A Word About the Rapture…

June 18, 2010 at 8:24 PM 3 comments

By Unknown Artist

I agree.  The Rapture subject has been done to death and I don’t see anyone changing their minds, do you?  You should probably know up front that I am a PreTrib Rapturist, meaning that I believe the Bible teaches that the Rapture will occur prior to the start of the Tribulation.  This will instantly whisk the Invisible Church, aka Christ’s Bride, off the planet and into His waiting arms.

I am not going to spend time debating the merits of the PreTrib Rapture position.  I’ve covered the subject in numerous books I’ve already written and people much more able than I have done so before me.  In spite of this, the debate rages on, with no let up in sight.  I refuse to be part of that debate.  I have better things to do with my time…uh…such as evangelization!

I do want to take a few moments to point out a couple of things to my brothers and sisters who have recently taken up the cause and have begun referring to people like myself with less than charitable names.  Shame on you.

No Persecution Clause
First, it is said that one of the main reasons I believe what I believe is because I want to escape the coming persecution.  Wrong.  The reason I believe as I do has everything to do with Scripture.  I did not come to the Bible and go, “Hmmm, let’s see, I really don’t want to be here when it gets tough so I’m hoping to find some passages that I can twist in my favor of a PreTrib Rapture position,” (as if that would make any difference in God’s plan anyway!).

No, that was not it.  Consider this, IF the PreTrib Rapture position is the correct one (just humor me for a moment), then it must be in the Bible, correct?  If it is in the Bible, then any excuses or complaints that are thrown at me for believing the PreTrib Rapture position, actually wind up denigrating God and His integrity. 

While I do not like the prospect of physical persecution, that is NOT why I believe the PreTrib Rapture position is the biblically viable position.  It is based on Scripture, not my presuppositions, or wants.

Tremendous persecution exists in this day and age, and has existed for some time.  The Christians that are persecuted daily in North Korea, China, India and many other places, are not getting a “Get Out of Persecution Free” card, so why should I expect one?  The plain and simple answer is that I don’t expect one.  I could be persecuted tomorrow or the next day.  God could send me to Asia, or India, or some third world country where Christians are killed in numbers that are unbelievable.  Persecution is alive and well across this planet.

The PreTrib Rapture position does not include a “No Persecution Clause” so I would appreciate if those of you who believe you have come up with a tangible reason why you think I have “decided” to be a PreTrib Rapturist, would knock it off.  You’re only kidding yourself, and puffing yourself up at the same time, as if you have no qualms about being physically persecuted.  Pppffft!

C. I. Scofied
Another reason that people say I am a PreTrib Rapturist is because prior to Scofield, the theory did not exist (it is alleged), so therefore, what I have done is merely read what Scofield taught, and said, “YES!!  This is my ticket outta here!”  Again, wrong.

I have actually studied the various theories and proposals, and the one that makes the most sense to me is the PreTrib Rapture.  It is not as if I was born a Dispensationalist.  I spent many years not believing in any particular form of Rapture.  It did not matter to me and in some ways, it still does not matter to me!

Beyond this, ever since the start of Roman Catholicism, allegorical interpretation of Scripture was the main way in which the Bible was interpreted and this goes directly back to Augustine.  It should be no surprise to anyone that from about 300 A.D., until Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg Door, the Rapture was not taught.  This does NOT mean that it is not a viable doctrine.  It means that once Roman Catholicism cornered the market on Christianity, things went downhill quickly.  Bibles were taken away from the average person, and it was forbidden to own one, or to translate it into the common language.

In short, no one could study the Bible for themselves!  They had to take the word of their priest.  AFTER the Reformation began, Bibles once again got into the hands of the average person and guess what?  They started studying the Bible for themselves again.  It was because of this, that doctrines like the Rapture (and Eschatology itself) began to be studied and came to the fore.

The reality is that either the PreTrib Rapture is based solidly on Scripture, or it is not.  If it is, then you have no leg to stand on (if you are not a PreTrib Rapturist).  

I am just not interested in debating with anyone who believes I only adhere to the PreTrib Rapture theory because I do not want to endure persecution (as if that belief actually changes anything), or that I am too stupid to study on my own in order to assess the situation.  Those who make these claims are guided by ego, and we all know what happens when ego guides us, don’t we?  If not, read just about any of the Proverbs…

Deceived
This is similar to the last one.  I am fully deceived, therefore I believe the deception, and the deception is the PreTrib Rapture.  Because of believing this deception, if I am alive when the Tribulation begins, I will lose faith in God because I will wake to the fact that the Rapture did not happen as I thought it would!  Oh NO….!

