Joel 2:14, "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decisions."
Wycliffes Shillelagh you wrote, I say that because I've read it in Greek and there is no word "up" there. But since you insist, why don't you show me?
Get yourself a good Greek to English Lexicon, I believe the best one out there is Thyer's Greek to English Lexicon of he New testament. You will find four words in Strong's Concordance, the one your interested in is #507. First here's the word to be caught up b. is the one your interested in. or snatched up or away. This is followed by the Greek word for Up, its, "ano,"
Here's the word caught, # 726. Greek is, harpazo. To seize upon, to snatch away, transitive verb:
a. Spoken of beasts of prey, John 10:12, "The wolf catcheth them." Septuagint for Hebrew, "Rent in pieces," Genesis 37:33. Ez.22:25-27, "Ravening the prey." Metaphor, to seize with desire, craving, Matthew 11:12, "The violent take it by force," meaning the eagerness with which the gospel was received in the agitated state of men's minds: Compare with Luke 16:16.
b. Spoken of what is snatched suddenly away; Now when you snatch someone away, obviously you have to snatch them from one place to another, in the case of 1 Thessalonians it's, "UP!"
Matthew 13:19, "The wicked -- one catcheth away that which was sown." Jude 23, "Pulling them out of the fire." Amos 4:11, "plucked out." Zechariah 3:2. Septuagint for Hebrew, 2 Samuel 23:21. In the sense of to rob, to plunder, John 10:28-29, "No man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." Septuagint for Hebrew, "Spoiled by violence," Ezekiel 18:7-12-16-18. c. To carry away, to hurry off, by force and involuntarily; spoken of persons, John 6:15, "Would come and take him by force." Acts 8:39, "The Spirit -- caught away Phillip." Acts 23:10, "take him (Paul) by force." 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, "Caught up to the third heaven." 1 Thessalonians 4:17, "Shall be caught up together." Revelation 12:5. Septuagint for Hebrew," Catch you every man." Judges 21:21.
There are four words in the Greek for the word up, here are the numbers, you can look them up yourself.
Numbers are, 507, 508, 597, 1909: The one your interested in is 507 a.
Here's the word "up." Greek is, "ano". Adverb, up, above, denoting,
a. Place where, Acts 2:19, “In heaven above.” Revelation 5:3, “In heaven.” Hence, as an adjective, what is above, upper, referred to heaven, and therefore heavenly, celestial. So, heaven, John 8:23, “I am from above,” compare with John 3:13-31, “No man hath ascended up to heaven,” and John 6:38, 17:5. 1 Thessalonians 4:17. But things above, heavenly or divine things, Colossians 3:1-2. Galatians 4:26, “Jerusalem which is above is free,” the celestial Jerusalem. Philippians 3:14, “High calling of God,” the heavenly calling, as in Hebrews 3:1. Septuagint for Hebrew, “Heaven above,” Deuteronomy 4:39. Joshua 12:11. Exodus 20:4. Isaiah 7:3, “The upper pool.”
It's also used in the following way, b. Motion to a higher place, upwards, John 11:41, “Lifted up his eyes.” Hebrews 12:15, “Springing up.” Septuagint for Hebrew “Look upward,” Isaiah 8:21, 37:31, Ecclesiastes 3:21. 1 Chronicles 23:3. John 2:7, “Up to the brim,” to the very top or brim.