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The Real Meaning of the Phrase - Maranatha

What is Maranatha?

Definition of Maranatha

Definition of Maranatha

Maranatha - Even So Come, Lord Jesus

Maranatha - Even So Come, Lord Jesus

Maranatha - Even So Come, Lord Jesus

An Illustration of Maranatha

Farmer Bill was not the most successful farmer.  He worked his few acres, and barely eked out a living for himself, his wife, and their dog, “Wagner.”  To say they loved that old hound would not just be an understatement; it would have been like describing Niagara Falls as a trickle.  Wagner would follow Bill like a shadow, and when the farmer would work the fields, the dog would sit in the shade and watch his master between his rest-filled naps.  In the evening, the farmer’s wife would spoil their beloved canine with cuisine straight from the kitchen table.  They were poor but happy.  Then, one morning, Wagner was gone.  He had strayed from the home during the night and was nowhere to be found.  The couple was at first alarmed, but soon settled down and returned to their practice of setting food out for the dog.  Night after night, this unusual exercise was followed, and still no Wagner.  A nearby neighbor thought something odd about this behavior and couraged a personal question, “Why do you keep putting the food out, Mr. Bill?”  The old farmer smiled and said, “We believe that Wagner will return; He knows where his home is, and we just want him to know how welcome he is!”

Second Coming of the LORD

Maranatha - Christian Greeting

Maranatha - Christian Greeting

The Lord Cometh!

Maranatha = The Lord Cometh!

Maranatha = The Lord Cometh!

Maranatha - The Lord has come!

Remembering tge LORD has come!

Remembering tge LORD has come!

Anathema Maranatha

Maranatha - blessing and judgment!

Maranatha - blessing and judgment!

Maranatha - Are You Ready For the Second Coming

Maranatha - Christian Greetings

Maranatha - Christian Greetings

Maranatha - Our Blessed Hope

Maranatha = Hope in the Lord's coming!

Maranatha = Hope in the Lord's coming!

Maranatha - The LORD is coming!

Maranatha - The LORD is coming!

Maranatha - The LORD is coming!

Maranatha! “The LORD comes!”

The amusing illustration of Farmer Bill is apropos to the early Christian greeting of “Maranatha” (The Lord comes). It is meant to give an upward look in a downward time. The word “maranatha” is a phrase (from a Syriac dialect of the Aramaic) that, according to present consensus, means: “our Lord comes.” It is used as a greeting in the early church. As Christian believers gather they express welcomes and departures by saying, Maranatha. Think with me how great it would be if our churches could keep the same upward look today. It would transfigure the churches to a deeper awareness of the forthcoming return of our Savior!

What does Maranatha mean?

The meaning of Maranatha: Maranatha (either מרנא תא; maranâ' thâ' or מרן אתא; maran 'athâ' ) is an Aramaic phrase occurring once only in the New Testament (1 Cor 16:22).

1st Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. (KJV Bible)

This phrase as understood here would mean, “O LORD, come!” However, the Aramaic words can be (and are) dichotomized differently leading to several variants as seen below!”

1Co 16:22

(AMPLIFIED BIBLE) If anyone does not love the Lord [does not have a friendly affection for Him and is not kindly disposed toward Him], he shall be accursed ! Our Lord will come! (Maranatha!)

(BASIC BIBLE ENGLISH TRANSLATION) If any man has not love for the Lord, let him be cursed. Maran atha our Lord comes.

(CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH VERSION) I pray that God will put a curse on everyone who doesn't love the Lord. And may the Lord come soon.

(ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION) If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!

(INTERNATIONAL STANDARD VERSION) If anyone doesn't love the Lord, let him be condemned! May our Lord come!

(LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY BIBLE) If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. The Lord comes!

(Murdock) Whoever loveth not our Lord Jesus the Messiah, let him be accursed: our Lord cometh.

(WEYMOUTH NEW TESTAMENT) If any one is destitute of love to the Lord, let him be accursed. OUR LORD IS COMING.

(YONGS LITERAL TRANSLATION) if any one doth not love the Lord Jesus Christ--let him be anathema! The Lord hath come!

The phrase Maranatha is combined with the word “Anathema” in the 1st Corinthians text. It almost seems like Paul is joining opposites together. It appears that Paul is proclaiming a curse upon those who do not love the Lord, and, in the same breath, proclaims the LORD’s coming. It is like a judgment and a blessing are but different sides to the same coin! The original Greek meaning of "anathema" is that of a gift or sacrifice to the LORD. This would lead me to believe that Paul is saying, “The LORD is coming to execute judgment upon the ones who do not love God."♠

If we (as I think we should) separate the two phrases and major on Maranatha as an early Christian greeting, the term is meant to bring hope to a movement during difficult times. “The Lord is coming!”; “The Lord comes!”; “The Lord hath come!”; “Come, O Lord!” It is not hard to see and understand how such a welcome strengthens the church!

