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Posted: 3/11/2013 2:51:36 PM
denomination you heard it from? Or did you hear it in a movie, a book, somewhere else besides church?

Not meant to be a religious thread. Just wondering how many are familiar with the phrase, and how widespread the familiarity is.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 2:53:30 PM
Read about it at an atheist message board. I've never heard anyone IRL mention it.

Isn't it a relatively recent, American concept?

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Posted: 3/11/2013 2:58:44 PM
I'm Catholic, but live in the South where a lot of the Christians talk about it. They are usually Southern Baptists, or Evangelicals.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:08:20 PM
The first time I heard about it was in reference to the Branch Davidians in Waco - it was not part of my Catholic education.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:10:20 PM
As a teen I read a book about a rapture. The book may have been named Rapture.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:15:53 PM
Yes, I am. Raised Baptist and now going to a Assembly of God Chruch. Both of them have talked about it.

The Left Behind books by Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins are all about the rapture and the events leading up to and after it. (Fiction books describing the events up to and after the Rapture)

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:17:08 PM
Sure. We're Baptist.

Concept became more widely known after the release of the very popular Christian novel series, Left Behind, based on passages such as 1 Thes 4:7 and others.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:23:39 PM
Most of my life. It refers to the time when Christ will return to the earth and take all believers with him to Heaven. The word "Rapture" doesn't actually appear in the Bible, but the event is described there.

"For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:25:00 PM
Catholic now attending a mainline Protestant church......I can't remember the first time I heard of the rapture of the church, but it's been pretty common knowledge among my churchgoing peers, I believe. I also read the LeHaye/Jenkins books, but it wasn't a new concept to me at that time.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:34:10 PM
I'm former LDS , now an atheist, and I've been familiar with the concept of The Rapture for a long time. I probably first heard about it in college, when I took a comparative Christian religions course. It's not something that was taught in my own religion though.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:36:21 PM

The word "Rapture" doesn't actually appear in the Bible, but the event is described there.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:36:50 PM
Honestly, I only first heard the term in recent years, and really didn't know what it meant (well, until now.) Former Catholic, now nothing.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:37:26 PM
Christian Reformed/Calvinist here and it's part of our beliefs, though we don't call it that. As Mrs. T described, it's just a way of referring to the return of Christ.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:42:51 PM
The first place I ever heard it was in a Blondie song. After that, on a bumper sticker that said, "In case of rapture, this car will be unmanned." I had been reading a lot of bodice-rippers at the time, so really had only one context for the words "rapture" and "unmanned" and thought it was a tacky thing to put on one's car, but <shrug> whatever.

Eventually, I figured out it's part of non-Catholic doctrine, as PPs have stated. I only associated it with newer Protestant denominations.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:44:28 PM
I heard about it many years ago in a church similar to Mennonite. After I heard about it, then there were tons of books. And movies.

I now attend a non-denom church. It's discussed but not emphasized.

In reference to this:

Isn't it a relatively recent, American concept?

Just checked on Wikipedia (I know - not the most reliable.) The first mention seems to be in 1788 in the U.S.



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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:45:15 PM
I've known about it my entire Christian life. I've attended Alliance, Mennonite Brethren, non-denominational and Pentecostal denominations. I've also read the Left Behind series but the info wasn't new to me when I did.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:46:16 PM
I'm familiar with it, but I have no idea when or where I first heard it.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:47:43 PM

Raised Lutheran and now am an Episcopal (but do not attend anywhere regularly). Neither of those denominations teach "the Rapture," but I have known of the concept from a very young age.

Interestingly, many years ago a new family moved in the neighborhood and the little boy introduced himself to my sons saying, "My mama says when the Rapture comes we will be saved, but y'all won't. But she said I can play with you anyway."


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Posted: 3/11/2013 3:56:26 PM
I'm baptist (not Southern) but we don't talk about it at my church. I heard about it mostly from Pentecostal and nondenominational churches I attended growing up and in college. I also read about it in the Left Behind series.
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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:04:30 PM
I am familiar with the term and associate it with born-again, evangelical denominations.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:05:26 PM
The term wasn't one I heard until I was in my mid to late 20s. The concept is on I'm familiar with since early childhood (the raising of the believers to go with Christ into heaven)

I grew up in the Church of Christ (acapella, eh, however you spell it)
Due to an odd happening I ended up in a pentecostal church for a time which is where I first heard it.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:09:49 PM
I was raised Catholic. NEVER heard the term Rapture in church growing up. I think I heard it from the people who attended the non-denominational bible church where I babysat every Sunday during their services.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:17:45 PM
My church (C ofE) never talks about it. I heard about it originally from my brother/sister in law. They attend an American based church (Calvary chapel ) who have a branch in London close to Buck Palace. They talk about it all the time ( not that it seems to make them any more committed to being good Christians, in my experience.)

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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:19:34 PM
I am Pentecostal, and my denomination is Foursquare. I've been a Christian since I was 5, and I think I've heard that term practically my entire life.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:25:21 PM
I was raised in the Nazarene church and frequently visited my grandmother's Southern Baptist Church as well. "The Rapture" was a frequent topic, especially during revivals.

