven 
for about half an hour. 

- The Seventh Seal represents YAHWEH's judgment upon the earth - The Day of YAHWEH, the Day of Vengeance. 
- There is nothing that says these are the ones who were delivered
before "the great tribulation", but rather, indicates these came out of it. They are given white robes - cleansed, purified. There is no other group identified as already being there first, or separate from them.

This last portion of Scripture is very important. There are several things identified that are contrary to what is typically taught today.

Rev. 20:4-15  Then I saw thrones. And they sat on them. And judgment was committed to them. And I saw the lives of those who 
had been beheaded because of 
the witness of YAHUSHUA and because of
 The Word of YAHWEH; who had not worshiped the dangerous animal
 nor his image, nor received his mark on their foreheads nor on their hands. And they lived
 and reigned
 with The Messiah
 for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead
 did not live again until the thousand years were completed
This is 
the first resurrection. 6 Happy 
and set apart
 is one 
who has a part 
in the first resurrection.

(There are two resurrections, but there is not a separate "rapture" of believers identified.
- The first includes those who have been beheaded for their faith. 
- The second includes all the rest of the dead.)

Over these 
the second death has no authority. On the contrary, 
they shall be priests of YAHWEH and of The Messiah, and shall reign 
with Him
 for a thousand years. 7 And when 
the thousand years have been completed The Adversary will be released from his prison 
8 and will go out 
to deceive the nations which are in 
the four corners
 of the earth,
 Gog and Magog, to gather them together into battle (The battle of Armageddon)
 whose number 
is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up 
upon the breadth of the land and surrounded the camp 
of the set apart ones 
and the beloved city. And fire came down from YAHWEH out of The Heaven and devoured them. 10 And The False Accuser,
 who was deceiving them, was thrown into 
the lake of fire
 and brimstone 
where the dangerous animal and the false prophet are. And they will be tortured day and night
 into the ages of eternity.

11 And I saw
 a great white throne and Him 
who is sitting upon it, from whose presence the earth
 and the sky 
fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, 
small and great, standing 
in the presence of YAHWEH. And books were opened. And a different book was opened
 which is
 The Book of Life. And the dead
 were judged according to their works from the things 
which were written 
in the books. 

(- Not the living believers who are taken to Heaven with The Messiah, or those who were part of the first resurrection, but all of those who are dead. 
- Some have their names written in The book of Life (v. 15). Some do not.)

13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades 
gave up 
the dead
 who were in them. And they were judged, each one
 according to their works. 14 Then death and Hades 
were thrown into the lake of fire.
This is the second death. 
15 And if anyone was not found written in
The Book of Life he or she was thrown into the lake of fire.

Rev. 21:1-11 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. Indeed, 
the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was 
no more sea. 2 Then I,
 John,
 saw the sacred city,
 New Yerushalaim,
 coming down
 out of The Heaven
 from YAHWEH, 
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice
 from The Heaven saying, “Behold!
 The Tabernacle of YAHWEH is in the midst 
of human beings. And He will dwell 
in their midst, 
and they
 will be His people. And YAHWEH Himself will be among them
 as their Elohim. 4 And YAHWEH will wipe away every tear 
from their eyes. There will be no more death, nor grief, 
nor crying. And there will be
 no more pain (Lit. – toil) because 
the former things have passed away.” 5 Then He 
who is sitting 
upon the throne said, “Behold!
 I make all things new.”

And He said to me, “Write!
 Because these words are truthful and faithful.” 
6 And He said to me,
It is finished! 
I am The Aleph and The Tau,
The Beginning and The End! 
I will give freely 
to him who is thirsty from the fountain 
of the water of life. 7 He who conquers will be an heir
 of everything. And I will be his Elohim 
and he will be My child.
8
But cowardly
 and unbelieving, 
and disgusting, 
and murderers,
 and sexually immoral
 and sorcerers, and idol worshippers, and all liars
 will have their part inherited portion in the lake which burns with fire 
and brimstone, which is the second death.”

9 Then one of 
the seven messengers
 who had the seven bowls filled with
 the seven last calamities came to me 
and talked with me saying, 
“Come!
 I will show you 
the bride,
 The Lamb’s wife.” 
10 And he carried me away 
in The Divine Nature of YAHWEH
 to a great
 and high mountain.
And he showed me the mighty city,
 The Set Apart Yerushalaim,
descending out of The Heaven 
from
YAHWEH,

11 having the magnificence of
YAHWEH.

Her light
 was like 
a most precious stone,
 even like a jasper stone,
 clear as crystal. 

- Do you see who The Bride of The Messiah is? John 21.1, and 10.
- Is it "The Church"? NO! 
- It is The Holy City, NewYerushalaim - the residence for ALL believers, 
both Yisra'elite
  and Gentile - all whose names are written in The Lamb's Book of Life. 
- Please keep in mind that this is not my idea.
- It’s what
YAHWEH's Word declares to you.
- Don't believe me,
believe Him!

We've reviewed the Scriptures that are used to teach there is a "rapture" - just for believers - just for "The Church". That teaching also typically states that it is the indwelling "Holy Spirit" (thus, The Church) that is "the restrainer", and THIS is what's responsible for "preventing" the final stages of this age and the second coming of The Messiah. 
Do you believe that - after reviewing these Scripture passages in detail?

There is NO RAPTURE! 
It is a "fiction" - a FALSE TEACHING!

You are left with only two choices. 
You can believe YAHWEH's Word.
Or, you can believe a lie.
What's your choice?

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