Day (30 Aug 2011)
"Dr. Thomas Ice: "APOSTASIA"  most likely means PHYSICAL DEPARTURE or RAPTURE ""

Despite Mr. Heckle's insistence that "Apostasia" can ONLY refer to a Departure from TRUTH, the fact is that many scholars, over many years, have debated such a limitation. 
Noted scholar Dr. Tommy Ice, along with Dr. Tim LaHaye are among those who interpret "Apostasia" as most probably meaning a physical departure, i.e., the Rapture.
Dr. Ice's article states:
The first seven English translations of apostasia all rendered the noun as either " departure" or " departing." They are as follows: Wycliffe Bible (1384); Tyndale Bible (1526); Coverdale Bible (1535); Cranmer Bible (1539); Breeches Bible (1576); Beza Bible (1583); Geneva Bible (1608).[5] This supports the notion that the word truly means " departure." In fact, Jerome' s Latin translation known as the Vulgate from around the time of a.d. 400 renders apostasia with the " word discessio, meaning ' departure.' "
Dr. Ice further explains why the King James changed the word from the above translations, what the use of the Definite Article preceding APOSTASIA (hee apostasia)  implies, that "apostasy had already arrived in the first century (cf. Acts 20:27- 32; 1 Tim. 4:1- 5; 2 Tim. 3:1- 9; 2 Pet. 2:1- 3; Jude 3- 4, 17- 21 (and actually since Time began"). so how would the Thessalonians recognize THIS apostasy, and finally why the definite article  "the"  was used when it was unnecessary, what that little article references, and finally, how that fact leads to the correct translation of "Apostasia," as The Departure, or The Rapture.
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