As a Catholic, I really came to a better understanding when I purchased/read the book "The Rapture Trap".



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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:43:48 PM
I was raised Catholic and never heard the term in church. My SIL was the first person I ever heard talk about it. She's Pentecostal.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:47:00 PM
I first heard the term from those ridiculous Left Behind books (sorry but the writing is atrocious). No Christian I know believes in it though. But most I know are Catholic, Episcopal or Lutheran.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:49:14 PM
I first heard the term as an adult. I believe it was after the release of the Left Behind books.

I'm LDS, and while we do have a belief that Christ will return to the earth we just call it the Second Coming of Christ. Not quite so colorful of language, but a very similar doctrine (I believe the LDS doctrine differs on the details a bit, but I'm not familiar enough with the concept of the "rapture" to be sure.)


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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:50:10 PM
I heard about it for several years when I was a member of a Baptist church. That was over 18 years ago.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:50:45 PM
Not only am I familiar with it, but our church has a long-standing (100+ years traditionof having an Easter sunrise service. The members of the congregation gather at the graveyard adjacent to our church at sunrise on Easter Sunday morning and have a small worship service with singing, scripture reading and prayer. We face the Eastern sky because that is how the return of the Savior is described in the Bible. It is a beautiful service and is done in anticipation and remembrance of God's promise to rapture his church. By the way, I am a Southern Baptist.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:53:26 PM
My neighbor was a Pentecostal, and believed in it wholeheartedly.

My grandmother said all her relatives were true believers of the Revelations and the apocalypse. I can remember it all being discussed when I was a child.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 4:58:54 PM
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Posted: 3/11/2013 6:20:07 PM
There was a movie back in the early 90s called The Rapture with David Duchovny and Mimi Rogers I saw.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 6:25:52 PM
I am Catholic and I never heard it. But when I was in high school there was a film about the Rapture, and I used to hang out with the 'Young Life' group, so I heard about it alot. But that film was so horrifying I wanted nothing to do with any religion that scary.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 6:26:07 PM
Never heard the term until two peas. In my church it was called the second coming. I think it had more of a good spin than death and destruction like the rapture.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 6:28:01 PM
The Mimi Rogers movie.. scared the pants off me.
I was raised Catholic but..
I don't believe in it. My Grandparents were Baptist but they didn't believe it either.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 6:31:04 PM
I heard about it in the media.

No church I've ever attended has mentioned that term.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 6:38:33 PM
I've heard of it. I think it's a denominational-type teaching that doesn't actually fit in well with what real Christianity teaches.

The idea that Christ's return will be in stages, presumably to protect Christians from the tribulation while giving others a second chance.. well, like you said, it's best left with Left Behind.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 6:38:55 PM
yes- while the term "rapture" is not used in the Bible, it refers to being taken up into heaven,which the Bible does mention several times in the New Testament.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 6:59:37 PM
Heard about the Rapture from an early age. I was raised Southern Baptist.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 7:06:54 PM
I was raised Catholic and never heard about it from church. I heard of it from either a tract or one of those Christian Bible stories waiting room books they had in doctor's offices when I was a kid.

The illustration scared the crap out of me because it was a graveyard full of people standing in their graves, fully dressed and not decomposed, with their arms raised up to the sky, which appeared to be parting above them.

The bumper sticker always made me laugh, the one that says, "In case of rapture, this car will be unmanned." Nice that you're so sure of your place with the big G. I always found it rather arrogant.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 7:11:47 PM
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Posted: 3/11/2013 7:14:08 PM
Denomination you heard it from? Originally from friends that are Baptists
Or did you hear it in a movie, a book, somewhere else besides church? Heard and read a book series back in the 1990s.

Bred, born and raised Catholic, still practicing (some day I'll get it right ) Never heard about it in church or religion classes, only after I was an adult.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 7:21:13 PM
I grew up in a non-denom church and heard it there. I have heard it in Assembly of God & United Pentecostal churches as well.
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Posted: 3/11/2013 7:42:34 PM
Also from the Mimi Rogers movie.

ETA: I think what I said about its conflict with Isaiah may be considered insulting to people; that wasn't my intent.


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Posted: 3/11/2013 7:45:57 PM
I first heard about it in a Southern Baptist church where it is a common teaching and where the imagery is to be taken literally.

I learned more about it in a Catholic theology class. In the Catholic Church, the rapture is not a common teaching (in fact, the church, for the most part, ignores it); it is symbolic and not to be taken in a literal sense.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 7:47:17 PM
I learned about it when my mother started going to an evangelical non-denomination church. I was about 7 and it terrified me. I had nightmares and was told that everyone I loved who didn't go in the rapture would be tortured during the tribulation.

I remember later being in like 5th grade and watching Friday Night Videos at my grandma's house. I crawl in the bed terrified I'd missed the rapture because I had been "sinning" when Jesus came back.

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Posted: 3/11/2013 9:07:00 PM
Baptist, first. (Not my own church upbringing, but my grandma's next door neighbor used to take me to church with her.)
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