The Rapture

Brace yourself. I have some hard-hitting evidence about the Rapture that a lot of people don’t like to see. But, before I get into that, let me first say…

This book isn’t directly about The Rapture. Unfortunately, some will reject what was said, because it doesn’t conform to their notions of when the Rapture will happen, and whether God’s promises to the Children of Jacob were literal. Those who reject the literal nature of God’s promises, will reject what I wrote. Those who center their faith in Christ on the belief that the Rapture must happen before the Antichrist comes, will also reject what was written here. And yes, there are those who’s faith in Christ is all about when the Rapture happens.

Both groups will have very sad outcomes in this life and maybe – for some – even in the Life to Come.

For the rest, those who made it through a couple chapters of this book will wonder what I think about the Rapture. If you are willing to let the Bible speak for itself – through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – my views on The Rapture aren’t important. However, there are aspects to this issue that are deeply troubling from the perspective of Truth.

If you love the Truth…

…you will do everything in your power to uphold the precious words of God.

…error is a terrible thing.

…you want other people to have it, too.

The Truth In Love

What you will read here is all about my passion for the Truth and my desire that fellow Christians avoid as much suffering as possible. But, I also know that we must hold the Truth in love. I have been correctly accused many times of not having enough love for those who disagree with my perception of what the Truth is. They were right, and I have had to spend a lot of time repenting.

Thankfully, God is merciful. He took a hard-hearted young man, and spent years prying away the bitterness infecting my spiritual life. I was a part of the Church of Ephesus that Jesus criticized in Revelation 2. I still feel a bit battered by what God did to turn me around, but I’m a far better follower of Christ, than I was thirty years ago.

So, let’s get something clear before moving forward:

The timing of the Rapture is not a salvation issue.

It isn’t even an issue of how good a Christian you are. My two favorite pastors disagree with me on the timing of the Rapture, and they are good brothers in Christ who have served the Lord well. And, I truly doubt that their errors are any worse than my own.

Seriously kids, we all make mistakes in interpreting what the Bible says.

Unfortunately, ‘spiritual mistakes’ have consequences, and it is my desire that we avoid those. If we live in the Last Days, getting this wrong will be painful. So, let’s talk about this issue.

Three Main Theories

There are three main theories about the Rapture that govern most views of the Last Days:

  • It happened two thousand years ago, and we’re in the Millennium ruling and reigning with Christ.
  • It will happen before the Antichrist rises, so you have nothing to worry about.
  • It will happen just after the Resurrection, when Jesus Returns.

That first one is the view held by Preterists, Amillennialists and Post Millennialists. I’ve always been shocked and even outraged by that view, since you would need to cut out most of the Bible to make that interpretation make sense. The fact that the Book of Revelation was written after 70 AD should make their errors pretty clear. But, I’ve never been able to convince a holder of such views, so I won’t try.

The second view is far more Biblical. Most evangelical Christians hold to a Pretribulation Rapture, and their churches tend to have a far greater share of the Holy Spirit than those who hold the first view. They don’t throw out the Old Testament. They understand that the Jewish People will one day be our brothers and sisters. And, I embrace their love of Israel with great enthusiasm.

The third view sometimes overlaps with the other two. Lots of Preterists, Amillennialists and Post Millennialists will say that they also believe in a Post Tribulation Rapture, but what they mean by that is far different than what you and I might mean. Also, SOME Post-Tribbers don’t throw out the Old Testament, and still believe that God will save the Children of Jacob. Unfortunately, my experience with Post Tribbers has been pretty negative.

So, I have strong disagreements with all three views.

(yes, really)

And no, I’m not Mid-Trib or Pre-Wrath or any of the other nuanced views that smaller groups have. Waving such slogans around makes it hard to actually see what the Bible says. I’ve spent too much time in the Church of Ephesus already, playing games of ‘this group versus that group’. I do not want to keep doing that.

Unfortunately, as much as I love my brothers and sisters who hold a Pretribulation Rapture view, there are problems with that view that must be addressed. This book deals with one of them already, since most Pretrib people believe that Gog is the Antichrist, and that the coming of Gog and Magog happens during the time of the Antichrist. I’ve already shown that this belief is not true, but it goes deeper than that. Much deeper.

This even touches upon what it means to follow Christ.

