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Reason for Pre-Trib Rapture

After a search of the Old Testament or the New Testament there is no passage that says the Church will go through the Tribulation Period.

The Tribulation Period is called the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” [The time of unbelieving Israel’s Trouble], but it is never called the time of the Church’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). The Seventy weeks are entirely about Israel. Gabriel told Daniel, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people [the Jews] and upon thy holy city” [Jerusalem] (Daniel 9:24). There is no mention of the Church.

The Church has no part in the first sixty-nine weeks and will have no part in the seventieth week [the Tribulation Period] These seventy weeks are all about Israel. (Daniel 9:24).

John role models the Church in the Book of Revelation when he is caught up in through the door into heaven, in the Spirit. This shift from earth into heaven is a picture of the Rapture in Rev. 4:1 which is before the Tribulation Period described in Rev. 6:1-19:21 begins. The Rapture is before the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments.

The Church is mentioned 19 times in the first three chapters of Revelation, 5 times as the 7 Golden Candles sticks (19 + 5 = 24), but the Church is never mentioned in the description of the Tribulation Period between Rev. 4:1 and Rev. 19:1.

The Tribulation Period is called a Day of Wrath in the Bible (Zephaniah 1:15), but the Bible says, “God hath not appointed us [the Church] to Wrath” (I Thessalonians 5:9).

The Tribulation Period is called a Day of Wrath in the Bible (Zephaniah 1:15), but the Bible says, Jesus has “delivered us from the Wrath to come” [delivered the Church from the Tribulation Period] (I Thessalonians 1:10).

The Tribulation Period is called the Day of the Lord in the Bible (Zephaniah 1:14). The Bible says, “the day of the Lord [the Tribulation Period] so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they [the unbelievers] shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them [upon the unbelievers], as travail upon a woman with child; and they [the unbelievers] shall not escape” (I Thessalonians 5:2-3). It clearly teaches that the Tribulation Period will come upon unbelievers, but it does not include believers.

The Bible says the following about t he rapture, “Comfort one another with these words” (I Thessalonians 4:18). There’s no comfort in the teaching that the Church will go through part or all of the Tribulation Period. This not to be confused Christian persecution which always occurs before or after the Rapture.

Jesus told the Church at Philadelphia, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation [the Tribulation Period], which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev. 3:10). God promised to keep the obedient Church members saved by grace out of the Tribulation Period which is a time of Wrath...

The Bible tells us the marriage of the Lamb will take place in heaven before Jesus comes back to fight the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation Period (Rev. 19:7-21). This means the Church will go to heaven [be Raptured] for the marriage of the Lamb before the Second Coming.

The end of the age will be like the days of Noah (Matt. 24:37). Noah and his family were safely carried through Tribulation [got on the ark] before the flood. But interestingly, Enoch was signlessly caught up pre-Tribulationally, completely out of the World ["Raptured" before the Tribulation flood Period began] (Gen. 7:23).

The end of the age will be like the days of Lot (Luke 17:28). Lot and his family were removed from Sodom before the judgment of God [before the fire and brimstone fell] (Gen. 19:16). Some believe this means that the Church will be removed from the earth before the judgment of God [Raptured before the Tribulation Period]. The righteous did not perish with the wicked.

Jesus was talking about the Tribulation Period when He said, “Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass” (Luke 21:36). It is unreasonable to believe Jesus would tell the Church to pray for something He is unwilling to grant.

The Bible says, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8). The most common interpretation of this is that the Antichrist can’t be revealed until the Restrainer [who most commentators say is both the Holy Spirit removing the Church] like Abraham's servant brought Rebekah to Isaac. If the Restrainer is the bride, this means the Church will be removed before the Antichrist is revealed [that’s the Pre-Trib. Rapture]. But suppose the Restrainer is the Holy Spirit only so that the Holy Spirit is removed without the Church, this means believers will cease to be indwelt with the Holy Spirit. It also means the Church will be left behind to go through the worst time the earth has ever seen [the Tribulation Period] without the help of the Holy Spirit. This would contradict the teaching of Jesus when He said, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (John 14:16). And “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5).

Jesus was talking about the Tribulation Period when He said, “Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass” (Luke 21:36). It is unreasonable to believe Jesus would tell the Church to pray for something He is unwilling to grant.

Isaiah wrote that God said, “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain” (Isaiah 26:19-21). Notice, that the dead rise first [that’s the Rapture], next God’s people are summoned to enter into His chambers

Malachi wrote that God said, “They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not” (Malachi 3:17-18). Pre-Tribulation teachers believe God is saying He will come for His Church [the Rapture] and then He will return with His Church [the Second Coming] to judge between the righteous and wicked.

