Growing up, I didn’t really spend that much time talking about End Times prophecy with other believers. I just assumed that people ‘got it’. Then, when I was living in Israel, there were so few Christians around, that the same situation applied. However, one day, I stumbled over someone who was talking about the pre-tribulation rapture theory.
When I quizzed him on the implications, I finally got the picture. Pre-trib people believe that Israel is saved DURING the Tribulation.
This is what happens when you don’t read your Bible, carefully. And, it also forces us to focus on Israel FIRST, if we are to discuss a prophecy timeline.
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Prophecy Clock – Israel
The Bible agrees with itself completely, which is great because it allows you to verify your position and allows others to challenge that same position:
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. – Proverbs 27:17
Of course, when iron sharpens iron, sparks fly and things can get pretty heated. But, that’s how it works. If you can’t handle disagreement, then Christ isn’t for you.
Oh, and let me mention that most of my friends are pre-trib. Seriously, I generally like pre-trib people better than the post-trib kind – except when talking eschatology. But, let’s get back to the subject.
Why do pre-trib people believe that Israel MUST be saved during the Tribulation?
Revelation 7 and Matthew 24
There are two reasons – Revelation 7 and Matthew 24.
In Revelation 7, it says:
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. – Revelation 7:3-4
So, Israel is there, for sure. And then, there’s Matthew 24, which says:
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: – Matthew 24:15-16
Clearly, there are Christians in Israel when the Antichrist proclaims himself, and there is a ‘holy place’ where this vile fellow will go to tell everyone that he’s god.
But… um… there’s a problem.
Pre-Trib Theory Proven False
Here’s the problem:
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
That blows the whole idea of a pre-tribulation rapture completely out of the water.
How can you possibly believe in a pre-tribulation rapture after reading that?
And, God is in control of who He saves and when He saves them.
So, why does He cause Israel to suffer through the Tribulation?
It doesn’t make sense, if the purpose of the Rapture is to pull Christians OUT of the way of the Antichrist. Here is the verse that the pre-trib people continually quote as a reason for a pre-tribulation Rapture:
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, – 1 Thessalonians 5:9
So, if WE are not appointed unto wrath…
…why are they?
That is yet another problem with the pre-trib position. But, there is an even bigger problem.
The Pre-tribulation Rapture Theory requires you to alter the way that the Bible lays out prophecy for the Last Days. You are forced plug Ezekiel 36, 37, 38 and 39 into the time of the Tribulation. You are forced to see Jeremiah 30 – and every other reference to the Salvation of Israel – as a reference to the Tribulation.
You are unable to see the time period in which Israel is saved, until it is too late. Isaiah 17 and Isaiah 19 become meaningless to you. And, when Gog and Magog come down to attack Israel, you will be blind to the implications, and you will be caught by what happens here:
And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord. – Ezekiel 39:6
Please remember that the pre-trib theory predicted the Rapture when Israel became a nation. It also predicted that the Rapture would happen when Jerusalem was captured by Israel.
What are you going to do when the Pre-tribulation Rapture Theory is wrong, yet again… and the Earth takes a direct hit by a solar EMP?
Are you ready for this?
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If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.
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