There are numerous theories – Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation, Publish-Tribulation, Partial Rapture, and Pre-Wrath Raptures of the Church. There are in all probability many more which stem from these theories but these 5 are the primary views. I hold the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view and I achieve this with out reservation. Earlier than I defend my convictions, allow us to define and look at all five views concisely.
45 Evidences Supporting the Pre-Tribulation Rapture View
By Johnny Chavez
An thrilling event that’s going to happen in the future is the RAPTURE. The Bible says:
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the lifeless in Christ will rise first. After that, we who’re still alive and are left will probably be caught up together with them in the clouds to satisfy the Lord in the air. And so we can be with the Lord ceaselessly. (1 THESSALONIANS Four:16-17)
There was constant debate and controversy about when the Rapture takes place. There are various theories – Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation, Publish-Tribulation, Partial Rapture, and Pre-Wrath Raptures of the Church. There are in all probability many extra which stem from these theories however these five are the primary views. I hold the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view and I achieve this with out reservation. Earlier than I defend my convictions, let us outline and look at all five views concisely.
Pre Tribulation Rapture = The Rapture will happen earlier than the seven yr tribulation
Mid Tribulation Rapture = The Rapture will happen midway into the seven yr tribulation (after 3½ years) earlier than the GREAT TRIBULATION
Pre Wrath Rapture = The Rapture will occur halfway into the GREAT TRIBULATION and before the Day of God’s Wrath and the Battle of Armageddon
Publish Tribulation Rapture = The Rapture will occur after the seven yr tribulation
Partial Rapture = The Rapture will happen before the seven yr tribulation for those which might be prepared. Others will probably be examined to confirm their religion and there will probably be a number of raptures all through the Tribulation
The Bible says:
Research to point out thyself authorised unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH. (2 Timothy 2:15)
The Bible requires us to RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD which means to place all the occasions dealing with the second coming of Christ and put them in the greatest order as introduced by the scriptures (Biblical Analysis) and the guiding of the Holy Spirit. Some individuals say that the RAPTURE and the GLORIOUS APPEARING are the similar occasion or occur at round the similar time. Their logic is how can there be a second coming of Christ with two phases. They are saying one coming with two phases separated by seven years is more like two comings (Rapture and Superb Showing) however that is incorrect. There’s ONE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST with TWO PHASES. Different individuals discover that contradictory. But there are a number of issues with these two events (or phases) being the similar event occurring at the similar time since there are numerous variations with these two events. Here’s a chart contrasting the RAPTURE with the GLORIOUS APPEARING:
We will see that these are two separate events beneath one SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. In Christ’s first coming it was the reverse. He came right down to be conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb after which thirty-three years later he ascended (or Raptured/Translated) to Heaven. Listed here are two occasions beneath one FIRST COMING OF CHRIST. Scripture confirms scripture. Listed here are some proofs for a PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE:
EVIDENCE #1 – IMMINENCE OF THE RAPTURE
The timing of the Rapture is unknown. Paul writes in his letter to the Thessalonian church:
Now, brothers, about occasions and dates we don’t want to write down to you, for you already know very properly that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night time. Whereas individuals are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them all of a sudden, as labor pains on a pregnant lady, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, usually are not in darkness so that this present day should shock you like a thief. You’re all sons of the mild and sons of the day. We don’t belong to the night time or to the darkness. So then, allow us to not be like others, who are asleep, however allow us to be alert and self-controlled. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-6)
In the earlier chapter, Paul was comforting those in the Thessalonian church who feared that those who are lifeless in Christ won’t get raptured (I THESSALONIANS Four:13-15). However Paul stated that they are going to be resurrected (1 THESSALONIANS Four:16) and can precede those who are alive in Christ. Lastly those who are alive in Christ might be “CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. (1 THESSALONIANS 4:17)” So we will deduce from 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-2 that Paul is talking about the Rapture. So the Rapture CAN HAPPEN AT ANY MOMENT. Jesus WILL COME LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT. Jesus himself stated, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. (MATTHEW 24:42)” Jesus additionally stated that nobody knows the day or the hour of the Lord’s coming. No man, no angel and never even the Son, Jesus Christ is aware of but only the Father (MARK 13:32). Paul in 1 THESSALONIANS 5:1 didn’t want to tell about date-setting for it’s pointless because the Lord will come like a thief in the night time at an hour sudden identical to in the days of Noah once they have been eating, consuming, partying, and SINNING (MATTHEW 24:37-38). Those individuals LIVED FOR TODAY however for the flawed reasons. As an alternative of dwelling for God they lived for themselves and it was till the rain began that they realized THEY WERE WRONG. Paul says that we’ve the mild which is Jesus Christ and we should always all the time be watchful, alert, and of self-control lest we be caught unaware when that day comes. Since the Rapture is PRE-TRIBULATION, it causes Christians to steer holy lives in expectation and preparation that the Lord will COME AT ANY MOMENT! When the church loses focus of this then it turns into carnal and spiritually lifeless. Different rapture views say that the Pre-Trib Rapture provides believers a false safety BUT on the contrary it makes believers lead right lives before God or else they will be LEFT BEHIND! Reside for God NOW not whenever you understand it is too late and you must reside throughout the dreadful seven yr Tribulation. John Three:2-3 says, “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.” THIS IS THE BLESSED HOPE, THE RAPTURE WHICH PURIFIES THE BELIEVER BY HAVING HIM/HER LIVING FOR JESUS NOW INSTEAD OF IN THE TRIBULATION WHEN FACING PLAGUES, THE MARK, AND MARTYRDOM.
EVIDENCE #2 – 70 WEEKS PROPHECY
Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed in your individuals and your holy city to finish transgression, to place an finish to sin, to atone for wickedness, to usher in everlasting righteousness, to seal up imaginative and prescient and prophecy and to anoint the most holy. (DANIEL 9:24)
Gabriel spoke the 70 weeks prophecy to Daniel. Daniel was praying to God (DANIEL 9:1-19) asking him what is his future plan for Israel because the 70 years of captivity of Israel by Babylon (JEREMIAH 25:11-12) have been drawing to an end. God despatched Gabriel to reveal his plans for Israel. Daniel 9:24 reveals that the 70 WEEKS have been for ISRAEL ONLY. Take a look at the scripture – SEVENTY SEVENS ARE DECREED FOR YOUR PEOPLE (Daniel’s individuals – Israel) AND YOUR HOLY CITY (Jerusalem). Seventy sevens are 490 years on Israel’s prophetic timeline. After this Israel’s transgression shall be completed, Israel’s sin can be put to an finish, eternal righteousness can be introduced in, imaginative and prescient and prophecy can be sealed, and the most holy (Millennial Temple) will probably be anointed. All this can occur after Jesus Christ comes again and the Jews will look on the one “whom they pierced. (ZECHARIAH 12:10)”
Know and perceive this: From the issuing of the decree to revive and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there can be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It is going to be rebuilt with streets and a trench, however in occasions of hassle. (DANIEL 9:25)
The decree to rebuild and restore Jerusalem is none aside from the one given to Nehemiah in Nehemiah 2:1-10 by Artaxerxes. Right here Nehemiah asks the Persian king if he can go to Jerusalem and rebuild it. Sir Robert Anderson in his e-book THE COMING PRINCE stated, “The Persian edict which restored the autonomy of Judah was issued in the Jewish month of Nisan. It may in fact have been dated the 1st of Nisan, but no other day being named, the prophetic period must be reckoned, according to a practice common with the Jews, from the Jewish New Year’s Day. The seventy weeks are therefore to be computed from the 1st of Nisan B.C. 445.” Later Sir Robert Anderson computed the date to be March 14, 445 B.C. FROM THE ISSUING OF THE DECREE TO RESTORE AND REBUILD JERUSALEM UNTIL THE ANOINTED ONE, THE RULER, COMES, THERE WILL BE SEVEN ‘SEVENS,’ AND SIXTY-TWO ‘SEVENS.’ So exactly 483 prophetic years (7 X 7 = 49 years; 62 X 7 = 434 years; 49 + 434 = 483 years) the Anointed One will come. The Messiah was in fact JESUS CHRIST and the solely time in his three yr ministry that he was publicly proclaimed as Messiah or King was when he rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey (colt or foal of a donkey) driving alongside his mom not understanding that the one which her son is carrying is the KINGS OF KINGS AND LORDS OF LORDS. When Jesus came into Jerusalem and other people have been placing palms on the flooring, it fulfilled Zechariah 9:9 and Daniel 9:25 to the date (April 6, A.D. 32). Later Jesus wept because the Jews didn’t recognize the time of the Messiah’s visitation (70 weeks prophecy) and due to this Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D. 70 based on Jesus’ prophecy in Luke 19:41-44.
After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One can be reduce off and may have nothing. The individuals of the ruler that’s to return will destroy the metropolis and the sanctuary. The top will come like a flood: Warfare will proceed till the finish, and desolations have been decreed. (DANIEL 9:26)
After Christ rides into Jerusalem, he’s minimize off or killed. He’s crucified to satisfy the prophecy of the Struggling Servant in Isaiah 53. AND WILL HAVE NOTHING additionally reads BUT NOT FOR HIMSELF which means that Jesus Christ won’t die for himself however for the sins of the world. So after, 69 weeks or 483 years, the Messiah will journey into Jerusalem on a donkey and shortly after he’ll die for the sins of mankind. THE RULER THAT IS TO COME is none aside from the Antichrist and since the PEOPLE OF THE RULER destroyed the city (Jerusalem) and sanctuary (Herod’s temple) in A.D. 70 are ROMAN so the Antichrist will in all probability be ROMAN! Verse 26 notes a niche between the 69 weeks and the 70th week. This is the church age despite the fact that Daniel didn’t foresee it; he only noticed a niche – THE END WILL COME LIKE A FLOOD: WAR WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE END, AND DESOLATIONS HAVE BEEN DECREED.
He will affirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the center of the ‘seven’ he’ll put an finish to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of the temple he’ll arrange an abomination that causes desolation, until the finish that is decreed is poured out on him. (DANIEL 9:27)
The Antichrist (HE) will come and CONFIRM a covenant with Israel which guarantees their safety for seven years regardless that he’ll break it in the center of the Tribulation. Since the 70 weeks prophecy is for Israel (DANIEL 9:24) then the ultimate week (7 yr Tribulation) is for ISRAEL. God clearly offers with one dispensation at a time. First it was Israel, then the Church. The main target of the Tribulation will probably be ISRAEL. Jeremiah 30:7 says its the TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE. This obviously is proof that the 7 yr Tribulation is for ISRAEL solely not the CHURCH for it isn’t the TIME OF THE CHURCH’S TROUBLE but JACOB’S TROUBLE referring to Israel.
EVIDENCE #Three – REVELATION Four:1
After this I seemed, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard chatting with me like a trumpet stated, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” (REVELATION 4:1)
That is in all probability the greatest proof for the Rapture since John is the greatest instance of the Church. The Tribulation begins in Revelation 6 with the first seal. So John’s rapture might be symbolic and prophetic of the Church’s rapture. Notice how in Revelation 2 and three give attention to the Church. The seven church buildings in Asia have been in reality symbolic of the church age; every church have been symbolic of precise church phases throughout the CHURCH AGE. Tim La Haye in his guide REVELATION UNVEILED tells about these phases:
Instantly after the ultimate letter to the Laodicea church, the scene shifts from the earth to heaven so this suggests that John represented the rapture of the Church Why? As a result of Laodicea is the remaining part of the church age and after the CHURCH DISPENSATION is completed the Rapture happens. Earth to Heaven. The Church is on earth then IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE (1 CORINTHIANS 15:52), we’re with the Lord Jesus Christ in the air (1 THESSALONIANS Four:17).
EVIDENCE #Four – WHO ARE THE 24 ELDERS?
