The Rapture: Part One

Lately, the pre-tribulation rapture has been brought into disrepute by many who contend the church will go through the tribulation period.  The tribulation is the declared wrath of God poured out upon this world for embracing lawless sinfulness and brazenly, sinfully rejecting God and His Son Jesus Christ.  The truth that the tribulation is God’s express judgment upon all of mankind is declared throughout the Scripture.

29 ‘”For behold, I begin to bring calamity on the city which is called by My name, and should you be utterly unpunished?  You shall not be unpunished, for I will call for a sword on all the inhabitants of the earth,” says the Lord of hosts.’  30 “Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them:  ‘The Lord will roar from on high, And utter His voice from His holy habitation; He will roar mightily against His fold.  He will give a shout, as those who tread the grapes, Against all the inhabitants of the earth.  31 A noise will come to the ends of the earth—For the Lord has a controversy with the nations; He will plead His case with all flesh.  He will give those who are wicked to the sword,’ says the Lord.”  32 Thus says the Lord of hosts:  “Behold, disaster shall go forth from nation to nation, And a great whirlwind shall be raised up From the farthest parts of the earth.  33 “And at that day the slain of the Lord shall be from one end of earth even to the other end of the earth.  They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall become refuse on the ground.”  Jeremiah 25:29-33

23 “Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord Goes forth with fury, A continuing whirlwind; It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.  24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has performed the intents of His hears.  In the latter days you will consider it.”  Jeremiah 30:23-24

19 “Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord has gone forth in fury—A violent whirlwind!  It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.  20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart, In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.”  Jeremiah 23:19-20

1 Come near, you nations, to hear; And heed, you people!  Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, The world and all things that come forth from it.  2 For the indignation of the Lord is against all nations, And His fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the slaughter.  3 Also their slain shall be thrown out; Their stench shall rise from their corpses, And the mountains shall be melted with blood.  4 All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; all their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as the fruit falling from a fig tree.  Isaiah 34:1-4

1 Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”  2 Why is your apparel read, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?  3 “I have trodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me.  For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes.  4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come.  5 I looked, but there was no one to help, And I wondered that there was no one to uphold; Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me.  6 I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, Made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth.”  7 I will mention the lovingkindness of the Lord and the praises of the Lord, According to all that the Lord has bestowed upon us, And the great goodness toward the house of Israel, Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, According to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.  Isaiah 63:1-7

25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars: and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  Luke 21:25-27

30 “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooks, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.  He has given assurance of this by raising Him from the dead.”  Acts 17:30-31

3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, 4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, 5 which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; 6 since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, 7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.  2 Thessalonians 1:3-10

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.  And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.  He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.  13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God.  14 And the armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.  15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.  And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.  He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”  Revelation 19:11-18

9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.  10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.  Revelations 7:9-11

The passages above reveal God’s wrath is poured out upon unbelievers, not His children.  Though the climax of God’s wrath is the return of Jesus Christ to execute His personal judgment upon all the wicked, the events (seven seals, seven trumpet and seven bowl judgments) leading up to this awesome and glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the judge of all the earth, are the prelude to His final execution of His righteous wrath.  Why would He include His children who have been redeemed by faith that He shed His blood for them so that they can be forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life, which is knowing and spending eternity with God the Father and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent (John 17:3)?  The tribulation is the execution of God’s wrath upon this sinful world; He is not going to include His precious children under that judgment.  Additionally, God pours out His wrath upon those who have persecuted and murdered His precious children.  Why would they be included in His just judgment?  Notice that the martyred souls have to wait for their brethren and fellow servants who are also to be murdered for following Jesus Christ and believing His Holy Word, the Bible.  They are not the recipients of God’s vengeance.  How are God’s elect preserved from His wrath to come?  They are snatched away when Jesus Christ comes for them and they meet Him in the air!

9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.  1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

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8 Responses to The Rapture: Part One

  1. RaymondTheBrave says:

    My major question has always concerned the major detail in Revelations concerning the 7 bowls, 7 seals and the 7 trumpets for us seems wasted as we will not be here when the Tribulation starts and thus will not know what is going on in the Earth. Why would God make John, Daniel, Ezekiel and Jeremiah write many chapters on what happens after the rapture which has nothing to do with the saved Church. Most current believers cannot even articulate this to younger Christians and non-believers just turn bored.
    The nonbelievers will not understand what is in the bible if they can find one and they are going to feel the full force of the each wrath, with millions dying each time. Why pour out this wrath when their ultimately going to be in hell anyway. It seems overkill with no real purpose. It seems like a blockbuster action movie with the showdown in Jerusalem with the Antichrist and Satan and the armies of the world being destroyed by Jesus and his Holy Angels. I am not trying to be flippant or disrespectful to God, Jesus or you.

