The Bible Believers Guide To The Pretribulation Rapture Of The Church

For the past 2,000 years, the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ has been the blessed hope of Bible believers around the world. But in our day,...
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As inconceivable as it might sound, there are many Christians who assail and attack the Bible doctrine of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ.

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For the past 2,000 years, the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ has been the blessed hope of Bible believers around the world. But in our day, the day of the apostate Laodicean Church Jesus warned about in Revelation 3, this precious and vital doctrine is under terrific attack from the most unlikely source. Christians!

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As inconceivable as it might sound, there are many Christians who assail and attack the Bible doctrine of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ. Scoffers go on to say, and wrongly so, that this doctrine was not taught before Mary McDonald and John Nelson Darby spoke about it in the early 1830’s. Some even say it was an invention of CI Scofield in his reference study Bible. Are these things so?

On this episode of Rightly Dividing, we open up both the Old and New Testaments, and we examine the difference between the Rapture of the Church, one event, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, a completely separate event. The Bible is awash in scriptural evidence for the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, tune in and see just how deep the rabbit hole goes.

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  • Alfred

    It all depends on if you are a dispensationalist. If you believe that there are two peoples of God, Israel and The Church, and that there is more than one gospel, then a pre-trib rapture fits your eschatology. But if you believe there is only one people, one Savior, one Church, one body of Christ, one Gospel, and everyone (Jew and Gentile) who is a born-again believer are children of the promise. Then a pre-trib rapture doesn’t fit into your eschatology. I might add also that sovereign election and predestination is important also.

    • Geoffrey Grider

      If you believe there is a difference between the Old and the New Testaments, then guess what? You are a Dispensationalist 🙂 You are a Calvinist, I see, and as such you do not acknowledge that the Church does not replace the Israel and the Jews. The Rapture is for the Church, one group, and the time of Jacob’s trouble is for the Jews and Israel. That’s why it’s called the time of Jacob’s trouble.

    • Bro. Nick

      Alfred – Do you know that the word “DISPENSATION” is found in “the word of the Lord” ~ in the New Testament Only ~ KJV
      ~ to the Apostle Paul Only

      1 Corinthians 9:17 ~ KJV:
      [17] For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward:
      but if against my will,
      A DISPENSATION OF THE GOSPEL is committed unto me.

      Ephesians 1:10 ~ KJV:
      [10] That in THE DISPENSATION OF THE FULNESS OF TIMES he might gather together in one all things in Christ,
      both which are in heaven,
      and which are on earth;
      even in him:

      Ephesians 3:2-5 ~ KJV:
      [2] If ye have heard of THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD which is given me to you-ward:
      [3] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
      [4] Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
      [5] Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men,
      as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

      Colossians 1:25-26 ~ KJV:
      [25] Whereof I am made a minister,
      according to THE DISPENSATION OF GOD which is given to me for you,
      to fulfil the word of God;
      [26] Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations,
      but now is made manifest to his saints:

      ‘God’s Unfolding and Incrementally Revealed Will Does Not Mean God Changes’

      ‘Dispensationalism does not teach that God changes. At its root, it simply tells us that at various times, God chose to reveal Himself to humanity in different ways and often gave special instructions during that time (the sacrificial system for Israel, as one example).
      That does not equate to Him changing.
      In fact, all it means is that He chooses to show us a different side of Him that we had no real knowledge of beforehand.’

      Study – Grow – Know | September 25, 2015 at 11:20 AM | http://studygrowknowblog.com/

      ~ CAPITALization and emphasis of “the word of the Lord” is mine – Bro. Nick

  • Read the Bible, never mind anything else, dispensationalist or anythign else. The Bible is clear for a Pre-Trib.

  • What has become crystal clear to me, is that those who disagree with and usually disparage pretribulationists and the extremely biblical grounds which we believe and hope for Jesus coming for us, simply can’t see the forrest for the trees because the weight of scripture surely proclaims Jesus and His Rapture of the saints!