Surrounding the throne have been twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them have been twenty-four elders. They have been dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. (REVELATION 4:4)
Who’re these 24 elders? Certainly in scripture nobody has ever seen them before in the Previous Testament when prophets like Isaiah and Ezekiel had visions of God’s Throne and the Cherubim and Seraphim, those 4 angelic creatures (LIVING CREATURES as John calls them). I don’t assume Isaiah or Ezekiel saw them. John was the first one to see them. It is very important observe that Revelation 1 befell in John’s time – A.D. 95 and Revelation 2 – Three takes pllace NOW because we are living in the CHURCH AGE. Revelation Four – 22 are future. So in summary (Take a look at REVELATION 1:19):
- Revelation 1 —> PAST —> “What you have seen”
- Revelation 2 – Three —> PRESENT —> “What is now”
- Revelation 4 – 22 —> FUTURE —> “What will take place later”
So the 24 elders are future when taken in context to the movement of Revelation. If I used to be to see a vision of heaven, I in all probability wouldn’t see the 24 elders. The 24 elders are literal 24 elders in heaven which might be representing a bigger body up in heaven. In 1 CHRONICLES 24, twenty-four clergymen have been appointed by King David to symbolize the whole Levitical priesthood. So when the 24 clergymen met together in the temple of the Lord, the whole priestly home was represented. That was in the Previous Testament. In the New Testomony, elders have been appointed “overseers” of churches began by the apostles and have been “shepherds of the church of God. (ACTS 20:28)” So the 24 elders have a nice CHRISTIAN ring to it since an elder was a position in the church. Subsequently the 24 elders are representing the glorified Raptured church. Now the time period – elder though is a phrase affiliated with the church – is just not vital sufficient evidence to show a PRE-TRIB RAPTURE, the subsequent few points will. Now we know that the 24 elders is the church however lets take a look at how John describes them. THEY WERE DRESSED IN WHITE AND HAD CROWNS OF GOLD ON THEIR HEADS. Take a look at REVELATION 3:5, these in the Church at Sardis (Reformers church) can be wearing white. The Bible talks about the JUDGMENT SEAT (BEMA SEAT) OF CHRIST (2 CORINTHIANS 5:10; 1 CORINTHIANS 3:11-15). This JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST is when Christ opens the books (DANIEL 7:9-10) and judges Christians by the works they did for the Lord. Each deed and motive for them will probably be judged and tested by hearth. If their deeds and motives survive by the hearth then they will be rewarded but if it isn’t then the believer can be as one SAVED BUT ESCAPING THROUGH THE FLAMES (1 CORINTHIANS 3:15). Believers will receive crowns in heaven as evident in 1 CORINTHIANS 9:25-27, REVELATION 2:10, 1 PETER 5:2-4, 2 TIMOTHY 4:8, 1 THESSALONIANS 2:19-20. Since the 24 elders are dressed in white and have crowns of gold, which have been the results of promises made by Christ to the Church for their rewards for their deeds for him, then the 24 elders are a literal 24 elders that symbolize the bigger physique of Raptured believers. Since the 24 elders are seen with their awards in Revelation Four:Four, we will conclude that the church as an entire acquired their award and that the JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST is after the Rapture. Since the 24 elders arrive on the scene earlier than the Tribulation starts (Revelation 6), we will conclude that the Rapture is before the Tribulation and subsequently is PRE-TRIBULATION!
IF YOU ARE STILL NOT CONVINCED, HERE ARE SOME MORE EVIDENCES!!!
EVIDENCE #5 – TWENTY-FOUR ELDERS REDEEMED
They usually sang a brand new music: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” (REVELATION 5:9-10)
THEY SANG A NEW SONG refers to the 24 elders who in verse 8 every had a harp and have been holding golden bowls filled with incense which have been the prayers of the saints. As I take a look at this I can’t help however keep in mind a music I often sing at church. Here it goes:
There’s a track in my heart that the angels can’t sing
I used to be washed with the blood of the Lamb
I was washed with the blood of the Lamb
Only human beings can ever have a reward of redemption in the vicarious dying of our Lord and Savior, JESUS CHRIST. As you see additional, the 24 elders have been redeemed men. In another translation NKJV reads Revelation 5:9-10 as:
They usually sang a new music, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”
The scripture says FOR YOU WERE SLAIN, AND HAVE REDEEMED US TO GOD BY YOUR BLOOD. Clearly these are redeemed males who’re going to reign on the earth with Christ. Paul says that we’ll decide angels (1 CORINTHIANS 6:2-3) and that we’ll shine like the Solar in the kingdom of the Father (MATTHEW 13:43). From we see of this, the 24 elders are representative of the Church, the Judgment Seat of Christ handed because the 24 elders already have crowns, and that they’re REDEEMED MEN. Since all this (Revelation Four – 5) occurs before the Tribulation (Revelation 6) then the PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE is feasible.
EVIDENCE #6 – KEPT FROM THE HOUR OF TESTING
Since you could have stored my command to endure patiently, I will even hold you from the hour of trial that’s going to return upon the entire world to check those who stay on the earth. (REVELATION 3:10)
That is my favourite considered one of all because Jesus guarantees to keep his Church from the HOUR OF TESTING. As I discussed earlier, the SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION is for ISRAEL (Daniel 9:24-27). But scripture says TO TEST THOSE WHO LIVE ON THE EARTH so that includes GENTILES as nicely. The promise to maintain believers from the hour of trial was to the Philadelphia which served as a kind to the true Church which will probably be raptured before the Tribulation. The HOUR OF TRIAL is the seven-year Tribulation and it is often referred to DAY OF GOD’S VENGEANCE (Isaiah 34:Eight), DAY OF WRATH (Zephaniah 1:15), and THE DAY OF THE LORD (1 Thessalonians 5:2) in addition to numerous different names and descriptions. In 1 THESSALONIANS 1:10 its referred to as THE COMING WRATH. Paul stated, “And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” This is another proof that the Church will probably be KEPT FROM THE HOUR. Jesus will rescue the Church from the coming wrath. That is evident by the events in Revelation Four – 5 preceding the beginning of the Tribulation which happens in Revelation 6. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 says, “For God did not appoint us to wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” God never appointed the Church to wrath. It is true that God has ordained struggling to befall on the widespread believer to purify him and purge him of his dealings with the world and lusts of the flesh and to depend on God for security (Romans 8:17; 2 Timothy 2:12; Philippians 1:29). BUT THE WRATH OF GOD IS RESERVED FOR UNBELIEVERS. NOT TO HIS BRIDE – THE CHURCH! Romans 5:9 says, “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” The supply for believers to be saved from God’s wrath which is the 7 yr Tribulation is the RAPTURE which is before the Tribulation which makes it a assured BLESSED HOPE!
EVIDENCE #7 – THE BLESSED HOPE
The Rapture is known as THE BLESSED HOPE. Paul calls it this in Titus 2:13. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:18, “Therefore encourage each other with these words.” THE BLESSED HOPE must be a comfort to us and to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. The Rapture can solely be a blessed hope whether it is earlier than the Tribulation. If we anticipate the Rapture throughout or after the Tribulation then it might be a BLASTED HOPE as Tim La Haye in his guide NO FEAR OF THE STORM calls it. We might anticipate to die from martyrdom not being translated in the TWINKLING OF AN EYE! Solely the PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE has the rapture as a BLESSED HOPE. Other theories have the Church waiting for demise, the 21 judgments (or a few of them), and the Antichrist. The Church is waiting for JESUS CHRIST when he descends from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet name of God and the lifeless and then the dwelling are CAUGHT UP to be with JESUS in the clouds and then be with him eternally and forevermore (1 THESSALONIANS 4:16-17).
EVIDENCE #Eight – RESTRAINER IS REMOVED
Don’t let anybody deceive you in any approach, for that day won’t come till the rebel occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. (2 THESSALONIANS 2:3)
And now you already know what’s holding him again, so that he could also be revealed at the correct time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will proceed to do so until he is taken out of the means. After which the lawless one shall be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth by the splendor of his coming. (2 THESSALONIANS 2:6 – 8)
The SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION begins with the signing of a peace treaty by the Antichrist and Israel (DANIEL 9:27). In accordance with the above verses that there is a restrainer and until he’s taken out of the method, the id of the Antichrist won’t be revealed. Proper now, NO ONE KNOWS WHO THE ANTICHRIST IS. He might be a youngster proper now and even be conceived by his father and mother proper now as they are consummating their marriage or he couldn’t be even a thought in his mom’s thoughts. Solely God is aware of who the Antichrist is, where he is, and even when he’ll even show up to deceive the world. I might only imagine the way it will ache God to type this youngster in his mom’s womb and know that when he is somewhere in his grownup age that he’ll lead the entire world astray, proclaim himself to be God, and persecute God’s chosen individuals, Israel and Christians (Jew and Gentile) who convert after they’re Left Behind. But the Antichrist cannot be revealed until the restrainer is removed. That restrainer in verse 7 is the Holy Spirit and the restrainer in verse 6 is the Church. It is extremely logical that if the Holy Spirit is removed then so does the church as a result of the Holy Spirit indwells the Church. The Church was based with the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the Church will depart with the departure of the Holy Spirit. After the Rapture of the Church, the Antichrist will signal a treaty for seven years with Israel after which it will not forged any doubt on any one that research the scripture or has been a Christian Left Behind that that man is indeed the Antichrist.
EVIDENCE #9 – ESCAPE ALL THAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN
Be all the time on the watch, and pray that you simply could possibly escape all that’s about to happen, and that you simply could possibly stand before the Son of Man. (LUKE 21:36)
Jesus advised the individuals to all the time be on the watch. We as Christians ought to all the time be on the look ahead to Jesus will come like a THIEF IN THE NIGHT. Jesus also warns us WATCH AND PRAY LEST YOU ENTER INTO TEMPTATION. We as Christians shouldn’t let our guard down for when Jesus comes, we will probably be LEFT BEHIND. I consider that any believer can lose his/her salvation if they backslide and proceed of their sin. As Christians we’ve got to repent and switch away from our sins so that we could be ready and blameless at the time and hour of his coming – the Rapture. As I stated earlier, the Pre-Tribulation Rapture lets Christians stay for God NOW in expectancy of his coming. It isn’t a false safety however allows Christians to reside Holy lives.
Luke 21:36 tells us the similar factor. ALL THAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN is obviously the Seven-year Tribulation so if Christians watch and pray and proceed to reside holy lives then we will ESCAPE ALL THAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. This can be a great evidence for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture because the verse doesn’t say ESCAPE FROM SOME OF WHAT’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN (Mid-Trib) OR EVEN NO ESCAPE FROM WHAT ABOUT TO HAPPEN (Publish-Trib) BUT ALL OF THAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN (Pre-Trib).
THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN signifies that after the Rapture you may be with Christ perpetually. This goes based on 1 Thessalonians Four:16-17 where we’ll Christ with Christ (the Lord) in the air and be with him endlessly. This verse also suggests the JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. After the Rapture we’ll stand before the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) and might be judged in accordance with our works. Since the 24 literal human elders are sporting crowns in Revelation Four and singing a track of redemption in Revelation 5 and the Tribulation starts in Revelation 6 then the Rapture is Pre-Tribulation. I really like Luke 21:36!
EVIDENCE #10 – WHERE IS THE CHURCH FROM REVELATION 6 -18?
The Church is so prevalent in Revelation 2 -Three. Earlier I stated that the seven churches of Asia represented the seven ages of church historical past (Take a look at the chart above). The Church is talked about 20 occasions from Revelation 1 – Three however whenever you take a look at the remainder of the guide of Revelation, the Church isn’t specifically talked about BY NAME until Revelation 22:16 but Revelation 22:7-21 happens throughout Revelation 2 – Three which means that the warning that Jesus is Coming is TODAY for the Church and the unbeliever that is reading the E-book of Revelation. You see no trace of the Church in Revelation 6 – 18. The fact that in Revelation Four – 5 you don’t see the “word” because the 24 elders are consultant of Church because they already acquired their crowns (Revelation Four:4) which signifies that the Judgment Seat of Christ is happening (believers who did extra works in all probability obtained their crowns first) or it occurred since Revelation Four:1. The fact that the 24 elders are singing a track of their redemption in Revelation 5:9-10 proves that the Church is in heaven. As you learn the E-book of Revelation, you see traces of the 24 elders from chapters 6 – 18 but ULTIMATELY THE WORD CHURCH IS NOT IN REVELATION 6 – 18 AT ALL! Why? As a result of the Church is in heaven because it was raptured earlier than the Tribulation. Some individuals say that the phrase SAINT in Revelation 6 – 18 proves that the Church is in the Tribulation. The phrase SAINT occurs 13 occasions in the entire ebook and 10 occasions from Revelation 6 – 18. The very fact is that the word SAINT can check with anyone – Israel or the Church. The word SAINT utilized in Revelation 6 – 18 refers to Tribulation Saints – Jewish or Gentile believers who are saved during the Tribulation who acquired Left Behind. The phrase SAINT doesn’t all the time confer with the Church. Mid and Submit Tribbers wish to assume so however they don’t seem to be. The absence of the Church can solely recommend that they have been raptured before the Tribulation began.
EVIDENCE #11 – ENOCH, NOAH, AND THE FLOOD
Jesus stated in Luke 17:26-27:
Simply as it was in the days of Noah, so additionally will it’s in the days of the Son of Man. Individuals have been eating, consuming, marrying and being given in marriage as much as the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
Jesus stated that the coming of the Son of Man will probably be like the days of Noah. I consider that the story of the Flood is a perfect “type” of the Rapture. Enoch wasn’t mentioned by Jesus; he solely mentioned Noah. Lets take a look at the story of Noah. Genesis 6:1-8 talks about the lawlessness of the Pre-Flood human inhabitants on the earth. God gave a command for people to populate this earth and as males have been growing in number, daughters (as well as sons but we’re specializing in the daughters) have been born unto them. The sons of God (angels) noticed that the daughters of men have been lovely they married any of them they selected (the lovely daughters had no selection in the matter) and giants have been born unto them. God saw this sinful union of angels leaving their first estate and mingling with unusual flesh and stated that his Spirit can’t be with man eternally and so he decreed that man shouldn’t reside greater than 120 years. Man continued to be depraved and so God decided to destroy mankind but then he noticed Noah. Noah found favor in the eyes of God and he decided to have Noah build an ark large enough for him, his household, two of every unclean animal, and seven of every clear animal, and supplies.
