by Paul Benson
The teaching of a Pre-trib Rapture to remove the Church before the final few years of this age is a dangerous and damaging doctrine that seriously wounds the understanding of those who are deceived by it.
It is so provably false that if it were ever argued in a courtroom it would be thrown out due to lack of evidence; and labeled as a frivolous claim!
But, as believers with a love for the truth, we must be able to do more than just state our opinion that such a claim is false. We need to be able to give people reasonable cause to doubt the validity of that doctrine! Here are twenty good reasons to reject that modern myth of escapism:
REASON # 1. Pre-trib rapture teaching is contrary to the historical belief that the Body of Christ will face Antichrist before the Return of our Lord Jesus.
The Body of Christ has since the days of the early Church undoubtedly believed it would face the onslaught of Antichrist and his war on the Saints. This is a historical fact! Only in modern times has a segment of the Church been steered aside to believe a fable of a pre-tribulation rapture.
Prior to the 20th century that teaching had a very limited audience; and prior to the mid-19th century the notion was basically unheard of out side of a religious movement in Great Britain called the Plymouth Brethren. The point being it is not the historical belief of the Church; but is entirely a modern doctrine!
I have long asserted that if the pre-trib teaching were a biblical reality (something actually taught from the Word of Truth by the Spirit of Truth) then that teaching would absolutely flood the writings of the Christian preachers, teachers, and theologians down through the centuries. It is not an insignificant teaching. And it affects many other important facets of doctrine. Therefor there would be an overwhelming record of this doctrine in their writings that exist today. There is no such record. In fact what we see is the opposite!
In contrast to the mere handful of quotes from their writings that may or may not indicate someone was toying around with the idea of a pre-trib ‘escape’; there are literally many hundreds of quotes that warn of the day the Church will face the horrible wrath of Antichrist. Here is a link to a page on my site that gives scores of quotes from Christian writers down through the centuries speaking of that future persecution of the Church by Antichrist:
Quotes on the Church facing Antichrist before the Return of Christ.
REASON # 2. Pre-trib rapture teaching contradicts the clearly stated truths of 2Thessalonians chapter 2.
Many subtle and shady tactics (some of them bordering on ridiculous) have been undertaken to obfuscate, and shift the focus away from, the truths presented in this chapter! In this second chapter verses 1-4 plainly state that the Coming of our Lord and our gathering together unto him will not happen until AFTER a falling away and the man of sin is revealed.
The chapter goes on further to state that this Coming of our Lord (in which we are gathered together unto him) actually destroys the Antichrist. How could this be a pre-trib event if it doesn’t happen until after Antichrist is revealed; and actually not until it ends his reign of terror? It cannot!
This obvious contradiction pre-trib theory presents to 2Thessalonians chapter 2 is one of the primary reasons I began to question what I was being taught about the end-times. As a new believer, with a voracious appetite for the Word of God, I was hearing one thing from the pulpit and seeing another in the Scriptures.
I had to make a choice about which I was going to believe – what man was telling me the Bible said, or what the Bible was speaking to me itself. The decision to regard the plainly stated truths of Scripture above the theories and theologies of man cost me dearly as a young Christian (and continues to do so to this day). But it was the wise choice; and I hope it is the choice you also have made!
REASON # 3. Pre-trib rapture teaching misrepresents the destiny of the Church.
The pre-trib teaching says the Church is whisked off live forever in Heaven in a blink of an eye. But no such scenario is taught anywhere in the Bible! We are caught up to meet Jesus in the air (1Thess. 4:17) after the resurrection of the dead at the last day (John 6:40) at Christ’s return to Earth after the tribulation (Matt. 24:29-31)). He has arrived to execute vengeance upon the wicked; and to begin his reign here on this planet.
Can anyone show me one passage that describes the Body of Christ being removed from planet Earth at the catching away to meet Jesus in the air; or any that describe the Church residing in Heaven after the Coming of Christ? There is no such passage in the Bible!
The meek shall inherit the Earth just as the Scriptures promise! Christ told us to be praying for his Kingdom to come; not for his Church to suddenly depart! Let’s get it right!