The Theory That Will Blind You

I wish that being a Christian meant that life was a serene experience of clear skies and smooth sailing. Unfortunately, those of us who wish to live holy and righteous lives in Christ, WILL suffer persecution (2 Tim 3:12). When Paul wrote that to Timothy, he wasn’t thinking of the persecution that you and I have experienced – frowns, disapproval and lost jobs. No, he was referring to the persecution that Christians are experiencing right now in the Arab world – at the hands of those like ISIS. Or in Africa – such as with Boko Haram. Or in China – at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

The persecution that THEY are experiencing now, is coming for us, all too soon. We call it The Great Tribulation, but we would understand it better if we called it The Great Persecution. Unfortunately, that name has already been used to describe the horrible events during the time of Emperor Diocletian.

Well, Satan has had more than one thousand seven hundred years of practice since Diocletian, and this has given Satan the tremendous opportunity to perfect his skill at destroying Christians. And soon, he will have one final chance to try and eliminate the church that Jesus built.

The good thing is that it will only last three and a half years, and there will be great reward for us, when it is all over.

However, we have many brothers and sisters in Christ who believe in a different story. They believe that we will NOT suffer the persecution of the Antichrist, and that belief has caused them to be careless. They aren’t preparing for ANY catastrophe, WHATSOEVER. And, this is because they have put their trust in a theory that just isn’t true.

We all have something that we believe to be true, but is not. When I stand before the Lord – after this life is over – He will show me all that I got wrong, and will forgive me of those sins. (And yes, ignoring the truth is a sin.) But, a lie that disarms us and makes us vulnerable to Satanic attack… well …that goes beyond mere falsehood and straight into something more vile and outrageous.

The Father Of Lies Comes For A Visit

Satan’s mastery of deceit is unparalleled. When it comes to lying, no one does it better. No one is more sophisticated. No one is better at making deceit look like the truth. And, the best lies ALWAYS look like the truth. In fact, the best lies have quite a bit of truth in them. And, I believe that these lies have worked their magic in the hearts of believers, to put them to sleep so that Lucifer could work unopposed.

Satan’s plan has been an amazing success, and now he is ready to put the next stage into action. However, God will put a nice big delay in Lucifer’s strategy. The Devil will try to destroy Israel, and God will knock down the civilization that Satan built. It will be Ezekiel’s Fire and a billion people will die.

Unfortunately, English speakers will be among those who suffer the most, since the most advanced countries will be hit the hardest. And, unless you take steps to prepare, that means you. You might survive, but without preparation… well …the odds are stacked against you.

You must not allow Satan’s deception to rob you of the chance that you have, right now, to prepare spiritually and physically. We have been asleep for far too long. It is time to wake up and prepare for what is coming – so that we can serve the Lord.

Please remember that there is no point…

…if the point isn’t about serving the Lord.

The Blinding Rapture Theory

Your first step of preparation is to cast off the ‘sleeping pill’ that Satan has sedated us with. Jesus said for us to be awake, but Lucifer does not want that. Darkness loves sleepy Christians, so let’s wake up.

What is this sleeping pill?

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory

I keep calling it a theory, but that’s just because I am trying to be polite. It’s an evil lie promoted by false teachers two centuries ago. So, let’s neutralize this evil by looking at the truth.

Starting With The Truth

When judging whether something is true, or not, start with statements of fact. Try not to assume that one thing – or the other – is true. This is not an exercise in ego. Neither is this about trying to prove whether this person or that person is a bad Christian, or a good one. This is about discovering truth. Plain and simple.

So, let me start with ‘statements of fact’ that I have gleaned from the Bible. You might start with a different list of factual statements, and I understand that. I encourage you to do just as I have done below and list out the statements of fact that you can find in the Bible, about this subject:

  • The Antichrist must come before the Rapture
  • The Tribulation must come and be finished before the Rapture
  • The Sun and Moon Must be Darkened before the Rapture
  • The Lord Must descend from Heaven with a Shout before the Rapture
  • Jesus Must Return before the Rapture
  • The Resurrection must happen just before the Rapture (or, at the same time)
  • There is only one resurrection for those who are God’s people
  • God promised that Christians would suffer much tribulation
  • There IS a Place of Safety on this Earth

Each of those statements of fact comes from very clear verses in the Bible. Ignoring even one of those verses would be a sin, yet Christians do this all the time. So, let’s look at those verses and prove without any possibility of doubt that the above statements are fact and not theory.