You ask where does this fit in with the Pre-Tribulation Rapture? The flood is obviously the Tribulation (God’s wrath). God judged the world and destroyed all the people as a result of they considered evil continually and God’s Spirit couldn’t cope with man. Enoch in Genesis 5:24 was translated or raptured so that served as a kind of the rapture whereas Noah and the ark going by means of the flood and at the similar time being protected typified Israel once they cover in the wilderness for 1260 days.
EVIDENCE #12 – LOT
Jesus stated in Luke 17:28-29:
It was the similar in the days of Lot. Individuals have been consuming and consuming, buying and selling, planting and constructing . But the day Lot left Sodom, hearth and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed all of them.
The approaching of the Son of Man is the similar as Lot which is the similar as the days of Noah. Sodom and Gomorrah (take a look at the story in Genesis 19) have been depraved cities in the fertile plains of Jordan which Lot chose when Abraham in Genesis 13 gave him any selection of the land to go separate (each of their herdsmen have been disputing with one another). Then Abraham rescued Lot in Revelation 14 when 5 wicked king shaped an alliance and took captive every little thing in Sodom and Gomorrah together with Lot. After Abraham rescued them, the two cities went on their wicked methods till God and two angels paid a go to to Abraham in Genesis 18. God decided to destroy these two cities but Abraham interceded and bargained with God that if he found ten righteous individuals in Sodom then he would spare the metropolis. The two angels solely found four righteous – Lot, his wife, and his two daughters. The righteous have been then taken out of the metropolis away from the destruction that God would rain on Sodom and Gomorrah. This typifies the Pre-Tribulation Rapture because the righteous have been taken out and put in a place away from the destruction and judgment of the depraved cities. In the similar approach, God will rapture his Church the place they are going to be in heaven while the earth and those left behind should face the Tribulation.
EVIDENCE #13 – DANIEL
In Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar arrange an image at Dura which was ninety ft excessive and 9 ft extensive. It was an image of gold and everybody had to worship the image. When the music sounded everyone fell right down to worship the image of gold. Everyone did apart from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These three Jewish buddies have been introduced before the king they usually advised him they refused to bow down before the picture of gold. For this they have been thrown into the fiery furnace but they weren’t harmed because of the fourth individual in the hearth – Jesus Christ. The three Jewish buddies represented the trustworthy Jewish remnant when the picture of the beast is about up. The question is – The place is Daniel? He was in all probability attending some political governmental enterprise all through the empire so he was away from the plains of Dura once they set up the picture. He couldn’t have been accused due to this. He was clearly touring when the king ordered to have the image arrange. Daniel served as a kind of the rapture when the God will take away his Church from the scene of the earth earlier than the Tribulation and mid-way by way of the Tribulation, an image of the Antichrist shall be arrange and the trustworthy Jewish remnant might be shielded from the Antichrist. So the Church like Daniel will already be far faraway from the scene of the Tribulation the place the Antichrist will set up an image and command all to worship and put on his mark.
EVIDENCE #14 – INTERVAL BETWEEN EVENTS
In the chart above, I contrasted the RAPTURE from the GLORIOUS APPEARING. Many people can’t see why there is a seven yr interval between the Rapture and the Superb Showing. To them, it is contradictory and doesn’t make sense. Nevertheless many Jews saw just one coming of the Messiah regardless of the reality that there were two portraits painted in the Previous Testomony of the Messiah. This time in the New Testomony, there are two portraits of occasions painted about the SECOND COMING. The variations between these two occasions are identifiable and thus recommend that there are two phases in ONE SECOND COMING – Rapture and Revelation (Superb Appearing). Simply take a look at the chart above.
EVIDENCE #15 – WHO ARE THE HOLY ONES?
You’ll flee by my mountain valley, for it’ll prolong to Azel. You’ll flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. (ZECHARIAH 14:5)
Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men: “See, the Lord is coming with hundreds upon hundreds of his holy ones to guage everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they’ve achieved in an ungodly approach, and of all the harsh phrases ungodly sinners have spoken towards them. (JUDE 14-15)
The armies of heaven have been following him, driving on white horses and wearing superb linen, white and clean. (REVELATION 19:14)
Who’re the holy ones? They come down with Christ at his Superb Showing. Zechariah 14:5 talks about individuals fleeing to the mountains. That is when the Antichrist performs the Abomination of Desolation and Jesus Christ instructs Jews to not get their cloak if they’re in the area or if someone is on the roof not to go inside and get something (Matthew 24:15-18) for they’re to flee to the mountains where God will shield Israel for 1260 days (Revelation 12:14). That’s what Zechariah meant by YOU WILL FLEE BY MY MOUNTAIN VALLEY. After this the Lord will come together with his holy ones. The holy ones in every of those three verses confer with the Church which shall be raptured before the Tribulation. Once I first read Revelation I assumed that the armies of heaven have been the angels but in Revelation 19:Eight it says that the positive linen represents the righteousness of the saints (not Tribulation saints but Church saints). Righteousness suggests to me works which suggests the Judgment Seat of Christ which the Church would have already gone by way of by the time of the Superb Showing. Since the holy ones are coming down with Jesus then this means that they have been already in heaven with him. So the presence of the holy ones at the Superb Showing signifies a previous rapture – the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church.
EVIDENCE #16 – WHO IS TAKEN FIRST – RIGHTEOUS OR WICKED?
Let each develop collectively until the harvest. At the moment I’ll tell the harvesters: First gather the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then collect the wheat and convey it into my barn. (MATTHEW 13:30)
Jesus typically taught in the form of parables to teach about many issues like his second coming. He taught about the parable of the weeds. A person (Jesus Christ) sowed good seed in his area but while everyone was sleeping, his enemy sowed weeds amongst the wheat and went away. So when the wheat sprouted, the weeds additionally appeared. The person who sowed the wheat determined to let the wheat and the weeds grow together until the harvest the place the weeds will probably be taken first and the wheat is left behind to be gathered into the barn. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, the righteous is taken first in the rapture in the church while the wicked are left behind. Obviously with Jesus’ parable and Paul’s educating that these two occasions aren’t the similar for in one occasion the righteous are taken to satisfy Christ in the air whereas the different event the unrighteous are taken first whereas the righteous are left behind. It’s worthwhile to note that Jesus’ Parable of the Weeds is describing the events in Matthew 24:21 when Jesus will ship his angels to collect his elect from the 4 winds after he is available in the clouds with power and glory (Matthew 24:30). These are two separate events – Rapture of the Church and the gathering of the Tribulation Saints after the Superb Appearing.
EVIDENCE #17 – ANGELS DON’T RESURRECT PEOPLE
The Son of Man will ship out his angels, and they’ll weed out of his kingdom all the things that causes sin and all who do evil. (MATTHEW 13:41)
And he’ll ship his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they’ll collect his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (MATTHEW 24:31)
Many individuals wrongfully assume that when the angels gather the elect from the four winds of the earth, that that is the rapture. Now we all know from 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 that there’s a resurrection related to the translation of the dwelling that may by no means see demise. The gathering of the elect is just not the rapture but as we seen in Proof 16 that the rapture and the gathering are two separate occasions. It’s because in Evidence 15 the holy ones are descending with Christ and after the Superb Appearing (Matthew 24:30) then the angels will collect the elect (Matthew 24:31). We additionally see in Evidence 16 that the wicked are taken first while the righteous are left behind. So how can the rapture occur with the gathering of the elect if the holy ones already came down with Jesus in the Superb Showing (Matthew 24:30; Revelation 19:14). The elect is then the Tribulation Saints that survived the Tribulation and the Trustworthy Remnant of Israel in hiding in the mountains. Lastly right here is the focus of the argument of Evidence 17 – How can the angels who’re gathering the elect resurrect the lifeless if that is the rapture when solely God can do that? The angels are solely gathering Tribulation Saints and the Jewish Remnant not resurrecting the lifeless.
EVIDENCE #18 – JESUS OR ANGELS GATHERING THE RIGHTEOUS?
And if I’m going and put together a spot for you, I’ll come back and take you to be with me that you simply also may be the place I am. (JOHN 14:Three)
That is how it is going to be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous. (MATTHEW 13:49)
This is one other proof that the GATHERING OF THE ELECT isn’t the RAPTURE. It lies in the proven fact that – Who’s doing the gathering and what’s the location? In the rapture of the Church, Christ takes his Church with him while after the Superb Appearing, the angels collect the elect. This can’t be the similar occasion because in one occasion Jesus is taking the righteous to be with him in heaven whereas in one other occasion the angels are gathering the depraved while the righteous are left behind till gathered after the depraved. This isn’t the similar event for if it was it leaves the id of the holy ones who come down with Christ at the Superb Appearing unresolved. Christ made a promise – He stated I WILL TAKE YOU TO BE WITH ME! If he stated that he’ll do it then he’ll stay by his phrase for he by no means lies. The truth that he sends angels to collect his elect if it was the rapture, it might be breaking the promise he made. Apart from chronologically putting the rapture with the gathering wouldn’t fit because it leaves several issues unanswered:
- Who’re the HOLY ONES who come down with Christ at the Superb Showing?
- Angels can’t resurrect the lifeless only Christ can
- How did the 24 elders obtain their crowns which got here as the results of the Judgment Seat of Christ?
- Why are the angels doing the gathering when Jesus stated he would take the Church to him?
- Why are the wicked taken first and then the righteous are left behind when in the rapture the righteous are taken?
I HAVE A GOOD ANSWER TO CLEAR THIS MESS! THE CHURCH WAS RAPTURED BEFORE THE TRIBULATION. It might clear up the id of the holy ones and the cause why the 24 elders acquired their crowns. It will also make Jesus’ words true when he stated he would take us to be with him to be with him in heaven. ARE YOU CONVINCED? Perhaps not BUT HERE ARE SOME MORE EVIDENCES.
EVIDENCE #19 – JESUS RETURNS FROM A WEDDING
Be dressed ready for service and maintain your lamps burning, like males ready for their grasp to return from a wedding banquet, in order that when he comes and knocks they will immediately open the door for him. (LUKE 12:35-36)
Jesus stated that when he returns that he will return from a marriage. Now all of us now that the Church is Christ’s bride. Now if the Church is the Bride and when Jesus Christ comes again at the Superb Appearing, he’ll be coming back from a wedding then it is just logical that the Church was with him earlier than then. So that is one other trace that the rapture isn’t Publish-Tribulation. After the wedding ceremony, Jesus will return to earth together with his bride – the Church.
EVIDENCE #20 – NO RESURRECTION IN REVELATION 19:11-21
Revelation 19:11-21 talks about the Superb Showing of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many individuals assume that the rapture will happen at this event. Nevertheless there isn’t a resurrection at this event. Read it for yourself. But it is worthwhile to notice that when Jesus got here right down to earth, he was accompanied by the HOLY ONES which is the Church (See EVIDENCE #15 – WHO ARE THE HOLY ONES?). To summarize, the passage in Revelation 19:11-21 is the clearest picture of the Lord’s Second Coming and if the Rapture which incorporates the Resurrection then how come it isn’t talked about. The very fact is that the Church was raptured earlier than the Tribulation.
EVIDENCE #21 – NO RESURRECTION IN ZECHARIAH 14
God, via Zechariah, spoke about the coming of the Lord and his reign. Once you learn the entire chapter, you’ll see that it’s talking about the Superb Showing of the LORD (Jesus Christ). This passage of scripture is descriptive of the Lord landing on the Mount of Olives and dividing into two and the battle between the nations towards the Lord. However there isn’t a mention of the resurrection on this Previous Testomony passage. Why you may ask? Properly scripture confirms scripture. Zechariah 14 confirms Revelation 19:11-21. The approaching of the Messiah to usher in a utopia of peace was anticipated when the Jews studied the scriptures. Nevertheless they anticipated ONE COMING OF THE MESSIAH not two despite the proven fact that they missed that the Messiah had two portraits painted of him. Other Jews observed this and theorized that there are two totally different Messiahs – one from Joseph (who suffered unfairly at the palms of his brothers) and one from David (who was the biggest king in Jewish historical past). The very fact is that the MESSIAH is one one that will are available TWO COMINGS. Jesus Christ came right down to earth and died for the sins of the world. He then declared the foundation of the Church which Jesus introduced into being (he based the Church) however wasn’t formally started till Pentecost. When Jesus in Luke 4 read from the Guide of Isaiah (61) he read TO PROCLAIM THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR and stopped there. He didn’t read AND THE DAY OF THE VENGEANCE OF OUR GOD. Why? As a result of that was still future. The time of salvation was NOW. The rapture was a thriller defined by Paul. Jesus promised it in John 14 however Paul explained it in more element in his writings to Corinth and Thessalonica. It was a mystery as a result of the Previous Testament by no means gave any hint about the rapture and was very obscure about the Church. That’s why the Jews never saw the Church and only anticipated ONE COMING of the Messiah. That is why the Jews have been anticipating Jesus to set up God’s Kingdom nevertheless it wasn’t to be as a result of God had plans to save lots of the world and to redeem it via Christ’s dying. Given the reality that there is adequate proof for the Superb Showing in the Previous and New Testament however that the rapture is a mystery and there is no resurrection in Zechariah 14 or Revelation 19:11-21 is sufficient to say that the RAPTURE and THE GLORIOUS APPEARING are two separate occasions (one among which is a thriller and the other is predicted) can lead one to consider underneath the research of scripture that there is going to be a PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE
EVIDENCE #22 – THE SEPARATION OF THE SHEEP AND GOATS
Matthew 25:31-46 talks about an event referred to as SEPARATING THE SHEEP FROM THE GOATS. Matthew 25:31 locations this event “when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.” This event is best generally known as the JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS. Many individuals consider (Submit-Tribs) that the rapture goes to be at the Second Coming or the Superb Appearing. There are some issues with this. If the Rapture occurred simply earlier than the Superb Showing then why would a separation of the sheep and goats be needed if the rapture took the sheep and the goats have been left behind. Verse 32 says that the nations can be gathered before him and the individuals shall be separated. Notice how all the individuals will probably be gathered to Christ while at the rapture only the Church can be caught up and meet Christ in the air. This can be a separate event which requires a PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE. If the rapture occurred before the Tribulation then the individuals saved after the rapture (and who survive the Tribulation) will must be separated after the second coming.
