Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Although I have posted this material several times, I continually meet folks who either hold the view that the Rapture of the Church is a myth, or they believe it will occur sometime after the Tribulation begins. So, I will state again my reasons for holding to the Pre-Tribulation Rapture position. In other words, born again believers will be removed, and the Lord will gather Israel for seven years of chastisement.
1. This period is described as a time of: Wrath: Rev. 6:16-17; 11:18; 14:19; 15:1,7; 16:1,19; 1 Th. 1:9-10, 5:9; Zeph. 1:15,18. Judgment: Rev. 14:7; 15:4; 16:5-7; 19:2. Indignation: Isa. 26:20-21, 34:1-3. Punishment: Isa. 24:20-21. The Hour of Trial: Rev. 3:10. Destruction: Joel 1;15. Darkness: Joel 2:2; Zeph. 1;14-18; Amos 5:18.
2. The seventieth week of Daniel 9:24-27, has to do with Israel.
3. The Doctrine of Imminence requires that no prophetic events can occur before the Rapture (see www.plymouthbrethren.org/article/1625).
4. The Restrainer of 2 Th. 2:7-8 prevents Satan from beginning his diabolical work. The Church is the light of the world; darkness cannot go where there is light (Phil. 2:15).
5. There are many proofs that there is a difference between the Rapture and Christ’s second coming (see www,middletownbiblechurch.org/dispensa/dispch13.htm).
6. The message of the two witnesses of Revelation 11:1-11 (see www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_revelation11.php).
7. The Church at Philadelphia (possessors of Christ) will be spared the wrath to come, while the Church at Laodicea (professing Christians) will not be spared (Rev. 3:7-22).
8. The Lord’s dealing with Israel will begin at the end of the “times of the Gentiles.” In Luke 21:24, we are told that the Gentile control of Jerusalem is a key to when He will again deal with Israel.
9. The 144,000 of Israel, sealed during the tribulation, are saved Jews and are not said to be part of the church (Rev. 7:4; 14:1-5).
10. The chronology of the book of Revelation speaks of the Church in the second and third chapters, but not in chapters six through nineteen, which describe the Tribulation.
11. God has not appointed the church to wrath (1 Th. 1:9-10; 5:2-11).
12. The Church Age is described as an age of GRACE. We don’t deserve to be exempt, but thanks be to God, we are.