For sake of time and space let’s summarize a few things which are, in and of themselves, worthy of far more extensive study. First: Scripture tells us that Christ {as a husband} is coming for His bride [2 Cor 11:2, Ephesians 5, John 14, John 3, Revelation 19]. His bride is the ‘Christian church’ [Ephesians 5:22-33] which is entered exclusively by being ‘born again’, saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone – it is blood bought. The bride, or church, is espoused to Christ [2 Cor 11:2]. When He comes, as we saw earlier in this study, He will call her out to meet him [1st Thessalonians 4:16-17]. The wedding happens in heaven at the Father’s house where [John 14] Jesus said we would go to be with Him.  This IS the rapture of the bride and to miss it is to miss a massive truth in scripture. So as 1st Thessalonians 4:16 says, the church, will be “caught up” {English words derived from Latin ‘Raptura, Rapio, Rapere, Raptuso’}[1st Thessalonians 4:17]. This phrase “caught up” has long been known to have come to us from Latin AND that the Latin term is “RAPTUSO” {which sounds like rapture}. The church has merely adopted a word that encompasses this event = rapture. If we all knew Latin like we once did, we’d not be nearly so unused to the interchangeable terms. Why do so many in the body of Christ embrace this doctrine? Hopefully by now you realize that it is because to deny it is to deny scripture. How long has this been being taught? Since the verses were written. The book of John was written in roughly 31 A.D. and the Apostle John, it’s author, taught this doctrine to his followers like Polycarp (pastor of Smyrna), who taught it to his followers like Irenaeus, who wrote about the rapture in his teachings in 180-200 A.D. In fact, here is a quote from Irenaeus from between 180-200 A.D. “And therefore, when in the end the Church shall be suddenly caught up from this, it is said, there shall be tribulation such as has not been since the beginning, neither shall be”. Some on the internet and others on YouTube are saying that the Rapture doctrine was made up from thin air in the early 1800’s. However, Irenaeus lived and taught within 100 years after the Apostle John died of old age. Cyprian refers to the rapture in his writings in 250 A.D. No, I am afraid these doctrinal train-wrecks who deny the rapture must do so at the expense of ignoring church history and completely perverting the scriptures. Luke 17:34 tells us “I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. What should you do? What any excited young bride would do if she knew her betrothed husband might show up at any moment – you should be ready to go!