Those who quote John 14:1-4 as a promise of an ‘eternal home in Heaven’ need to read and believe the entire quote, not just the portion they think speaks to their claim.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3
Those who claim we are destined for an eternity of dwelling off in a spiritual Kingdom of Heaven seem to ignore that Jesus promised us that where he is we shall be also. Where is Jesus going to be? Here on Earth! Where is his Bride going to be? By his side ruling and reigning HERE ON EARTH!
ARTICLE: Does John 14:1-3 Promise Us A Home In Heaven?
REASON # 4. Those Stolen Snippets!
The pre-trib rapture fable hinges upon ‘catch-phrases’ that are in reality snippets of verse stolen away from passages that in no way speak of a pre-trib catching away! In fact most of them are clearly speaking of the Second Coming; but they are pulled out of that contextual setting and deceptively misapplied to promote the pre-trib hoax.
Here is a challenge no pre-tribber ever takes me up on, and gets back to me with a correction to show I am mistaken! Maybe you would like to take that challenge yourself?
Trace all of the many catch-phrases (Like a thief in the night, In the twinkling of an eye, No man knows…, Left behind, etc., etc., etc.) associated with the pre-trib rapture fable back to their origin in the Scriptures, and you will find a remarkable common denominator. They have ALL been hi-jacked away from verses that are absolutely not speaking forth any pre-trib event! And you will see most of them are pulled from verses that are plainly speaking of the Second Coming!
It is out-right theft and deception the way those catchy hi-jacked phrases have been used to promote the pre-trib hoax! Here is an article where I examine this theft of Scripture in great detail:
Stolen Snippets – Unmasking The Deception Of The Pre-trib Rapture Teaching
REASON # 5. Pre-trib rapture teaching denies and opposes what the Bible clearly teaches about election!
To teach that unbelieving Israel is the elect of God today is so blatantly contrary to what is plainly taught in the New Testament writings it is almost mystifying that such a large number of believers have bought into that line of thinking.
Not one time in the N.T. will you find national Israel referred to as being currently in a state of election; only a reminder that they are under a call to embrace faith in Christ and return to that election.
And when any of Israel do in fact heed that call they are rejoining, or grafted back into (Rom. 11:23), the very same entity that we, the Body of Christ, are now a part of. There is no separation of Jew and Gentile! Separation (Dispensational) Theology is false theology!
Romans 11 without doubt clearly teaches unbelieving Israel was CUT OFF from their election! But it teaches further that a remnant of believing Jews retained that status as God’s elect; and that we, the Gentile Church have JOINED (not replaced!) that faithful remnant in their election. Pre-trib rapture theory (and the Dispensational Theology it has spawned) denies not only the truths of Romans 11 on election, but also a lot of other Scripture; including the teachings of Ephesians chapter 2 and Galatians chapter 3.
Their false teachings take the ‘one new man’ (Eph. 2:10-16) who is now the elect of God, and who is the true recipient of the salvation by grace through faith which God promised to Abraham’s seed (Gal. 3:7-29), and sever him into two separate entities with two separate promises of salvation and two separate destinies! This is absolutely unbiblical and provably false!
ARTICLE: A Simple Biblical Picture Of Election
REASON # 6. Pre-trib rapture teaching denies that God’s Elect are now the Body of Christ!
But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26 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 13:24-27
Here in Mark we have a clear description of the Second Coming of Christ and our gathering together unto him at that time. There is no prior resurrection/catching away of the righteous described anywhere in the Bible.
Pre-trib promoters must *separate Mark 13:24-27 (and similar passages) from the catching away in 1Thess. 4:17 in order to remove contradiction to their doctrine. They do this by claiming the Elect of God spoken of in Mark 13 and Matt. 24 is Israel and not the Body of Christ.
*1Thess. 4:17 is describing the same event as Mark; NOT a pre-trib rapture! The subject of that lengthy context (1Thess. 4:13 thru 5:11) is unmistakably the Second Coming; and Paul is describing the elect of God being caught up to Christ at that time.