There IS a Place of Safety on this Earth

However, I want to start with the last statement of fact in that list, because many people believe the pretribulation rapture theory because they are afraid of the Great Tribulation. I understand that fear. No one wants to go through that level of suffering, and the thought of it makes even someone like me cringe. So, let me start off with hope – with a place of safety that God promised in the Bible.

When God sent the ten plagues upon Egypt, He didn’t take the children of Israel out of Egypt. But, He did provide them with a place that was free of these plagues. It was an area of Egypt called The Land of Goshen.

And, we can find the same idea in Revelation. According to the Book of Revelation, there is a place that will offer protection to God’s people, to those who flee the Antichrist:

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Revelation 12:13-14 (KJV)

There IS a place of safety that will be prepared for God’s people. And, it will be a place that will keep them safe, until the end of the Tribulation.

Do I understand how that is possible?

No. No one does. But, that shouldn’t keep us from taking it on faith.

Please remember that God loves us. He loved us enough to sacrifice His own Son on the cross for us. His Son bore our suffering and sin. Our pain and suffering is His. God does not want to see us suffer, and Revelation 12 shows that there is a place of safety for many of us. However, you will not have the opportunity to be in a place of safety, if you allow yourself to twist the Bible.

Of course, you will notice that I said ‘many’ and not ‘all’. Some of us will choose to sacrifice our lives for Christ. There will be great reward for those who do so. Others will fail to heed the warnings and will not prepare. And, there may be some who do not have the opportunity to escape. Our brothers and sisters who are suffering and dying at the hands of evil men in Asia and Africa already understand why some are not able to escape.

Whatever may happen, I have placed my safety and my future in the hands of God. There are no better hands, and I hope that you will join me in surrendering to God’s plans for you. Life is short. The idea that it might be shorter than you expected is meaningless.

False Teachers

Did you know that there is more persecution of Christians now, than at any other time in human history?

Yet, there are false teachers claiming that God would never allow His people to suffer – which is foolish, in the face of all the hardship, anguish and persecution that Christians have experienced for two thousand years. But, I can tell you that there will be an opportunity to escape suffering, if you pay attention and follow the truth, and not lies.

Following a falsehood will ALWAYS lead to suffering in this life, and worse – in the Life to Come. And THAT is what Satan is setting you up for. Do not follow the carefully manipulated ‘truth’ of Satan. Do NOT twist the Bible. You must get this right, or you will die.

Yes, it really is a life and death issue.

After the first series of disasters rolls by, we can argue the finer points of eschatology. Until then, make ready for the worst moment in human history since the Great Flood. But, let’s get to proving the rest of those statements that I made.

Proving Those Statements Of Fact

Try to keep an open mind and evaluate all of what I’m saying objectively – i.e., not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice.

The Antichrist Must Come Before The Rapture

Paul reached out to the church in Thessalonica because they were thrown into turmoil over the idea of the Rapture. It appears that someone was telling them that they had missed it. Here is what Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 2:

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (KJV)

The Antichrist MUST come before the Rapture. There is no other way that you can interpret this passage. None.

Unfortunately, many seek to twist this verse by saying that the phrase ‘falling away’ is The Rapture.

Really? Apostasy is the RAPTURE?

Here’s the Greek word that Paul used for ‘falling away’:

ἀποστασία – apostasia

That is NOT – and cannot be – the word for the Rapture. In another verse, apostasia was translated as forsake in Acts 21:21, when Paul was being accused of teaching apostasy, it was because they thought that he was telling people to forsake the Law of Moses.

Another interesting point was raised by Chris White, that I hadn’t thought of. He says that if you claim that ‘apostasia’ is the rapture, then you are interpreting Paul’s words to say:

The Rapture cannot come until the Rapture comes first.

That statement doesn’t make sense, and I’m glad that Chris pointed that out. I missed that one.

Apostasia is NEVER used in ANY place in the Bible in reference to the Rapture. In fact, Paul already had a word that he uses for the rapture. It’s used in this phrase:

by our gathering together unto him

The Greek word used for gathering together is:

ἐπισυναγωγῆς – episynagōgēs

It really does just mean ‘gather together’.

The word that many like to use – rapture – comes from the Latin – rapturo. It’s a good word, and I use it because that’s what people understand. The Greek version of this word is:

ἁρπάζω – harpazó

It means to snatch away, or to take by force. And THAT is exactly what the Lord is going to do. He’s going to snatch us away. In fact, Paul uses much the same word in 1 Thessalonians 4:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:17

The word for shall be caught up is:

ἁρπαγησόμεθα – harpagēsometha

And, the root is – you guessed it – harpazo.

