The following is an excerpt from the book ‘The Pre-trib Rapture: A Bucket Full of Holes!’ by Paul Benson
Unbiblical Concept: The armies in white linen at the Second Coming are the previously raptured Saints, and not the angels of God.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in Heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Revelation 19:13-14
The rapture theory teachers say the ‘armies in Heaven clothed in white linen’ following Jesus out of Heaven at his Second Coming are NOT angels, but instead the Bride of Christ! They cite Rev. 19:8 as a ‘proof text’ because it says in that verse: “white linen is the righteousness of the Saints.” And they then go on to suppose that if these Saints in white linen are now coming out of Heaven they had to have first gone in indicating a previous rapture, and thus (supposedly) disproving the claim that the Resurrection of the Just actually takes place at the Second Coming. But is all this according to the truth of the Word of God?
This sounds somewhat convincing until you put it to the test. Does it say here, or anywhere else, that these armies coming out of Heaven are previously raptured believers, or that they are even human? No, this is mere speculation with no scriptural support. They have once again inserted their doctrine into a text, and then claimed it as support for their theory. And as is the usual case with their ‘proof texts’ they have proved nothing.
Lets look at some other individuals in the Scriptures who are also clothed in white linen:
And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. Revelation 15:6
It looks to me like these angels in Heaven are wearing the same apparel as those guys on horses with Jesus. What a shocker! Mary and the others at the tomb saw an angel clothed in a long white garment (Mark 16:5). Daniel also saw an angel clothed in linen (Dan. 10:5). What else would they be wearing, Levi’s?
To say the armies following Jesus out of Heaven are NOT angels because they are clothed in white linen is absolutely ludicrous! This is a prime example of the way the rapture theorists fabricate ‘proof texts’; like inserting their beliefs into this Scripture to ‘prove’ a point, while ignoring other relevant passages that clearly describe the event of Jesus coming out of Heaven with his angels.
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with his mighty angels, 2 Thessalonians 1:7
Notice it does NOT say: ‘when Jesus is revealed from Heaven with his army of raptured warriors’. The Church is finally granted rest from 2000 years of persecution, affliction, and tribulation when Jesus returns to earth, bringing all his mighty angels, at his Second Coming.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: Matthew 25:31
Again, when Jesus comes in the clouds with power and great glory, and begins his reign on earth, he will have brought all the angels out of heaven with him.
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Matthew 16:27
The Bible clearly teaches Jesus is bringing ALL the angels of Heaven with him at his Return. Just how many angels are we talking about here; a sky full? No wonder it says armies – plural! There are many confirming witnesses describing the angels (whom the Bible portrays as wearing white linen) coming out of Heaven with Jesus! Why would you think Rev. 19:14 is describing anything else; unless you are trying to fabricate support for a rickety theory in danger of collapse. When Jesus comes out of Heaven with his army the resurrection /catching away has NOT happened yet! It happens AFTER he appears.
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 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 13:26-27
If you doubt the elect being referred to here is the Body of Christ please see this post. About this time some of you rapture theory believers are wishing you could throw in these verses:
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 1Thess. 4:14
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his Saints, Jude 1:14
… like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the Saints with thee. Zechariah 14:5
Many try to use these verses as proof that the rapture would have to had already happened in order for Jesus to bring these people ‘with him’. But does it say they come out of Heaven? No, it sure doesn’t. Jesus will appear in the clouds with all his holy angels, then resurrect the believers, gather us unto himself up in the air, and then descend bringing all of us with him. The world will in truth witness Jesus coming with his Saints. There is no conflict with these verses.
Also where does it say the Saints are Heaven’s armies, and fight against the wicked and destroy them? The Bible does speak of our struggles with evil in this life as warfare, but does that mean we are the ‘armies in Heaven’ that do battle for God? Isn’t that the job of the angels? I thought the departed believers had ‘entered into their rest’?
When the martyred Saints call out to God to be avenged (Rev. 6:10), will He tell them to go take care of it themselves? I question the way the rapture theorists turn Christ’s Bride into a vengeful army; I guess they must take back all their forgiveness towards their enemies and persecutors, and go kick some major butt on planet earth?
It just doesn’t seem in line with the descriptions we have of the Return of Christ that He would hang back and let his Bride do any fighting for him. It gives me this mental image of a loving married couple at home safe in bed for the night when suddenly they hear glass breaking and noise of intrusion downstairs. Can you picture that doting husband turning to his wife and saying, ”Honey, you wanna get that please?” It just don’t seem right, does it?
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19
The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. Psalms 58:10
We WILL be present at the battle of Armageddon, SEE the vengeance of God upon our enemies, and REJOICE in victory. There is nothing in Scripture to indicate we should think that believers are the ‘armies of Heaven’, but plenty to show it’s the holy angels coming out of Heaven with Jesus in Revelation 19:14. It is erroneous to teach this unbiblical concept, particularly in light of the facts I have presented here. Let’s get it right, shall we?