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Maranatha, What Does It Mean?

Maranatha, pronounced Mar’-ah-na’-tha, is a word found in the New Testament of Aramaic origin, the language spoken by Jews at the time of Jesus. It literally means the “Lord has come” or “Come, O Lord!” It is generally believed that the early church often greeted one another by saying, “Maranatha!” 

The Apostle Paul used the word Maranatha in 1 Corinthians 16:22 when he described those who didn’t love the Lord as “Anathema Maranatha.” The word "Anathema was put in front of the word "Maranatha" the same way we would use the word "non" in front of the word "believer" coming up with the word "non-believer" to describe someone who didn’t believe in Jesus. When Paul referred to those who didn't love the Lord and didn't look forward to His return as "Anathema Maranatha, he was saying people who don’t love the Lord will be accursed at His coming. 

The short verse, quoted above, formed part of Paul's expectation that Christ's second coming was near. It was one of the primary motives for a fervent Christian life. The Christians lived with the constant expectation that the Lord may come any day to establish the golden ages of eternity where there will be no more sin, no more sorrow, no more death, and no more troubles.

That is something we in our day seem to forget. We live as if the second coming of Christ is still far away. But if we look at the signs of the times (read 2 Timothy 3:1-5), it is clear that we must also remind one another by shouting: "Maranatha! The Lord is coming!"

Maranatha LogoThe Maranatha logo is an M over M for (M)aranatha (M)inistries with the flame appearing as the tongue of fire described in Acts chapter 2. This is a symbol of the Holy Spirit in the Bible.

(Acts 2:2-4 NLT) Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house where they were meeting. {3} Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. {4} And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

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