So, when someone comes to you and tries to tell you that The Great Apostasy in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is actually the rapture, tell him that he’s passing on a false theory. And then, tell him this:

The Antichrist Must Come Before The Rapture

To believe otherwise is to believe a lie. And, there is only one person who is the father of lies.

The Tribulation must come and be finished before the Rapture

These words stick in my mind:

…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Those are the last few words of Revelation 19:10. And, they should stick in your mind too, because they are telling you that the words of Jesus should be the foundation for our examination of prophecy. And, when Jesus spoke of the Last Days, the coming of the Antichrist and the Tribulation, He made no mention of a pre-tribulation rapture. None. Zero. Zip.

You would think – if there WAS a pre-trib rapture – that Jesus would have mentioned it here. But, He didn’t. However, He DID say this:

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matthew 24:29-31 (KJV)

This is Jesus, our Lord and Savior, telling us that the Rapture MUST HAPPEN AFTER THE TRIBULATION IS FINISHED!

But… what is this tribulation?

Well, let’s roll back up a few verses:

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Matthew 24:15-22 (KJV)

Jesus told us that when the Antichrist (or the image of The Beast) stands in the holy place, you need to run – FLEE!

Flee from who?

The Antichrist.

Here’s why:

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Matthew 24:21 (KJV)

Now, ask yourself this question:

Who is causing this great tribulation?

You got it. The Antichrist. When you SEE the Antichrist proclaimed… run. The Antichrist is the one causing the Great Tribulation. Or, more accurately, Satan, the one who in-dwells the Antichrist.

He will be Attila the Hun, Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong – all rolled into one. He will unleash the worst mass murder in the history of mankind. He will be a genocidal maniac that would kill every human being on Earth, given enough time.

But, God will NOT give him enough time:

And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Matthew 24:31 (KJV)

Please, did you get that?

The Rapture is the angels coming and gathering you up. Therefore, The Rapture happens AFTER THE TRIBULATION COMES AND ENDS.

There is NO OTHER WAY TO INTERPRET THOSE VERSES!

Period. End of Statement.

If you believe that we don’t see Wrath of God that comes after the Trumpets, you might be right. I don’t have a strong opinion either way. The Wrath of God is not the Great Tribulation.

The Sun and Moon Must be Darkened before the Rapture

This next point, how the Sun and Moon must be darkened before the Rapture, is connected to the verse that I talked about, above. But, it’s worth talking about separately. Although, this time, I’ll use Mark 13:

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Mark 13:24-27

Please, everyone, there is NO WAY that you can see ANY pre-tribulation rapture here. The Sun and Moon must be darkened first, and the stars fall. Then – and only then – will The Rapture happen.

By the way, the darkening of the Sun and Moon happen in Revelation 8.

The Lord Must descend from Heaven with a Shout before the Rapture

You saw me talk about harpazo, above. Well, this snatching away is not going to be some quiet event. In fact, Jesus descends from the sky with a shout. Here’s the specific passage:

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV)

I have a question to ask you:

Does this sound like there is any room for a pre-trib rapture here?

Not to me.

The Lord returns from heaven with a shout. The resurrection occurs after that. THEN – and ONLY then – the rapture happens. This means that:

There. Is. No. Pre-Tribulation. Rapture.

Jesus Must Return before the Rapture

I have already shown you Matthew 24:29-31 and Mark 13:24-27 above.

How does the Lord return?

Well, Jesus said that everyone would see Him return in the clouds with great power and glory. THEN He would send His angels to gather up His people from the Earth. This is His RETURN.

Does Matthew 24 or Mark 13 speak of a SECOND return?

Of course not. There is just one – THE RETURN.

Do we understand everything that will happen at the time?

Probably not, but that shouldn’t keep us from accepting what our Lord and Savior told us.

The Rapture really does occur WHEN Jesus returns.

The Resurrection Must Happen Just Before The Rapture

Many do their best to distort and explain away the evidence of a post-tribulation/pre-wrath rapture, but they have an exceptionally tough time of it – especially, when it comes to the resurrection. In fact, every time I raise this point, they begin attacking me personally, instead of answering the passage.

So, this passage is especially thorny:

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV)

THAT is unquestionably a rapture passage. No one can question that, but it is also a resurrection passage.