EVIDENCE #23 – WHO WILL POPULATE THE MILLENNIUM?
This can be a favorite argument for people who consider in a PRE-TRIB RAPTURE of the Church. Isaiah 65:20 says, “There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.” This passage obviously states that the millennium will probably be populated by people with natural bodies who are capable of procreate and there can be sinners later in the millennium. Demise is just not erased and other people still have to consider in the Lord Jesus Christ to be able to be saved (for many who have pure our bodies). Those who reign with Christ (raptured Church and Tribulation Saints martyred) may have glorified our bodies and subsequently can’t procreate and can be like the angels (Jesus himself stated this when asked by the clergymen about marriage after the resurrection). Subsequently the millennium needs to be populated. BUT HOW? How can the millennium be populated if the rapture is at the finish of the Tribulation? If this have been so then the believers can be raptured and the unbelievers carried off to the winepress and there can be no one to populate the 1000 years of Christ’s reign. A PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE would rapture the Church before the Tribulation, an entire new set of believers would spring up by the ministry of the 144,000 Jewish Evangelists, many might be martyred and lots of will survive the Tribulation. When the gathering of the unbelievers by the angels come the believers still alive are left behind to enter in the millennium.
EVIDENCE #24 – WHO IS SUPPOSED TO HEAR?
In Revelation 2 and three there is a phrase that’s acquainted to Christians. It’s HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES. This phrase happens seven occasions in these two chapters of Revelation (one for every church). Nevertheless in Revelation 13:9 the phrase is there however as an alternative of the entire phrase, its HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR. You possibly can see that WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES is omitted in Revelation 13:9. Why is CHURCH omitted? This inconsistency can solely be accounted for if the Church isn’t there in the Tribulation itself. This follows the whole sample of Revelation. The sample is Revelation 2 and 3 characterize the Church age whereas Revelation 6 – 18 characterize the Tribulation which is just for Israel and Gentile Nations. Why did John omit CHURCHES from this “lend me your ears” phrase? As a result of the Church is clearly not in these events – the Tribulation.
EVIDENCE #25 – NEITHER JEW NOR GREEK
The Bible says in Galatians Three:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” When a person provides his life to Christ, he’s routinely a part of the Church of Jesus Christ. Since we are all one in Christ, there isn’t any distinction of race as a result of we are all CHRISTIAN. However once you get to the Tribulation it is a totally different story altogether. In Revelation 7, you see the 144,000 Jewish Evangelists sealed. So you see that God is dealing with the Israelites in a SPECIAL WAY! The interpretation of the 144,000 needs to be literal because why would the Spirit transfer John to call every Tribe and 12,000 (12,000 X 12 = 144,000) until it is a literal 144,000 Israelites, 12,000 from every tribe. If John went by means of the pain of listing all the tribes and the number of each then they should be literal as an alternative of some individuals believing that they are the Church. They are simply spiritualizing scripture. Scripture says there are not any distinctions within the Church and if God is distinguishing Israel in the Tribulation, because of this the Church isn’t there. The Church have to be raptured before the Tribulation earlier than such a distinction can take place.
EVIDENCE #26 – WHAT ARE THE FIRSTFRUITS OF REVELATION 14:4?
Revelation 14:Four says, “These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as FIRSTFRUITS to God and the Lamb (Emphasis Mine).” The passage is saying that the 144,000 have been provided as firstfruits which means first converts. How can these individuals be firstfruits despite the proven fact that countless individuals throughout the Church age has been harvested into the Church? They might solely be firstfruits if the Church was raptured then God was beginning over with a new class of believers throughout the Tribulation – 144,000 and Tribulation Saints (144,000 being the firstfruits).
EVIDENCE #27 – FIRST RESURRECTION IN REVELATION 20:4?
Revelation 20:Four says, “I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshipped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their forehead or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Verse 5 states, “This is the first resurrection.” Many people state this as proof that the rapture is in Revelation 20:Four-5 but when looked at intently it backfires on the very people who consider on this. Revelation 20:Four seems to be at two groups – one already have thrones of authority and the other martyrs who have been resurrected. The very fact is the ones seated on the thrones is the Church who will rule with Christ. This alludes again to Revelation Four and 5 with the LITERAL 24 elders seated on literal thrones with literal crowns on their heads. I stated earlier that they characterize the glorified Church already raptured and passed by way of the Judgment Seat of Christ. The opposite group of individuals are TRIBULATION SAINTS who obtained their new bodies after the Tribulation, 7 years after the complete Church obtained theirs. The FIRST RESURRECTION shouldn’t throw anybody off because in this sense, verse 5 talks about the end result of the FIRST RESURRECTION. The resurrection of the Tribulation Saints is the ending of the FIRST RESURRECTION. The firstfruits of the FIRST RESURRECTION was Jesus Christ and different believers (Matthew 27:52-53). The Two Witnesses have been resurrected during the Tribulation. Revelation 20:4 doesn’t prove a Submit-Trib Rapture because of the distinction of those two groups, the timing (if the rapture is Publish-Trib and before the Superb Appearing then the Publish-Trib has problems as a result of the lastfruits of the FIRST RESURRECTION is after the Superb Showing. Also if the rapture is seen in Revelation 20:4-5 there’s conflicts with the winepress, gathering first of unbelievers, believers left behind, the id of the persons on thrones and the holy ones who come down with Christ are in dispute. The rapture is earlier than the Tribulation in an effort to make all the things MAKE SENSE!
EVIDENCE #28 – AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST
2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as through God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” Paul says that the Church is CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS. Christ himself stated that, “We are the Light of the World.” The Church is answerable for proclaiming the GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL to this unbelieving world. We’re in fact Christ’s ambassadors. An ambassador is usually one who represents a dignitary. In historic and current occasions, an envoy is usually recalled by the king or the head or state of that country (President or Prime Minister) before declaring warfare on a country. Using this analogy, if the Church is Christ’s ambassadors then God will recall us or TAKE US TO HIM (John 14) earlier than declaring conflict or instituting his judgment on the unbelieving conflict (Beginning the SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION). Turn to Jesus now when you have the probability to be raptured earlier than the Tribulation. In case you are LEFT BEHIND then you’ll be in the picket strains of a battle raging between God and Satan. Will you chose God and probably be martyred or will you chose to comply with the Antichrist making an attempt to save lots of your life when in reality you’ll be dropping it if you end up taken to the winepress and your eventual vacation spot – HELL! Flip to Christ NOW not later. In the event you don’t, making the right CHOICE WILL BE HARDER IN THE FUTURE!
EVIDENCE #29 – MARRIAGE CUSTOMS
Jesus Christ is the bridegroom whereas the Church is the Bride. Jesus all the time likened his relationship with the Church as with a Jewish wedding ceremony. First there’s the BETROTHAL where the groom and his father strategy the bride and her father with a proposal. The betrothal is sealed with a cup of wine. When the bride drinks the cup of wine, she exhibits that she accepts the proposal. This can be likened by the Communion Cup where we drink it we settle for that we’re the Bride (Christians) and show his demise till he comes. Then the groom goes away to organize his house for his bride. He often adds new rooms which is what Jesus promised when he stated, “I go prepare a place for you.” This is the PREPARATION. The bride prepares her robe in order that she’ll be prepared when the groom comes for her. The Church’s robe is the righteous acts that she does on the earth. Believers – are you busy getting ready your gown so that you’ll be ready when Jesus comes for you. The groom often comes for her kind of in a yr. The groom comes again, often sudden, and introduced solely by a trumpet, and the shout of his guard (or attendant). This symbolizes the rapture. The groom only meets the bride and her attendants in the road not at her residence. This has significance since we meet Christ in the air not on the earth. He then takes her back with him at his father’s home where the bride is HIDDEN AWAY FOR ONE WEEK (7 days) from the view of the wedding ceremony friends to be purified from uncleanness. This jogs my memory of Daniel 9:27 about the seventieth week (one week = seven years) and the period of the Tribulation. The Church can be raptured and KEPT AWAY FROM VIEW for seven years until we are introduced as his bride once we descend from heaven with Christ in the Superb Appearing. Isn’t that fascinating? A Jewish Wedding ceremony Customized supplies proof for a PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE. Fascinating!
EVIDENCE #30 – NO INSTRUCTION NECESSARY
The Bible talks about and advises Christians tips on how to face atypical, on a regular basis trials and tribulations however it submits no instruction for the believer for enduring the Tribulation. The very fact is that the purpose for this is that WE WILL NOT BE THERE!
Listed here are thirty proofs for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Subsequent I’m going to do is disprove all the other theories about the Rapture. I’m going to concentrate on MID-TRIB and POST-TRIB!
They say that the Rapture happens at the LAST TRUMPET in line with 1 Corinthians 15:51-56. This puts the rapture at the seventh trumpet (Revelation 11:15-16). That is unusual in mild of the undeniable fact that the final trumpet is just not the SEVENTH TRUMPET but the trumpet which is sounded when the angels gather his elect from the four corners of the earth (Matthew 24:31). However it will in all probability show a POST-TRIB RAPTURE you could ask. Not essentially. There are three distinct events – rapture, seventh trumpet, and the gathering of the elect. These are all occasions associated with trumpets but are distinct. Take a look at my POST-TRIB arguments for my rebuttal of Matthew 24:31 being the rapture. The seventh trumpet can also be a trumpet of judgment not of the blessing promised in the BLESSED HOPE (rapture). The trumpet sounding at the rapture is that of blessing not of judgment. Trumpets have been blown for different purposes and this argument made by MID-TRIBS to distort scripture and hyperlink the final trumpet with the seventh trumpet JUDGMENT. It isn’t like that!
MID-TRIBS additionally try to prove the rapture is at the mid-point of the Tribulation by linking the resurrection of the TWO WITNESSES with the rapture of the church. Take a look at Revelation 11:1-14 and you will notice the ministry of the two witnesses. They link the resurrection of those two powerful men of God (probably Moses and Elijah) with the rapture of the church on the foundation that Moses represents the lifeless in Christ whereas Elijah represents the dwelling. The problem is sure they serves as varieties of these two kinds of believers at the rapture however MID-TRIBS neglect that both witnesses are KILLED, BODIES LYING IN JERUSALEM FOR THREE DAYS, EVERYONE IN THE EARTH WILL SEE THEIR BODIES, AND THEN RESURRECTED. Each of them resurrect after which are caught up to God. If Elijah typifies the dwelling believers at the time of the rapture then why is he resurrected. Certainly this have to be a literal occasion as a result of now at their resurrection Elijah is on the similar web page as Moses since they both died after which was resurrected. There isn’t a translation of the dwelling (these believers NEVER DIE while the two witnesses do actually DIE then resurrect). The TWO WITNESSES are two literal beings who’re empowered by God to do his work for 1260 after which the Antichrist will kill them, the world will stare and mock them (Tv is the only means this prophecy comes true), after which resurrect and ascend to heaven hanging worry in those who don’t consider. MID-TRIBS base the voice from heaven COME UP HERE is the similar as the rapture but the question I ask is WHERE IS THE TRUMPET? It is just logical to place the rapture at Revelation 4:1 as a result of a trumpet is talked about and John is a greater representative of the Church than the TWO WITNESSES. The very fact is the two witnesses can’t characterize a bigger physique of believers as a result of in that case then numerous individuals need to die directly (killed by the Antichrist) after which have the entire world stare at the lifeless bodies in Jerusalem (another factor Tribulation Saints are all scattered all through the world – they will’t all be at Jerusalem) after which in three days resurrect and there’s NO TRANSLATION OF THE LIVING (people who never die). There isn’t any RAPTURE WITH THE RESURRECTION OF THE TWO WITNESSES. They’re literal beings. Don’t spiritualize scripture!
