I rarely talk scripture with people online anymore. The reason why is because people talk simply to argue, and they argue simply to prove their own ideas right – and they persist even if they’re dead wrong. And by “dead wrong,” I mean just that. People are out there trying to push their version of scripture and they treat it like a game, slam-dunking their point like, “Bam! I showed you!” I’m not trying to market the idea of a Rapture. I’m trying to inform you. That’s all. If you understand the purpose of it, is literally the difference between believing in and not believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible states that if you don’t believe, you’re essentially dead. As in Walking Dead.
People need to check their motivation, see where it’s coming from. In a lot of cases, where it’s coming from is not of love, nor of the Lord.
The Apostle Paul told everyone point blank that if any one preaches any gospel other than the one put forth by Jesus Christ and His Apostles, they are cursed. This means that when you start spreading your ideas about Rapture or anything else in the Bible, you had better be prepared to back it up. Your soul – as well as anyone else’s who has heard your opinion and agreed with it – are literally on the line.
Galatians 1:8 8“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!”
In my wanderings on the internet and in social media, I’ve noticed several trends when it comes to how people see the Rapture. Just about every self-styled “Watchman” out there on YouTube and elsewhere preaches Pre-Wrath Rapture doctrine or no rapture at all. Pre-Wrath Rapture is pointless. It is often called the “Yo-yo Theory” by many eschatologists, which basically asks the question: Why be taken up right before the Wrath, only to be brought right back down to earth to fight alongside Jesus when He returns to destroy the Anti-Christ? God originated all logic, so you have to use it when looking at scripture.
When Paul described that in the days before Jesus came to call us up to meet Him in the air, we would not sleep but instead be “changed” in the “twinkling of an eye.” He also added that this wouldn’t happen until the dead in Christ rise first. If we’re supposed to go through the Great Tribulation, why even mention this at all? If we’re all going to be martyred, appointed to suffer in interment camps and the rest of the long list of horrible things that will happen, why tell us what will happen before being taken up? Why does Jesus and several others in the New Testament command us to always “watch for the sign in the heavens,” “Look up for your redemption is nigh,” and so on? We are to warn people when we see these things begin to happen, lest their blood be on our heads. Bear in mind, the AC doesn’t even show up until Revelation Chapter 13, long after the body of Christ is taken from the earth.
The number of people – true believers – taken in the Rapture will be a small minority of the entire church body. Rapture is the “good news,” the “reward” that we as believers get for obeying God, obeying Jesus and repent, thereby overcoming the flesh and the world. (Israel is separate, and will be protected for the most part during the length of the Tribulation). The group referred to as Tribulation Saints do not truly believe nor trust completely in Jesus before they see the Rapture happen. Once the Rapture happens, they will instantly know where they veered off the path. Yet, God, in His infinite grace, has given them one more chance at salvation – 7 more years before Jesus returns with tens of thousands of His saints. The Tribulation Saints are the saints whom the AC “overcomes” during the 7 years.
John 20:29 29“Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Note: I already outlined and went into detail on this in my post, “The Seven Churches and the Sea of Glass.”
Rather than rehash all the points proving the Pre-Trib Rapture again, I’d like to examine why people are so quick to deny it’s even possible, or that it will occur. The reasons they usually cite for denying the Pre-Trib Rapture are these:
1. They believe Christians must be further “purified by fire” – even though Jesus’s work on the Cross was the final sacrifice that washed away all of our sin, thereby giving us a chance to repent and believe in Him because He overcame the World, Pre-Wrathers still believe more has to be done by the believer. A common saying is that “Jesus never said we wouldn’t suffer, and if it’s okay for the Lord to suffer, why are we so vain to think we would be exempt from it, too?”
For whatever reason, Pre-Wrathers believe that their blood is required as a sacrifice as well, and they quote Jesus in Matthew 24 as He described all the things the Apostles (and other Christians of the day and over the ages since) would go through as they spread the Word and the New Covenant. Yes, Christians have suffered over the ages – sometimes horribly and continue to be tormented to this day. Just look at the Christians in Syria and Egypt, as an example. But we’re supposed to tell them that oops, the suffering isn’t over, you’re still going to have to go through even more during the Trib before Jesus will return? They’re already suffering – they have kept Jesus’s commandments. They have been steadfast. They are Smyrna.
The very idea that Jesus’s shed blood for our sins and offer of salvation simply isn’t good enough for Pre-Wrathers and that their blood is required as well during the Great Tribulation is NOT faith in Jesus and the Lord God. This line of thinking turns the great work of Jesus Christ into an asterisk. Nothing more is required of us than to truly believe in Jesus. If you truly believe in Jesus, repentance and overcoming naturally follow as you grow in faith.
2. Many Pre-Wrathers insist that it “isn’t fair” that some Christians are persecuted and others aren’t, and they believe that all must suffer in order to be equal in the eyes of God. This goes back to the caution in Proverbs 3:5 for us to not lean on our own understanding. Our concept of “fairness” is a lot different than how God sees it. “Fairness” is an argument often used by Socialists when they place their own judgment on those Christians who are more financially well-off than others. It’s the old Liberation Theology idea of the “oppressor gets their comeuppance” mind-set, and this is not scriptural.
If one does as God commands, sometimes they are blessed. Sometimes others are not, even if they do everything the Lord commands. Only the Lord, in dealing with that particular individual, knows why some are more blessed than others. We can’t know God’s reasons because His thoughts are higher than ours. So, in the eyes of some Pre-Wrathers, the Great Tribulation is somehow seen as God “leveling the playing field” for all Christians. This is simply not true. Anyone who believes this has totally ignored the entire Book of Job as well as many of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Parable of the Talents, anyone? Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard?
