Researchers in the Middle-East have rediscovered ancient anthropological evidence from the time of Christ that reveals exactly how and why the Pretribulation Rapture must occur; unveiling new biblical insight that will reignite hope for believers and prepare the world for what’s coming.
Let me just say at the outset of this review, I very much enjoyed the movie. The production values were high, the music was great, and the storyline very compelling as it unfolded with a beautiful story of a Galilean wedding in the First Century AD. The best part, of course, was the fact that it accurately defended the biblical doctrine of the Pretribulaton Rapture of the Church, a subject all of you know, is one of my favorite things to discuss. I highly recommend people watch this movie, but fair warning, it has a few notable misses we also need to discuss.
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 (KJB)
‘Before The Wrath’ is an excellent movie to watch if you have some friends who attend doctrine-deficient megachurches and are not really sure what the Pretribulation Rapture is all about. It will be quite the eye-opener for people like that. It is also a very good movie to watch with your Post Toastie friends, as it makes a great case for the Pretrib being a must for the born again Church. But it has one or two notable misses that must be addressed if you believe in rightly dividing and being dispensationally correct, as we do here at Now The End Begins.
The Ten Virgins Are Not Any Kind Of Christians Doctrinally
The Ten Virgins we see in Matthew 25 are not Christians doctrinally, they represent Jewish Tribulation Saints who will go through the time of Jacob’s trouble, a time where people are saved by a combination of faith plus works, and not by grace through faith alone as it is for us in the Church Age. The “works” they will have to do is to not take the Mark of the Beast, and to not worship the image, name or number of the Antichrist. In ‘Before The Wrath’, at around the 0:58:00 mark one of the commentators says that the Ten Virgins represents Christians waiting for the Rapture, when in fact they represent Tribulation Saints waiting for Jesus to return at the Second Coming, and that brings us to our next point.
“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.” Luke 12:35,36 (KJB)
The Ten Virgins do not attend the wedding, for when King Jesus returns He is already married. See the verse from Luke 12 with telling them to have their loins girded and to have their ‘lights burning’ as they wait for the Groom to come from the wedding? The 5 virgins with oil in their lamps will be allowed to come into the wedding reception, the ones with no oil in their lamps will not. Only those with “burning lights” allowed in, and you need oil for that to happen. These are Jews coming out of the Tribulation, not Christians who were already raptured 7 years earlier! So where did the wedding take place? Right here:
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Revelation 19:7,8 (KJB)
The wedding does not take place on earth, it takes place in Heaven before King Jesus returns with His Bride at the Second Coming. The parable of the Ten Virgins is such a great place to do some teaching on rightly dividing, but ‘Before The Wrath’ completely misses the boat here. It takes the Ten Virgins, spiritualizes a doctrinal teaching on the Second Coming, and makes them people who miss the Pretribulation Rapture, which is not the Second Coming. Speaking of the Second Coming, that brings us to my next point.
The Pretribulaton Rapture Of The Church Is Not The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ
Sadly, ‘Before The Wrath’ makes another major stumble here and over and over refers to the Rapture and the Second Coming as if they were the same event. Not only do most of the end times ‘featured experts‘ make this error, the script also has narrator Kevin Sorbo, who does a great job vocally, also superimposing language related to the Second Coming over the teaching of the Pretribulation Rapture. When Jesus comes for His Church, to catch us away in the clouds, that is not the Second Coming, it is not the return of Jesus. The Second Coming is Revelation 19, the Pretribulation Rapture is Revelation 4. Jesus only returns once, not twice.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” Revelation 4:1,2 (KJB)
The movie seems to merge Jesus returning at the Second Coming as King of Kings, with Jesus pulling us up into the clouds to take us to the home He’s prepared for us. The two are not connected doctrinally at all. At the Pretribulation Rapture, Jesus pulls us up to be with Him in the clouds, at the Second Coming, Jesus physically returns to the earth with us, His redeemed and raptured Bride. The movie also misses by not consistently using the term ‘pretribulation rapture’ opting instead for simply ‘the Rapture’ in most places. This is confusing because there is a rapture of the Tribulation Saints in Matthew 24 that has nothing to do with the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church. This is where the Post Toasties who don’t rightly divide get all messed up. They see a rapture at the end of Matthew 24 and just assume it’s Church Age Christians when it is not.
The Beautiful Wedding Of The Bride
Now this is the part of ‘Before The Wrath’ that I liked the best, how they show us what a First Century wedding was like in Galilee, and the awesome and beautiful connection that has to the doctrine of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church. It is, without a doubt, the best part of the movie and the most-powerful point it makes for the Pretrib. It is so powerful, that I will leave it as a complete surprise for you to experience yourself.
“Before The Wrath’ features commentary from some well-known favorites like Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries, Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel, and Pastor JD Farag. I absolutely recommend you see this movie, I bought it on Amazon Prime and streamed it last night. You will definitely enjoy it, you will learn something new about the Pretribulation Rapture you didn’t likely know before, and if you adjust for the two places where they missed the mark, it will be an highly edifying cinematic experience.
‘Before The Wrath’ Official Movie Trailer: Pretribulation Rapture of the Church
Today, researchers in the Middle-East have rediscovered ancient anthropological evidence from the time of Christ that reveals exactly how and why the Pretribulation Rapture must occur; unveiling new biblical insight that will reignite hope for believers and prepare the world for what’s coming.
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