What is rapture?

  • (noun): A state of elated bliss.
    Synonyms: ecstasy
    See also — Additional definitions below


The Rapture is a term in Christian eschatology which refers to the "being caught up" discussed in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, when the "dead in Christ" and "we who are alive and remain" will be "caught up in the clouds" to meet "the Lord". The Rapture is used in at least two senses in modern traditions of Christian eschatology: in pre-tribulationist views, in which a group of people will be "left behind", and as a synonym for the final resurrection generally.

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Andrew Ryan (Bio Shock)
... construction of an underwater city, Rapture ... When Ryan's vision for a utopia in Rapture collapsed into dystopia, he hides himself away and uses armies of mutated humans, "Splicers", to defend himself and fight against those resisting ... been compared to several different real-life and fictional figures, his world of Rapture compared to the world of the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged ...
The Rapture (film)
... The Rapture is a 1991 drama film written and directed by Michael Tolkin ... as a woman who converts from a swinger to a born-again Christian after learning that a true Rapture is upon the world ...
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1 BPI Gold RIAA Gold Autoamerican 1981 "Rapture" 5 ... RIAA Gold 1982 "Island of Lost Souls" 37 — 13 — 66 — 11 ... The Hunter "War Child" — — 96 ...
Sander Cohen
... lived among the most famous individuals in Rapture ... As one of Rapture's more respected musicians, playwrights and poets, Cohen resided in a lavish apartment in Mercury Suites, along with other Rapture celebrities ... Following Rapture's civil war and the chaotic months that followed it, Cohen slowly grew extremely paranoid ...

More definitions of "rapture":

  • (noun): A state of being carried away by overwhelming emotion.
    Example: "Listening to sweet music in a perfect rapture"- Charles Dickens
    Synonyms: ecstasy, transport, exaltation, raptus

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    What moments divine, what rapture serene.
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    Now night perfumes lie upon the air,
    As rests the blossom on the loaded bough;
    And each deep-drawn breath is redolent
    Of all the folded flowers’ mingled scent
    That rises in confused rapture now.
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