3. “If we don’t warn them about the Tribulation, they will suffer because they’re not prepared properly.” Wait a minute. the Tribulation is all about suffering, isn’t it? Don’t they claim they have to suffer for Christ? By believing in Jesus Christ and reading the Word (as well as understanding it), you are preparing for any kind of tribulation by wearing the full Armor of God.
The bottom line: You can’t sell doomsday books and Prepper supplies to people who believe in the Pre-Trib Rapture. Why? Because everyone who has actually read Revelations with comprehension knows that there is NO way you’re going to “prep” for the Tribulation.
Anything you store in your home or stow away for future use WILL be taken from you. If you’re a prepper, they (the proverbial “they”) already know who you are and where you stowed your supplies. Not to mention, your neighbors and online friends also saw it too. Preppers like to brag about what they’re stocking up on. trust me, when the SHTF comes, everyone will know you’re stocked. They will come for it and you won’t be able to stop them. If you bug out, you won’t do it for long. You’ll get sick due to disease, exposure to the elements and hard living. Americans – even the tough ones – are too used to easy living.
Matthew 16:25 25 “For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it. “
When I read this verse, it occurs to me that those who hoard MRE’s and other supplies and ammo are trying to save their life. When the real Trib comes, though, there will be no place to run, no sheltering in place. Nowhere to hide. You will either fully rely on the Lord God, or you will perish. That’s it.
4. They don’t understand the meaning of the word “fear,” as used in the Bible. God the Father is the creator of all things and can destroy you by saying one word. Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith in the Father. Satan is the author of confusion. Fear in the Machiavellian sense is what Pre-Wrathers think this means. In other words, they think you have to somehow be “purified” by literal fear.
Pre-Wrath doctrine is designed to keep people in a state of fear. Pre-Wrather preachers and teachers make tons of extra cash selling books, audio, DVDs and merchandise to people are kept in a constant state of fear and anxiety. While one should fear (respect) the Lord, they have no reason to fear (be afraid of) the Tribulation if they truly believe in Jesus. A Pre-Trib Rapture believer knows they won’t be here for that. Read the entire chapter 26 in the book of Isaiah. It is a recap of all the end-times prophecies in a nutshell.
Isaiah 26:19-21 ”
19 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. [Dead are raised]
20 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.
[People are gathered up to meet the Lord in the air, until the Tribulation (Indignation, judgment) passes]
21 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.”
[The Return, then Wrath]
There it is, listed in order. Plain as day.
Fear is the tool of Satan. Anything or anyone that tries to keep you in a constant state of fear and anxiety is NOT of the Father. Complete trust in God the Father and Jesus Christ, the Son, brings you comfort and peace. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, one of the last thing He told His apostles was that while He went to the Father for a time, the Comforter – the Holy Spirit – would remain to guide and teach, convicting the hearts of men for their sins and so on. God wants to comfort and teach us, leading us to Him by way of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus’ message was not about fear at all, but trusting completely in the Father. Anyone who leads you away from that trust, no matter how holy or knowledgeable they might sound, is not acting on behalf of the Lord. Period.
There are many more reasons, but they all boil down to one thing: People think the Rapture is too “easy,” that God in Jesus Christ can’t possibly (for whatever reason they cite) come and rescue His Remnant before the Trib happens. They don’t trust God. Yet, in multiple places throughout the Bible, examples are given where the Lord God set aside His Remnant because they loved, believed in and trusted Him completely. “Be as children” is the command. As a parent, would you deliberately command the obedience of your children yet knowing one day you were going to deliberately cause them pain and agony? No you wouldn’t, and God isn’t going to, either.
While as Christians we may suffer persecution, that is par for course when it comes to being a Christian. Jesus said the world would hate us as it hated Him. Does this mean we must go through the Great Tribulation? We’ve already been tried and when we asked the Father for forgiveness through Jesus Christ, He knew our hearts. We received salvation. We continue to learn, follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and remain faithful. Bad things may still happen to us in this life, but the Father already knows that we are saved by His Son. He gave us free will and let us live our lives. One day that life will end, as the wages of sin appoint us once to die. A true believer in Jesus Christ does not fear death.
The Blessed Hope
Faith in Jesus Christ and knowing for a fact that His work on the cross is what qualified us for “escape” from the Tribulation and the Wrath to follow is exactly what it means to come to God as a child. You have hope. You completely trust in Him no matter what, believe and know that He has the best plans for you and for you to have a good future after the “Indignation” has passed.
Do you believe that Jesus washed away your sins? If you think your blood still needs to be purified by the Tribulation, then you do not trust nor do you believe in Him. Believing in Jesus Christ, that He was sent by the Father to save us does matter. His Work was finished on the cross. Set your fear aside, set aside any preconceived notions that other people have put into your mind, believe in His Word and trust Him. God is capable – very capable – of removing His faithful Remnant from trials and Great Tribulation.
2 Peter 2:8-10 says this clearly:
“…8(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)— 9if all this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.10Such punishment is specially reserved for those who indulge the corrupt desires of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and self-willed, these men are unafraid to slander angelic majesties.…”
If you have true faith, you Trust God, trust Jesus.
That’s all you have to do, along with being genuinely sorry for your sins, asking forgiveness and forgive others as the Lord forgives you. Sometimes it’s so simple people just can’t believe it. They think there has to be a “catch” somewhere. But it is true. God doesn’t trick us. He tells us the truth by way of his Word. Anything else, any other gospel, is a lie directly from Satan.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Believe Him.
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