    My understanding is that when the church age ends with the rapture the Holy Spirit will have to leave as well. My understanding is also the Godly restraints put on Satan will be released and he will be able to be more powerful and evil. This leaves non-believers in a terrible place from which very few are ever going to seek God through Jesus as they will not know what this is about,let alone how many actually survive long enough to think about their lives and their families. The news grapevine will spin a large meter, global warming or something else for the upheaval.

    I know this question might be too soon, but this is how I process things and can then better understand the next scriptures and arguments put forward for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture. I am very open but need to deal with some roadblocks as the arise. I am big picture person first and then want to look at the detail.
    I was taught the Pre-Tribulation doctrine at Bible College in 1985 and believed it until I started looking at the scriptures and how the differences from one from the other Tribulation doctrine depends on a few scriptures which are misinterpreted or misunderstood. The issue is one of Jesus coming back twice and not once.

    Seeking Him and His Truth
    RaymondTheBrave
    I thank you for your patience and understanding.

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    • Eliza says:

      Hi Raymond,
      Does the current godlessness of this world bother you? Does it seem that people are becoming more corrupt and evil? Remember that Jesus said the conditions of this world before He returns will be just as they were before the flood destroyed the earth in Noah’s time. The Scriptures tell us that the imagination and thought of every individual was only evil continuously before the flood came and took them all away.

      5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5
      26 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:26-27

      Notice Jesus says days of the Son of Man, not day. Notice also that Noah was protected, because he found grace in the sight of God, while the rest of the world, going about their daily tasks were destroyed by the flood. Also be aware that eternal damnation is the destination for sinners who reject the gospel, that doesn’t limit God from exercising His wrath against the living while they sinfully, wickedly do many vile and perverse acts. That is the culmination of the tribulation. The unredeemed refuse to believe the gospel. They refuse to repent and believe in Jesus Christ all the while continuing in their wicked depravity. If you keep reading the series your questions will be answered. There is much that is taught in Revelation about the tribulation. I hope that will help you understand God’s Word. Again, I would encourage you to read Revelation on your own, asking the Lord to reveal His truth to you. There is much there that God will use to answer your questions. Thank you for taking the time to read and ask questions. May the Lord greatly bless you. Amen!

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      • RaymondTheBrave says:

        Dear Eliza, I believe the earth is much worse than it was in Sodom’s and Gomorrah days as Paul and many others refer to in their writings. Children under the age of 10 being videoed performing all sorts of acts on animals, humans and each other while being watched on the internet live and being paid for it. Sexual immorality is on every country around the world especially in the basic command of man to be the husband of one woman. 99% of all men have had more than one partner before they get married. The average is 4-8. Sex is just like watching TV or having a smoke, thus the Gay Marriage law as marriage was corrupt. Having doctors create a baby from 3 different donors is abhorrent but it is taking place, parents being able to abort a baby based upon its sex is detestable. Much more does on in this world which is much worse than we can ever know. My wife before she came to be a Christian can attest to that. That is why the wrath on the unrighteous is going to be so severe. They have reached the depths of depravity that we cannot even imagine.You could say we are in a kind of mini-tribulation now.

        Thanks Raymond and I will keep reading. I have just heard and read all what you have stated on the whole before and it is not convincing as it should be. The bible academic Scofield might have a lot to answer for.

        Did you know that there was no teaching in the church about a pre-tribulation until the 1700’s. Before that there is no mention of this doctrine.

        Raymond

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  2. RaymondTheBrave says:

    Dear Eliza,

    I have do some more research from various perspectives and have found this great teaching showing that there are two Greek words for wrath which have a major impact on where the wrath of God is poured out. https://christianteachingblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/not-appointed-unto-wrath-what-scripture-is-really-saying/ This has been well researched and written. Please let me know what you think. The focus of the Tribulation is Israel and not the whole world which is very important to remember. Blessing Raymond

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