Do you want to believe in the Pretrib Rapture position?Feb 2nd, 2012 | By admin | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)
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.
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.