Quite sadly, many today have been deceived by pre-trib preachers into thinking we, the Church of God, are not God’s elect! But the Bible says we are! The Church is the ‘elect’ caught up to meet Christ in Mark 13:27! Here is another challenge for you pre-tribbers: Do a simple word search on elect/election in the New Testament, and let the Scriptures themselves tell you who God’s elect are! Time after time you will see the Body of Christ called the elect! We are called so because we are ‘in Christ’ who himself is God’s elect (chosen one) (Isaiah 42:1) .
ARTICLE: The Identity of The Elect in Matthew 24!
REASON # 7. Pre-trib rapture teaching relies heavily upon doctrine taught by ‘implicit reference’.
Any doctrine that does not have clear Scriptural foundation for its various facets is NOT a ‘biblical’ teaching! In spite of claims to the contrary, the various notions presented by the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine really have very sparse Bible behind them! Since there are very few verses that plainly state most facets of pre-trib theory the tactic of ‘implicit reference’ is employed. (This verse implies this; and that verse implies that; and it seems like this passage is implying such and such!)
Why is this? The verses are not there because the Bible does NOT teach a pre-trib rapture!
I have discussed before the importance of recognizing the difference between ‘explicit’ and ‘implicit’ doctrine. In the hopes that this will stick with some of you that have not yet caught that difference let’s look at it one more time.
Explicit doctrine is that which is expressly stated in the text of the Bible; and there is no problem grasping what is being said because it is clearly and plainly right before your eyes. And you can say ‘the Bible says’ because it really does say it in black (or red) and white. You can actually open your Bible and show exactly where that truth is clearly expressed.
Upon this standard rest the true doctrines of the Christian faith!
Nearly every pre-trib promoting theologian and teacher will readily admit that particular doctrine is not expressly stated in the Scriptures, but has to be derived by means of ‘implicit reference’. If you don’t believe me ask a few of them.
Again, an implicit doctrine would be one whose support is garnered from the claim that certain texts seem to ‘imply’ that notion. Since this verse seems to imply this, and that passage seems to imply that, so we can now deduce that such and such is true.
Although the Scriptures are absolutely chock-full of implied truths, teaching doctrine by implicit reference is a very shaky practice in that there is great potential for people to see whatever they want to see and claim it as ‘bible proof’. They cannot show where the Bible plainly states what they are claiming it does (two comings of Christ in the end-times, a secret invisible coming, an imminent return, a ‘poof we are gone’ disappearance, and so on and so on); all they can do is point to passages that they think seem to imply those things, and then state that implication as proof.
Doctrine by implicit reference is an open door for private interpretation to run amok! We should not trust ANY teaching that relies so heavily upon implicit reference.
REASON #8. Pre-trib rapture teaching claims an invisible Resurrection of the Dead and an invisible Coming of Christ that is not taught by the Bible!
Rapture preachers are always carrying on about how: (a.) the Resurrection of the Dead, (b.) the transformation of the living believers to a glorified state, (c.) the Coming of Christ for his Bride, and (d.) our gathering together unto him, all are part of an invisible event that the world will not see or even be aware of what happened. This is pre-trib theory 101!
But where in the Bible is there ANY mention of this invisibility aspect of Christ’s Coming or the resurrection/catching away? No where to be found!
Where is the verse that says: ‘Behold he cometh invisibly, and NO EYE shall see him!’? (Revelation 1:7)
Where is the verse that says: ‘His Coming will NOT be as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west!’? (Matthew 24:27)
Where is the verse that says: ‘We will ascend up into the clouds just like Jesus did (Acts 1:9-11), and meet him up in the air (1Thess. 4:16-17), BUT… no one will be able to see us rise up there and gather together with our Lord because we are all invisible!‘? Have you ever seen such a verse? No, and neither have I!
The teaching of an invisible Coming of Christ to rapture away an invisible Church is merely an invention of man, and is not taught by the Scriptures!
ARTICLE: A Secret Coming of Christ?
REASONS # 9. AND # 10. Pre-trib rapture teaching falsely claims the time of ‘great tribulation’ is the out-pouring of God’s wrath, and that God must remove the Church before this time!
One of the pillars upon which the notion of a pre-tribulation rapture rests is the idea that the prophesied time of tribulation is the wrath of God; and that because the Bible says we are not appointed unto God’s wrath we will not be here to see those days.
