Question: Is the pre-tribulation Rapture Biblical?
Also called the ‘pre-trib’ or ‘pre-tribulational’ view, here are some more reasons we believe a pre-tribulation rapture to be the view most supported by the Bible:
1. Jesus promised to deliver believers
Revelation 3:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
2. Only the pre-tribulation view preserves the Doctrine of Imminency
Imminency meaning nearness is the doctrine that Jesus can return at any moment to take believers with Him to the Father’s house.
Look at the many verses that admonish believers to watch for Jesus’ coming:
Luke 12:40 King James Version (KJV)
Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Mark 13:32-37 King James Version (KJV)
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 King James Version (KJV)
“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.”
If any event needs to happen before Jesus’ coming for the saints in the rapture, there is no need to watch.
3. The church is to be delivered from the wrath to come
The promise that the church would not go through the tribulation period was given by the Holy Spirit through Paul to the Thessalonian church.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 King James Version (KJV)
“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”
4. Christians are not appointed to wrath
God makes it clear that believers are not appointed for wrath, but rather be delivered from it.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 King James Version (KJV):
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,”
This can only mean one thing – we will not enter the tribulation. To not enter the tribulation, we have to be raptured away before it begins.
5. Believers are absent in Revelation chapters 4-18
Churches are mentioned 17 times in the first 3 chapters of Revelation, but after John is called up to heaven at the beginning of chapter 4, he looks down on the events of the tribulation, and the churches are not seen until chapter 19 where the “general assembly and church of the firstborn” returns to the earth with Jesus at the glorious second coming.
Are you waiting for the trumpet to sound, signaling the rapture of the saints? If not, do not waste a single moment, read the Gospel and receive the gift of eternal life God has freely made available to all men!
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