If you took time out to dip into the debate on Chris Bennett’s asking “What if the Rapture and Return are one and the same event?” you’ll have found in one day it’s scored over 100 contributions on his Facebook (and just over a dozen on mine).
It’s important to be absolutely clear about this topic in view of a couple of links on Chris’ thread referring to the ‘secret rapture doctrine’ made popular two hundred years ago by John Nelson Darby, of the early Plymouth Brethren, and to the bestselling ‘Left Behind’ books of 1990s and 2014 movie.
Moreover, we’re well aware that very many have written on End-times as though “The End Is Nigh!” – but in all honesty, we can no longer ignore global indications that we are truly living in the times foretold in the holy Bible.
We ARE fast approaching ‘The Day of the LORD’! Now back to the debate:
The opening gambit of this item below is wrong because The Rapture is part and parcel of Orthodox, Catholic and Reformed churches’ teaching (article is of historical interest):
So, now let’s check our New Spirit-Filled Life study Bible’s notes on chapter 4 verse 17 of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonian church. It explains why ‘the exact word ‘rapture’ does not occur in Scripture’ and its ancient origin:
Next, check my boxed Bible received from my Godmother on my 12th birthday – the Douai-Challoner translation from the Vulgate, ie authoritative Latin Bible translated late 4th Century by St Jerome. It refers to being ‘caught up’:
Bible Study Tools is provides the Vulgate’s Latin text with translation and commentary:
Thus, it strongly implies the ‘Rapture’ – our being grasped/snatched – will be all believers’ personal Resurrection and Ascension – all at once!