This mistaken claim actually presents two falsehoods in need of rejection. Firstly, that the events of the time of tribulation are God’s wrath; and secondly, that God must remove his people from planet Earth to visit his wrath upon the wicked.
First, the claim that the time of tribulation is the ‘wrath of God’ comes from Dispensational theology, and not from the Word of God! There is nowhere the Bible describes the events of the time of tribulation as the wrath of God being poured out upon mankind. NOT ONE PLACE! The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus administers the wrath of God upon his Second Coming.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. … …18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. Revelation 11:15+18
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. Revelation 15:1
The wrath of God does not come until Jesus returns; which the Bible says will happen AFTER the tribulation of those days (Matthew 24:29-31)!
ARTICLE: Is The Time Of Tribulation The Wrath Of God?
Secondly, the idea that God has to remove his people from this planet in order to pour out his wrath is completely out of accord with the Scriptures. He has vented his wrath in times past while at the same time providing protection from that wrath for his chosen ones while they remained right here on Earth!
God once poured out his wrath to the extent it killed all of mankind save eight souls who survived that wrath while floating right through it in an Ark of safety. They never left the planet!
Lot survived a horrible out-pouring of God’s wrath that destroyed the entire plain of Jordan. He found refuge from that wrath right in the middle of that devastation in a city that was slated for destruction but was spared because Lot was hiding there! Lot never left the planet! God limited the scope of destruction his wrath caused because of the intercession of a righteous man!
ARTICLE: The Story Of Lot Is NOT A Picture Of A Pre-trib Rapture!
REASON # 11. Pre-trib rapture teaching falsely claims the Bible portrays a resurrected Church coming out of Heaven at the Second Coming thus proving they had been previously ‘raptured’.
Though pre-trib promoters would have you think it to be so, there is not one place the Bible teaches a resurrected Church either in Heaven prior to the Return of Christ or coming out of Heaven with him at his Return. This notion must be presupposed and then forced into passages that of themselves speak no such thing.
Many attempt to show a conflict a post-trib catching away has with the Scriptures that describe the Saints coming with Christ at the Second Coming. But those verses that describe the Saints ‘coming’ with Christ do not prove a previous rapture. They are speaking of us descending to Earth with him after we have been resurrected, transformed, and caught up to meet him in the air!
And there is no scriptural foundation to believe the ‘armies in white’ coming out of Heaven with Jesus in Revelation 19 are a ‘resurrected Church’ instead of the angels of God who are described in so many other places as coming with Jesus at his Return.
ARTICLE: Who Are The Armies In White Coming Out Of Heaven With Jesus?
REASON # 12. Pre-trib rapture teachers falsely claim the Second Coming is a ‘known’ day whereas the rapture is a separate and previous ‘unknown’ day thereby proving two comings of Christ in the last days.
This claim, given as one of the strongest ‘proofs’ of multiple comings of Christ in the end times, is also one of the easiest to disprove. All you have to do is actually open your Bible (a task many seldom undertake) and examine the context in which the words ‘of that day and hour knoweth no man’ are found; and their proof goes poof! The Bible calls the day of the Second Coming an unknown day! I have thoroughly discussed this bogus claim by the pre-tribbers in this article:
ARTICLE: Known Day Versus Unknown Day Myth
REASON # 13. AND 14. Pre-trib rapture teaching both adds to and takes away from the Word of God!
Pre-trib theory adds into the end-time narrative an additional coming of Christ not taught in the Scriptures. The Return of our Lord is always referred to in a singular manner; there is never a mention of plural comings of Christ in the passages of the Bible that speak of the end-times! Of all the things that those preaching the pre-trib hoax add to the words of the Bible this is probably the most conspicuous.
I challenge anyone to show me a passage of Scripture that clearly details TWO comings of Jesus in the last days! I have been looking for such a verse for nearly forty years but to no avail. (If you know of such a passage of Scripture please show me.)
ARTICLE: The Pre-Trib Rapture: A House Without A Foundation! PART 3: Two Comings Of Christ In The Last-Days?
Now on to the taking away aspect of pre-trib theory. Of the various ways the pre-trib teaching takes away from the Word of God I think the most serious is the way we are told the Christian Church will NOT face the Mark of the Beast nor the persecution of Antichrist’s ‘war on the Saints’. The danger of such claims, and the damage done to the understanding of those who buy into them, can only be calculated by God himself.
