Why the Rapture must be Tribulational

I (CB) don’t insist on many things. However, this must be read by all. Then if you do not know WHY already, you will know after you read this. Those who do read this, if you agree, give me a Halleluiah for Jesus Christ.

Below are some questions and answers to help you understand and point out why the rapture must be pre-Tribulational.

 

What is the pre-tribulational view of the rapture?

It is the point in time when Jesus comes to receive all believers [the church aka: all saints believers] dead and alive) from the earth and take them to heaven? Christ comes in fulfillment of His own promise in Revelation 3:10 to keep His church from “the hour of temptation (the 7 yrs. of tribulation), which will come upon all the world, to try those who remain upon the earth.”

Of the four views, (1)pre-tribulational view, (2)the partial rapture view, (3)the mid tribulational view, and (4)the post-tribulational view …… the pre-tribulational view is the most prevailing view.

 

Why the Rapture Must Be Pretribulational.

      Will the Lord come back for His church before, in the middle or at the end of tribulation? When properly understood, the Scriptures are quite clear on this subject. I believe the bible alludes to the teaching that the Rapture will occur before the tribulation begins. Here are some reasons why:

 

1) The Lord Himself promised to deliver us.

A clear promise guaranteeing the church’s rapture before the Tribulation is found in Revelation 3:10: “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth”.

Though this promise appears in a letter written to the church at Philadelphia, we can be certain it refers to members of the universal church throughout the ages: 1) the passage refers to a future event; 2) the church of Philadelphia has long since been destroyed and disbanded; 3) this was a letter to all the churches; and 4) this promise will not be fulfilled until a time of trial that comes upon the whole world—not just the church at Philadelphia.

In addition, the word “from” in Revelation 3:10 literally means “out of,” which is how it’s rendered many other times in the Bible. God is saying, “I will keep you out of the wrath to come.”

 

2) Only the pre-Trib view preserves immanency.

Immanency is the word used to refer to the doctrine that Christ could come at any moment to call His bride to be with Him in His Father’s house. This is why Scripture has so many admonitions to watch, be ready, and to look for Him to come at any moment. The other three views destroy that immediate, at-any-time coming. In fact, those views have Christians looking not for Christ to come at any time, but rather for the Antichrist and the Tribulation.

 

3) The church is to be delivered from the wrath to come.

The promise in 1 Thessalonians 1:10 “Jesus…rescues us from the wrath to come “ was given by the Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul to a young church planted on his second missionary journey. He had only three weeks to ground this church in the Word of God before being driven out of town. Many of his teachings during that brief period evidently pertained to Bible Prophecy and end time events, for this letter—one of the first books of the New Testament to be written—emphasizes the second coming, the imminent return of Christ, the Rapture, the Tribulation, and other end time subjects. Paul apparently considered these topics essential for new converts.

Paul mentions the second coming in every chapter, so there is no doubt about the main subject of his letter. After complimenting his readers on their faith and testimony, he commends them for turning” to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, emphasis added).

The context of that passage is the Rapture, for Christians are not waiting for the glorious appearing. Paul tells these people in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 that the latter [the glorious appearing] will not occur until Antichrist (or “that lawless one”) is revealed. The Christians in Thessalonica were awaiting the coming of Christ for His church—that is, the Rapture. They already knew the Tribulation (or “wrath to come”) would follow the Rapture, and that God had promised to rescue them from the wrath to come.

 

4) Christians are not appointed to wrath.  

According to 1 Thessalonians 5:9, KJV, “God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ”. This passage which follows the strongest passage on the Rapture in the Bible (in Thessalonians 4) must be considered in the light of its context.

After teaching about the Rapture, Paul takes his readers to “times and… seasons” (KJV) of “the day of the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-2). Some suggest this refers to the single day on which Christ returns to this earth to set up His kingdom, but that is not consistent with the bible’s other uses of the phrase ”the day of the Lord.” Sometimes this phrase does not refer to the glorious appearing, but on other occasions it encompasses the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the Glorious Appearing.

