Pre Tribulation Rapture – is it based on sound doctrine or faulty assumptions?

There is a popular belief in Christianity today not directly supported in Scripture, yet inferred. The problem, inference requires assumptions and if only one assumption is wrong the inferred idea is faulty. While this book’s topic is not end-times related, the pre-tribulation rapture belief serves a twofold example: Biblical interpretations with assumptions is dangerous and God promises, if His children disobey, we suffer punishment at His hands through sinful man [Matt 5:13]. Possibly the pre-tribulation rapture is a false idea misunderstood by assumptions, instead God will judge the church’s disobedience during the first part of the great tribulation [1Pet 4:17]. While not a popular view, understandably, the outcome is plausible. The basis for pre-tribulation rapture roots in assumptions made from God’s Word, yet not clearly stated in verses: no verses clearly state the rapture occurs before the tribulation and there are clear verses casting doubt on a pre-tribulation rapture. I encourage readers, study yourself, know Scripture for what it says, not what I say it says or anyone else says it says!

Scriptures states the rapture comes at the last trumpet and all believing, dead and alive, change in the twinkling of the eye [1Cor 15:51-52]. At the time the seventh angel shall sound, the last trumpet, the mystery of God will be complete [Rev 10:7] and the kingdoms of this world becomes the kingdoms of Christ [Rev 11:15]. We know from Paul the mystery of God is Christ dwelling in believers [Col 1:27], which is the church [1Cor 12:13]. The word church in the Bible means assembly of believers not the building we visit to worship: see Greek definition below. We know the dead in Christ rise first and those alive at His coming immediately after [1Thess 4:15-17] and Christ’s coming will be sudden as a thief in the night [1Thess 5:1-2].

CHURCH – G1577 ἐκκλησία ekklesia (ek-klay-see’-ah) n. 1. (properly) a calling out; 2. (concretely) a called out assembly of citizens; 3. (specifically, of Christ) the community of the Redeemed of Christ whether being on earth or in heaven or both

Notice important parameters of the rapture’s timing: the world proclaims peace, yet destruction shall come [1Thess 5:3]; they are not yet proclaiming peace! Also Paul warns believers not to be deceived, a great falling away from the faith comes first, and the man of sin must reveal himself, exalting himself above God sitting in the temple of God showing himself as God [2Thess 2:3-4]. No doubt this is where the pre-tribulation rapturest cries foul, they say I am mixing the rapture with the second coming of Christ declaring these as two separate events! Does Scripture say the events are one or two?

2Thess 2:1 “{1) Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him”

Paul combines the second advent of Christ with saints gathering to meet Christ and he includes himself among the gathering. There is more detail regarding end-times then space allows here, yet I offer these verses to encourage you to study end-times for yourself. I have shown Biblical support casting great doubt on the pre-tribulation rapture theory. I had a friend years ago whose pastor stated it this way: pray for pre, prepare for post; his pastor believed a post tribulation rapture. While I adhere to neither view, pre nor post, the point he made is valid: be ready for whatever God does, not what someone says God will do. Scripture says the rapture occurs at the last trumpet, the seventh trumpet is the last trumpet in the tribulation before God pours His wrath on mankind [Rev 16:1] and God promises Christians will not suffer His wrath [1Thess 5:9], but warned of judgment for the house of God [1Pet 4:17].

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