History Main / CaughtUpInTheRapture

5th May '16 10:28:17 AM MsChibi
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In reality, while this idea has worked its way into popular consciousness regarding the End of the World, it's actually [[NewerThanTheyThink a fairly recent idea, dating back to a Protestant group called the Plymouth Brethren in the 19th century.]] A former Anglican minister by the name of John Nelson Darby took a single verse from 1 Thessalonians describing how the church will be "caught up together" in the air to join with Jesus spiritually. Combining this with Premillenialist theology stating that there will be a period of a great tribulation and hardship on earth before Jesus comes back to defeat evil for good and reign for 1000 years, Darby is largely responsible for creating the major trappings of the Rapture that people most commonly associate with Christianity today. It's also worth noting that many Christians do not believe in the Rapture -- the Catholic Church, for example, disavows it entirely.[[note]]Their eschatology, [[ShownTheirWork taken straight from the teachings of Jesus himself]], basically amounts to "The world is going to end. We don't really know how or when and only God is ''capable'' of knowing how or when, but just take our word for it, OK?"[[/note]] Since its inception, it's remained a religious phenomenon that gained and kept its strongest popularity in America.

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In reality, while this idea has worked its way into popular consciousness regarding the End of the World, it's actually [[NewerThanTheyThink a fairly recent idea, dating back to a Protestant group called the Plymouth Brethren in the 19th century.]] A former Anglican minister by the name of John Nelson Darby took a single verse from 1 Thessalonians describing how the church will be "caught up together" in the air to join with Jesus spiritually. Combining this with Premillenialist [[TheFundamentalist Premillenialist]] theology stating that there will be a period of a great tribulation and hardship on earth before Jesus comes back to defeat evil for good and reign for 1000 years, Darby is largely responsible for creating the major trappings of the Rapture that people most commonly associate with Christianity today. It's also worth noting that many Christians do not believe in the Rapture -- the Catholic Church, for example, disavows it entirely.[[note]]Their eschatology, [[ShownTheirWork taken straight from the teachings of Jesus himself]], basically amounts to "The world is going to end. We don't really know how or when and only God is ''capable'' of knowing how or when, but just take our word for it, OK?"[[/note]] Since its inception, it's remained a religious phenomenon that gained and [[UsefulNotes/AmericanChurches kept its strongest popularity in America.
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5th May '16 10:26:31 AM MsChibi
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A standard feature of some Christian eschatology (a fancy word meaning "study of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the world"]]) dictates that, before (or possibly after) {{God}} allows {{Satan}} to screw the world over, He will ''rapture'' His church, by grabbing everyone who is a Christian, or possibly grab everyone including non-Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics and other non-believers who might also be able to figure out what's going on and do something about it. So basically, a whole lot of people just suddenly vanish without warning, potentially leading to all sorts of [[HilarityEnsues interesting effects]]. Or, [[NoEndorHolocaust maybe not so many]].

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A standard feature of some Christian ''some'' [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Christian]] eschatology (a fancy word meaning "study of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the world"]]) dictates that, before (or possibly after) {{God}} allows {{Satan}} to screw the world over, He will ''rapture'' His church, by grabbing everyone who is a Christian, or possibly grab everyone including non-Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics and other non-believers who might also be able to figure out what's going on and do something about it. So basically, a whole lot of people just suddenly vanish without warning, potentially leading to all sorts of [[HilarityEnsues interesting effects]]. Or, [[NoEndorHolocaust maybe not so many]].
29th Apr '16 2:34:47 AM Koveras
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* Played for horror in the ''Literature/ArciaChronicles'', where the Wanderer is a powerful interdimensional being who can enter worlds on the brink of apocalypse and offer people he deems worthy (at least, the ones who are willing to abandon everything, including their "unworthy" friends and families, for his salvation) an escape. Where exactly they go is unclear, but multiple cults on different worlds come to worship him as their savior (in fact, the Wanderer is based on the Savior from Creator/NickPerumov's multiverse, who actually consumed the souls of those who left with him to gain power). Neo and Norgerel visit a dead world and witness its last moments, where the Wanderer appears in the middle of a FinalBattle, and offers escape to just two "worthy" people: the wife and the daughter of one of the army commanders. The former pleads to take her husband with them, then chooses to stay with him, while the former runs back to her parents just as the world ends.

