- For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. I Thessalonians 4:14
Jesus' disciples, in Matthew 24:3, asked Jesus for the sign of His coming, and of the end of the world. When we get to verses 29-31, Jesus answers his disciples question and he made it perfectly clear that the world would have tribulations from that time forward and right up to the end, and that we would see the abomination of desolation. He made it crystal clear, or the days of antichrist's reign/tribulation, then the sign of the Son of man would appear in the clouds of heaven. Jesus made no mention of a secret pre tribulation rapture of the saints as your pre-trib promoters are peddling.AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS,
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and THEY SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER." vs. 29-31
The sign of the son of man appearing in the clouds of heaven is every believer's "blessed hope", and not a pre-tribulation rapture as your pre-tribulation rapture promoters try to tell you. Neither Jesus or Paul or Peter, John, James, Daniel or Isaiah or any of the NT and OT prophets and writers ever taught such a thing as a pre-tribulation rapture. Even James, the brother of Jesus wrote in his epistle in James 5:7 to the saints "Be patient, therefore brethren until the coming of the Lord. How could James ever tell us that we must wait patiently until the coming of the Lord, which is after the tribulation, unless we must be on earth enduring the entire tribulation?
Likewise, Peter also associates and connects the coming of the Lord for his saints just before the Day of the Lord, or Armageddon in 2 Peter 3:10-12 where Peter writes:
But the day of the Lord will comes as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then, that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.
LOOKING FOR AND HASTING UNTO THE COMING UNTO THE DAY OF GOD, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
The glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is our blessed hope that the Apostle Paul also wrote of in Titus 2:13 and glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ", and not a pre-tribulation secret rapture; at which time the righteous dead will be resurrected followed by the catching away of all the saints alive on earth at that time.
This is exactly what Paul is talking about in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17:"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrorw not, even as others which have no hope."
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you, that we which are alive and remain UNTIL THE COMING OF THE LORD, shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God;
AND THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST, THEN WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS, TO MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR; AND SO SHALL WE EVER BE WITH THE LORD."
Additionally, Paul also writes in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53:
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP,; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
There is nothing written here that even implies a pre-tribulation rapture of the saints as you pre-tribulation rapture promoters would have you believe. Notice carefully here in the words of Paul what he is saying and what Paul is NOT SAYING is that we just disappear in an instant, as your pre-tribulation rapture promoters would have you believe. This is a complete distortion of the Word of God.
Paul is saying exactly what is written, i.e., we will be changed from corruptible to incorruptible in an instant before we are caught up to mee the Lord in the air, Those who are alive and remain must first be changed from corruptible to incorruptible because, as Paul writes in I Corinthians 15:50, flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
First the dead saints must be resurrected from their graves in their new bodies and afterwards, those living saints will get their new bodies, and as I have already pointed out from the words of Jesus, the resurrection of the righteous dead as recorded in John's Gospel, this does not take place until the last day.l!!John 6:39-44; John 11:24. Jesus will come for His elect, or saints on the last dayl, which is the day of the resurrection. All of this occurs on the same day and this day is the same day that Jesus appears in the clouds as shown from Matthew's Gospel Chapter 24:29-31.
Please read my presentation here on the Pre-Tribulation Rapture to learn more about this fallacy when you have completed reading this presentation here.
Today, there are multitudes of message boards on the web that call themselves "christian" that refuse to allow the pre-tribulation rapture fallacy to be exposed for what it is, and that is a lie from satan himself used to divide and deceive the body of Christ. Scripture is distorted and twisted, hacked up and cherry picked to say something that is not written at all in the scriptures to fit into a pre-tribulation rapture scenario.
Your pre-tribulation rapture promoters would rather take the words of a man made false doctrine who tell them what their itching ears want to hear over the words of Jesus, and John, James and Paul and Peter and all of your NT and OT writers and prophets.You will be locked out of these message board forums by their moderators or shunned and intimidated if you present the words of Jesus, John, Peter, James and Paul to refute their false pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, which is a very dangerous belief.
This is just another example of the deplorable condition the professed body of Christ is in today, and any attempt to expose this deplorable condition will be met with derision, judgementalism, and condescension. When one cannot refute the catching away of the saints after the tribulation of those days from the scripture presention of the truth from the Word of God, the only thing left for pre-tribulation rapture promoters to do is falsely accuse. And, if one cannot get the simple truths of the catching away of the saints after the tribulation of those days as given to us directly by Jesus and Paul in the Holy Scriptures, then certainly these same people on these message boards cannot be trusted with other pertinent "religious" material and doctrines they promote on their message boards in the name of "christian." The safest thing for any believer and follower of Christ to do today is to simply check a message board's terms of service or rules before registering or partaking in any discussion there. If a message board has a "pre-trib only policy", or promotes a pretribulation rapture of the church, then it would be best to simply stay away from it entirely, as the truth of God's word is being attacked on all fronts today and especially from the "professed body of Christ" who participate in these "so-called Christian message boards."
I have read numerous times on various message boards and elsewhere where professing Christians will ask, "why are we even concerned about this?" "It doesn't affect our salvation." "Why does it even matter that some believe in a pre-trib and some believe in a post-trib rapture?" I have read where professing Christians have said, "as long as we believe in the core issues concerning salvation, it doesn't really matter." YES IT DOES MATTER..
This is yet another satanic deception and wrong, because the pre-tribulation rapture theory is heretical and false teaching and neither the Lord nor His Apostles ever taught such a thing and it is not what the Bible teaches. Secondly, this is a lukewarm attitude toward what the Scriptures have to say to us. All Christians are required to search the scriptures themselves for the truth, as the bereans did, so they are equipped to defend and stand on the Word of God when the enemy attacks. The pre-tribulation rapture changes the very teachings of Jesus, Peter, and Paul and the prophet Daniel to tickle the ears of the people who have sadly bought into this deception and this is no small matter.
The writings of Jesus, Paul, Peter, and Daniel never gave us the option to choose between a pre-trib or a post-trib rapture, therefore, only one can be right. The fact is, there is absolutely no Scripture written that even remotely suggests a pre-tribulation catching away of the saints; however, we do have Scripture that points to a catching away of the saints after the tribulation of those days, spoken by Jesus himself.
As it is written in Revelation 2:26 "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works UNTO THE END, to him will I give power over the nations:", so shall it be.
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