How can the resurrection of the two witnesses be the rapture when the rapture is supposedly at the final trumpet (seventh trumpet judgment)? The resurrection of the two witnesses come at the SIXTH TRUMPET JUDGMENT not the SEVENTH. Proof of this is available in the incontrovertible fact that the sixth trumpet judgment is sounded in Revelation 9:13-21 and the two witnesses are in Revelation 11:1-14 and the SEVENTH TRUMPET is sounded in Revelation 11:15-19. Also in Revelation 11:14 it says, “The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.” The FIRST WOE is the fifth Trumpet Judgment; The SECOND WOE is the 6th Trumpet Judgment; The THIRD WOE is the seventh Trumpet Judgment. If the second woe has passed after the two witnesses’ resurrection and the third woe is coming then the resurrection of the two witnesses take place at the SIXTH TRUMPET. That is in direct contradiction to the rapture occurring at the final trumpet – the seventh trumpet. This is virtually as dangerous as holding that the seventh trumpet is the last trumpet when the trumpet sounded after the Superb Showing gathering the elect by the angels (Matthew 24:31).
Revelation 10:5-7 tells about the MYSTERY OF GOD. Since Paul stated that the rapture is a thriller, then MID-TRIBS maintain that the thriller of God is the rapture. This is not so. Earlier than we look at the MYSTERY OF GOD lets look at the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY. The thriller of iniquity is to disclose Devil’s actual function when he’s thrown down from heaven after which indwells the Antichrist and proclaims that he’s God in the event many are conversant in – the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION. Satan’s actual function is to be GOD however he in reality will never be GOD but he will deceive many into considering that the Antichrist who’s indwelled by Satan is GOD. The thriller of God is just not the rapture however the incontrovertible fact that why did God permit Satan to do what he did and corrupt the human race? If the thriller of iniquity is Satan posing as a counterfeit god then the mystery of God may be the revealing of the TRUE GOD – God in human flesh, the Son of God, JESUS CHRIST THE MESSIAH at the Superb Showing! Yes the rapture is a mystery but to not be confused with these mysteries.
MID-TRIBS say that the harvest in Revelation 14:14-20 is the rapture. Since scripture confirms scripture, allow us to take a look at the Bible. The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is with a crown of gold on his head and a pointy sickle in his hand. He us followed by three angels who’re harvesters. The fact that angels are harvesters is supported by scripture in the parable of the weeds (Matthew 13:41). The subsequent three angels are ANNOUNCERS. The fourth angel proclaims and mentions the harvest of the earth. The fifth angel has a sickle however doesn’t say anything. The sixth angel comes from the alter. He mentions the classic and gathers the vine from the earth. This is the vintage to be gathered and forged into the nice winepress of the wrath of God in the Battle of Armageddon. This can be a untimely announcement of the Battle of Armageddon where the land might be drunk with blood (Isaiah 34:7-Eight). The slaughter can be so great that the blood will probably be as much as the horses bridles in the valleys of Israel for about 180 miles. MID-TRIBS point out Revelation 14:12-16 however don’t take a look at verse 17-20. The harvest in Revelation 14 is just not the rapture but an outpouring of Gods wrath as he gathers the nations for Armageddon. Lastly Joel Three:9-17 describes this harvest. It isn’t the rapture however the Harvest of the Gentile Nations.
What is the LAST TRUMPET referring to? I consider that it represents two issues. First it represents God’s ultimate call to the Church. It isn’t unbelievable that there can be two trumpet blasts sounding in fast succession at the rapture. There are two distinct trumpets in the rapture – one in 1 Thessalonians Four:16 which can awaken the lifeless in Christ and the second and LAST TRUMP in 1 Corinthians 15:52 will summon those that are alive and consider in Christ into the Lord’s presence!
Listed here are a number of questions for the MID-TRIB individual:
- Why is the Church in Revelation 1 – Three and then not found in Revelation 21?
- Who are the 24 elders in Revelation Four who’re sporting crowns, seating on thrones, and singing a redeemed track in Revelation 5?
- Clarify the inconsistency of timing of occasions of the rapture with two witnesses rising from the lifeless throughout the 6th trumpet and holding that the rapture occurs at the LAST TRUMP (seventh trumpet)?
- Explain the harvest in Revelation as the rapture in mild of Joel 3:9-17 and Isaiah 34:7-8 as well as the Parable of the Weeds in Matthew 13?
- How come the Tribulation known as the TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE (Israel) and that Daniel stated that the 70th week is for Israel?
- Explain the significance that John when he had a rapture experience saw the 24 elders the place Isaiah and Ezekiel had visions of the throne of God and noticed the Four LIVING CREATURES but by no means noticed the 24 elders?
Different individuals hold that the rapture will occur after the Tribulation – that is the Church will undergo all of the Tribulation. The rapture will happen earlier than the Superb Appearing and then the Church will come down with Jesus Christ. There are a number of problems when it comes to scriptural guarantees and timing of events. Submit-Tribs will discover that their beliefs backfire on them. The Bible says in Revelation Three:10 that the Church will escape the hour of trial that’s going to return upon the earth to test those who reside on the earth. The scriptures says that God has not appointed us to wrath however salvation via Jesus Christ. The Tribulation can be a time of wrath of judgment on those left behind. Take a look at Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, and 1 Thessalonians 5:9. Even Jesus gave us the choice of watching and praying that we could possibly escape all that’s about to occur (SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION) in Luke 21:36. If we are remain in the Tribulation then that may destroy the BLESSED HOPE. If that’s the state of affairs and the Church did stay in the Tribulation then my blessed hope can be martyrdom because I might die and then be in heaven. All that awaits believers if going by way of the Tribulation is demise while Bible guarantees that THE CHURCH WILL NOT GO THROUGH THE HOUR OF TRIAL. The Bible guarantees life and expectation of the calling of Jesus Christ for his bride at the rapture. POST-TRIB has the Church ready for the Antichrist and DEATH! No rapture at the end of the tribulation can be referred to as a blessed hope however a BLASTED HOPE!
One other point that POST-TRIBS obviously miss is the distinction between Israel and the Church. Paul stated in Galatians Three:28 that we Jew or Gentile are all ONE in Christ. There isn’t a distinction within the physique of Christ. For God to start out treating Israelites in a special approach (example – 144,000 Jewish Evangelists [12,000 from each tribe]) can solely mean that the Church has been taken out. It is mandatory for the Church to be eliminated before that distinction is made in the Tribulation. Daniel 9:24 proclaims that the 70 weeks are for Daniel’s individuals (Israel) so the final week which is the 70th week or the SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION can also be for Israel to purge her and purify her and cause her to return to repentance. Discover the Antichrist indicators a treaty with Israel signaling the beginning of the Tribulation. The excellence is there in the Guide of Revelation. The Church is talked about in Revelation 2 – Three however throughout the Tribulation which is in Revelation 6 – 18, the Church isn’t mentioned. All you see is Jewish symbols (seals, trumpets, vials) and 144,000 Jewish Evangelists. Additionally in Revelation 12 the lady who gave delivery to the man-child (Jesus Christ) is Israel because she is going to flee into the wilderness for 1260 hidden from the Antichrist. This is the holy remnant of Israel that turned to Christ. But you don’t see the church at all till the holy ones come down with Jesus at the Superb Showing.
The POST-TRIB concept doesn’t permit Jesus to satisfy his promise to take up his believers to heaven to be with him. Whereas in heaven, Jesus will exhibit the new residence of the Bride and they’ll spend high quality time there. When Jesus stated the believers shall be with him that in all probability means to spend an extended time period in fellowship with Christ. A Publish-Trib principle wouldn’t have the raptured believer spend high quality time in heaven for what sense will a bride be taken up by the groom who’s in a rush for battle. He gained’t even have time to point out the bride their house and no time for a honeymoon. Does that make sense at all? Luke 21:36 says that the believer who escapes all that is about to occur will stand in the presence of the Son of Man. This in all probability means that we’ll be with Christ. How can we be with Christ in a POST-TRIB rapture when the groom has no time because he is getting ready for battle. It is sort of a elevator trip to heaven, 5 minutes of ohs and ahs at the sight of heaven, and then being mounted on a white horse and then descending toward the earth. I’m sorry if I’m sarcastic but that’s JUST RETARDED!
The Bible talks about the imminence of Jesus’ coming and that no one is aware of the day nor the hour. The POST-TRIB rapture destroys this as a result of we’ll know from the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION that there can be 1260 days until the Superb Showing. If I’ve even time to mark my calendar once I’m operating from the Antichrist.
Now to the most necessary half – THE TIMING OF POST-TRIB EVENTS. This will lead a Publish-Tribber to chew their own phrases. Let me clarify. They consider that the rapture is after the Tribulation however before the Superb Showing. However then how come they place the rapture at Revelation 20:4-5 when it is clearly after the Superb Appearing? They do that because there’s the FIRST RESURRECTION in order that they liken this occasion with the rapture. So as to get an understanding of this, allow us to turn to the words of Jesus in Matthew 13. In the parable of the weeds there’s good seed and the weeds. In this parable Jesus stated that the angels shall be sent to collect and weed out the unbelievers FIRST. All this is referring to the end of the age when Christ comes back in the Superb Showing and then sends his angels to collect the unbelievers for Judgment in the JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS. Matthew 24 says that two ladies will probably be in a subject – one taken and one left behind. The one taken is the unbeliever while the believer is left behind to enter into the millennium. They say that the gathering of the elect in Matthew 24:31 is the rapture but overlook that the gathering is completed by angels. At the rapture, Jesus Christ is meeting the believers in the air. Jesus stated in John 14:3 that he will take believers to be with him. Now if Christ promised to be the one who would take his Church to him then why would he ship his angels to do it. That may be breaking his promise. There are clearly two occasions meant not one. The primary is the rapture earlier than the Tribulation and then after the Superb Appearing, a gathering of the LIVING Tribulation Saints and the Trustworthy Remnant of Israel might be gathered to enter into the millennial reign of Christ. How can POST-TRIB individuals account for the incontrovertible fact that this gathering in Matthew 24 and the FIRST RESURRECTION in Rev 20:4-5 when that is after the Superb Appearing while before the POST-TRIB view that the rapture is before Jesus comes together with his holy ones. It is contradictory. HOW WILL THE MILLENNIUM BE POPULATED IF THERE IS A POST-TRIB RAPTURE? Scripture clearly states that the millennium might be populated. If there is a POST-TRIB RAPTURE then all the believers can be raptured and there can be no one to populate the millennium. Certainly sinners won’t enter the 1000 yr reign of Christ. A Pre-Trib rapture would rapture all the believers then permit there to be a brand new set of believers (Notice the 144,000 have been firstfruits) which if they survived the Tribulation would enter the millennium with their natural our bodies and capable of procreate. The Church who will reign with Christ could have glorified bodies and cannot procreate and shall be like the angels. What about the FIRST RESURRECTION? This needs to be the rapture. Not essentially! The FIRST RESURRECTION is the end result of one thing – the FIRST RESURRECTION. Christ as well as other believers who have been resurrected have been firstfruits of the FIRST RESURRECTION. After the Tribulation Saints are resurrected then the FIRST RESURRECTION is completed. This will’t be the rapture because then who are the men sitting on thrones in Revelation 20:4. These are raptured believers who already gone by means of the Judgment Seat of Christ. A POST-TRIB rapture allows no time for the Judgment Seat of Christ. A PRE-TRIB rapture will explain and differentiate between raptured believers who have already got their crowns and sitting on thrones identical to the 24 ELDERS and the TRIBULATION SAINTS (the lifeless are resurrected and the dwelling are capable of repopulate the earth during the 1000 yr reign of Christ! Finally Luke 21:36 says Jesus will return from a marriage proving that the rapture is WAY BEFORE THE GLORIOUS APPEARING.
- A pre-trib rapture explains the drawback of populating the millennium
- A pre-trib rapture why the 24 elders have crowns and thrones and are singing a track of redemption
- A pre-trib rapture maintains the distinction of Israel, Gentiles, and the Church
- A pre-trib rapture explains the id of the HOLY ONES
- A pre-trib rapture explains imminence of Christ’s return
- A pre-trib rapture explains why we shall be KEPT FROM THE HOUR OF TRIAL
- A pre-trib rapture explains why events after the Superb Showing fall perfectly into place
- A pre-trib rapture allows time for the Judgment Seat of Christ, a tour of heaven, and fellowship with Jesus Christ
If there’s anymore, then e-mail me and I’ll add it!
