The Case for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture

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Pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or a post-tribulation rapture? I know this can be a controversial subject among Christians. Please read the entire short post before commenting.

I believe the Bible is very clear, the Rapture of the saints is the next event on the prophetic calendar. The time is short and people need to be prepared. We need to make sure our friends and family are ready.

Why is the Bible clear about a pre-tribulation rapture? There are several reasons, but I am only going to give three reasons, that I believe are enough to justify this view.

First, the Bible tells us that we will not have to endure the wrath of the Antichrist. (1 Thessalonians 1:10, 5:9)

The Lord promised the believers that we would not have to endure the tribulation. (Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. Revelation 3:) Jesus promises to keep His people not just from the testing but from “the hour of testing.” God will keep His people not just from the trials of the tribulation but from the tribulation itself.

Woe to anyone that will experience the wrath of Satan and the Antichrist during the tribulation.

Second, Jesus said that only the Father in heaven knows when the rapture will occur (Matthew 24:36). Jesus was on earth when He spoke those words. Now that He is back in heaven, He would, of course, know the time.

Only the pre-tribulation rapture meets that at-any-moment expectation of the Lord’s coming.

Third, the church is mentioned seventeen times in the first three chapters in Revelation, but not mentioned again until chapter 19, when it (the believers) returns with the Lord at His glorious appearing.

Professor Richard Mayhue stated: “It is remarkable and totally unexpected that John would shift from detailed instructions for the church to absolute silence about the church….If, in fact, the church continued into the tribulation. If the church will experience the tribulation…. then surely the most detailed study of tribulation events would include an account of the church’s role. But it doesn’t!”

Pastor David Jeremiah writes: “Yet in all the New Testament, there is not a single statement to warn Christians of the coming Great Tribulation or to help them prepare for it…….. Isn’t it strange that God never gave one tidbit of information, encouragement, warning, or instruction on the preparation for it? The reason for that omission is clear: the church will not be present at all when the tribulation comes.”

How could the church (the believers) return with the Lord and the angels, if they were not already in heaven? (Revelation 19:11-14)

The time is short, much of the end time prophecy has been fulfilled. The next prophecy to be fulfilled will be the rapture. Are you ready? Are your friends and family ready?

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How Near is the Rapture?

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In Matthew 24:34, Jesus told His disciples that this generation would not pass away before the end would come. Which generation was Jesus talking about?

In verse 32-33, Jesus is speaking about the rebirth of the fig tree. When a fig tree is used symbolically in scripture, it commonly refers to the nation of Israel. Jesus is referring to the rebirth of Israel that began with the forming of the nation of Israel in 1948. In the six-day in 1967, Israel gained control of Jerusalem.

When Jesus stated that “Truly, I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened,” He could only be speaking of two generations. One would be the disciple’s generation, and two, the generation that witnessed the rebirth of the fig tree (Israel). We know it wasn’t the disciple’s generation so it would seem, He is saying that the generation that is alive at the forming and maturing of Israel into a real nation will not pass away before He returns.

The rapture is the next prophetic event to take place. Every prophecy prior to the rapture has been fulfilled. The world stage is set for the tribulation to begin. the only thing holding it back is the Holy Spirit and the believers. Both will be removed at the rapture.

Jesus said that when we see the things taking place, that is happening in the world today, we would know that we are standing on the doorstep to the end. It has been seventy years, since the forming of Israel. The generation that witnessed the rebirth of the fig tree is nearing the end of their lives. The stage is set. The rapture is very near.

Are you ready? The tribulation will be a terrible thing to endure. Don’t be left behind!

The End Times

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In my latest book, “The End Times”, we look at the events that have already taken place and led us to where the world stands today along with what is taking place in the world now. And how it all ties in with the predictions of Daniel, Revelation, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and the rest of the Bible. We will look at how the end times and the tribulation period will unfold step by step through to Armageddon, the Millennium, and the New Heaven and Earth. Everything is explained in such a way as to make Revelation and the other end times Scriptures easy to understand.

In Matthew, Jesus tells us that when we see the things that are happening in the world today, we will be standing on the doorstep to the end. Every prediction has been fulfilled, leading up to the end. The rapture is the next event to take place. How much longer until God says enough and takes the believers home?