But it should be easily evident to anyone with even minimal discernment that telling people they will not face the persecution and hard decisions of the dark days ahead will cause a serious crisis of faith when those steeped in such words of pacification are confronted with a nightmarish world they were told they would never see.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
A persons faith is built upon a confidence in the promises of God. That what God has promised he will perform without fail! When a person is fed a false understanding of God’s promises, and the day comes when that false understanding is proven invalid, what will happen to that person’s faith?
For many it will FAIL!!
MANY people will fall away from God when confronted with the coming persecution, and the cataclysms coming upon the Earth in those days, because of a false understanding that has been imposed upon them by the pre-trib rapture teaching! Do you want to have to give an account for being a part of someone losing faith?
I sure don’t!
But it is not just the spiritual well-being of others you should be worried about. If you are believing and promoting the pre-trib fable you are placing yourself at risk of facing the consequences of adding to and taking away from the Word of God! Promoting false teaching can bring the Curse of God upon you! I explain the most serious nature of this in the following article:
ARTICLE: The Curse Of The Pre-Trib Rapture!
REASON # 15. Pre-trib rapture teaching falsely teaches there are no signs that must yet be fulfilled before the rapture, and that Christ’s Coming is ‘imminent’!
The idea that the Coming of Christ for his Church is, and has been for 2,000 years, ‘imminent’ (likely to happen at any second) is not from the pages of the Bible! That idea is not only quite contrary to what is really presented in God’s Word, but also contrary to the true meaning of the word imminent! This concept, one of the wobbly pillars upon which pre-trib theory rests, completely crumbles when scrutinized in light of the Scriptures!
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Mark 13:28-30
Jesus gave much instruction as to what we should expect to see before his Coming. He said we will not know the day nor the hour, but he clearly taught we would be able to recognize the season of his Return. We are given signs that must precede his coming. The Fig Tree Parable clearly says that day will not come until ‘all these things be done’. All those things have not transpired yet! The idea that no signs are left to be fulfilled, and that the rapture is now ‘imminent’, is ridiculously in contrast to the clear teachings of the Bible.
And for those who would claim those words of Christ are only for the Jews here is a caveat Jesus ended this exhortation with:
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Mark 13:37
Jesus’ warning to be aware of the season those signs will herald, and to be watchful for his Return, were given to ALL believers, not just the Jewish crowd he was speaking to at the time.
I further discuss, and completely dismantle, this idea of an ‘imminent return’ being supposedly taught by the Apostle Paul in this article:
Bible Proof The Pre-trib Rapture Theory Is False!
REASON # 16. Pre-trib rapture teaching falsely claims the age of grace concludes before the time of tribulation.
The final few years of this world (as we know it) are going to be one big wake-up call to humanity. And it is absolutely clear the Scriptures show God calling mankind to repentance throughout the time of tribulation and right up until the day Jesus appears and oversees the out-pouring of God’s wrath.
How could anyone who has any understanding of God’s plan of redemption buy into such an outlandish notion that God’s offer of grace would be withdrawn before he concludes his call to repentance? But that is just what pre-trib theory teaches!
And what is even more outlandish is the idea anyone could be saved apart from the grace of God! That also is what pre-trib theory teaches!
There are clearly many saved during the time of tribulation, and Daniel plainly spoke of the Saints of God being warred against by Antichrist; so how then did all these people get saved after the supposed ‘age of grace’ had come to an end at a supposed pre-trib rapture?
I have heard various renditions from the Dispensationalists on how this salvation comes about, but they seem to ignore the serious issue that they are promoting the heretical idea of another method of salvation besides grace through faith in the Cross of Christ!
Excuse me folks! But if God concludes the age of grace before the tribulation there will be NOBODY saved in those days!
If you do not understand that Dispensational Theology is seriously at odds with the true teachings of the Bible, and needs to be rejected by the Body of Christ, please read my articles on that subject.
You can find them HERE: Rebuking Dispensationalism
REASON # 17. Pre-trib rapture teaching has brought unhealthy division into the Body of Christ!