Because of this, my eyesight will be affected and I will mistake the Antichrist for the real Christ and take the mark, to be forever segregated with those other poor souls in the Lake of Fire.

So far, have you noticed that every objection is based on something other than the Bible?  These are very nearly ad hominen attacks.  Obviously, God cannot do anything about it because apparently my “free” will supersedes His, so He is powerless.  Whatever…

The Thessalonians Passage
Ah, we finally come to something that has to do with the Bible. The text reads, “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 2:3-4).

Here’s what I read and hear constantly from people who deign to come down from their high horse to even give me the time of day.  They say that it is obvious that the Rapture cannot happen before the middle of the Tribulation because of this verse!  So, I listen intently, as if they are performing the greatest magic trick ever.  I wait patiently so that I can applaud when they finish, then return to their high position.

Paul says that “that day” can’t arrive until a falling away happens (which is where I believe we are now as far as this world is concerned).  Then he says “and that man of sin be revealed.”

The person I’m listening to stops, desperately trying to hide the smug expression on his face, while silently waiting (daring, actually) for me to say anything to negate his words.  I can’t.  There is nothing I can say that would negate his words, because all he has done is quoted Scripture.

Pitifully, he looks at me, sighs a bit, then explains that the text is referring to when the Antichrist is revealed.  When is he revealed?  He is revealed at the midpoint of the Tribulation, three and one half years into it when he breaks the covenant with Israel.  Again, he stops, this time the smugness is a bit more obvious and waits, assured within himself that I can say nothing to counter his superior intellect.  I am cornered with no defense.

Actually, no I’m not.  Overcoming his faulty reasoning is not at all difficult.  In fact, it is very easy to do and permit to regale you now.  Yes, Paul says “that day” cannot occur until the Antichrist is revealed.  I agree with that 100%.  It cannot happen.

However, when is the Antichrist actually revealed?  Isn’t the Antichrist revealed when he first brokers an agreement with Israel at the start of the Tribulation?  Moreover, isn’t this when we know that the Tribulation has begun, by seeing this one event?  Why yes, I believe it is this very event that kicks things off.  This event is how the people living at that time will know the identity of the Antichrist.

Now, why do mid-tribbers and others take this verse to refer to the time when the Antichrist reveals himself as a liar (when he breaks the covenant halfway through the Trib)?  Why do they automatically assume that this revealing that Paul speaks of must be referencing that event when he goes into the Temple and sets himself up as god? 

Is it because the rest of the verse and following points that out?  Okay, but it appears as if that is merely Paul’s extended description of the man of sin.  Yes, this is what he will do, but surely the Antichrist opposes God from the beginning of his reign!  Come on, people!

Antichrist sets himself up as god and will eventually sit in the Temple, which alerts the Jews to the fact that he is an imposter.  However, when the Antichrist actually brokers the deal with Israel and the surrounding nations in the Middle East, that is when we actually find out who the Antichrist IS.  He is the guy!  There he is!  That’s him right there, signing the peace document with the leaders of the other nation!  Wow, what a guy!  To think, no one else could bring peace to the Middle East and THIS guy did it!  Whoo hoo!

Don’t you think that THIS is when the Antichrist is revealed?  Just say yes and let’s move on.  Look, people can think what they want about the Rapture, except they need to stop thinking that I am deceived, or cannot think for myself, or whatever.  I listen to many Posttribbers and others who seem unable to think for themselves either.  It is as if there are thousands of Dave MacPherson clones running around, all parroting his words, while at the same time accusing me of parroting Scofield’s.  What is the difference then?  We’re all allegedly parroting someone else’s words.  Feel better now?  Good.

Let’s just get along and realize the most important thing we can do in this life is serve God, and evangelize the lost.  We are not here to enter into stupid, asinine, time-wasting debates about aspects of Eschatology!  It is a complete waste of time.

Jesus is God.  He is sinless and perfect, deserving of our constant and full worship.  We need to daily, moment-by-moment, bow the knee to Jesus, our Lord and our God.  We need to love Him with an undying love that is so much in union with Him that if circumstances call on us to die for Him, we would do so in a split second.  Do I hear and “AMEN”?  I sure hope so.

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3 Comments

  • 1. BarryS  |  July 27, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    I ask Tim McHyde why does he use a pre-trib. scripture to support his post-trib. internet business. Escape in the Greek is “ekpheugo” the etymology of the word is”ek” which means out of not through. He took my comment off. Keep up the good work. In Christ.

  • 2. Doug  |  July 14, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    alienology.the ashtar command will cause the pre-trib rapture

    • 3. modres  |  July 14, 2010 at 9:11 PM

      No, I believe God will cause the PreTrib Rapture. Ashtar Command will simply try to make it LOOK as though they did it.


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