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* Played for horror in the ''Literature/ArciaChronicles'', where the Wanderer is a powerful interdimensional being who can enter worlds on the brink of apocalypse and offer people he deems worthy (at least, the ones who are willing to abandon everything, including their "unworthy" friends and families, for his salvation) an escape. Where exactly they go is unclear, but multiple cults on different worlds come to worship him as their savior (in fact, the Wanderer is based on the Savior from Creator/NickPerumov's multiverse, who actually consumed the souls of those who left with him to gain power). At one point, Neo and Norgerel visit a dead world and witness its last moments, where the Wanderer appears in the middle of a FinalBattle, and offers escape to just two "worthy" people: the wife and the daughter of one of the army commanders. The former pleads to take her husband with them, then chooses to stay with him, while the former latter runs back to her parents just as the world ends.
29th Apr '16 2:33:30 AM Koveras
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* Played for horror in the ''Literature/ArciaChronicles'', where the Wanderer is a powerful interdimensional being who can enter worlds on the brink of apocalypse and offer people he deems worthy (at least, the ones who are willing to abandon everything, including their "unworthy" friends and families, for his salvation) an escape. Where exactly they go is unclear, but multiple cults on different worlds come to worship him as their savior (in fact, the Wanderer is based on the Savior from Creator/NickPerumov's multiverse, who actually consumed the souls of those who left with him to gain power). Neo and Norgerel visit a dead world and witness its last moments, where the Wanderer appears in the middle of a FinalBattle, and offers escape to just two "worthy" people: the wife and the daughter of one of the army commanders. The former pleads to take her husband with them, then chooses to stay with him, while the former runs back to her parents just as the world ends.
17th Feb '16 4:09:24 AM najhoant
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* A plot point in ''Film/JerusalemCountdown'', where Biblical prophecies are related to the terrorist plot at hand. [[spoiler:Happens in the end, too]].
2nd Feb '16 7:19:15 PM jormis29
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** This is also the premise behind the RPG ''Rapture: the Second Coming''. (Despite [[ColonCancer the title]], it's not a WhiteWolf game.)

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** This is also the premise behind the RPG ''Rapture: the Second Coming''. (Despite [[ColonCancer the title]], it's not a WhiteWolf Creator/WhiteWolf game.)
31st Dec '15 4:37:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Community}}'' - on a Halloween episode where scary stories are being exchanged, Shirley tells one where the rest of her study group is having a debauched party when the radio announces "We interrupt your death metal to bring you some heavy news: all the good Christians got raptured up to Heaven so if you're hearing this, the good news is you're the coolest people in the world. [all: "Yes!"] The bad news is, the world is over. This is NPR." As they wail in agony, Shirley appears as a pure being of light not to save them, just to say she forgives them for ostensibly picking on her, then leaves them to their doom.

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* ''{{Community}}'' ''Series/{{Community}}'' - on a Halloween episode where scary stories are being exchanged, Shirley tells one where the rest of her study group is having a debauched party when the radio announces "We interrupt your death metal to bring you some heavy news: all the good Christians got raptured up to Heaven so if you're hearing this, the good news is you're the coolest people in the world. [all: "Yes!"] The bad news is, the world is over. This is NPR." As they wail in agony, Shirley appears as a pure being of light not to save them, just to say she forgives them for ostensibly picking on her, then leaves them to their doom.
29th Dec '15 12:09:52 PM Fallingwater
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%%* ''VideoGame/EverybodysGoneToTheRapture'' seems to imply this from the teaser trailers.

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%%* * ''VideoGame/EverybodysGoneToTheRapture'' seems to imply this from has different interpretations, but at least one is essentially spoiled by the teaser trailers.
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4th Dec '15 8:38:00 PM FF32
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* Creator/JackChick uses the Rapture quite a bit, both in his tracts and his ''Alberto'' series of comic books.

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* Creator/JackChick [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] uses the Rapture quite a bit, both in his tracts and his ''Alberto'' series of comic books.
2nd Dec '15 9:30:22 PM Nohbody
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* The name of the city of Rapture in ''Franchise/{{Bioshock}}'' is an obvious reference to this concept, and its setup bears some marked similarities to it. The main difference is that, rather than devout Christians being whisked away in a flash, it's the "productive class" leaving society voluntarily, ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' style -- [[CorruptCorporateExecutive business owners]] who feel that their workers shouldn't control them, [[MadArtist artists]] who feel that they are being censored by a society [[LowestCommonDenominator too stupid]] to see their "[[SmallNameBigEgo brilliance]]", [[MadScientist scientists]] who feel that "petty" morality and ethics hinder [[ForScience proper research]], etc.
** The name has another meaning: "rapture of the deep" is another term for nitrogen narcosis, a sense of euphoria you get while diving due to the pressure increasing the nitrogen in your blood. Rapture can ''kill'' you.

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* The name of the city of Rapture in ''Franchise/{{Bioshock}}'' ''VideoGame/BioShock'' is an obvious reference to this concept, and its setup bears some marked similarities to it. The main difference is that, rather than devout Christians being whisked away in a flash, it's the "productive class" leaving society voluntarily, ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' style -- [[CorruptCorporateExecutive business owners]] who feel that their workers shouldn't control them, [[MadArtist artists]] who feel that they are being censored by a society [[LowestCommonDenominator too stupid]] to see their "[[SmallNameBigEgo brilliance]]", [[MadScientist scientists]] who feel that "petty" morality and ethics hinder [[ForScience proper research]], etc.
** The name has another meaning: "rapture of the deep" is another term for nitrogen narcosis, a sense of euphoria you get while diving due to the pressure increasing the nitrogen in your blood. Rapture can ''kill'' you.
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