There is a deep schism in the Body of Christ today that was not there prior to the introduction of the pre-trib hoax in recent generations. The damage to the Church, and the hindrance of its duties, this ungodly division the pre-trib doctrine has caused will only be fully recognized on Judgment Day!
But I have witnessed personally the effects in my own life and in the fellowships I have been apart of. That unholy division would not be hindering the Body of Christ today if Darby had not vomited out his erroneous theology, nor if the Church had not so willingly received such ear-tickling fables! The pre-tribulation rapture doctrine and the associated Dispensational theology have without doubt damaged the Church of God! The divisive nature of that teaching and the effects it has had are a historical fact!
REASON # 18. Pre-trib rapture teachers claim the Resurrection of the dead, the transformation of the living believers, the Coming of Christ for the Church, our gathering together unto him up in the air, and a subsequent journey to Heaven are ALL an instantaneous event that transpires in a micro- second.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1Corinthians 15:51-52
The pre-trib crowd has hijacked the catch-phrase ‘in the twinkling of an eye’, and built around the misappropriation of that phrase an entire ‘Poof! We’re gone in the rapture!’ narrative.
But that heisted phrase, in its true biblical context, is speaking only of the transformation of the believer (living and dead) to a glorified state in an instant. Our catching away up to meet Jesus in the air, or a supposed trip to Heaven, is not once mentioned in this passage! It says we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Nothing more!
There is no foundation, either in the words of the Bible, or in the example of the Resurrection and subsequent catching up to the air of Christ himself, that would lead anyone to come to the conclusion that the Resurrection of the Dead, the transformation of the living believers, the Coming of Christ for the Church, our gathering together unto him up in the air, and then a (supposed) subsequent journey to Heaven are ALL an instantaneous event that transpires in a micro- second. There is no ‘instantaneous disappearance of the Church’ described in any part of the Bible! It is a hype-driven fantasy invented by man!
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Romans 6:5
Why would we think our experience would not mirror that of our Christ? The Scripture clearly teaches (v.5 above) ours will be in the likeness of his! This ‘Poof! We’re gone to Heaven!’ notion is a fantasy without any biblical foundation.
REASON # 19. Pre-trib rapture teachers falsely claim the Bible does not show the Church on Earth during the time of tribulation; and this proves they have been previously raptured.
Some take various descriptions of the Return of Christ which talk of angels, and some which do not have the mention of any angels, and claim this shows two separate and distinct events. But what is the wisdom behind thinking just because something is not described in a particular narrative that it was not actually present? Isn’t that a bit presumptuous?
If someone described your house without mentioning the car in the driveway, and someone else described it with a car in the drive, would that prove you own two separate houses? No, but that very same approach is employed to try and prove the pre-trib rapture fable!
This idea of proving a point by what the Bible does NOT say is a bit foolhardy in my opinion!
The word Church missing from Revelation 4 thru 19 no more proves the Church is not on Earth during the tribulation than the word clothing missing from a description of someone proves they were naked!
And, if people would take time to prayerfully search out the matter, there definitely IS firm description and biblical evidence of the Body of Christ on Earth during the time of tribulation, including the previously mentioned chapters of the Book of Revelation! I discuss this at length in the following article:
Bible Proof The Church Is NOT Missing From Earth After Revelation 4:1!
REASON # 20. Accountability!
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ… 2Corinthians 5:10
A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. Proverbs 19:5
The Reason For These Reasons!
I realize that many, if not most, of you who read these articles of mine are already in doubt of the pre-trib teaching and all its treacherous tentacles that slither their way into the belief system of the undiscerning. And I hope my writings have been a helpful part of you getting your guard up and shielding yourself from that error.
But there are literally millions of folks out there who are being adversely affected by the promotion of that hoax. And I fully believe that for many of them it will result in serious injury to their faith; and for some the damage to their understanding of God’s ways, and the crisis of faith they will face when their belief system crumbles, will cost them their souls.
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Matthew 13:21
It is my contention that teachings such as the pre-trib debacle have produced a shallow Gospel that does not cause one to become firmly rooted in the truth. Yes, I believe there will be souls lost to Hell when wheat that has no roots deep in the truth withers under the coming heat of trials and tribulations like this world has never seen.
