?HARPAZO ~ Being “caught up”
1 Thessalonians 4:17
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.
Shall be caught up – HARPZO in Greek
- To seize or carry off by force, to snatch out of the way, claim something eagerly for one’s self, to pluck away, to rescue from danger or destruction, using divine power to miraculously transport someone from one place to another
- Verb – ACTION word
Other Usages in the KJV of the Bible of the word HARPZO:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man PLUCK them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to PLUCK them out of my Father’s hand.
And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord CAUGHT AWAY Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
2 Corinthians 12:2
I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth; such an one CAUGHT UP to the third heaven.
2 Corinthians 12:4
How that he was CAUGHT UP into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was CAUGHT UP unto God, and to his throne.
Harpzo is a derivative of the word HAIRO
- To take for oneself, to elect, to be chosen
- Verb – ACTION word
2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning CHOSEN you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.
Chosen is a derivative of the base word AIRO
- To raise, lift up or elevate
- To raise from the ground, as a stone
- To draw up, as a fish
- To move from its place
- To detach one from something
- To carry off or remove something
- To take from among the living
- To cease to exist in current state
- To excite the mind
- To remove one from guilt of sin or punishment
- To be free from all sin, abiding in Jesus
- To remove one from having intercourse with the world
And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP – Is the very same word in Greek – AIRO – used in both 2 Thessalonians 2:13 and Mathew 4:6.
In addition, the words HARPZO, HAIRO and AIRO are all three joined as one, compliment one another to convey a truth. The English translation used in the KJV, chose to use different words to describe the same thing.
1 Thessalonians 4
Getting it in context of how this Scripture was originally written in Greek…
We have learned how to walk, so we please the Lord and therefore, so we increase in Him. We have been given the commandments for His will and our sanctification, so we should abstain from all fornication. We now know how to possess ourselves in the flesh and be a vessel of sanctification and honor. Not like those who do not know God, acting in forbidden lusts. No man should ever defile his brethren in any matter, because the Lord will avenge those who we defile. You have been forewarned. God called us to be Holy, not unclean. If we despise, we despise not man but God Himself, for we were granted the Holy Spirit. God teaches us true brotherly love so we shall demonstrate this love to all brethren, so that we shall increase more and more.
We should study to be quiet, do our own work with our own hands. We should walk in all honesty, at all times to those who are without so we have no lack. Do not be ignorant concerning those who are dead and do not sorrow over them as if you have no hope. Believe that Jesus did rise from the dead and He shall bring with Him those which remain asleep in Him. We who are still alive and remain alive until His coming, shall not prevent those who are dead from waking again. The Lord will descend from Heaven with a command, like a trumpet call and those who are dead will appear first, no longer dead. Then we who are still alive here on Earth, will be caught up together with them to meet Jesus in the air, being separated and departing from our current place of abode. This is an eternal joining to Jesus for eternity. We are commanded to comfort one another with these exact words of truth.
?With a Grain of Salt ~
Where there is contention and strife there is the desire of the flesh to be right. Therefore, we know the enemy is present in any form of, “Doctrinal arguments.” The truth is, there certainly is a HARPZO, to deny such a thing would be to deny the very words of Biblical text. However, I believe the arguments ensue more over the timing of such, rather than the event itself. We can agree that we shall be, “Changed in the twinkling of an eye,” for those who remain still here on Earth when Jesus returns. Sadly, the enemy uses every means he has to bring division into the Church Body and when we begin to dispute that which is written plainly, we fall right into the trap of assisting him with his tactics.
No one knows the day or hour, not even the Angels in Heaven nor the Lord Jesus, Himself. That is strictly reserved as the Father’s business.
So my question is… Why would we, as mere humans, entertain the idea of arguing over something only the Almighty is purposed to foretell? I happen to believe this mystery is way above my own personal pay grade, so to speak. It is my desire to assist in putting to rest so many foolish disagreements, that are unfruitful and unnecessary for the followers of Jesus to even begin to speculate about.
The word, “Rapture,” has been a thorn in the body of believers for way to long. It is my prayer that we seek to be unified in LOVE by the laying down of all swords used against one another for the selfish gain of being right. Because truly, regarding this subject, no one can be right because no one is privy of the timed event to come ~ Harpzo. In a sense, our “Harpzo” could come at any moment for anyone of us. Time is simply too short to be distracted by such menial rebuttals as they are not pleasing to the Father in any way, shape or fashion. Being right, has nothing to do with being RIGHTEOUS.
Today, tomorrow or light years away ~ I pray we are ready on that day to come, as each of us shall surely stand face to face with our Creator. And though He tarries, He is right on time. Amen
In His Love,
?Angela ~ Marked By Heaven