TIMELINE OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
- Rapture = earlier than the Tribulation
- Tribulation begins = Signing of a treaty between Antichrist & Israel
- Center of Tribulation = ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (Higher begin operating away in case you are a Tribulation Saint)
- Tribulation ends = IT IS FINISHED
- Superb Appearing = Jesus descends with Church
- Unbelievers are taken first and endure the GREAT WINEPRESS
- Believers are left behind and gathered collectively
- After 1335 days, Tribulation Saints and OT Saints are RESURRECTED
- Millennium Begins
- Last Rebel (So small that nobody will notice because it’ll shortly be crushed)
- GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
- NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH
I hope that everybody will see that by way of this page that people who don’t consider in a PRE-TRIB RAPTURE will consider it and see it. It is extremely unusual that whereas many rapture theories are there, they all the time set their defense towards the PRE-TRIB concept and neglecting to see the faults and disprove different rapture theories. It’s like they are united of their stand towards this PRE-TRIB CONCEPT which many deem is harmful. A Pre-Trib doesn’t convey false hope or security. It allows Christians to reside holy lives earlier than God so that they are going to be counted worthy to be raptured with the Church. I’m nonetheless making my wedding ceremony robe that it’ll look lovely at the marriage supper of the Lamb. I’m nonetheless pressing towards the objective and accumulating good works so that I might get an attractive crown at the Judgment Seat of Christ. That was what Paul the Apostle was pressing for. STRIVE FOR THE PRIZE and respect your brothers and sisters in Christ who maintain a MID-TRIB, PRE-WRATH, PARTIAL, OR POST-TRIB RAPTURE THEORY. If the rapture occurs earlier than the Tribulation which I do know it to be true, then these similar individuals who attempt to assault Pre-Trib will probably be RAPTURED ALONG WITH US! So treat them with respect. PRE-TRIBBERS are usually not weak, phony, dispensationalist Christians as many people who maintain different views name us. I nonetheless LOVE YOU GUYS! I’m not attacking any individual just the view. I personally don’t wish to name it attacking. I CALL IT AN ANALYSIS OF THE OTHER VIEWS. God Bless, SOLI DEO GLORIA and Marantha!
To those who aren’t PRE-TRIB: I’ll meet you in the AIR with my new body BEFORE THE TRIBULATION!
In my earlier article on the Pre Tribulation Rapture, I introduced thirty proofs (evidences) as well as a glance into the Mid and Submit Tribulation Rapture theories. The article acquired such a superb response that an individual needed to place the link for it on his website and one other individual guide marked the web page. Whereas I felt that it was a very good treatise on this topic, I felt that it was incomplete. There have been in all probability extra proofs of a Pre Tribulation Rapture than the thirty that I introduced. Also I didn’t cover the Partial and Pre Wrath Rapture theories in the first article.
That is where this second article is available in. In this article, I will provide fifteen further proofs of the Pre Tribulational Return of Christ. I may even cowl the different two rapture theories in this article – Partial and Pre Wrath. It is my hope that the reader involves an understanding that Jesus can come at any second and that expectation of Christ’s imminent return will trigger Christians to steer holy lives of their stroll with God. The Pre Tribulation Rapture is just not egocentric nor is it meant to offer believers with a straightforward means out. I additionally need to level out that although I consider that the rapture is before the Tribulation, I am not going to be dogmatic on this point. There are other sincere and dedicated Christians that maintain to the different rapture theories however all of us share a unity in that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that he rose again. As Augustine put it: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.”
EVIDENCE #31 – THE CHURCH WILL NOT BE PURGED
Proponents of other rapture theories consider that the Church has to endure the Tribulation as a way to be purged and cleansed. However Ephesians 5:25-27 proves to the opposite. Paul says:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also beloved the church and gave Himself up for her, in order that He may sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He may current to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such factor; but that she can be holy and blameless.
We see that the Church is sanctified and cleansed by the washing of water with the Word not by enduring the Tribulation. In God’s sight the Church is blameless because she is washed and coated by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. The Church won’t want to go into the Tribulation to be purged and cleansed. Throughout the Tribulation will probably be Israel not the Church that might be purged and cleansed (Malachi Three:2-Four). I discover it strange that Christ would place His beloved bride in the Tribulation and purge her for seven years before her marriage without no honeymoon afterwards. It is very important observe that in accordance with Ephesians 2:Four-7 that the Church is already sitting together in heavenly locations in Christ Jesus with a standing before God as good as though the members of the Church never sinned. It’s because the blood of Christ makes us blameless and righteous earlier than God in His infinite mercy and beauty and love for many who belong to the Son, Jesus Christ!
EVIDENCE #32 – PRAYER IN THE TRIBULATION
However I say to you, love your enemies and pray for many who persecute you (Matthew 5:44)
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (Matthew 6:12).
Never pay again evil with evil to anyone. Respect what is true in the sight of all males. If potential, as far as it will depend on you, be at peace with all males. Never take your personal revenge, beloved, but depart room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21)
To begin with, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we might lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. That is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior (1 Timothy 2:1-3).
The Church is instructed to wish for her enemies and converse evil of no man. We see this occurring in the Early Church where Stephen was stoned. Even when his enemies have been stoning him, Stephen prayed to God saying, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” (Acts 7:60). Such is the prayer that we as members of the Church should pray. We should always have an angle that each one males ought to be saved and that no man ought to go to Hell. Even when individuals make enjoyable of us, we turn the other cheek and as an alternative of cursing at them (which is what the flesh would want us to do) be in the Spirit and say “Jesus Loves You.” Paul says that it will “heap burning coals on his head” (Romans 12:20). This is the job of the Church.
Once we take a look at the prayers provided in the Tribulation, it’s clear that the Church just isn’t there. Revelation 6:10 says, “And they cried out with a loud voice, saying ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’” These believers want God to hold forth His vengeance. The Church prays for her enemies whereas these martyred believers need God to guage those who spilled their blood. Which prayer will God take heed to? Since the Tribulation is a time of God’s judgment, we’d like not put God in such a dilemma. The Church won’t be there in the Tribulation.
EVIDENCE #33 – ISRAEL & THE CHURCH TOGETHER = CONFUSION
For the sake of argument let’s imagine that the Church will enter the Tribulation. Will she add her witness to the 144,000 and redeemed Israel? When did God ever have two separate witnessing bodies upon earth? Now you’d in all probability say if the Church is gone then there would nonetheless be two witnessing our bodies – Jews and Gentiles. This is true but I meant that God won’t add a separate witnessing physique to that of the Church. In order for this to happen the Church needs to be taken out before God makes use of the Jews and Gentiles collectively as a witnessing body in the Tribulation.
It’s worthwhile to note that there isn’t any distinction in the Church. Galatians Three:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” My question is if the Church is in the Tribulation and there are saved Jews during that point then to whom would they belong? Will they belong to the 144,000 Jews or to the Church the place there isn’t any distinction? God just isn’t the writer of confusion so the Church can’t be in the Tribulation. God will terminate a former plan of action before establishing a new plan of action and dealings with a separate witnessing physique. God will rapture His Church and then concentrate on the redemption of His individuals – Israel and saving different Gentiles at the similar time.
EVIDENCE #34 – MATTHEW 24:31 IS NOT THE RAPTURE!
Matthew 24:31 says, “And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” Those that say that the Church will endure the seven yr Tribulation level that Matthew 24:31 is the rapture. They level out that the phrase ELECT is all the time used of the Church and that Matthew 24:29-30 factors that Jesus will come AFTER THE TRIBULATION. Yes, I agree that Jesus will come after the Tribulation however that verse doesn’t negate the proven fact that Jesus will rapture His Church before the Tribulation. Matthew 24:29-30 refers to an event often known as the REVELATION the place Jesus descends from heaven on a white horse. This is not the RAPTURE. Each these events are two phases in the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.
My question is who’re the ELECT in Matthew 24:31? Does the word elect solely seek advice from the Church? This isn’t true once you take a look at scripture. You can find that the Church, Israel, the Messiah (Jesus Christ), and the angels are all referred to as God’s ELECT!
The time period ELECT refers to the Messiah in Isaiah 42:1
The time period ELECT refers to the angels in 1 Timothy 5:21
The term ELECT refers to the Church in 1 Peter 1:2
The time period ELECT refers to Israel in Isaiah 45:Four and 65:9, 22
To say that the ELECT in Matthew 24:31 refers to the Church is type of stretching it for it could possibly imply any a type of four teams or persons which might be known as ELECT. We will cross out the Messiah for He’ll ship forth His angels to do the gathering. We will cross out the angels for they are the ones doing the gathering. The one two left the place this verse can check with is the Church and Israel. Listed here are two scriptures that may put this matter to relaxation:
And He will raise up a regular for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Judah from the four corners of the earth (Isaiah 11:12).
In that day the Lord will begin His threshing from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt, and you’ll be gathered up one after the other, O sons of Israel. It is going to come about also in that day that an ideal trumpet can be blown, and people who have been perishing in the land of Assyria and who have been scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem (Isaiah 27:12-13).
The ELECT here in these two verses are recognized as ISRAEL. Those two verses resemble Matthew 24:31 in each means. Take a look at this chart:
|Matthew 24:31||Isaiah 11:12||Isaiah 27:12-13|
|A fantastic trumpet||—||A fantastic trumpet|
|Collect together||Assemble||Gathered up|
|Elect||Banished ones of Judah||Sons of Israel|
|The 4 winds||The four corners||—|
We see that Matthew 24:31 shouldn’t be referring to the rapture of the Church however the gathering of the redeemed of Israel from the four corners of the earth.
EVIDENCE #35 – JOSEPH AND AZENETH
The Bible is full of varieties of the rapture. Certainly one of them is Joseph and his bride – Azeneth. We all know that Joseph was rejected by his brothers (Genesis 37:23-28). In the similar means Jesus the Messiah was rejected by His own brothers, His personal individuals – Israel. Joseph nevertheless endured and was given an ideal place that made him the most powerful man in Egypt with the exception of Pharaoh (Genesis 41:38-44). In the similar approach Jesus endured that horrible dying on the cross and rose once more. He ascended to heaven and is now seated at the proper hand of God the Father. It was presently that Joseph acquired Azeneth as his bride (Genesis 41:25). In the similar approach the Church was introduced to Jesus as His spotless bride, cleansed by His blood on Calvary. Before Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, he already had Azeneth in the intimacy of his presence (Genesis 41:50). In the similar method the Church might be raptured before the Tribulation and might be with Christ in heaven in the place where Jesus ready a place for His Church to reside in (John 14:3).
Robert Govett in The Saints’ Rapture says, “In like manner, the Son of Man shall be in heaven with His bride before the sign of His appearing is given to those who had previously cast Him out. The rapture is His thief-like approach to the earth for His chosen (Azeneth). And these chosen are in His presence before He unveils Himself to His brothers (The Jews).” When Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, all others have been bid out of his presence (Genesis 45:1). This can be a lovely illustration of how the Church is with God earlier than He reveals Himself to Israel at the REVELATION. It also illustrates perfectly the position of which the Church as the bride of Christ is already in heaven (Revelation 19:7).
EVIDENCE #36 – JOASH
Another sort of the rapture of Christ’s Church is in the story of one in every of the kings of Judah – Joash. The king of Judah was Ahaziah and when he died his mom Athaliah had all the royal offspring killed in order for her to keep her throne. Joash a son of the deceased Ahaziah was hidden by the lifeless king’s sister Jehosheba in her bedroom together with his nurse. He was then hidden in the House of the Lord with the Excessive Priest Jehoisada for six years. In the seventh yr Jehoisada was introduced with the Excessive Priest Jehoisada. In the similar approach the Church can be raptured before the Tribulation and can be hidden with the High Priest Jesus Christ for seven years until the Church is introduced with the Messiah Jesus Christ.
EVIDENCE #37 – MATTHEW 24:20
Jesus says in Matthew 24:20, “But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.” Jesus in the preceding verses (Matthew 24:15) was talking about the Abomination of Desolation. That’s when the Antichrist goes into the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and declares himself God. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:15-16 that once you see this occasion that these in Judea should flee to the mountains. In Matthew 24:20 we see that males are instructed to wish that their flight won’t be in the winter. Lets concentrate on the Sabbath portion. On the Sabbath, the Israelites were not presupposed to do something. It was regulation that in case you lit a fireplace (Exodus 35:Three) or gathered sticks (Numbers 15:32-36) on the Sabbath then you definitely have been stoned to demise. If the Church, which is redeemed by grace, be sure underneath a regulation, which was a curse (Galatians Three:10). Don’t get me fallacious the Regulation is just not dangerous however the Regulation’s objective was to point out that man was sinful for nobody can comply with and obey the Regulation absolutely (without breaking one) besides Jesus Christ. No this is not the Church. Since Matthew 24 has robust Jewish overtones, the entire of it’s speaking about Israel. They are going to be involved about the Sabbath and are instructed to wish that their flight won’t fall on that day. They do this as a result of by Mosaic Legislation restricts them from touring over the size of a Sabbath day’s journey (Acts 1:12). Since this is not the Church and its beneath grace then the Church won’t be in the Tribulation.
EVIDENCE #38 – THE 24 ELDERS
Since I wrote the first article, I discovered more evidence that the 24 elders are men together with some objections. Many see that the 24 elders are angels. I consider that Revelation 7:11 guidelines towards that position. John says, “And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God.” If ALL the ANGELS have been AROUND the ELDERS then the 24 elders can’t be angels because all the angels are around them. Twice we see that the 24 elders interpret occasions to John and I consider that these interpretations will lead us to consider that they are redeemed males.
- In Revelation 5:5 one among the 24 elders introduces Jesus Christ, the Lamb who is worthy of breaking the seals.
- In Revelation 7:13-17 one among the 24 elders talks about the white-robed multitude.
