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Reasons why Jesus will come back before the Tribulation
I believe that there will be a Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church. I believe my stand can be proven by the following:
(1.) The Bible is the Word of God
The Holy Word of God is the inerrant and infallible message of Almighty God to mankind, which explain His purposes and plans for the ages. Anyone who truly want to know what God has in store for the future, can find out in His Holy Word. God does NOT try to hide things from us, He wants us to know what He has in mind. The Bible has the answer. And we must remember, God does NOT lie, God CANNOT lie. God is a God of Truth: (Ex.34:6; Num.23:19; Deut.32:4; Josh.21:45; 1 Sam.15:29; 2 Sam.7:28; Ps.19:9; 31:5; 33:4; 40:11; 57:10; 86:15; 89:14,35; 91:4; 96:13; 100:5; 108:4; 111:7; 115:2; 119:160; 138:2; 146:6; Isa.25:1; 65:16; Jer.10:10; Lam.2:17; Dan.4:37; Mic.7:20; Jn.3:33; 7:28; 8:26; Rom.2:2; 3:4,7; Tit.1:2; Heb.6:18; 1 Jn.5:20; Rev.15:3)
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (KJV)
2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (KJV)
NO other document in the world can be reliably trusted, nor can any even come close to reaching the requirements of verification that the Bible achieves so easily.
(2.) The Church and Israel Are Separate Bodies
Israel is not the Church and the Church is not Israel. A believer in Christ becomes a member of the Church, whether they are Jew or Gentile (Rom.1:16). The Church has NOT replaced Israel in God’s eyes! God’s Promises to Israel as a people and nation are NOT the same as for the Bride of Christ, the Church. Replacement Theology is a damnable heresy (2 pet.2:1). . . . . . . . http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_what_is_replacement_theology.htm
(3.) A Literal 1000-Year Millennium
The Bible describes a future, literal 1000-year time period (Millennial). The phrase “thousand years” appears six times in Revelation 20, clearly marking the time period as having 1000 literal years. The reason for this time period is for Jesus Christ to have an earthly kingdom from which to base His rule and to fulfill His Promises (Gen 13:14-17; 15:5, 18-21; 2 Sam.7:16-19; Isa.10:21-22; 11:1-2; Jer.23:5-8; 30:22; Eze.11:18-20; 34:24; 36:24-28; Mic.7:18-20; Hos.3:5; Rom.11:26-29). http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_1000_years.htm
(4.) A Literal 7-Year Tribulation
An upcoming time period has been set aside when God shall pour out His righteous wrath upon the evil of the world, to regather Israel back into its land, to force Israel to acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah, and for the Messiah to return and fight for His believing remnant.. This time period begins with a covenant between Israel and the Antichrist (Dan 9:27). The length of the Tribulation is seven years (one week)long, described in several different ways: “one seven” year period (Dan.9:27), which consist of two “times, time and half a time” (two years + 1 year + half a year; (Rev.12:14), or two “1260 days” periods (Rev.11:3), or two “42 month” periods (Rev.11:2; 13:5). . . . . . . . . http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_tribulation_what.htm
(5.) Jesus Will Return Again to the Earth
The Bible says Jesus will physically return again to Earth at His Second Coming (Zec.14:1-5; Mat.24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; Luke 21:25-27; Rev.19:11-21). Jesus’ return is to defeat His enemies, set up His throne, restore Israel, rule with “a rod of iron” (Ps.2:9), and share His authority with those who had victory in overcoming (1 Jn. 5:1,4-5; Rev.2:7,11,17,26; 3:12; 21:7). . . . . . . . . . http://www.hisservants.org/hard_1john5.4-5_h_s.htm
(6.) The Bible DOES Teach About a Rapture
Some say the Bible does not teach about the Rapture, because the word ‘rapture’ is NOT in the Bible. That is true. The word Rapture is not in the Bible, but its doctrine is clearly taught (John 14:1-3; 1 Thes.4:13-18; 1 Cor.15:51-58).
The Bible describes the Rapture and Second Coming as different events. http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_rapture,_second_coming.htm
You must realize that the Rapture and the Second Coming are TWO separate events. The Bible describe two very different scenarios:
*****#1. Rapture . . . believers meet Christ in the air.
Second Coming . . . Christ Jesus returns to the Mount of Olives to meet the believers on Earth.
*****#2. Rapture . . . Mount of Olives is unchanged.
Second Coming . . . Mount of Olives is divided, forming a valley east of Jerusalem
*****#3. Rapture . . . TRUE believers obtain glorified bodies.
Second Coming . . . living believers remain in same bodies
*****#4. Rapture. . . TRUE believers in Christ are taken to Heaven.
Second Coming . . . glorified believers come from Heaven, earthly believers stay on Earth
*****#5. Rapture . . . the world left unjudged and living in sin.
Second Coming . . . the world is judged and righteousness is established
*****#6. Rapture . . . means deliverance of TRUE believers from God’s wrath in the Tribulation Period (1 Thes.1:10; 5:9; Rev.3:10).