How can you have a pretribulation rapture, if the resurrection must happen just before (or at the same time as) the Rapture?

The answer is that you can’t.

You CANNOT have a pre-tribulation rapture, because the resurrection MUST happen BEFORE the rapture. And… there is only one of them for God’s people. Okay, you might be a little puzzled by why that’s significant, so let’s talk about it.

There Is Only One Resurrection For Those Who Are God’s People

The Bible calls it The Resurrection of the Just (Luke 14:14), and the Bible speaks of only one of them. If you aren’t in THAT resurrection, you will be in what Jesus called The Resurrection of Damnation (John 5:29). This presents a problem for those who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture because it is clear that there are followers of Christ in the Tribulation.

If promoters of the pre-tribulation rapture are correct, then it means that those poor saints go through the Great Tribulation will be resurrected in The Resurrection of the Damned. And, that just doesn’t make sense. This is why many have made up this nonsense about multiple resurrections.

If there were more than one resurrection, why would Jesus only refer to ONE RESURRECTION?

But, let’s go further into the Bible, about this:

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4-6 (KJV)

Those that go through the Tribulation WILL BE IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION!!

Is there any other FIRST RESURRECTION?

Of course not, the Greek word for first in that passage is singular.

Did Revelation make ‘first resurrection’ plural?

No. Revelation speaks of only one of them. And again, the Greek word used is VERY specifically singular.

Just to rub it in a little, here’s Jesus speaking in Luke:

And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

Luke 14:14 (KJV)

Again, the Greek word for ‘resurrection’ is ἀναστάσει. It is singular. You can’t get anything plural out of that word. So, if you don’t make it in the First Resurrection, and are not in the Rapture, you will be in the resurrection of the unjust, after the Millennium.

Again, what happens just after (or at the same time as) the resurrection?

The Rapture.

God Promised That Christians Would Suffer

The reason why we are even having this debate is due to our desire to avoid suffering. We don’t even want to THINK about what the Antichrist will do to us during the Tribulation. That is completely understandable, but it’s not an excuse to twist the words of God.

In fact, God promised us that we would suffer persecution and tribulation. I am mystified by those who think that we could avoid it. There are just too many verses that talk about this. Here are a couple:

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12 (KJV)

…and:

And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Acts 14:21-22 (KJV)

I have a question to ask all of my many Dispensationalist friends (and yes, I have many):

With all the persecution that we have experienced over the past two thousand years – and are experiencing now – why do you think that we should be exempt from the persecution of the Antichrist?

Because THAT is what we are talking about. Many will tell you about how God isn’t going to pour out His wrath upon His people, but in their minds they are just interested in avoiding the Antichrist. All that you have to do is listen to them talk when you mention the Antichrist.

Well, if we haven’t been able to avoid the persecution of the communists/catholics/nazis/pagans, then we aren’t going to avoid the persecution of the Antichrist.

Well… actually …that’s not completely true.

There Is A Place Of Safety On This Earth

I mentioned this at the beginning of this section, and I will mention it again, here:

There is a place of safety.

God provides places of safety and protection for His people. There are so many cases of this in the Bible, that I could write a whole book on such things. And, one day, I might. But for now, remember that God DOES PROTECT HIS PEOPLE. But, notice HOW He does it.

He protects them in the MIDST of trouble.

Yes, sometimes God takes His people AWAY from trouble. But, there are many, many times when God leaves His people in the middle of trouble – while protecting them FROM that trouble.

However – and this is important – the Bible shows that this protection did not occur if you were not obedient to God.

Having said that, you could be COMPLETELY obedient to God, and still suffer. All of the Apostles – except for John – were murdered in the most horrible ways. Millions upon millions of Christians were murdered by the Catholics and Muslims.

When Jesus said this…

Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

Luke 10:3 (KJV)

…He wasn’t kidding.

But, our pain, suffering and death always has a good reason when God allows it. It is never without a purpose. I do not expect to die of natural causes (although, I’m old enough that I might). Nor do I expect to survive until the rapture happens. What I DO expect is that my death will be used by God for His glory and purpose, whichever way that death happens.

That sounds awfully melodramatic. God may indeed have me survive until my Lord and Savior returns. I certainly won’t complain if that happens. I just don’t expect it.

More important, I understand the possibility, and I accept it. I have chosen to keep my eyes open and my spirit awake. My hope is that you will do the same. But, not everyone has a similar level of understanding as you and me. So let me repeat, yet again, the verse that should give many a hope of escape:

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Revelation 12:13-14 (KJV)

There IS a place of safety that will be prepared for God’s people. And, it will be a place that will keep them safe, until the end of the Tribulation.