Packed and Ready To Go!

While on a South Pole mission, British voyager, Sir Ernest Shackleton, left a small number of men on Elephant Island, promising that he would come back. Later, when he tried to go back, huge icebergs blocked the way. However, abruptly, as if by a miracle, a path opened in the ice and the explorer was able to get through. His men were ready and waiting, and hurried aboard. The expedition cleared the island, and almost immediately the ice crashed together after them.

Mulling over their escape, Shackleton said to his men, “It was fortunate you were all packed and ready to go!” “We never gave up hope. Whenever the sea was clear of ice, we rolled up our sleeping bags and reminded each other, ‘The boss may come today.’” This was the joy filled, upward gleam of the weary crew!

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Revelation 22:17, 20, 21 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. … (20) He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (21) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (KJV Bible)

As you leave home today, don’t say good-bye—say “Maranatha!”


Julie on January 02, 2017:

If I want to use the picture of Jesus coming with angels & disaster on earth, who did you have to talk to and phone #? Can you let me know. thank you


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Im black my name is maranatha

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WATERSTAR on October 05, 2013:

FROM WATERSTAR , The picture gives an excellent view of maybe .0001% of the Glory of What is in store for those Who have truly from their heart accept JESUS CHRIST as their ONLY LORD AND MASTER and have HUMBLE THEMSELVES to have access as a LITTLE CHILD TO ENTER INTO GOD KINGDOM to GO LIVE WITH JESUS FOREVER and happy TO KNOW that JESUS COMING IS VERY NEAR and they will BE GLAD THEY LIVE FOR JESUS INDEED MARANATHA MARANATHA MARANATHA VERY SOON BY WATERSTAR:

Eva on February 19, 2013:

Can I name my children maranatha

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xy on November 07, 2012:

thank you... the article is very informative.



NWAMMA on August 27, 2012:


ama on June 21, 2012:

Thank u so much sir for this wonderful piece. Maranatha!!!

Peter Robertson on May 28, 2012:

What I can say is, "I cease not to give thanks for you..." For we need men of God who are really men on God, who'll speak without fear and trembling or intimidated by facs of people. I thank the LORD and Father God of our Lord Jesus for this sharing past. Walt. May He astrengthen in the inner man. Numb.6:24-26. Shalom. Maranatha!

Amazinggrace on February 27, 2012:

I'm pregnant and the sonogramist said is a girl, if it turned out to be true, she will be called Maranatha but if its a boy can u suggest one for me? In my dreams I had a set of twins, a boy and a girl, it was sf o real to be called a dream and every time I think about it, I end up douting what the doctors saw. Maranatha

Lali on December 02, 2011:

Greate detailed explana. Thanks!

MrMaranatha from Somewhere in the third world. on August 10, 2011:

Amen and Amen!!!

Pst innocent on July 18, 2010:

U've made my day sir 4 d wonderful teaching.

Pastor_Walt (author) from Jefferson City, Tennessee on July 06, 2010:

Be blessed glassvisage! You have made my day!


glassvisage from Northern California on July 05, 2010:

Wow, now this is a well put-together Hub! I've always heard the phrase but did not fully grasp the meaning. Great writing, and the pictures definitely complement the article. Thank you!

Pastor_Walt (author) from Jefferson City, Tennessee on June 14, 2010:

Thanks and you are always an inspiration, Joyce!

Joyce Wyatt on June 13, 2010:

What a blessed hope! It is our source of strength to keep looking up, no matter what!

You are a gifted Sermon writer! God bless you!

Your pal, Joyce

Pastor_Walt (author) from Jefferson City, Tennessee on June 07, 2010:

Even so come, LORD Jesus!

Thanks Christina,

P.S. My daughter's name is Christina - lovely name!

Cristina Santander from Manila on June 06, 2010:

Great and interesting hub indeed. I have been always waiting for the Lord's return. Daily I watch out for current events to check out prophecies being fulfilled. I have been waiting for the Lord's return for many years already. The blessed hope always burns inside my heart. Thank you for sharing this hub. Remain blessed always.

Pastor_Walt (author) from Jefferson City, Tennessee on May 24, 2010:

Thanks for the visit and comments. Maranatha always!

Loves To Read on May 23, 2010:

Well written and informative hub Pastor_Walt. This is how we all should live. Ever ready so that at The Lords return we will not be caught napping.


Timothy Donnelly from Ontario, Canada on May 23, 2010:

Thanks for the lesson. Maranatha!

Isaiah Michael from Wherever God leads us. on May 22, 2010:

Thanks for the insight to publish a hub like this it is amazing great job

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