Will The Rapture Happen Before The Event?

What Is Rapture?

It’s the catching up of the saints by Jesus after the tribulation before the wrath of God is poured out on the earth. It is the first resurrection. All who have died in the Lord will be raised up and those who are living will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thess 4:16-17, 1Cor 15:51-52).

While most Christians believe in the “catching away” , there have been endless arguments about the timing of it. When I was growing up, I was taught Pre-Tribulation rapture and it does sound good in the ears particularly for those of us who don’t want pain of any sort and want to prosper and be fat till we die “in good health and wealth.”

However, since I decided to study the subject for myself, I have discovered that Pre-Trib doctrine cannot be found anywhere in the Bible. We have to use our own private fallible interpretations to make it happen and most of the time they contradict each other and ignore swathes of Scripture and Christian Doctrine.

POST TRIBULATION

As I write, I am of the persuasion that, before God pours His wrath after the tribulation (Mt 24:29) on the earth, He will take every one of His Bride. There are no “left behind” or 2nd chances nor 2nd class Christians aptly called Tribulation Saints. WHY? The Warrior Bride of Christ will be fulfilling her Great commission right to the END OF THE WORLD. (See Mt 28:18-20).

Jesus is not coming for some Mickey Mouse bumbling fearful Bride all dirty and NOT ready! Oh No! He’s coming for a Bride that has made herself READY and kept PURE the garment of righteousness! (Rev 20:4) A Triumphant Warrior Bride! Ready and willing to fight for her faith in the Bridegroom even to death, glorious death! (Rev 12:11) Triumphant even in martyrdom! I often wondered what Paul meant by those who are alive and REMAIN? (1 Thess 4:17) Remain FROM what?

JESUS Said The First Resurrection is The Last Day

According to the very words of Christ Jesus, the faithful will be raised on the LAST DAY and not before; while, on the LAST DAY the unfaithful will be condemned: all is relative to the LAST DAY:

Jn 6:39 And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it [on] the LAST DAY. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him [on] the LAST DAY.” 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the LAST DAY. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the LAST DAY.

Jn 12:48 Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the LAST DAY,

When expressed by a disciple, our Lord Jesus did not correct the understanding:
Jn 11:24 Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the LAST DAY.”

Jn 17:15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them FROM the evil one.
Mt 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the END OF THE WORLD; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the END OF THE WORLD. Amen.

How End is END? How last is LAST?

Let’s stop twisting scripture to soothe our itching ears.

1Cor 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.

How LAST is LAST? 7 years before last or really LAST?

2Thes 2:1-3 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ[PAROUSIA], AND by our gathering together unto him [RAPTURE],2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.3 Let no man DECEIVE you by any means: for that DAY shall not come, except there come a falling away first [APOSTASIA], and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition

Mt 24:29-31 Immediately AFTER THE TRIBULATION of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

God Wants The Ungodly Out

God doesn’t want Christians out of the world in order to escape persecution and conflict; He wants the ungodly out! Our mission is to convert the world, not to flee from it. Jesus is praying that Christians should not be “raptured” — taken out — of the world before the end. When the rapture/first resurrection happens on the LAST DAY, the wrath of God will fall cleansing the earth of all sin and wickedness. Then we will come again with the Lord to reign on the earth! (Rev 20:4)

This is the consistent message of the Bible: that God’s covenant people will inherit all things and that the ungodly will be disinherited and driven out. [see Pro 2:21-22 and Pro 10:30]

Tribulation Is Not The Wrath Of God

Like persecution, tribulation is not the wrath of God. It is also not the result of a faith failure. If either of those were true we would have to say the Apostle Paul was constantly attacked by the wrath of god and having faith failures, which is absurd. Paul not only endured much persecution, but also other forms of pressure, including distress, anguish of heart, many tears, hardships, calamities, sleepless nights, hunger from being often without food, thirst, poorly dressed, homelessness, exposure to the cold and the elements, laboring with his hands, three times he was shipwrecked, once he spent a night and day in the ocean.

He endured danger from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, and dangers on the sea. (1 Corinthians 4:11-12, 2 Corinthians 2:4, 6:4-10, 11:25-27). In Asia he came under such great pressure that he despaired of life itself. Yet he reported how God used the pressure to teach him how to rely more on God and less on himself (2 Corinthians 1:8-10).

Once again, it was NOT the wrath of God that happened to Paul. Neither was it as a result of weak faith. All sorts of pressure comes into our lives because we live in a fallen world where most people are not doing the will of God.

Since tribulation is not the wrath of God, we have no scriptural reason to expect the rapture to deliver us from tribulation now or during the coming tribulation period. Like Paul, we must endure tribulation and believe by faith that God will cause all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28). Whether we live or die.

Pre-Trib Doctrine & Hollywood

Pre-trib doctrine – is even backed by Hollywood – that should send alarm bells to any true Christian.  They even make fun of it. Hollywood is NO Friend of Christians so what business has it got promoting Pre-Trib Rapture? 

The Pre-Trib doctrine will cause most “believers” to give up their faith when persecution comes because they were NOT PREPARED for it. Nor prepared for the DELAY (Mt 25:1-13) of the Bridegroom.

The wise thing to do is get our lamp filled with oil and take extra for when you ran out (like the wise virgins) and so that we are ready for whatever happens. Without holiness NO one will see God. God have mercy on us all.

 

Why The Event Before Rapture

As I have explained in other sections, the Bride of Christ is not ready yet, mostly asleep or pursuing prosperity and castles here on earth. Yes, some are busy getting ready and current persecution in certain parts of the world is waking her up, but for the most part, we need a wake-up call.

When the Event happens it will WAKE UP the Bride/Church to purify herself and make herself READY. It is a judgment on the Church. 1Pet 4:17 All the game playing, false churches, false prophets, false teachers, false apostles, false doctrines(including the hyper grace and prosperity gospels) and defilement will be severely judged.

As in Hebrews 12:27, it will be a severe shaking of the whole earth: anything in the Church not of God will not stand. This will be literal shaking of the earth. Many mega-churches will simply disappear through earthquakes and other devastations. House churches will be the norm with 2 or 3 people or more and guess what, there will likely be no conferences and endless programs robbing the sheep of money. The church will now be praying like Jesus said – church should be a house of prayer. And I can imagine, the prayers will not be the selfish, “chasing witches away prayers”. Rather there will be deep repentance and seeking the Lords FACE and desiring only Him.

Isa 26:9 “With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”

It will also cause her to witness like never before regardless of whether she dies or not so that all the others destined to be part of her will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and join the cause. They in turn will witness with all boldness and Divine Love. The glory of God will shine literally on and through the Bride (Is 60;1-2) She will be ignited with Divine Love and compassion for the lost and will fearlessly bring the harvest in. The minute the last one is in, the Rapture will happen. Then the Wrath of God will be poured on the Earth, cleansing it from all unrighteousness! Ready for Jesus Millenial reign.

 The more we sweat in PEACE, the less we BLEED in war.

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