While the Rapture as preached by John Haggee is absolutely false and nowhere to be found in Scripture, the Catholic Church does teach about a certain type of rapture called the apostolic state of rapture. It is a kind of divine violence that plucks a man out of himself, as St. Paul was snatched to the seventh heaven. It is a divine flight as contrasted to the slow crawl to divine things naturally characteristic to man. Here man is abstracted from the sensible world, from the senses, from the imgination; it is as though for a moment he was only a mind, to which the divine secrets are laid bare, and a will enthralled by the joys to those secrets.
This rapture is not to be confused with physical afflictions or with diabolic possesion; it is not the trance of emotion, the overpowering movement of sense love or wild passion. It is a divine scorning of human limitations of the depths of knowledge and a divine outpouring of divine joy. It is primarily intellectual and altogether supernatural; in rapture, mere men, with St. Paul, see things that are not given to the tongue of man to speak, things which flood the human heart with an overpowering joy that disrupts all normal channels of communication. Rapture is a species of prophecy with the same divine mark of infallible knowledge of inscrutable things.
Another example of “rapture” as the Catholic Church understands it can be taken from the second reading from yesterday’s Mass. John was in ecstasy, in “rapture”, when he wrote the Book of Revelation. It might be something to bear in mind the next few weeks as there will be many readings from this mysterious Book proclaimed at Holy Mass.