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20
James said one who errs from the truth needs to be saved from death. As believers in this apostate nation we are surrounded with people in that condition. We are called to speak the truth in love, not to keep silent (or worse yet to be pacifiers ourselves).
Yes, all the fussing, fighting, anger, and accusation one faces confronting falsehood; and attempting to rescue the deceived from their comfy deluded state, can really be a pain in the backside! But there are those who can be steered away from error and unto the truth. There are those who will listen, consider strong evidence when presented to them, recognize the truth, and adjust their beliefs accordingly. They need your help!
Will you take time to share this article (or the truths presented here) with others and pray for their rescue? Yes, it is a rescue mission!
Let’s all do what we can while we can.
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9 thoughts on “20 Good Reasons To Reject The Pre-tribulation Rapture Fable!”
Paul, great article as always. I pray for your health and well-being.
I was deceived 35 years by pre-trib, and sometimes I yearn for that blissful ignorance again.
But then I repent and thank God He has opened my eyes and revealed His word to me.
Thanks for freely sharing your research and untold hours of study with us all
“…at the last trump” 1 Cor 15:52, would this Trump not be the 7th? Proving the pre-Trib rapture not to be accurate?
Thank you so much for your sharing of the Word.
Yes, it is amazing the lengths the pre-trib teachers will go to in order to try and prove the last trump in Revelation is not the trumpet of 1Thess. 4 or Matthew 24. If they put that much effort into examining their bogus theory, instead of defending it with deceptive measures, they would see it for the unbiblical hoax it really is!
Blessings to you;
Paul Let me start by agreeing with you through all 20 good reasons and all the attached articles. I have from the beginning. I follow others such as Jacob Prasch, David Nathan, Alan Kurschner and etc. Where I do have some confusion is in reason #3. Where does my soul go upon death? Jesus has ascended into Heaven and sets at the right hand of the Father and we are now the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells the thief; ‘Today you will be with me in Paradise” The Bosom of Abraham? Jesus paid for our sins and after 40 days Jesus ascends to Heaven, what happens to the these people now that Jesus is in Heaven? So where are the souls until the Rapture? Soul Sleep (SDA?), annihilation (JW), suspended animation, one of the seven Heavens. I don’t believe in Limbo or Purgatory as do the Catholics. So where? Thanks for your great teachings and articles, just looking to end my confusion.
Love in Christ….. Charlie
Paul taught that to be absent from the Body is to be present with the Lord (2Cor. 5:6-9). Though we don’t have a lot of Scripture on this we do know that upon our demise we will be in good hands and also I believe in good company!
Thanks for your comments!
Blessings to you brother;
The main way people become deceived is to disingenuously absorb everything they are told. We get that way due to childhood training, parents, teachers, the boss on the job, military etc.
For the inexperienced child, such methods have their place. And no large company or army can function efficiently without strong procedures.
But we are expected to grow into adulthood and put away childish things, especially in spiritual matters.
Sadly in this age of nearly universal literacy, people still prefer to listen than read for themselves. Only the obstinate ones generally buck false indoctrination. They are easy to pick out of the crowd. The ones who always want to know WHY.
Then comes the approbation, Why do you have to be different? Social criticism beats us back into line. But you can be sure there are countless silent dissenters!
In this day of great deception it is quite dangerous not to question the validity of those things we hear preached and taught. But such wisdom is not just for this generation; it is timeless.
Proverbs 14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Proverbs 14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Blessings to you sister;
REASON #21 Pre-tribulation contradict 1 Tess 4:15-16 that says that the rapture happens only AFTER the rising of the dead in Christ, that according to Rev 20:4 (FIRST resurrection), have ALREADY been “beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands” during the tribulation.
If FIRST resurrection means what it means: FIRST resurrection (no other resurrection before), and if the rapture does NOT precede it, how can the rapture be pretrib if it only happen AFTER those who have already suffered the tribulation are resurrected at the FIRST resurrection?
“Only in modern times has a segment of the Church been steered aside to believe a fable of a pre-tribulation rapture.”
Here is the verse about endtime fables:
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2Ti 4:3-4)
Great point as always!
Thanks for the comment.