Why didn’t an angel do that as a result of the 24 elders are redeemed men. Additional proof that the 24 elders are males lies in the undeniable fact that twice John worshipped considered one of the angels (Revelation 19:10 & 22:8-9) while he never did this to the 24 elders. Clearly John noticed the 24 elders as males. Lastly the angels was carried John off in the spirit. That is fitting as a result of angels are spirits (Hebrews 1:7) however the 24 elders never carry John off as a result of they’re males.
There are objections as to the new track sung by the 24 elders in Revelation 5:9-10. John says:
They usually sang a brand new music, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the ebook and to interrupt its seals; for You have been slain, and bought males for God with Your blood males from every tribe and tongue and other people and nation. You’ve made them to be a kingdom and clergymen to our God; and they’ll reign upon the earth.
In the King James Model it has the 24 elders singing in the first individual while in the New American Commonplace Bible (the one I used) in addition to other translations renders their music in the third individual. Opponents of the 24 elders representing the Church say that this track proves that they don’t seem to be males due to the third individual reference to males. What they don’t understand is that it’s attainable to sing a track about your self in the third individual and its in the Bible. Exodus 15:13, 16-17 is an example of this. That is the track that was sung by Moses and the Youngsters of Israel after Pharaoh’s army drowned in the Purple Sea when God restored the waters from its division. Each Paul (2 Corinthians 12:2) and John (John 21:20) referred to themselves in the third individual. The KJV’s rendering of the 24 elder’s music in the first individual is supported by several New Testomony manuscripts including Textus Receptus, Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Basilianus and others. So it stands that the 24 elders are redeemed males and their presence in heaven earlier than the Tribulation begins (Revelation 6) means that the rapture already occurred between Revelation 3 and 4. A case for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture simply acquired stronger.
EVIDENCE #39 – JOHN 14:2-3
John 14:2-Three says:
In My Father’s home (IN HEAVEN) are many dwelling locations; if it were not so, I might have advised you; for I’m going (TO HEAVEN) put together a spot for you (IN HEAVEN). If I’m going (TO HEAVEN) and prepare a place for you (IN HEAVEN), I’ll come once more and receive you to Myself, that where I’m, there chances are you’ll be additionally (?).
Where can we go? When Christ comes, the place can we go? Pre-Tribs will say that He will take us to heaven whereas Publish-Tribs say that verse doesn’t truly say that. Will Christ take us to earth or heaven? If Christ is getting ready a spot for us and proper now He’s at present in heaven then it is pure logic that Jesus will take us to heaven. This is in distinction to Matthew 24:40-41 the place there are two men in a area and one is taken and the different left behind as well as two ladies grinding in a mill and one is taken whereas the different is left behind. Is that the rapture? No! Luke 17:37 tells us that those taken are taken in judgment. In Matthew 24 and Luke 17 it’s a blessing to be left behind for those taken are taken in judgment at the Nice Winepress and vultures will eat of their lifeless our bodies. These taken in the rapture are taken to be with Jesus Christ in heaven whereas those taken in Matthew 24:40-41 are taken in judgment. This exhibits that there isn’t any rapture in Matthew 24 or Luke 17 suggesting that scripture exhibits two events – the rapture and the Harvest of the Tares and Wheat.
EVIDENCE #40 – NO SIGNS PRECEDING RAPTURE
In Matthew 24 we see that there are signs previous the largest sign of all – THE SON OF MAN. Listed here are a few of the indicators which are offered in Matthew 24:
- Abomination of Desolation (verse 15)
- False Christs and False Prophets (verse 24)
- The solar shall be darkened (verse 29)
- The moon won’t give its mild (verse 29)
- The celebs will fall (verse 29)
These indicators precede the sign of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) showing in the sky. Once we flip to the rapture passage of 1 Thessalonians Four:16-17 we see no signs. There are not any indicators and marvels previous the rapture. We might anticipate to see signs in Matthew 24 for the Jews are a “sign” individuals (1 Corinthians 1:22). If you take a look at the rapture of Enoch in Genesis 5:24 we see that his rapture was sudden and sudden. He was there however then he wasn’t there. Likewise the rapture can be sudden and sudden IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE with no indicators previous it!
EVIDENCE #41 – UNLESS THOSE DAYS BE SHORTENED
Submit Tribs say that we’ll not know the day nor the hour for the days can be shortened. Matthew 24:22 says, “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.” Everyone knows that from the Abomination of Desolation to Jesus Christ descending from heaven on a white horse is 1,260 days. We all know this because these in Judea who are purported to flee to the mountains (Matthew 24:16) are protected for 1,260 days (Revelation 12:6) while the Antichrist has full energy for 42 months (Revelation 13:5), which is 1,260 days. Jesus has to return back in 1,260 days for what if he tarried in His coming for 30 days then those being nourished for 1,260 days will probably be hungry and starving for 30 more days and the Antichrist will probably be utterly weak for 30 days for the Antichrist’s authority is for 42 months. He has to return back in 1,260 days. Apart from Matthew 24:29 locations it IMMEDIATELY after the Tribulation ends.
Pre Tribs say that if the rapture is Submit Trib then believers will know the day and the hour for they will just rely 1,260 days from the Abomination of Desolation. Publish Tribs attempt to turn it around and say that the number of days might be shortened based mostly on Matthew 24:22. If the variety of days are shortened then they will’t know the actual day. This nevertheless is incorrect! Scripture means that the days themselves (the hours throughout the day) will probably be shortened. Amos 8:9 says, “‘It will come about in that day,’ declares the Lord God, ‘That I will make the sun go down at noon and make the earth dark in broad daylight.’” Revelation Eight:12 says, “The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.” We see in each these verses that there will probably be shorter days and shorter nights. There’ll still be 1,260 days however the hours shall be shorter. Believers will still be capable of know the day of Christ’s coming. Keep in mind NO ONE WILL KNOW THE DAY NOR THE HOUR. That is the rapture for scripture presents a recognized day (REVELATION) and the unknown day (RAPTURE).
EVIDENCE #42 – TWO DOORS
We see two doorways in Revelation. The first one is in Revelation 4:1, which says, “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven…” The second is in Revelation 19:11, which says, “And I saw heaven opened…” Both occasions we see heaven opening, one for John being caught up to heaven and the different for Jesus to descend from heaven on a white horse. This makes it all the extra proof that the rapture may be seen in Revelation Four:1, which might make the rapture before the Tribulation.
EVIDENCE #43 – THE KEY AND THE DOOR
Revelation 3:7-Eight converse of the key of David and an open door. It says, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied my name.’” This verse could be very vital in identifying where the rapture is in the e-book of Revelation. We’ve got a key of David and an open door. From these two verses we will assume that the key of David has one thing to do with the open door. Take a look at the similarities between the two:
The only one who can open and shut this door is Jesus Christ. We all know this because Jesus stated in Revelation Three:Eight, “I have put before you an open door…” In Revelation Three:7 we see that the one “who is holy, who is true” has the key of David, which is also Jesus Christ. Allow us to see what does this need to do with the rapture. Take a look at Revelation Three:10:
As a result of you might have stored the phrase of My perseverance, I additionally will maintain you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to return upon the entire world, to check those who dwell on the earth.
It is rather fascinating that Revelation 3:Eight complements Revelation 3:10. You’ll see it in this chart:
Each these verses are comparable in that if the recipient retains the phrase of Christ then they will be stored from the hour and have an open door. This builds a robust case for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture for the place is the next door in Revelation? Revelation Four:1 says, “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven…” Right here is another chart:
|Revelation Three:Eight||Revelation 4:1|
|An open door||A door standing open in heaven|
The hour of testing in Revelation Three:10 is the Tribulation interval and if Jesus stated that He’ll hold us from the hour if we do what – maintain the phrase of His perseverance. If we maintain Jesus’ phrase, then He will present us an open door. The open door is in Revelation 4:1. This can be a robust case for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture for there’s an open door (Revelation 4:1) before the Tribulation starts (Revelation 6). The subsequent open door is in Revelation 19:11 but that isn’t the similar open door as Revelation Three:Eight for we are stored from the hour of testing and Revelation 19:11 is at the finish of the Tribulation and there is no testing for the testing is over when Christ descends to the Mount of Olives whereas the bride the Church is already in heaven (Revelation 19:7). Revelation 3:7-Eight, 10 pinpoint the timing of the rapture and all of it factors to Revelation 4:1.
EVIDENCE #44 – OMISSION OF THE CHURCH
None of the Previous Testomony and New Testomony passages on the Tribulation point out the Church. By no means! Here is a chart displaying you these passages:
|The Previous Testament||The New Testament|
|Deuteronomy 4:29-30||Matthew 13:30|
|Jeremiah 30:Four-11||Matthew 13:39-42|
|Daniel Eight:24-27||Matthew 13:48-50|
|Daniel 12:1-2||Matthew 24:15-31|
|1 Thessalonians 1:9-10|
|1 Thessalonians 5:4-9|
|2 Thessalonians 2:1-11|
|Revelation 4 – 18|
These passages don’t mention the Church in the Tribulation. This omission is critical for the Tribulation is the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) which means for Israel. The Tribulation can also be for the Gentile Nations (Revelation Three:10 says that the hour of testing comes “upon the whole world.”). The Church isn’t mentioned at all. Why? Because the Church might be raptured earlier than the Tribulation.
EVIDENCE #45 – DOUBLE REFERENCE IN MATTHEW 24
The Bible is abound with double references. Matthew 24 is not any exception. Matthew 24:37 says, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.” You’ll be able to see here that Jesus uses the illustration of Noah with a view to make a comparison to the occasions in the Finish Occasions. Let us take a look at the story of Noah in Genesis 6:1 – 7:24. Matthew 24 points to two courses of individuals – Noah and the flood victims. Genesis 7:4 tells us that Noah knew the day of which the flood was coming but provides no indication that the flood victims knew the day. Matthew 24:38 says that the flood victims have been caught unexpectedly as a result of they have been “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark.” Lets do a chart for clarification:
In what class does the disciples go in? Are they flood victims or they like Noah? Jesus is hesitant in putting the disciples in the category of Noah. Matthew 24:42 says, “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” They will’t be Noah for he knew the day but they will’t be flood victims for they’re unbelievers. The disciples are like Noah as a result of they’re protected however they don’t know the day. But Jesus seems to match the disciples with the flood victims for they don’t know the day and they are going to be stunned. How can this be if the flood victims are unbelievers? This will solely be reconciled if the disciples type a 3rd category. Again lets do a chart for clarification:
You’ll be able to see that the disciples have similarities and dissimilarities with Noah and the flood victims. These dissimilarities causes the disciples to type a 3rd category, Church Saints raptured earlier than the Tribulation. We see the way it all matches into place.
Jesus provides us a second illustration. Matthew 24:43-44 says:
However make sure of this, that if the head of the house had recognized at what time of the night time the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be damaged into. Because of this you additionally have to be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not assume He’ll.
Jesus exhibits us that the head of the house would have recognized the thief was coming if solely he watched. Here we’ve two categories again:
|Head of the House #1||is aware of not and watches not|
|Head of the House #2||knows and watches|
Jesus only mentions one head of the house who doesn’t watch however Jesus also pointed out that if solely he watched and recognized then the home would not have been broken into. So we’ve two heads of the house. The primary head of the home represents the flood victims for they don’t watch they usually don’t know the day. The second head of the house represents Noah for he watches and he does in reality know the day. The place do the disciples fit in?
|Head of the Home #1||is aware of not||watches not||Unbelievers|
|Head of the Home #2||knows||watches||Tribulation Saints|
|Disciples||is aware of not||watches||Church Saints|
The illustration of the head of the house matches exactly the similar method as the first illustration of Noah. The disciples don’t seem to slot in either class of the flood victims or Noah despite some similarities. The differences between the disciples and the other two teams are very vital. The disciples do not know the day identical to the first head of the home but the disciples watch. The disciples watch identical to the second head of the home but doesn’t know the day. These similarities and dissimilarities causes the disciples to type a 3rd class.
Jesus additionally uses a 3rd illustration. Matthew 25:1-13 provides us the Parable of the Virgins. There are once once more two classes – the sensible virgins and the silly virgins. These virgins attend the wedding ceremony and go out to satisfy the bridegroom. There have been five sensible virgins and five foolish virgins:
|Clever Virgins||ready||attend wedding ceremony|
|Silly Virgins||not prepared||miss wedding ceremony|
|Disciples||ready||bride at wedding ceremony|
The disciples can’t be the foolish virgins for they’re unbelievers. The disciples can’t be the sensible virgins for they attend the wedding ceremony. The disciples type a third category – the Church, which is the bride of Christ.
We see that these three illustrations by Jesus exhibits us three categories and the disciples type the third, i.e. the Church that’s raptured before the Tribulation. In case you are still unsure then learn those three illustrations and draw out similarities and dissimilarities between the two groups and the disciples. You will notice that the disciples type a third category.
Now that I’ve laid earlier than you fifteen more proofs of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, I will now go into the two further rapture theories that weren’t coated in the first article – Partial and Pre Wrath.
