Do you want to believe in the Pretrib Rapture position?

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Do you want to believe in the Pretrib Rapture position?

 

Here are the reasons to believe !!!

The scripture definitely implies that we will not see the last half of the tribulation.

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy 

1 Thess 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.

1 Thess 5:9 For God hath not APPOINTED US TO WRATH, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 

Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be SAVED FROM WRATH through Him.

 

Answer:

I think the problem is that many do not understand that there are actually 2 different classes of Christians
1) The Bride of Christ aka: Little Flock, The Elect, Church of the Firstborns
They are spared the Great Tribulation (when the fallen angels are loosed, fall of Babylon the Great, Jacob’s Trouble)

They however are not spared the first part of the hour of power of the beast, that is when they are put to death and changed in a twinkling of an eye to be with the Lord and the already Risen Saints in the air.

2) The Great Multitude.
This class is only spoken of a couple of times directly. Rev. 7 those who go through the Great Tribulation, and Rev_19:9 where they miss out on the wedding because they are not the bride, but are allowed to come to the reception.

They are in type and antitype all through the scriptures:

Elijah (Bride), Elisha (Great Multitude)
Wise Virgins (Bride), Foolish Virgins (Great Multitude)
Lord’s Goat (Bride ), Scapegoat (Great Multitude) –they are turned over the Satan (Azazel) for the destruction of the flesh
Two sisters in Song of Solomon–eager one (Bride), lazy one (Great Multitude), she gets beat up.
the Gideon incident: Those that passed the water test (Bride), those that failed (Great Multitude)

To be of the Bride class one has to be the cream of the crop. Unfortunately most are not, these types give some insight into their shortcomings: Didn’t have an extra supply of oil (zeal of the Holy Spirit) to make the last leg of the journey, needed to be turned over to Satan as described above–Scapegoat is literally Goat for Azazel (Satan). One is lazy and get there too late, and the water test. Water is Truth and drinking it looking ahead for the coming battle is the proper way to study, whereas the others sucked down the water (Truth), but were not acknowledging what was coming and were not alert to it.

There are other scriptures that describe that secondary class, but this should open up some thinking on the subject.

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  1. (Hi Final Trump. I recently caught the following on the surprising and enlightening web. God Bless.)

    PRETRIB RAPTURE SECRETS

    How can the “rapture” be “imminent”? Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven (He’s now at the Father’s “right hand,” Acts 2:34) “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. (“The Rapture Question,” by long time No. 1 pretrib authority John Walvoord, didn’t dare to even list, in its scripture index, these too-hot-to-handle verses!) Since Jesus can’t even leave heaven before the tribulation ends, which is also when His foes are finally put down (made His “footstool,” Acts 2:35), the rapture therefore can’t take place before the end of the trib! (The same Acts verses were also too hot for John Darby – the so-called “father of dispensationalism” – to list in the scripture index in his “Letters” which covers Acts 2 and 3 much more comprehensively than Walvoord’s!)
    Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening (Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! The “rest” for “all them that believe” is also tied to such destruction in II Thess. 1:6-10! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who’d be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the posttrib end of “death” (15:54). (Will death be ended before or during the trib? Of course not! And vs. 54 is also tied to Isa. 25:8 which is Israel’s posttrib resurrection!)
    Many are unaware that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 this “rapture” was stretched forward and turned into a separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which the mass of evangelical scholars rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so some pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” [“gathering”] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!).
    Here are some Google articles on the 182-year-old pretrib rapture view: “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” “Pretrib Rapture Scholar Wannabes,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Walvoord Melts Ice,” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Thieves’ Marketing,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Deceiving and Being Deceived,” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” – all by the author of the extremely accurate and highly endorsed book “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books).

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