The Rapture

An expression not used by Seventh-day Adventists but common among other premillennialists, meaning, literally, “the catching up,” or “the taking up,” used in a religious sense of the saints’ being caught up to meet Christ in the air as mentioned in 1 Thess. 4:17 . It has become (especially in the phrase “secret rapture”) somewhat a technical term of the pretribulationist-dispensationalist form of premillennialism, used to denote a supposed removal of the church to heaven that leaves the Jews and the “nations” on the earth to go through the final tribulation. (See SB , No. 1520 and note.) The idea of a “secret rapture” does not occur in Scripture. It is a theological concept superimposed upon certain passages in the NT ( Matt. 24:40 , 41 ; 1 Thess. 4:17 ). Christ and t...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.