PARTIAL RAPTURE THEORY
Partial Rapture contends that only these trustworthy in the Church might be raptured earlier than the Tribulation. The believers that aren’t raptured will go through all or a part of the Tribulation with a view to be purged. As some believers are prepared there shall be a collection of raptures. Some of the scriptures that partial rapture proponents use are Luke 21:36, 1 Corinthians 9:27, Philippians Three:10-11, Hebrews 9:28, and 1 John 2:28. Lets take a look at these verses:
- Luke 21:36 appears to suggest that only the worthy will escape the Tribulation, people who have power
- 1 Corinthians 9:27 exhibits us that Paul frequently disciplined and enslaved his body so that he won’t be disqualified (from the resurrection)
- Philippians 3:10-11 exhibits us that Paul hoped that he shall be in the resurrection of the lifeless by being trustworthy and conformed to Christ
- Hebrews 9:28 implies that Christ will only appear to those that look for him
- 1 John 2:28 states that some will probably be ashamed at His coming
These are some of the common verses that partial rapture proponents use and we might be concentrating on these five but I’ll supply you with a chart on the other verses they use:
The primary drawback of the partial rapture is that the rapture is predicated on good works. Gerald B. Stanton in his guide Stored from the Hour says that it “is a co-mingling of legalism with grace.” We must be reminded that Ephesians 2:Eight-9 tells us that salvation is through faith by the grace of God and not of ourselves or our good works. The rapture is a privilege but it’s also the grace of God to take His beloved Church out of this world before the “hour of testing” (Revelation Three:10). It isn’t something acquired by good works. If the rapture is predicated on religious readiness then my query is how ready should an individual be? If even Paul was uncertain in Philippians Three:11 of achieving the resurrection of the lifeless then who then will probably be prepared? Paul was in all probability more ready than quite a lot of Christians at this time. If he was uncertain then certainly we now have to be uncertain of ourselves. The whole concept is mistaken. The rapture is by the grace of God. Take a look at the context of Philippians 3:11 and 1 Corinthians 9:27. Partial Rapture proponents say that even Paul wasn’t positive as his proper to a place in the rapture. Gerald B. Stanton says:
Paul had been reviewing his past life as Saul, the enemy of the early church and persecutor of Jesus Christ. Now he states his highest religious aspirations as the servant of Christ, but in words which mirror true humility in the mild of his former unworthiness, and in addition the urgent want of self-watchfulness lest he stumble and be disapproved.
The scriptures point out that each one Christians shall be raptured. Paul in 1 Corinthians was chatting with a carnal church in Corinth however nevertheless regardless of that they have been nonetheless part of the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). He additionally stated in 1 Corinthians 15:51 of the rapture, “Behold, I tell you a mystery; WE WILL NOT ALL SLEEP, but WE WILL ALL BE CHANGED” (My emphasis). All Christians will partake of the rapture even those in the church of Corinth. All means all not partial nor some however ALL! 1 Thessalonians 4:16 tells us that those who are raised need to be “in Christ.” It might appear unlikely that only some of the Christians who’re already in their graves can be raised while the others would not. If some individuals are raptured while others are left to be purged in the Tribulation then what happens to the lifeless in Christ who will not be raised. If these believers who aren’t watchful are left in the Tribulation then what happens to the lifeless in Christ? Do the lifeless need to go through Purgatory with a view to be purged? That is unscriptural! ALL the lifeless in Christ might be raised and ALL the dwelling in Christ shall be caught up after and be with the Lord ceaselessly. ALL means ALL! 1 Thessalonians Four:13-18 doesn’t say that those who are watchful or those who are overcomers might be caught up however these of “which are alive and remain” which embrace the entire physique of believers. Likewise it isn’t the lifeless in Christ who watched or overcomed that have been raised however the complete physique of the “dead in Christ.”
The Partial Rapture additionally confuses the doctrine of rewards. They view the rapture as an reward for these which might be worthy of them and isn’t a gift of affection and beauty. While it is true that the Christian who runs and completes the race (1 Corinthians 9:24-25) will receive rewards. The Bible is obvious that Christians don’t get rewarded at the rapture but at an occasion referred to as the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). You possibly can see that Christians get their reward at the Bema Seat of Christ and not at the rapture. There are 5 crowns that can be rewarded:
Proponents of a partial rapture are right about rewards but are flawed in putting it at the rapture. The rapture is just not a reward for the reward is at the Bema Seat. 1 Corinthians 3:15 suggests that even some Christians won’t receive a reward but will nonetheless be saved even via the hearth. This may be inconceivable if the solely the believers that watch are raptured before the Tribulation whereas the other believers are left behind. Yes 1 John 2:28 says that many might be ashamed at His coming however it doesn’t imply that they will be left behind. They gained’t obtain a crown but they’ll nonetheless have salvation. Another drawback with the partial rapture is that it denies the entire of the physique of Christ. Scripture (Ephesians 2:14 – Three:6; Four:1-6, 12-16; Colossians Three:11,15) affirms that Jesus Christ is the head and the Church is the physique. There’ll solely be one rapture. In any other case a partial rapture will depart Christ with a dismembered body. Those verses mentioned earlier show the unity of the body of Christ. Partial Rapture proponents should admit otherwise that the body of Christ was not the entire Church however people who watched and have been trustworthy who surrender to God. That is unscriptural. The WHOLE Church of Christ will participate not an element or some however the WHOLE! Ephesians 5:25-27 exhibits us (as I mentioned earlier in Proof #31) that the Church or even part of it doesn’t must be purged for it’s by the blood of Christ that the Church is without blemish. The Church is sanctified and cleansed by Christ by means of the washing of the water of the word not by Tribulation.
The Partial Rapture is unfounded for they accommodate scriptures to go well with the partial rapture concept and there entire view of the rapture operates beneath a works system. They neglect to see that each one Christians can be raptured and will obtain their reward at the Bema Seat of Christ and that their concept leaves Christ with a dismembered physique. Finally I didn’t point this out but haven’t any distinction of the Church and Israel and fail to spot that the Tribulation is for the purging of Israel and the Gentile Nations. It’s also a time of judgment and the Church, which is without blemish need not enter that terrible seven yr interval often known as the Tribulation.
PRE WRATH RAPTURE THEORY
The Pre Wrath Rapture concept is a really current concept espoused by Robert Van Kampen (The Signal) and Marvin J. Rosenthal (The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church). Principally the Pre Wrath view divides the seventieth week in Daniel into three elements. Here is a chart displaying the divisions:
They put the rapture of the Church at the Day of Lord after the Antichrist is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3) or twenty-one months into the second half in the Tribulation. The Tribulation is minimize brief by the Day of the Lord return of Christ (Matthew 24:29). We will see that this view has the Church for three-quarters into the Tribulation. You possibly can see that this view is a deviation of the Mid Tribulation and Publish Tribulation rapture views. Listed here are some arguments that Pre Wrath proponents use to help their principle:
- Zephaniah 1:14-18 exhibits that the wrath of God isn’t the complete Tribulation
- Revelation 6:1-17 exhibits that the first 5 seals are the wrath of men and Satan not God
- Matthew 24:9-29 exhibits us that Jesus defines the Tribulation as being in the middle of the 70th week
- Revelation 6:Three-4 begins in the middle of the 70th week
- Revelation 6:5-11 exhibits that the third, fourth, and fifth seal are concurrent
- Revelation 6:12-17 is the return of Jesus at the Day of Lord (parallels Matthew 24:29-31; Joel 2:30-31)
- Revelation 6:1-17; Eight:1-16:21 exhibits that the wrath of God begins at the seventh seal
- Revelation 7:9-17 and Matthew 24:22, 29-31 exhibits that the raptured church is seen in heaven having been taken out of the nice tribulation
- 2 Thessalonians 2:1-Four exhibits that the Day of the Lord won’t occur until the apostasy takes place
These are the arguments that proponents of the Pre Wrath rapture use. Many of these arguments are unfounded with too many unwarranted assumptions and twisting of scripture. Some arguments raised by Pre Wrath proponents appears to be better arguments for the Mid Tribulational and Pre Tribulational rapture views. One other drawback with the Pre Wrath view is that it’s a deviant from the Mid Tribulation and Publish Tribulation rapture views. Lets now look at the arguments that Pre Wrath proponents use.
- They say that the ultimate period is the Day of the Lord and the other two usually are not the wrath however the wrath of Satan and man. In order that they consider that the wrath of God shouldn’t be the complete Tribulation. A better look Zephaniah 1:14-18 exhibits us in any other case. It exhibits us that the Day of the Lord is a time of each tribulation and God’s wrath. There are various descriptions in that scripture they usually all apply to the whole Tribulation.
- They hold to the perception that the first five seals are the wrath of Devil and man and it isn’t God’s Wrath. But again that is flawed. Jesus Christ who’s the Lamb of God breaks all of the seals, which clearly tells us that God is the source for these judgments. In Revelation 6:17 it tells us that the nice day of their wrath “has come.” HAS COME is referring to a previous arrival of the wrath so the first 5 seals might be counted as the Wrath of God. They’re clearly flawed on this level.
- Pre Wrath rapturists hold to the belief that Jesus tells us that the Tribulation begins in the middle of the seventieth week in response to Matthew 24:9-29). Nevertheless Jesus provides us no such indication that the Tribulation occurs at the midpoint of the seventieth week. All he provides us is signs of His coming and that’s all. The only thing Christ tells us about the center of the seventieth week is the Abomination of Desolation (Matthew 24:15). There isn’t a biblical help for that place.
- In line with the middle of the seventieth week, they consider that the second seal begins in the middle of the seventieth week. Nevertheless that is an assumption without biblical help for the Bible doesn’t inform us how lengthy the first seal will begin (it’s period).
- Pre Wrath rapturists train that each one the seals are chronological besides the third, fourth, and fifth seal. Nevertheless you will notice that Jesus broke all the seals one by one not simultaneously so this is another assumption without benefit or biblical help.
- They train that the sixth seal (Revelation 6:12-17) is the return of Jesus at the Day of the Lord and parallels other Day of the Lord passages (Matthew 24:29-31 & Joel 2:30-31). Nevertheless this is without benefit for we see no such indication that Christ returns at the sixth seal. He doesn’t return in Revelation 6:12-17 however in Revelation 19:11-16. The Day of the Lord begins with a time of peace and safety (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3), which may only happen in the starting of the Tribulation not in the direction of the finish with the judgments intensifying.
- Pre Wrath rapturists train that the wrath of God begins at the seventh seal. This is fallacious for I already stated that Revelation 6:17 says that the wrath HAS COME indicating that there was a earlier arrival of the wrath, i.e. the first 5 seals. Apart from the early seals are indicative of God’s Wrath. Just take a look at the fourth seal. One-fourth of the world’s inhabitants die. Take a look at the sixth seal. Earthquakes, Sun turning into black, moon turning into like blood, stars falling to the earth, and each mountain and island shifting from its place. That’s God Wrath! And it doesn’t begin at the seventh seal.
- Additionally they train that the raptured church is seen in heaven having been taken out of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:9-17; Matthew 24:22, 29-31). But this argument is clearly fallacious for John doesn’t point out them as the Church in Revelation 7:9-17. If they have been the Church he would’ve identified them as such. Matthew 24:29-31 offers with the return of Christ, which occurs in Revelation 19:11-16. The elect in Matthew 24:22, 31 is Israel (Isaiah 11:12 & Isaiah 27:12-13) and not the Church. One in every of the 24 elders recognized them as coming out of the Nice Tribulation, identifying them as Tribulation Saints, not the raptured Church.
- Finally the Pre Wrath rapturists train that the Day of the Lord won’t occur till the apostasy in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 takes place. This is clearly improper. Paul was educating to the church in Thessalonia that the Day of the Lord had not occurred yet (2 Thessalonians 2:2) because they have been taught wrongly that it did in order that they have been frightened. But Paul reassured them that the Day of the Lord wouldn’t happen until the rapture had first taken place. With a view to prove this, he needed to set up that the Day of the Lord didn’t occur yet. This might favor the Pre Tribulation view.
You possibly can see from these refutations that the Pre Wrath rapture isn’t viable. Lastly the Pre Wrath affirms the following:
- The denial of the imminent return of Christ
- The respective packages for Israel and the Church overlap
- The identification of the elect in Matthew 24 is the Church
- A distinction between Tribulation and wrath
- The Church is promised Tribulation
The Pre Wrath rapture is unfounded as a result of it assumes that the seventieth week is divided into three elements when in actuality it is just divided into two elements – the first half and the second half of the Tribulation. The Pre Wrath view copies from the Mid and Submit Tribulation rapture views and shares their weaknesses. A few of their arguments they increase appears to be a better one for the Pre Tribulation view. They make assumptions out of scripture and their eschatological system is poor and unscriptural.
This article sought to offer extra proofs of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view and to broaden on two more rapture views – Partial and Pre Wrath. I need to show you that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is the most rational and scriptural eschatological system. Pre-Trib sees a distinction between Israel and the Church. The Pre-Trib view guarantees the imminent return of Christ. The Pre-Trib makes the Tribulation a time of Jacob’s Hassle (Jeremiah 30:7) not the Church. The seventieth week is for Israel (Daniel 9:24). In the end Pre-Trib stands robust in the midst of all the other rapture theories.