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Do Catholics believe in the Rapture?

The dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord. (1 Thess. 4:16–17)

This is where the Latin word “rapiemur” comes from. St Paul talks about being “caught/raised up”. The word Rapture is connected to this word. The Latin Vulgate translates the Greek ἁρπαγησόμεθα as rapiemur, from the verb rapio meaning “to catch up” or “take away”.

Therefore Catholics believe that those faithfuls who are still on earth at the Second Coming of Christ will be taken up and gathered together with those who died in Christ. They will meet Christ in the air as he comes in glory. We do not however hold that this event shall take place before the coming of Christ, also we do not really use the word “Rapture”. But the concept of the word is part of the Church’s doctrine on the Second Coming (Parousia, General Judgement)










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  1. Tania M. Negrete Reply

    I’m glad I see this topic. A lot of protestants talk about it but all the Catholic documents or articles I’ve read online are very confusing. They somewhat say “yes the bible says that [rapture doctrine] and could be understood that way, but we don’t believe it” so it confuses me. I would like to know a bit more about it. About all the events that will take place for example the raining with huge chunks of hail.

    Thank you kindly, God bless

    1. Toby Orlando Montoya Reply

      No we Catholics do not believe in the rapture . to believe in it would mean you would have to reject the tradition and what the bible itself says about end times . that the tribulation happens , the we will all some day die , that the dead will rise , and that the judgment will take place . http://youtu.be/8H4O3nm2LMs

    2. joe Reply

      hello im going thru bibliical times right now all the signs are right first the book of enoch 60 chapters is wat we are going thru wen enoch was writing it satan was reading it so got took it out of the bible and he took enoch up to heaven alive and he had jacobs people scatter if you google tamez family from spain wen open click on orgins of tamez family from nuevo leon and read all comments by pamela tamez also that click takes you to ancestry.com i have an e-mail from a native spiritual lady that my son spirit went to he got killed 3-28-2010 the evil ones were trying to enslave his spirit since my son was half cherokee half navajo she almost got killed but she helped my sons spirit make it up to wat is known as jacobs ladder i have the e-mail since then i have been having animals coming around me and helping me the woman i was married to was evil i never knew she was native the 12 yrs. i was with her she was trying to kill me and i didnt know we are decentants of jacob of the bible esau and jacob were twins my grandfather had 5 pairs of twins now all this has a native overtone to it now wen the mayan indians predicted the world would end 12-21-12 they were not educated so wat they meant to take the high number 21 turn the 12″s around they become 21 so now you have 21-21-21 now divide by 3 bcuz theres 3 21″s 21-21-21 =7-7-7 down here in texas south texas theres this game rooms 7-7-7″s that work for the mexican drug cartels they were being run by an occult group called SANTA MUERTE google it they are moving drugs and laundering money for the drug cartels you can go to my timeline and check out wat im reporting on the drug cartels buried some kind of device next door that attaches to the electric current and makes buzzing chirping noise they the cartels want to sell it to the terror group ISIS they want to shut our power grids down and if they do 9 out of 10 people in america will die exactly 287 million people article on my timeline i have called senators lanborn colorado ted cruz texas gomhert out of tyler texas to no avail i have been fighting this occult group for 5 yrs. wit no help also on my timeline theres article blood moons read it supposely by spiritual ladys that were trying to help me they told me im the chosen one for wat i dont know but i have animals helping me warning me theres an article on my timeline you will see and electrical pole video check it out again a native spiritual lady commented on it read comment theres 2 prayers that coincide with wat going on today since moses pulled out jacobs people out of eygpt had them out in the wilderness for forty years till he deprogramed them bcuz egyptians were pagans after that god gave them israel and changed there name from jacob to israel 12 tribes of israel the 2 prayers that match wats happening are benedictus prayer and the magnificat prayer yes we are close to his coming nostradumas a prophet predicted some of this to after all wats happening in the middle east he says will have 1000 yrs of good life which brings in the chapters of ezecikel

      1. RoFlo Reply

        Joe, your claims are closer to New Age/occult teachings than they are authentic Catholic-Christian doctrine. Firstly, the book of Enoch has never been and will never be inspired by the Holy Spirit as canonical holy scriptures which make up the Holy Bible. Secondly, although I’m sure “healers” or shaman and other peoole in many different cultures might mean well, their views on God and the devil and good and evil are severely lacking the clarity and Truth that come from God through the Holy Spirit as revealed by our Lord & savior Jesus Christ. If ANY person denies that Jesus Christ is THE only begotten Son of God and rejects that Jesus himself is ALSO God (second person of The Holy Trinity (or if they downplay Jesus’ role to just a prophet or holy man), that is a VERY Very clear and present sign that these people do NOT know the TRUTH! Don’t be fooled or confused by their mislead or madeup doctrines. Jesus said, “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life!”

  2. gay Reply

    Thank you for discussing this. I have never heard of this word mentioned in the church.”

  3. joey Reply

    That is when we say seek and you will find….

  4. catstclair12000 Reply

    Revelation is written in a language confusing to us today because it was meant for those Christians who were suffering under the persecutions of the Roman emperors from Nero to Domitian. Tradition suggests it was written by John on the prison island of Patmos. The apostles expected the Second Coming to occur in their lifetimes,which is why they did not write down the gospels until it was evident that they were going to be martyred before Christ returned. I would not worry too much about it. The end times will come when God wills it. Our job is to be the good servants who are wide awake when the Master returns. Unless you are fluent in Greek and Latin, in Church and Roman history, and like to worry, you will be better served if you concentrate on loving one another and on keeping the Faith.

    1. Lgs Reply

      That has always been the traditional explanation, and it may well be true, it ha been assigned to many turbulent times in the past, but the truth is that it has not yet come to pass; but nevertheless, it is still describing a time in the future, the end times, a time of such tribulation as we never did see, whenever that may be. It is certainly true that we should concentrate more on being at rights with God and becoming ever better Christians, but we are also reminded throughout the New Testament that we should be wise to look out for the signs, be watchful, and ready spiritually and physically for when the time comes so we know how to respond in the right way, and not as the vast majority will, when that time comes, because they weren’t expecting it. They keys are there in the text, and it has to be in consonance with the signs in the stars, true prophesies, apparitions of Our Lady and the world events which will lead up to it.

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