Second Coming . . . portrays deliverance of believers who endured the Great Tribulation
*****#7. Rapture . . . no signs precede it, we are to WATCH!
Second Coming . . . many signs precede it
*****#8. Rapture . . . revealed only in New Testament.
Second Coming . . . revealed in both Old and New Testaments
*****#9. Rapture . . . deals only with TRUE believers.
Second Coming . . . deals with both the saved and unsaved
*****#10. Rapture . . . Satan remains free.
Second Coming . . . Satan is bound and thrown into the Abyss.
Since the Rapture and Second Coming clearly are different events that do NOT happen at the same time, to me, this rules out a Post-Tribulation Rapture situation.
(2.) The Rapture is described as occurring at any time without warning.
Matthew 24:36-44 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (KJV) . . . These and other verses (Mat.25:13; 1 Thes.4:18; Tit.2:13; 1 John 2:28; 3:2-3), tell us that Jesus’ arrival at the Rapture will come when nobody expects it.
On the other hand, te Second Coming is preceded by many events, such as the rise of the Antichrist, a treaty with Israel, the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple and the plagues and judgments and persecutions destroying most of the world’s population (Rev.ch.5-18). The Book of Revelation reports these events as happening during the 7-year Tribulation, which precede the Second Coming (Rev.19:11-21).
Because the Rapture COULD happen at any moment and without warning and the Second Coming is preceded by so many signs, then the Rapture and Second Coming simply have to be different events on God’s time clock. The Rapture must happen BEFORE the seven years Tribulation period, because Christians are called to watch for the Lord’s Return . . . NOT signs such as the Antichrist’s arrival. Once the signs begin, then the seven year countdown begins towards its end with Christ’s Return at the Second Coming.
(3.) The Rapture and the removal of the “Restrainer” happen at the SAME time.
In 2 Thessalonians, the church at Thessalonica was afraid that they had entered the day of the Lord (Tribulation) and had somehow missed the Rapture, because of false teaching. The Apostle Paul assured them that the Antichrist would not be revealed until a restraining force would be taken away so that the man of lawlessness could be revealed.
Because the revealing of the Antichrist coincides with the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation starting with his peace treaty with Israel (Dan.9:27), then the restrainer MUST be removed BEFORE the Tribulation. Because the Holy Spirit is in every TRUE believer (Rom.8:9), and they are removed at the Rapture, then it is the Holy Spirit that has to be the Restrainer. So, the Rapture and the removal of the Restrainer must happen together, and that being the beginning of the seven years Tribulation period.
(4.) The Tribulation Period is for Israel’s redemption.
Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. (KJV) . . . In the Book of Matthew, whose primary audience was the Jews, Jesus explains to His Jewish followers what life will be like during the Tribulation. Also, Revelation 12 describes a woman who gives birth and has to flee due to persecution during the Tribulation. The context shows the woman is Israel. And too, the Battle of Armageddon is the whole world against Israel (Zec.12:3). Two-thirds of the Jewish people will be killed in these battles. These Scriptures and others show that the Tribulation is meant for the redemption of the Jewish people.
WHY are the Jews the object of persecution during the Tribulation? One main reason is that Satan hates Israel for giving the world the Scriptures and the Messiah. He also wishes to hinder God’s Promises to the Jews. And too, the Jews must be brought SO low that they finally call out to JESUS as their Messiah. Matthew 23:39-B - - - - - Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (KJV) . . . The Tribulation is used for Israel’s redemption, but it also results in the punishment of the wicked. The Church does not fit into the Tribulation, because they have been removed at the Rapture. They are removed . . . caught up . . . before the Tribulation begins.
(5.) The Tribulation is not for the Church.
The Tribulation is God’s holy and righteous wrath upon the unbelieving world, and NOT for those who are saved from Christ’s resurrection to the Rapture, TRUE believers who are called the Church.
TRUE believers in Christ during the Church Age, represented by the Church of Philadelphia, are promised:
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (KJV)
1 Thes. 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (KJV)
1 Thes. 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, (KJV)
Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (KJV)
(6.) God’s wrath includes the whole 7-Year Tribulation.