For our purposes here, 1 Thessalonians 5:9 (KJV) makes it clear that God has not “appointed us to wrath” (the Tribulation) but to “obtain salvation,” or deliverance from it. Since so many saints will be martyred during the Tribulation, there will be few  alive at the glorious appearing of Christ. This promise cannot mean, then, that He will deliver believers during the time of wrath, for the saints who live through the Tribulation will not be delivered; in fact, most will be martyred. To be delivered out of it, the church will have to be raptured before it begins. Since the Tribulation is especially the time of God’s wrath, and since Christians are not appointed to wrath, then it follows that the church will be raptured before the Tribulation. In short, the Rapture occurs before the Tribulation, while the glorious appearing (2nd coming) occurs after it.

 

5) The church is absent in Revelation 4-18.

The pre-Trib position does not have answers for all the questions regarding the Lord’s coming for His church. Since there is no one verse or passage that gives all the details of the Lord’s coming in a neat little package, it is necessary to consider all the second-coming scriptures together. Our conclusion is that the pre-Trib Rapture fits the biblical model better than any of the other views. It fits well with all that the Bible teaches about the end times, and it is a commonsense view that brings comfort to the hearts of believers, which is one of the main purposes for teaching end-times prophecy (1 Thessalonians 4:18).

There are many other reasons for believing that the Rapture occurs prior to the Tribulation; these are found in Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible, pp. 1479-82.

The church is mentioned 17 times in the first three chapters of Revelation, but after John (a member of the church) is called up to heaven at the beginning of chapter 4, he looks down on the events of the Tribulation, and the church is not mentioned or even seen again until chapter 19, when she returns to the earth with her Bridegroom at His glorious appearing. Why? The answer is obvious: She isn’t in the Tribulation. She is raptured to be with her Lord before the tribulation begins!

 

There are many other reasons for believing that the Rapture occurs prior to the Tribulation; these are found in Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible, pp. 1479-82.

The pre-Trib position does not have answers for all the questions regarding the Lord’s coming for His church. Since there is no one verse or passage that gives all the details of the Lord’s coming in a neat little package, it is necessary to consider all the second-coming scriptures together. Our conclusion is that the pre-Trib Rapture fits the biblical model better than any of the other views. It fits well with all that the Bible teaches about the end times, and it is a commonsense view that brings comfort to the hearts of believers, which is one of the main purposes for teaching end-times prophecy (1 Thessalonians 4:18).

 

What have we learned here?

We have learned that the Bible talks about God punishing all those on earth who do not believe in Him and His Son Jesus Christ. We have learned that God has no intention of including the Church (all Christians) in His wrath that will be cast upon the earth during the tribulation. We have learned that the way around this is for Jesus to come in the clouds above the earth and Rapture the church and take it to heaven before the Tribulation starts. Therefore the pre-Tribulational view for all practical purposes is the correct view.

Because only God knows when the Rapture will occur, this is the reason every individual on the face of this earth should seriously consider learning about God and His Son Jesus and come to believing that Jesus is their Lord and Savior. If you don’t study or inquire or ask questions you won’t understand what is happening and you won’t know when to late has just occurred.

A word to the wise be extra very careful about believing things that cannot be substantiated by a Christian Bible. There are a lot of very well known churches that are nothing more than man made cults, so-called pastors and teachers that trickle away from the Christian Bible to suit their own needs. There are individuals that will swear that what they are saying is nothing but the truth. The trouble with nearly all of the rhetoric is that it cannot be substantiated by the Christian Bible. Understand that the Christian bible is God’s Word and it is by His account that it is inerrant (Matt. 5:17-20, 22:23-33, 22:41-46; Lev. 19:36).

 

In order to grow spiritually we must be rooted in Jesus Christ that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith, that you being rooted and grounded in love will know the love of Christ. Also that you may grow to maturity through the milk of God’s Word.

When the gospel message is corrupted, the way of salvation is confused and people are in danger of being eternally lost.

God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?

Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.

 

Prayer:   Father in heaven, hallowed is Thy Name. I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about the “Rapture.”  Please bless all those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.

May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.

I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,

Amen.

One thought on “Why the Rapture must be Tribulational

  1. Hallelujah—I still remember the joy I had in teaching the rapture truth to my Sunday School class. I know as I studied I was encouraged by the Lord like almost no other study I had dove into yet.

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