Q. I am a Born Again Christian and my husband is a devout Catholic. I wholeheartedly believe in the pre-trib Rapture and he doesn’t believe it at all because he said the word Rapture isn’t in the Bible. I try to tell him that the word Rapture is a word that describes the event of being caught up. He said the Rapture theory started with John Darby and I said that isn’t true. How can I convince him that the Rapture is truth and it is about to take place very soon and it is from God and not John Darby?
A. These are both very weak excuses that show he hasn’t done any real study on the subject.
Rapture comes from a Latin word and the New Testament was written in Greek. The Greek word for rapture is “harpazo” and it is in the Bible. It’s translated “caught up” in 1 Thes. 4:16-17.
Also, by bringing up John Darby, he’s just repeating something he’s heard. Darby didn’t invent the rapture, he just helped make it a well known teaching again. It was first taught by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:51-53 and 1 Thes 4:16-17. In Romans 5:9 and 1 Thes. 1:10 Paul indicated Jesus would rescue (deliver) us from the wrath to come, indicating that the rapture would occur before the end times judgments. And in effect Jesus said the same thing in Rev. 3:10.
There are plenty of other reasons why the pre-trib rapture is taught in the Bible. Here’s a link to my study on the Rapture if he wants to learn more about it.