The teaching that the Rapture will happen at the mid-point of the Tribulation is based on:
1 Cor. 15:52 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. (KJV) . . . This Mid-Tribulation Rapture teaching say that this trumpet is the last of the seven trumpets in Revelation 11 that is blown at the mid-point of the Tribulation. My question is: WHY, of the 114 references to trumpets in the Bible, do they identify this trumpet to the same to sound at the Rapture? The context (background) clearly shows the last trumpet of 1 Corinthians 15 is blown for BELIEVERS whereas the seven trumpets of Revelation 8, 9 and 11 are sounded for UNBELIEVERS.
My friend, the Revelation trumpets have absolutely NO bearing whatsoever on the Church.
The pre-trib Rapture sees the Church (TRUE believers) raptured just before the bowl judgments (Revelation 16) that occur during the last quarter of the Great Tribulation. The seven angels who blow the trumpets that bring on each of the trumpet judgments are given their trumpets at the throne of God (Rev.8:2). Rev.15:1 tells us that the bowl judgments at the end of the Tribulation bring to an end the wrath of God, it does NOT begin His wrath.
Because these judgments are initiated by Jesus Himself at the beginning of the Tribulation (Rev.ch.6), the entire Tribulation Period is God’s wrath, from which the Church is exempt.
(7.) The Old Testament and the remarkable prophetic Book of Revelation do NOT include the Church (TRUE believers) in the Tribulation.
The emphasis on the Tribulation period is for almighty God to pour out His holy and righteous wrath on the Earth, just like He did at the Flood (Gen.6:5-7, 12; Zep.3:8; 1 Thes.5:3; 2 Thes.2:12). The Tribulation is spoken of in the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation . . . to the unbelievers and the Jewish people. NOWHERE in any Biblical Passage about the Tribulation or the day of the Lord . . . can the Church be found.
The Church was a mystery to the Old Testament prophets. They focused on the nation of Israel. The Book of Matthew is written to the Jewish people, whom Jesus is addressing in Matthew 24. In the Book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3 cover the Church Age, but then there is NO mention of the Church until after the Tribulation (day of the Lord) is over (chapters 6-18). In Chapter 19, the Church returns to the texts and can be found, NOT suffering, but celebrating with Christ at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and preparing to return with Jesus to Earth.
(8.) WHERE is the Church during the Tribulation?
During the 7-year Tribulation period, the Bible records the Church as being busy with three events. NONE of the three things have to do with suffering on a world that is being destroyed.
The first event the raptured Church will participate in is the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor.3:10-15). This judgment is NOT to determine eternal destiny, but to determine degrees of reward. . . . . . . . . http://hisservants.org/judgment_seat_h_s.htm
The second event is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. This feast celebrates the spiritual marriage of Christ’s Bride, the TRUE Church to her Saviour.
The third event follows the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and is the Church’s preparation to follow the King of Kings into the Battle of Armageddon at the conclusion of the Tribulation. This event is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Zec.14; Rev.19:11-21). The Church and angelic forces follow the King of Kings into His Second Coming to the Earth, but only Jesus Himself will engage in battle, with only words that will defeat the nations in siege against Jerusalem. Rev. 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (KJV) . . . http://hisservants.org/armageddon_h_s.htm
(9.) Consider this teaching of post-tribbers!
IF the Church is raptured and taken to Heaven at the END of the Tribulation, receiving their glorified bodies, they would then have to immediately turn around and come back with Christ for His Second Coming. Does that make sense to you? WHEN would the Judgment Seat of Christ take place for them???
(10.) The Bible shows God keeps His righteous children from His Tribulation wrath.
Being a TRUE Christian means that we shall have to endure suffering and trials at the hand of man while on Earth (Mat.5:10-12; Rom.8:17-23). But, the Bible tells us those who put their faith in Christ shall be exempt from God’s wrath in the Tribulation (1 Thes.1:10; 5:9; Rev.3:10). Just as Noah and his family were kept from drowning in the Flood waters in which God’s wrath was used to judge and cleanse the Earth all those years ago, so too God shall save His righteous ones from God’s wrath in the Tribulation (Gen.7:1; 8:16). Just as Lot and his two daughters left Sodom and Gomorrah before God burned the cities with fire and sulfur (Gen.19). Just as Rahab’s family was set apart when Joshua’s army invaded Jericho (Josh.6:17-25), so too shall all TRUE believers be saved from God’s holy and righteous wrath in the Tribulation!
Topics on the Coming Rapture
Beware of False Doctrines
Church Replaces Israel?
Conditions Before Rapture
Confusion Over Doctrines
Day of the Lord
Day of the Lord 2
Focuses on Jesus
God Deals with Church and Israel Differently
Mark of the Beast
No One Knows When!
Opening Seventh Seal
Reason for the Day of the Lord
Receiving New Bodies
Timing of the Day of the Lord
What Is the Day of the Lord?
Why I Believe in the Pre-trib Rapture