Do I understand how that is possible?

No. No one does – at least, not yet. But, that shouldn’t keep us from taking it on faith. The problem is that you will not have the opportunity to be in a place of safety, if you allow yourself to twist the Bible.

No Verse Describes A Pretribulation Rapture

Let me end this ‘fact check’ by making another statement of fact:

There is no verse in the Bible that talks about a pre-tribulation rapture.

I’ve seen the claims made by false teachers, and all that they can offer are verses that they have twisted out of shape. And, that reminds me of something that someone once said:

The Bible is like a person. If you torture it enough, you can get it to say anything.

God did not intend for you to torture the Bible. He meant for you to accept it. It is His words for you. If you would not twist the words of those that you truly love on this Earth…

…why would you twist the words of God?

My suspicion is that many love themselves and their physical comforts more than they love God. Lots of ‘christians’ are like that. I also fall into that, from time-to-time. In fact, Paul spoke of this in his second letter to Timothy:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)

And yes, the pre-tribulation rapture theory is one hum-dinger of a fable.

Short Summary – Your Choice

I want to move on to more issues about this pre-tribulation rapture theory, but I want to do a quick review of what I’ve told you, so far:

  • The Antichrist must come before the Rapture
  • The Tribulation must come and be finished before the Rapture
  • The Sun and Moon Must be Darkened before the Rapture
  • The Lord Must descend from Heaven with a Shout before the Rapture
  • Jesus Must Return before the Rapture
  • The Resurrection must happen just before the Rapture (or, at the same time)
  • There is only one resurrection for those who are God’s people
  • God promised that Christians would suffer much tribulation
  • There IS a Place of Safety on this Earth

My goal is to help you stay as safe as possible in the coming days, so that you can continue to serve the Lord. But, you will not be able to do that, if you believe a lie.

The pre-tribulation rapture theory really is a lie.

So, I leave the choice to you:

Would you rather believe God?

Or,

Would you rather believe a lie?

The choice is yours.

Choose well.

The Historical Origins Of This Lie

As I looked over all the above, I find myself amazed. The evidence for a post-tribulation rapture is so huge, it just cannot be ignored – unless something Satanic was inserted into the discussion. There is just no way that you can come up with such an obvious falsehood unless someone convinced you that it was true BEFORE you read your Bible.

Well, that ‘someone’ was Chilean Jesuit priest, Manuel Lacunza. And, I find it to be extremely significant that the origin of this pretrib lie was a member of such a devious organization – an organization that played a key role in so much evil in the world.

So, let’s talk about the Jesuits and how they created the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie.

How The Jesuits Created the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie

A little over a year after I began my attempt to dig up evidence about the evil afflicting our world, I began to stumble over traces of Jesuit involvement. Their tentacles reach deeply into many different organizations, and there is proof that they have been infiltrating and subverting many churches and denominations.

So, when I ran into the Jesuit origins of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory, I was shocked, but not surprised. Satanism is alive and well at the highest levels of the Jesuits, and it is no wonder that the father of lies would use this foul organization to corrupt evangelical Christianity with pre-trib theories.

They really are THE external source that made the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory possible.

The Jesuit Pre-Tribulation Rapture

When the Protestant Reformation began, men like Luther and Knox claimed that it was the Catholic Church itself who was going to be the Antichrist. This made the Pope nervous, and at the Council of Trent, the Pope commissioned the Jesuits to counteract this ‘dangerous’ idea.

In the late 1500s, two Jesuits, Francisco Ribera and Roberto Bellarmino, came to the Pope’s rescue and created a new Roman Catholic doctrine called Futurism, or Jesuit Futurism. Basically, Jesuit Futurism just says that the Roman Catholic Church can’t possibly have anything to do with the Antichrist. Of course, they wrote it in Latin, which kept it from being a ‘best seller’.

Then, along comes Chilean-born Manuel Lacunza, a Jesuit priest who found himself with too much time on his hands, because he’d been defrocked. (The Pope had been forced to disband the Jesuits in 1773.) Lacunza built on the ideas of Ribera and Bellarmino by adding that all the good Christians (i.e., Catholics) would be resurrected BEFORE the Antichrist. However, he said that after this ‘rapture’, the Roman Catholic Church would side with the Antichrist.

