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Dec
09

Mormon Rapture?

One of the things I noticed when I was preparing for a GD lesson was the final sentence in the concluding verse of Section 27:

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of my Spirit, which I will pour out on you, and my word which I reveal unto you, and be agreed as touching all things whatsoever ye ask of me, and be faithful until I come,  and ye shall be caught up, that where I am ye shall be also. Amen.

What attracted my attention was the expression “caught up.”   This expression occurs three times in the NT (AV).  The man-child of Revelation 13 is “caught up” into heaven for his preservation, Paul was “caught up” as part of his vision of the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2-4) and most famously, in First Thessalonians:

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  6 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

This is what some Protestants call the Rapture.  Now on one level it’s an innocuous phrase and it could be used in imitation of Paul’s ascent.  But both Paul and the man-child are temporary visits to heaven, while the context of both First Thessalonians and Section 27 is eschatological.  Moreover, both First Thessalonians and Section 27 share the idea that behind the ascent is a more permanent association with Jesus.

So hm.  We don’t usually do much talking about the Rapture, do we?

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