by Paul Benson
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: -Paul an apostle of Christ
I find it quite sad the way certain Bible teachers try and use the precious stories of the Old Testament to promote the myth of a pre-tribulation rapture. What is sadder yet is how many buy into such nonsense without examining those claims for validity. They accept generalized statements about those events, and even outright lies about them, as solid ‘proof’ God will remove the Church before the trying times of the final years of this age.
In an earlier article we saw how totally ridiculous it is to claim the story of Lot in any manner presents a picture of the pre-trib theory. You can find that article HERE. In this writing we will examine the bogus claim that the Exodus of God’s people out of Egypt likewise gives us the image of an ‘exemption’ from the tribulation time.
In the story of the Exodus we can definitely see types and shadows of the Lord’s Return and our gathering together unto him. And so we should, as God placed them there for our instruction. But one of the deceptive practices employed by the pre-trib promoters is pointing out this fact while applying it to their errant theory. They say, “Look there’s an image of Jesus coming and catching away the Church. There is our pre-tribulation rapture plain as day!”
Then as confirmation this is a pre-trib event they will make claims of sequence and timing not supported by the context of the entire story. In fact the story in reality presents an entirely different picture than what they claim! Let’s look at just two aspects of this Exodus event. The Ten Plagues and the Land of Goshen.
One of the most glaring rebukes of the claim that this story supports their pre-trib theory is the fact the children of Israel did not leave Egypt before God poured out the Judgments on that nation. For this story to support their position they would have surely departed prior to the plagues. But they did not; they were right there divinely protected from the judgment of those days!
There is a very striking similarity between the ten plagues God poured out upon Egypt and the Judgments we see poured out in the final few years as shown in the book of Revelation (and as Moses and Aaron were two witnesses against Pharaoh, there will again be two witnesses who pronounce the final plagues). Of the ten plagues (water into blood, frogs, lice, flies, dead animals, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and death by divine judgment) we see eight of those clearly listed in Revelation. And remember, some of the end-time events in Revelation (the Seven Thunders) are withheld from us, so these other two (lice and flies) may very well manifest at this time also. It would not surprise me a bit.
SIDE NOTE: One of the major tenants of the pre-tribulation rapture theory is that the Judgments of the great tribulation are God’s Wrath being poured out; and since we are not appointed to wrath the Church must vacate earth prior to this time. (I never could see their logic there. They claim national Israel is God’s chosen or ‘elect’ lady, a bride for Jehovah they say, and yet he supposedly pours out his wrath upon her? Isn’t God’s wrath reserved for his enemies? …he reserveth wrath for his enemies. Nahum 1:2 )
The notion that the great tribulation is the wrath of God is a falsehood that does not bear up under scrutiny. It is judgment and a call to repentance. The wrath of God is manifest at the Return of Christ. If the tribulation is the wrath of God Jesus Christ spoke falsely in his description of the tribulation. If you have bought into that mistaken notion please read the article: Is The Great Tribulation God’s Wrath?
The point here is how could this all be a picture of the Church being taken out before the judgments of the tribulation if Israel was right there in Egypt while these events unfolded? What kind of fit is that? It is not; and that is why pre-trib teachers will only refer to these O. T. stories in general terms; and do not tell you to closely examine them for a match.
You will hear them declare: “God took Lot out of Sodom before he destroyed it – pretrib rapture! God saved Noah – pre-trib rapture! God saved his people out of Egypt – pretrib rapture!” BUT when you closely examine those stories what you truly see is an image of God preserving the righteous in the midst of him dealing with the wicked! Lets look a little deeper into the Exodus story.
The Land of Goshen
Those who had originally fled to Egypt for refuge from a severe famine had eventually come under servitude to the tyranny which ruled that nation. They were little more than slaves to Pharaoh. They lived in an area called Goshen. This was not just a little village; the children of Israel had grown to over a million strong. Goshen was somewhat of a nation within a nation. And in the day of judgment God chose to show great distinction between what befell the Egyptians and the children of Israel.
Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. Exodus 3:9-10
I think it important to notice the connection between the judgments poured out upon Egypt to the eventual departing of Israel from that nation and beginning their journey to the ‘promised land’. FIRST came the judgments; and THEN the departure!
And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. 23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be. Exodus 8:22-23
And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel. Exodus 9:4
When God brought judgment upon the land of Egypt in the days of Moses he declared that his judgment would not manifest in the region where the children of Israel dwelt.
Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. Exodus 9:26
… but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. Exodus 10:23
We see that the Lord kept that promise! And do you know who else noticed God keeping that promise? The Egyptians!
He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: Exodus 9:20
Even those among the Egyptians who heeded the words of the Prophet were granted a measure of mercy in the midst of this judgment! Seeing the supernatural way God separated and protected his people in the midst of judgment caused many of the Egyptians to turn to faith in the LORD. And God honored their observance of his words. This is the ‘mixed multitude’ that departed along with God’s people.
And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. Exodus 12:38
There had been a work of evangelism taking place in the course of these calamities! I believe we will see exactly the same effect produced by God protecting his elect Church during the coming tribulation. This important evangelical facet of the end-time events is disregarded by those promoting the pre-trib theory; it is irrelevant to them whose focus is only on their escape. Where is the burden for souls in that mind-set?
FOOD 4 THOUGHT: I don’t know how many times I have heard someone say the only purpose for the tribulation is to deal with the unbelieving Jews and to cause them to return to God. That statement displays great ignorance on multiple levels.
First: Just because there is a verse that refers to the ‘time of Jacobs trouble’ does not mean that is the only thing transpiring on earth during those days. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, Rev. 12:12 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do. Rev.13:14 The whole planet will be affected by the evils of that day; not just Israel!
Second: The signs, wonders, Judgments, and the Gospel preaching of that day will be a clarion call to repentance to the entire world. And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, Rev. 9:20 ..and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. Rev. 16:9
Third: Something many people miss in the end-time scenario is that God is glorified by protecting his people in a time of great judgment (to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. Exodus 8:22 above). This truth is brought out clearly in the Exodus story; but because it does not fit the pre-trib narrative you will never hear them point that out.
Fourth: Sifting! As God separated out those who truly believed and followed the LORD and his teachings from those who didn’t in Egypt; this will also happen at the end. God will use the hardships of that day, and the mark of the beast, to sift all nations to see who will truly follow Christ and his teachings or not.
There is also a clear portrayal of the Second Coming in God calling his people up mount Sinai in Exodus 19; and we could also go into great detail of that imagery, but I think you get the point. When you examine these O.T. stories for a pattern of a pre-trib rapture, that pattern is not what is expressly shown. What we see is God protecting and blessing his people in the midst of him passing judgment upon the wicked.
We see this over and over and over again!
Sorry, there will be no pre-tribulation rapture to whisk away God’s people before the tumultuous times of the final years. The Church will be right here on earth; and God will be greatly glorified in her midst. Persecuted? Yes. Hard times? Yes. Abandoned by God? Never!
When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; 31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. Deuteronomy 4:30-31
… and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. -Jesus Christ
God is faithful!
He will not fail us!
If you have bought into the notion of a pre-trib rapture, and are promoting that fallacy, you need to understand the grave danger that has placed you in. Seriously! I ask that you PLEASE read this article that explains that danger in simple terms.
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