The Fallacy Of A Pre-Tribulation Rapture View:
A vast majority of the church is unfamiliar with end time prophecy for a variety of reasons, and yet most claim that the pre-tribulation rapture is the primary reason. Why study prophecy when you won’t be around to witness any of it? It wasn’t always this way.
Until the 1800’s no one really thought in terms of a pre-tribulation rapture. But once John Nelson Derby coined the term in the early 1800’s and promoted the idea of an escape from the evil that is to come, people flocked to this idea and still hold on tightly to it to this day. But does this view hold any validity, or is it mere wishful thinking?
““Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Matthew 24:29-31 NKJV
The problem lies within the Day of The Lord and the wrath to come being equated to that of the tribulation era, and yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. The wrath of God is to be poured out on the unbelievers following the tribulation era while the tribulation era itself is the wrath of the antichrist poured out on believers. During the tribulation era, those that submit to the antichrist and beast will live prosperously in the new “utopian” society, that which the radical left is so desiring to accomplish at this very moment.
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
II Thessalonians 2:3-4 NKJV
As Paul states here, the falling away and the rise of the Antichrist must occur prior to the wrath of God being poured out upon the world. The falling away has already began throughout the world as the decline of Christianity has increased with each new generation, and this will only increase after the utopian society is completed and a cashless society prevails, and all those that believed in a pre-tribulation rapture lose hope and submit themselves to this new system.
Stated several times throughout the New Testament is that the Day of The Lord is simultaneous with that of the last trumpet, which again occurs after the tribulation era. This trumpet is described as the seventh trumpet in the book of Revelations which following the trumpet Christ appears to gather His people and bring about judgment on the world, and then the 1,000 year reign of Christ is initiated.
“Behold, I tell 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 trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
I Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV
As daunting as this news may be to some, it should by no means discourage as we have the Lord on our side, and we will ultimately prevail at the end of it all. If we are indeed in the last times as though it seems, we should then orient ourselves appropriately by standing boldly before the opposition and defending the faith courageously. We shouldn’t sit by ideally and allow evil to prevail, but rather fight the good fight as soldiers of Christ.
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