The Pope liked it, except for the last bit, so he banned it.

Undeterred, Lacunza chose to write in Spanish and publish under the name Rabbi Juan Josafat ben-Ezra. Of course, someone else could have chosen that name, since the book came out in 1811 – ten years after he died. Whatever the case, the book gained popularity throughout Spain and eventually wound up in the hands of a Scottish Presbyterian, Edward Irving.

Edward Irving

For Irving, it was love at first cite. (Sorry. I couldn’t help myself.) In fact, he was so taken with the book, that he promptly took up the study of Castilian Spanish so that he could translate the book into English. His translation was published in 1827 as “The Coming of the Messiah”. The name ‘Edward Irving’ might sound familiar because he is one of the fore-runners of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements.

The famous Margaret MacDonald, whose vision(s) created a massive sensation throughout Scotland and Great Britain in 1830, was a member of Edward Irving’s congregation.

Also in 1830, it appears that Irving started preaching that the Rapture will occur in two stages – a secret one before the Antichrist, and a public one at the end of the Great Tribulation.

Do you think that it’s a coincidence that Margaret MacDonald would just happen to be a member of a church led by a man who translated THE BOOK describing the Jesuit Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory?

Sorry. We don’t do Coincidence Theory here.

John Darby

John Nelson Darby, was 30 when news of what was going on hit the headlines. He did his own investigation into the matter and incorporated what he saw into something called Dispensationalism. He also made his own translation of the Bible which some say is deliberately biased towards his Dispensationalist views and the theory of the pre-tribulation rapture.

Darby visited the US six times between 1859 and 1874, preaching Dispensationalism and the pre-tribulation rapture. He also spent much time preaching in Europe, developing a reputation as an interpreter of Bible prophecy – which is too bad, ‘cuz he was actually terrible.

C.I. Scofield

All this and more, impressed the man that would be the biggest promoter of the Secret Rapture:

Cyrus Ingerson Scofield

Scofield, a Kansas lawyer, became entranced by the idea of Dispensationalism and the Secret Rapture. And, he combined those and other views in with the Bible and published the first edition of his famous Scofield Reference Bible in 1909. By 1930, more than one million copies of his Bible were in print. The Scofield Bible became the single, most important promoter of the Pre-tribulation Rapture Theory and Dispensationalism.

At this point, it was all over. Literally.

By placing his commentary of the Bible – within the Bible – he essentially elevated his own thoughts on the Bible to be as important as the Bible itself. Whether this was intentional, or not, is immaterial. The fact is that his errors instantaneously became legitimate in the eyes of everyone who read his bible. With the advent of the Scofield Bible, seminaries became major proponents of the Jesuit Pre-tribulation Rapture Lie.

And THAT Is How It Happened

So, if you were wondering where the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie came from… If you were scratching your head over the source of this insanity …that’s it. It started with one of the most vile and evil organizations ever created, the Jesuits – an organization sworn to corrupt and destroy everyone and anyone who is not a Roman Catholic.

That organization produced a book, and put it into the hands of a charismatic preacher, who taught it to his church. And, a young woman, Margaret MacDonald, had a vision that hit the headlines. Those newspaper headlines convinced a young John Nelson Darby to add a pre-tribulation rapture theory to his idea of Dispensationalism.

Then Scofield committed an awful sin by inserting these lies directly into the Bible. This meant that everyone who was reading the Scofield Bible

…Well, they swallowed the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory, as if it were the words of God.

(After all, they were right there, in the Scofield Bible!)

What a horrifying situation. How dare we accept such an abomination – to elevate the words of man – to that of God.

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Really Is A Jesuit Lie

Of course, all of that is secondary.

I have shown you that the following WILL and MUST happen before the Rapture:

  • The Antichrist must come before the Rapture
  • The Tribulation must come and be finished before the Rapture
  • The Lord Must descend from Heaven with a Shout before the Rapture
  • Jesus Must Return before the Rapture
  • The Resurrection must happen just before the Rapture (or, at the same time)

The scriptural evidence provided to back up those statements are completely and utterly obvious.

And, when you compare that evidence with the evidence coughed up by pre-trib theorists…

…well, there is really only one conclusion.

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is a Lie, and it is so obvious, that it’s hard to understand why ANYONE believes in such nonsense.

Please, everyone, throw off this deception and start preparing for disaster. There is no time left for foolishness and self-deceit.

 

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