In the Rapture, Jesus comes for His Church (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; John 14:3). When He comes at the end of the Tribulation Period, He will come with His Church (I Thessalonians 3:13; Revelation 19:14)

Concerning the Second Coming, Jesus said, “But of the day and the hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). But if the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, some will know the day because it will be seven years from the signing of the seven-year covenant. Some will know the day because it will be 1260 days from the day the Antichrist defiles the Temple (Rev. 12:6).

Many scholars believe the Bible teaches he Antichrist won’t be revealed until after the Church is gone (II Thessalonians 2:6-8), but if the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, some will know who he is because he will sign the seven-year covenant (Daniel 9:24-27), he will head up the world government (Revelation 13:1-10), he will try to force multitudes to worship him, and to receive his mark, receive his name or his number (Revelation 13:15-17). Many of those who are here and being forced to worship him and take his name or die will know who he is.

The Antichrist is not supposed to be revealed until after the Church is gone (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8), but if the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, the Church will know who the Antichrist is because he will put an idol of himself in the rebuilt Temple (Ezekiel 8, Daniel 11:31; Daniel 12:11; Matthew 24:15).

If the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, the Church will know who the Antichrist is because he will head up the world government and receive a deadly wound to his head that will be healed (Revelation 13:3). Some think he will be raised from the dead or at least fake the resurrection. If the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, the Church will know who the Antichrist is because he will head up the world government and be supported by the head of the world's religion called the False Prophet (Rev. 13:11-18). If the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, the Church will know who the Antichrist is because he’s the one that will kill the Two Witnesses (Rev. 11:7).

Many people don’t think the Church will go through the Tribulation Period because of verses of Scripture that say things like, “The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked he will destroy” (Psalms 145:18-20).

Many believe God will preserve the Church from the Tribulation Period or keep the Church out of the Tribulation Period does not destroy the Church in the Tribulation Period. There are verses of Scripture that say things like, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it” (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19).

Some believe people must throw away verses of Scripture to believe the Church will go through the Tribulation Period. In the seven letters to the seven churches, Jesus said, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” seven times (Revelation 2:7,11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). When we get to the Tribulation Period, Jesus said, “If any man have an ear, let him hear” (Revelation 13:9). He left out, “what the Spirit saith unto the churches” because there are no churches on earth to go through the Tribulation Period. The Church will be in heaven. When the Rapture happens the Church goes up to meet Jesus in the air (I Thessalonians 4:13-18), but at the end of the Tribulation Period the Church will come down to the earth with Jesus to witness what He does at the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:14-21).

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is more consistent with God’s grace, love, mercy, compassion, etc. The Mid and Post-Tribulation Rapture is more consistent with God’s wrath. If the Rapture takes place at the end of the Tribulation Period, and all the wicked are removed from the earth at that time (Matthew 13:24-30, 47-50; 25:41), no one will be left to re-populate the earth during the Millennium. If all of the saved are Raptured and all the lost are removed from the earth at the end of the Tribulation Period, no one will be left to re-populate the earth. The Antichrist will prevail against the saints during the Tribulation Period, but the gates of hell won’t prevail against the Church (Revelation 13:7; Matthew 16:18). Therefore, the Church won’t go through the Tribulation Period. The twenty-four elders [representatives of the Church] will be in heaven before the seven-sealed scroll is broken (Revelation 4:4; 6:1-17). Jesus was talking about the Tribulation Period when He said, “Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass” (Luke 21:36). He didn’t say, “Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to endure some or all of these things that shall come to pass.”

Jesus said, “When these things [the signs] begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28). He didn’t say, “After all these things have happened your redemption draweth nigh.” He said, “When these things begin to come to pass it’s close.”

In the Old Testament, there were two different pictures painted of the Messiah—one suffering (Isaiah 53:2-10, Psalms 22:6-8, 11-18) and one reigning as King (Psalms 2:6-12; Zechariah 14:9,16). As we look back on these scriptures, we see they predicted two separate comings of the Messiah—the 1st coming as a suffering Messiah and the 2nd Coming (still future) as a Reigning King. In the New Testament we have two pictures painted. These two different descriptions of Jesus’ Coming point to two separate events we call "The Rapture” (Caught Up) and "the Second coming. Zechariah 14:1-15 doesn't mention a resurrection. This is an Old Testament picture of Jesus returning to earth at the Second Coming. Again, there is no mention of a resurrection.

Concerning the return of Jesus, the Bible presents a day we can't know and a day we can know. Matthew 25:13 says Jesus will return at an unknown time, while Revelation 12:6 says the Jews will have to wait 1,260 days for the Lord to return. The 1,260 days begins when the Antichrist stands in the Temple and declares himself to be God (Matthew 24:15-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:4) this event will take place at the mid-point of the seven-year Tribulation (Daniel 9:27). The Antichrist has authority to rule for 42 months, which is 1,260 days (Revelation 13:4) and will be destroyed by Jesus at His Second Coming (Revelation 19:20, 2 Thessalonians 2:8). The known and unknown days must happen at different times, meaning they are two separate events.

