Does Psalms 90:10 refer to the rapture?

Psalm 90:10 KJV
[10] The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Psalms 90:10

ESV - 10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I have always understood the time frames mentioned in the cited passage to be referring to the customary human life span, rather than having any connection to the rapture. The reference to "flying away" (as I interpret it) is meant only as a poetic word image of the transitory, fleeting nature of human life, and the fact that we are no longer physically present on earth after our deaths, instead of being related to the New Testament teaching on the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

(As a passing note, I have heard of people who have used the passage in the question as a basis for believing that there is an "inspired" upper limit on the number of years that humans should live, and consequently for refusing medical treatment that has the potential for allowing them to live past age eighty. This ignores the fact that the reputed author of Psalm 90 was Moses, who was already 80 by the time he was first called by God (Exodus 7:7), and who lived to be 120 (Deuteronomy 34:7).)

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