“Plucked up”! same as “Caught up”?
I just realized something in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. It talks about the “catching up” of the believers by Christ at the Rapture of the church. I looked up “caught up” in the Blue Letter Bible to research the original text (G726-harpazo) of the word and I noticed that one of the original meanings given to the word was “pluck”. I remembered the word “pluck” in the old testament when Daniel was writing in chapter 11. So I looked it up.
4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.
My thought is that this verse may be talking about the rapture as well. I know in verse 16 of Daniel 11 the antichrist comes into the picture. See below description of the antichrist. “none shall stand before him” and “he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.” That sounds like the antichrist because during the tribulation he will be consuming the holy land.
16 But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him: and he shall stand in the glorious land, which by his hand shall be consumed.
We know that the antichrist will not appear until after the rapture so it stands to reason that somewhere before the antichrist appears the rapture would have to happen. If the rapture is described in verse 4 and the antichrist appears on the scene in verse 16 then between those two verses must be a description of what happens after the rapture and during the tribulation. I’m not sure I’m going to pray and study this a bit more.