The door in heaven is opened to let John into heaven.  John's call into heaven is prophetic of the Church being caught up at the rapture. In Revelation 19:11, heaven is opened again, this time to let the armies which are already in heaven out. This is the Church, which has been Ruptured-Caught-Up at a previous time, following Jesus out of heaven at the Second Coming.

 "Come up here." (Revelation 4:1). A voice called for the Apostle John to "Come up here," and immediately he was in heaven. This could be a prophetic reference to the Rapture of the Church. The words "Come up here" are spoken to the two witnesses who are killed in the middle of the Tribulation, who are Resurrected and ascend into heaven (Revelation 11:12). Therefore, the phrase "Come up here" could mean the Church is Raptured in Revelation 4:1. The word "Church" is mentioned 22 times in Revelation 1-3 but is not mentioned again until Revelation 22:17.

After John is called up into heaven, he sees the 24 elders with their crowns (Rev. 4:4-10). We know that Christians will receive their rewards (crowns) at the Rapture the Bema Seat of Christ (2 Timothy 4:8, 1 Peter 5:4). We will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous (Luke 14:14). The elders couldn't receive their crowns unless the resurrection (Rapture) has taken place.

Holy ones are already with Jesus in heaven (Zechariah 14:5; Revelation 19:14).  The armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, follow Jesus out of heaven on White Horses at His Second Coming (Revelation 19:14; Zechariah 14:5, Col. 3:4). These are not angels because Revelation 19:8 tells us the fine linen is the righteousness of the Saints. In order to come out of heaven we first have to go in, indicating a previous Rapture.

The hour of testing which will cRevelation 3:10 says we will be kept out of thome upon the whole earth (The Tribulation). Some have wrongly believed "keep" means to keep through or protect through the Tribulation. Suppose you approach a high voltage area with a sign that says, "Keep Out." Does that mean you can enter and be protected? No, it means you are forbidden from entering the area. But this verse also says He will keep us from the hour of testing. It is not just the testing, but the time period. If a student is excused from a test, he still may have to sit in the class while others take the test. But if he is excused from the hour of testing, he can go home. The Church will be called home before the hour of testing.

Jesus said He would prepare a place for the Church in heaven, and then He would come again to receive us to Himself. Why would Jesus prepare a place for us in heaven and then not take us there? At the rapture, He will come to receive us to Himself, "that is where I am (heaven), there you may be also." If the Rapture occurred at the same time as the Second Coming as some Folks think, we would go up into the clouds and then immediately come back to earth. That would contradict John 14:2-3.

When Jesus returns to earth at the Second Coming, He will return from a wedding (Luke 12:36). At the Rapture, Jesus is married to His bride, the Church. After the wedding, He will return to earth.

When the angels are sent forth to gather the elect at the Second Coming (Matthew 24:29-31), some have wrongly interpreted this as the Rapture. There is a big problem with this interpretation. If we are resurrected at this time, why would we need angels to gather us? In the resurrection, we will be like the angels (Matthew 22:30), able to travel in the air at will. Obviously, these people who are gathered are not resurrected; therefore it can't be the Rapture. No one would claim the wicked are raptured at this time, yet Matthew 13:39-41, 49 says the angels will not only gather the elect, but also the wicked. This gathering is not a Resurrection.

Jesus said He would prepare a place for the Church in heaven, and then He would come again to receive us to Himself. Why would Jesus prepare a place for us in heaven and then not take us there? At the rapture, He will come to receive us to Himself, "that is where I am (heaven), there you may be also." If the Rapture occurred at the same time as the Second Coming as some Folks think, we would go up into the clouds and then immediately come back to earth. That would contradict John 14:2-3.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7, Paul says "The One Who Restrains will be taken out of the Way" before the Antichrist can be revealed. This refers to the Rapture because the Church is clearly the biggest obstacle to the Antichrist becoming a world ruler.

If the rapture occurred at the Second Coming as some believe, why would the sheep and the goats need to be separated immediately after the Second Coming? The Rapture at the Second Coming would have already separated the sheep and the goats. With a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the people saved after the Rapture will need to be separated after the Second Coming.

If the Rapture occurs at the Second Coming and the wicked are cast into hell at that time, who will be left to populate the millennium? Only people in their natural (non-resurrected) bodies will be able to have children (Matthew22:30). With a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, the people saved after the Rapture who are alive at the Second Coming will populate the earth during the Millennial Reign.

The rapture is a resurrection of those "in Christ" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Isn't it a little bit odd that in Revelation 19:11-21, which is the clearest picture of the Second Coming of Christ, and there is no mention of a Resurrection. The rapture will be the biggest event since the resurrection of Jesus where hundreds of millions of Christians will be resurrected and translated, yet there isn't any mention here. Don't you think it deserves at least one verse? The rapture isn't mentioned because it doesn't happen at the second coming.

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