Monday, June 27, 2011

Is The “Pre-Trib Rapture” “Imminent?”

During the past year, I have had an untold multitude number of viewers visiting this site, looking for biblical truth, and reading the several articles I have posted  written by myself  or  others concerning the catching away of Christ’s church, one of which I wrote back in January of 2011 titled “Pre Tribulation Rapture “Imminency” Deception, wherein I explain some of the biblical reasons why a pre-trib rapture is not imminent.

I received a comment/reply today “Is The “Pre-Trib Rapture” Imminent?, the contents of which are included under the comments section of the blog entry “Pre Tribulation Rapture “Imminency” Deception, that was loaded with goodies explaining why, based on scriptural teaching, a “pre-trib” rapture is not imminent, and completely debunks this imminency theory, and the teachings of pre-trib die hards and their heretical schooling of an imminent  pre-trib rapture.

These “goodies” deserve a front page entry all by itself. A big thank you to Lawrence for sending this on to me  and Bruce, who had apparently  posted it somewhere, further exposing the lie from pre-trib rapture peddlers, who call and proclaim  themselves "biblical scholars", but  spend hours of their time writing articles trying to explain away scripture to make a pre-tribulation rapture theory fit into their false belief system, rather than swallow their pride and admit they were wrong and  let scripture speak for itself and believe it.

These are very serious times we are living in and God is about to shake everything that can be shook on the earth;  we need to be searching the scriptures daily for spiritual food and not be deceived by those promoting an escapism theology that's not going to happen.  We need to be ready for the Great Tribulation that our Lord and Master warned us about, outlining the signs that would happen before His return to catch away His people in Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 24.  Following are the goodies sent to me:
Is the Pretrib Rapture Imminent?

(Pretrib rapturists claim that Christ's return is imminent, that is, that it can occur at any moment. Theologian and pastor Norman MacPherson, in his excellent book "Triumph Through Tribulation," offers proof that the Bible has never taught an any-moment return of Christ. Here are the points brought out and discussed at length by MacPherson:)

1. Great Commission fulfillment implies a long period of time.
2. Seed growth in Matthew 13 is a time-consuming process.
3. Paul expected death, not rapture, in II Timothy 4:6-8.
4. Jesus predicted Peter's martyrdom in John 21:18-19.
5. Matthew 24 teaches that signs must come first.
6. Many passages speak of a large interval between Christ's ascension and return: Jewish dispersion into "all nations" (Luke 21); "man travelling into a far country," "after a long time the lord of those servants cometh" (Matthew 25).
7. Apostasy of last days takes time to develop.
8. Bridegroom tarried in parable of virgins.
9. Pastoral epistles teach Church's continuing ministry, which involves time.
10. Paul says Christ's coming is not imminent (II Thessalonians 2:1-3), for apostasy and Antichrist must come first.
11. View of seven phases of church history (seven churches of Revelation) involves big lapse of time and imminence difficulties for pre-tribs; could Christ have come before the last phase?
12. Exhortations to watch and be ready are tied to what pre-trib teachers regard as the second stage (which is necessarily non-imminent) in Matthew 24 and 25, I Corinthians 1:7, Colossians 3:4, I Thessalonians 3:13, II Thessalonians 1:7-10, I Peter 1:13 and 4:13, and I John 2:28.

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  1. Dear Toni,
    It's so sad that we have to prove or convince people that the great tribulation is necessary for His own. I'm teaching Revelation to a young lady here and when we got to the church of Laodicea the warning was to buy Gold (faith tried by fire) a white garment (salvation/testimony) and eye salve (to wake up and SEE!) The purest gold will come from those who suffer during the tribulation, the whitest garments from those who trust in God during this time and succumb to thievery, lies or blasphemes, and the Eye salve is to help us watch, to not be blinded by traditions and foolish ideology.
    Keep waking people up Toni. Help them apply the eye salve. You are my fellow worker and know I pray for you, don't get discouraged, the finish line is just up ahead :)

  2. Dear sister Barbie:

    The pre-trib rapture promoters promote that the Great Tribulation is for Israel only, and not the church, without a shred of biblical evidence.

    As you have said, the church needs to go through this period called the Great Tribulation to be refined through the refiners fire. Many of our brothers and sisters around the world are already or have already gone through great tribulation and have been refined as gold, many being severely persecuted and giving their lives for Christ; yet the Laodicea church, especially in America, believe they are exempt from this.

    On the other side of the coin, many have had their eyes opened to the pre-trib false teachings after examing the scriptures themselves when something about the pre-trib teaching just didn't set right. I believe the Holy Spirit is convicting people of the falsehood of this heretical teaching.

    Thank you for all of your prayers and support. The finish line is coming in view, and we're still here.

    June 27, 2011

  3. Anonymous1:47 PM

    When did Jesus say His return would be? Did He say it would happen in 2 millennia, or did He say it would happen before His disciples could finish going thru the cities of Israel? (Mt 10:23)

    He didn't know the day or hour, but He did know the general time frame was a generation. He also said He was coming "soon" and "quickly" when John penned Revelation to the 7 churches in Asia in the 1st Century.

    Is it possible our understanding of the 2nd Coming (Parousia) could be flawed because of our physical and literal expectations? The New Testament says over 100 times that the time was near, at hand, in a little while, and that Jesus would not delay, He stood at the door, the axe was already laid at the root of the tree, and it was the last hour.

    He also associated His appearing with the end of the age, and the destruction of Jerusalem. The Old Covenant age ended when the Temple was destroyed during the Roman Jewish War (66-70AD).

  4. Dear Anonymous:

    Jesus disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24:3 what shall be the sign of His coming and the end of the world as we know it, and then gave a detailed description of the things that must happen before His coming again. So obviously, Jesus 2nd Coming was not imminent; meaning that nothing needed to happen before His 2nd Coming. The kingdom of Israel had not even been destroyed yet, which happened in 70 AD, and the State of Israel had not even been reborn yet, which happened in 1948. Jesus fulfilled the law(Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures), and there were many prophecies that could not be fulfilled until the new State of Israel was reborn as a nation in 1948.

    You must remember that God’s timing is not our timing.-à one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8. God lives in eternity and time is nothing.

    The Old Covenant has not ended and is still ongoing as there are many prophecies still being fulfilled as I write this concerning Israel, and has not ended. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35

    Sept 2, 2011

  5. Dear Toni, I agree that the rapture does NOT happen before the tribulation. Your readers might enjoy a new article on the web exposing the pretrib view. It has the title of "Pretrib Rapture Scholar Wannabes" and can be found on Joe Ortiz's "End Times Passover" (a blog) dated Sep. 4th, and is truly devastating to the pretrib position. God bless.

  6. Thank you, lounorm.

    Biblical post-tribulation rapture truth, and exposing the lies of a pre-tribulation rapture is always welcome here. Blessings, my friend.

    To all of my readers, the link for "Pre Trib Scholar Wannabes is:

    September 11, 2011