When does the rapture of the Church happen?
There are many
what is called the pre-tribulation rapture. However,
throughout Church history there have always been people who believed that
Christians would go through all or part of the Great Tribulation.
The basic idea is that Gentile Christians will not go through this time
and instead Jewish Christians will take over spiritual leadership on the
earth until Jesus returns.
According to John Little of Omegashock,
those who hold to this view have embraced a lie. Those who teach this view
are part of a fifth
column attack on God's people, making them sitting ducks when
persecution breaks out. Below is a summary of John's work, followed by
some questions for reflection and links for further study.
The Pre-Tribulation Lie
By John Little of Omegashock.com
1 - What to look for before the rapture
- The Antichrist must appear
- The Tribulation must happen; this
- The sun and moon must be darkened
- The Lord must descend from Heaven with a
- The resurrection must happen (or
happen at the same time)
- A place of safety on this earth for
2 - False evidence
- Imminent Return Of Jesus;
misunderstanding of the definition
- God has not appointed us to wrath; not
His wrath, but Satan's
- The Church is the restrainer; more
likely to be Michael
- Who populates the millennium;
3 - Jesuit origins
When the Protestant Reformation began, the
pope commissioned the Jesuits to try to destroy it by whatever means,
especially since most Protestant leaders said the either the Roman
Catholic Church and/or the pope was the Antichrist. In the late 1500s,
some Jesuits thus created a new Roman Catholic doctrine called Futurism,
which says that this can't be because everything in the Book of Revelation
is in the future. Then, about 200 years later another Jesuit added on the
heresy that all the good Christians (i.e., Roman Catholics) would be resurrected BEFORE the
Antichrist appeared. Part of the package, though, was that after this
‘rapture’, the Roman Catholic Church would side with the Antichrist.
Then, in 1827 a Scottish Presbyterian, Edward Irving, published an English
version of the book called “The Coming of the Messiah”. A young lady
named Margaret MacDonald, whose vision(s) created a massive sensation throughout Scotland and Great Britain in 1830, was a member of Irving’s congregation.
By 1830, Irving was preaching that the Rapture will occur in two stages – a secret one before the Antichrist, and a public one at the end of the Great Tribulation.
John Nelson Darby, was 30 when news of what was going on hit the headlines. He did his own investigation into the matter and incorporated
it into his teaching, especially when he visited the US six times between 1859 and
1874. Next, Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, a Kansas lawyer, published the first edition of his famous Scofield Reference Bible in 1909. By 1930, more than one million copies of his Bible were in print.
He effectively elevated his own thoughts on the Bible to be as important AS the Bible, itself. Whether this was intentional, or not, is immaterial. The fact is that his errors instantaneously became legitimate in the eyes of everyone who read his bible.
Thus, the Jesuits, were successful as many seminaries became major proponents of the Jesuit
Pre-tribulation Rapture theory.
4 - Causing true harm
It is like spiritual heroin, as it will put
a smile one's face and make one feel wonderful. Corrie Ten Boom pointed
out that westerners who told Chinese and African Christians about the pre-trib
rapture did them a disservice, because when persecution came, they weren’t ready.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer
persecution. – 2 Timothy 3:12. The Tribulation is not the wrath of
God. It's the great persecution and wrath of Satan.
5 - the wrath of Satan
Proponents of the Pre-tribulation rapture argue so vehemently against a
post-tribulation rapture because they simply don’t want to suffer persecution.
We've gotten soft and must grow up. The Tribulation is Satan's wrath, not God's wrath.
In a nutshell, it’s the war that the dragon makes upon those that have the testimony of Jesus
Christ (Rev. 12:13-17). God will protect them in the wilderness some
6 - movies
The Left Behind books and movies helped spread the pre-trib rapture lie. A
new one is coming out by Hollywood, so a little common sense tells us it's
got an agenda. Thank God, somebody put out a good movie to debunk ... See "After the Tribulation: The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Fraud Exposed" Official Movie.
Questions for Reflection
If Jesus desires a
"glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing but that it should be holy and without blemish"
(Eph. 5:27), do you really think this describes the Church today? How else will this come to fruition besides persecution (prior to the rapture)?
Since Rev. 1:4 clearly states that the entire letter is for the seven churches in Asia, which were predominantly Gentile, why
should anyone think that Rev. 6-18 describes a time period totally void of Gentile believers?
If Rev. 3:10 is talking to a group of believers in Philadelphia and we live in an age that looks much more like the church of Laodicea, why
would the Laodiceans be raptured out because the Philadelphians kept the word of Jesus' patience? This is not logical. Instead, would it not be more reasonable for the Lord to simply take godly men and women
like the Philadelphians home via natural death before the 3.5 year period
which is mentioned 4 times in Daniel and 5 times in Revelation? This
would be consistent with what He did in the days of Noah:
"And all the sons of men who knew the LORD, died in that year before the LORD willed them to die, so as not to behold the evil that God would bring upon their brothers and relatives, as he had so declared to do."
(Jasher 5:21) After all, Jesus also said that "as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
If our Lord Jesus said in John 17:15,
"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the
evil", why would the Father make an exception
and take Christians out of the world before the tribulation?
If the simplest
simplest approach to reading 2 Thessalonians is merely to
take it as a continuation of 1 Thessalonians, i.e., both are
talking about the rapture followed immediately by an intense
period of judgment called "the Day of the Lord", then
why do some people to try
so hard to manage
the text to make it fit a pre-trib theory?
If you saw events in Rev. 6-18 happening before your very
eyes, would you abandon the pre-trib rapture theory?
Is your God big
enough to protect you through the Tribulation?
Do you think it requires more eternal hope to desire an escape from this world via a pre-tribulation rapture or rather desire to endure hardship and resist evil until a pre-wrath rapture (at the last trump - 1 Cor. 15:51,52, Rev. 10:7) or death so as to receive a better resurrection (Heb. 11:35)?
Illuminati is quietly funding organizations that teach a
pre-trib rapture, why would they be doing this?
If there is "nothing
new under the sun" (Ecc. 1:9), and most religious
people who were anticipating a Messiah were caught by
surprise when Jesus first came, is it too much to expect
that most religious people who are anticipating a Messiah
will be caught by surprise the second time?
How does your
view of the timing of the rapture affect your willingness to
make physical preparations to survive difficult times in
which many people starve and/or die?
Do you think
that a pre-trib rapture view is of any practical value to
the Christians who are being persecuted or killed in the
Middle East? Or is it possibly a hindrance to good survival
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