Bible Evidence for Pre-Tribulation Rapture
There is a lot of debating going on online about the sequence of end-time events and whether the Rapture will happen before, during or after the Great Tribulation.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the terms, let me explain what is the Rapture and what is the Great Tribulation.
The name “Rapture” is not found in the Bible, but is a term coined by believers to refer to this event:
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 WEB)
The Great Tribulation is a future period of 7 years of great suffering on earth due to the tyrannical rule of an evil global dictator called the Antichrist, and also God’s judgment and wrath being poured out into the world:
“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22 NKJV)
These “elect” are not us. It’s talking about the people who become believers during the Great Tribulation. They are “elect” and not “saints” because they don’t have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside them.
The Great Tribulation is shortened to only 7 years because if it dragged on longer than that, the elect would give up and renounce their faith in desperation.
During the Great Tribulation, salvation is not “once saved always saved”. Only those who endure in their faith in Jesus to the end without taking the Mark of the Beast will be saved.
The Great Tribulation is a future period of 7 years of great suffering on earth due to the tyrannical rule of an evil global dictator called the Antichrist, and also God’s judgment and wrath being poured out into the world.
Pre-Tribulation believers will not go through the Great Tribulation
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Some people believe that the following passage shows that the Rapture will happen after the Great Tribulation:
“Now in regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to meet Him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly unsettled or alarmed either by a [so-called prophetic revelation of a] spirit or a message or a letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] come. Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first [that is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed], who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and] takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God.” (2 THESSALONIANS 2:1-4 AMP)
“The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to meet Him” is definitely referring to the Rapture.
However those who believe in a post-Tribulation (Post Trib) Rapture mistakenly think that the “Day of the Lord” mentioned in the passage is also talking about the Rapture.
No that’s not what the “Day of the Lord” is. That day is described in the Old Testament:
“Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south. Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, And all the saints with You. It shall come to pass in that day That there will be no light; The lights will diminish. It shall be one day Which is known to the LORD — Neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen That it will be light. And in that day it shall be That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur. And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be— “The LORD is one,” And His name one.” (Zechariah 14:1-9 NKJV)
The Day of the Lord is not the Rapture, but it is the “Second Coming of Jesus Christ” (Second Coming).
On that day, AFTER the Great Tribulation, He will return not to gather His saints to Himself but to come back WITH His saints to destroy the Antichrist and establish His Millennial kingdom on earth.
So back to 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, let’s use an analogy to explain what it means.
Let’s say you’re watching a musical. There are different “Acts” to represent different segments of the show.
Let’s say that the Rapture is Act 1, the Great Tribulation is Act 2, and the Day of the Lord (Second Coming) is Act 3.
So the passage is saying that regarding Act 1, people are saying that Act 3 had already come, so it’s understood that they were suggesting that Act 1 had already passed.
Then it goes on to say that Act 3 will not happen until Act 2 happens.
I hope that makes sense!
Another passage that people who believe in a Post-Trib Rapture like to quote is this one:
““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)
They will say “See? It’s after the Tribulation that the angels will gather the elect from one end of heaven to the other.”
Yes, but this gathering of the elect is not gathering for the Rapture, but gathering to Jerusalem so as to establish Jesus’ Millennial kingdom on earth.
You see, Jesus won’t expect the believers at that time to book plane tickets to fly in batches to Jerusalem — no, the angels will transport them all to Jerusalem!
“Because you kept my command to endure, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, which is to come on the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 3:10 WEB)
In the Book of Revelation, the verse above are Jesus’ words to the church as written through the apostle John.
As you can see, Pre-Trib believers will be kept from the “hour of testing” which is the Great Tribulation.
God’s word says the following:
“Also to punish the righteous is not good, nor to flog officials for their integrity.” (Proverbs 17:26 WEB)
We who believe in Jesus are righteous in God’s eyes. By faith, we have been clothed with Jesus’ own righteousness.
God is not going to punish the righteous together with the wicked.
Even back in the days of Lot, Lot and his family were removed from Sodom before God rained fire and brimstone upon the city.
Noah and his family were also hidden safely in the Ark before God sent the Flood by opening the windows of heaven and the fountains of the deep.
When the children of Israel were in Egypt, God made a difference between the children of Israel and the Egyptians.
He poured out His plagues upon the Egyptians but the children of Israel were protected from the plagues.
There is Someone restraining the Great Tribulation from happening right now:
“Now you know what is restraining him, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way. Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming;” (2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 WEB)
This Someone is the Holy Spirit who is dwelling inside every believer on earth. He is the One restraining the evil that is already at work in this world.
When the Rapture happens, the Holy Spirit will leave the earth together with all of us who believe.
Once the Holy Spirit is gone from the earth, the Great Tribulation will finally begin, and the Antichrist will be revealed.
So as you can see, the Rapture will happen before the Great Tribulation. Rejoice because you and I who believe in Jesus will not be going through the Tribulation!
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