Michael Colunga (17 May 2011)
"RE:  Luke 21:36"

 
Hello, John and Doves,
 
Our guide for seeing if the Textus Receptus [used for the KJV] is to be trusted in the case of Luke 21:36 should be a careful reading of Hebrews 11 and James 1.  After a close reading of both passages, we learn that we will have a legal claim to heaven if we pray for and receive salvation faith.  Since we know that faith without works is dead, we remember James 1:21, which says,
    "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls."  James 1:21
 
We also remember Romans 10:17, which says,
    "So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."  Romans 10:17
 
Thus, we can say with all reasonable certainty that the Textus Receptus, from which the King James translation is taken http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Luk&c=21&v=36&t=KJV#conc/36
is the correct basis for the following:
    "Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."  Luke 21:36 KJV
 
For it is written,
    "Even as 2531 Abraham 11 believed 4100 God 2316, and 2532 it was accounted 3049 to him 846 for 1519 righteousness 1343."  Galatians 3:6
 
    "As for me, I will behold 2372 thy face 6440 in righteousness 6664: I shall be satisfied 7646, when I awake 6974, with thy likeness 8544."  Psalm 17:15
 
    "He restoreth 7725 my soul 5315: he leadeth 5148 me in the paths 4570 of righteousness 6664 for his name's 8034 sake."  Psalm 23:3
 
We can see that HaShem [The Name] is our Righteousness.
 
    "For since the beginning of the world [Men] have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him."  Isaiah 64:4
 
    "But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
    "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
    "whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
    "that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."  Titus 3:4-7
 
"...[Y]e may be accounted worthy" is the KJV translation of καταξιόω kataxioō.
 
This is Strong's Greek 2661:  http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G2661&t=KJV.
In Luke 20:35, Luke 21:36, Acts 5:41, and 2 Thessalonians 1:5, καταξιόω kataxioō is translated as "they which shall be accounted worthy," "ye may be accounted worthy," "they were counted worthy," and "may be counted worthy," respectively.
 
Clearly, our predecessors in this race [Hebrews 12:1] have done their homework [the clear, authoritative and eminently reliable KJV], and are cheering us on,
    "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete [it] until the day of Jesus Christ."  Philippians 1:6
 
Our strength is not in question here,
    "for the joy of the LORD is your strength."  Nehemiah 8:10
 
    "Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts."  Jeremiah 15:16
 
Finally, we ask, "Will I make it all the way to the Rapture and be counted worthy?"
 
Hebrews 7:25 has the answer:
    "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."
 
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
 
Baruch HaShem Adonai,
Mike C.
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Brother Paul, you asked:
 
Paul Wilson (14 May 2011)
"Luke 21:36 what is the word used???"

some versions of the bible used the word καταξιόω transliterated as kataxioō  in the verse meaning to account worthy some however use κατισχύω transliterated as katischyō  meaning strength. These are two different words so which is really used in Luke??? are we strong enough to be raptured or accounted worthy to be raptured????
 
Paul