  • Sorry. Most people don’t actually ready the Bible, but instead follow their church doctrine. I don’t believe in pre-trib rapture. Matthew 24:29 specifically says “…immediately AFTER the tribulation…”. Every Christian experiences tribulations. None are immune. The rapture is AFTER these tribulations, BEFORE God’s wrath, and then (Matthew 24:31), he shall gather his elect (rapture). I also do not believe the Jews, Israelis, as mainstream Christian doctrine teaches today, are God’s chosen people. That ship sailed a long time ago. We’re all Jew’s, Roman’s 2:29, inwardly, through Jesus, and Romans 10:12, there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek, and Revelations 3:9, some say they are Jews, but are not. For me it’s pretty clear. I was raised a Catholic, so I’m fully aware of the doctrine, and am aware of the verse used to back up pre-trib, and Zionist doctrine. Every word of the Bible, every promise, is for me, and for you, Mark 13:357, ‘…what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” I don’t believe some priest has some special, super secret ‘other’ meaning, different from what is specifically said in the Bible. I’ve read those versus for myself, and they say exactly, there is no pre-trib rapture. All Christians, even Christ, experience tribulations.

    • Sweepea

      I agree with you Mar719. What’s clear is the scripture you mentioned in Matthew 24:29 which clearly shows when Jesus returns for the church. I don’t understand how people don’t understand what a simple word as AFTER means. You would think that would end the debate between pre, mid and post. I believe that most Christians are not prepared to face what Jesus points out in verse 21 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be”. Because of this reality Christians have hardened their heart and somehow convinced themselves to believe they’ll escape this coming trial with a deceiving left behind rapture. People need to study scripture and stop relying on books and preachers and their revelation.

    • Joshua Alvarez

      Are you sure you aren’t still a Catholic? Catholics don’t teach a pre-trib rapture.
      Source: The Catholic Catechism.

  • There will be people saved DURING the Tribulatio and the elect from Israel will be taken up. Sorry, I follow Pre-tribulation.

  • For future reference only; I posted a couple of scripture regarding fulfilled prophecy (Luke 24:44, etc.) earlier this week and its disappeared.

    I’m wondering if there was a problem?

  • Reminds me of a Pete Ruckman booklet

  • Doug L

    Jesus returning for His Bride and His Second Coming are not the same event.
    What you are expecting will determine what you will prepare for, watch for and
    be ready for – when it happens.

    Jesus will RETURN for His Bride – as a Groom
    “At midnight someone shouted, ‘The groom is here! Come “out” to meet him!’ Matthew 25:6
    “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my RETURN. Matthew 25:13
    When Jesus RETURNS for His bride – He will be “as a thief” in the night – but not to those who are ready!
    But know this, that if the master of the house knew in what watch the thief would come, he would watch, and would not suffer his house to be broken up. Matthew 24:43

    Jesus’ SECOND COMING will be seen by all – He COMES as King of Kings
    For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man COMES. Luke 17:24
    Look! He is COMING in the clouds. Every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. Every tribe on earth will mourn because of him. This is true. Amen. Revelation 1:7

  • Doug L

    Let us rejoice, be happy, and give him glory because it’s time for the marriage of the lamb. HIS BRIDE HAS MADE HERSELF READY. She has been given the privilege of wearing dazzling, pure linen.” THIS FINE LINEN represents the things that God’s holy people DO that HAVE HIS APPROVAL. Revelation 19:7,8
    Then the angel said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy in this book because the time is near. Let those WHO DON’T have God’s approval go without it, and let filthy people continue to be filthy. Let those WHO HAVE GOD’S APPROVAL continue to have it, and let holy people continue to be holy.”
    “Blessed are those WHO WASH THEIR ROBES so that they may have the RIGHT to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are dogs, sorcerers, sexual sinners, murderers, idolaters, and ALL WHO LIE in what they SAY and what they DO.
    “I’m coming soon! I will bring my reward with me to pay all people BASED ON what they have DONE. I am the A and the Z, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
    Revelation 22:10-15

    • Praise God for your post Doug. It is uplifting.

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