Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Greek Word "apantesis" means "to meet"

apantesis is translated "to meet" in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 where Paul writes:

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
apantesis is a technical term in the ancient Greek that was used to describe a delegation of citizens from a city leaving their city in order to meet an arriving dignitary, ambassador or important government official in order to show their visitor honor and respect by ceremonially escorting them the rest of the way into their city. This was the custom of the Greek world that Paul was writing to.This word apantesis is also used in Matthew 25:6 when the wise virgins went "to meet" the bridegroom and Acts 28:15 when the Christian citizens of Rome "met" Paul south of the city to escort him into Rome.

Galyn Wiemers
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