Believing And Teaching The Pre-trib Rapture Doctrine Is Direct Disobedience To The Word Of God!

What if someone could show you that embracing the Pre-tribulation Rapture teaching causes you to disobey God’s Word? Would you change your opinion of that modern theory?

Deception in the CHurch
Taking a closer look at the ‘Pre-trib’ teaching!

 

by Paul Benson

And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. 2Thessalonians 3:4-5

As followers of Christ we all are (or should be) looking forward to the day of his Return to this planet. But did you know that, concerning our beliefs about the end-times and the coming of Jesus, there are certain instructions given us that we are commanded to adhere to? And that to disregard those instructions, and to follow instead the contrary notions taught by man, is actually direct disobedience to God?

This is not a trivial matter!

Let me ask you a few questions: How important is it to obey the commands of our Creator? And, more pertinently, how important is compliance to those commands to you personally?

As Bible believing Christians who could deny that the Scriptures express a firm exhortation that we are to not only obey the words of Christ but also those of his Apostles. That the inspired words the Apostles spoke and wrote, right along with the teachings of Jesus, are to be considered the commandments of God and obeyed! We all believe that, right?

But have you ever considered how this might apply to what is currently being preached and taught concerning what we are to believe about the end-times and the Return of Jesus? I have!

And I can absolutely prove from the Scriptures that believing in and teaching a secret invisible coming of Christ for the Church seven years prior to the Second Coming (the pre-trib rapture doctrine) is not only bogus, but is also flat out disobedience to many of God’s commands given through Christ and his Apostles about what we are to believe!

Are you in a ‘pre-trib rebellion’ against God’s Word?

Please allow me to recap and consolidate some of the points I have made over the years which show the way the pre-trib teaching flat-out ignores and contradicts many firmly stated exhortations given us to follow in our efforts to piece together the puzzle of the end-time prophecies.

Jesus’ Commands

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:4-5

Jesus clearly taught that many will be deceived about end-time teachings. That means many will have gotten it wrong in their theology. Who are they? No one likes the thought of deceived believers deceiving other believers by passing along the misconceptions the Devil has conned them into embracing; but the reality of such a scenario is clearly given us in the words of Jesus himself.

In his teachings on the end of days and his Return to Earth our Lord Jesus placed much emphasis on warning of the deceptions of that day; particularly the deceptions that would be propagated by those claiming to be speaking in his name. We must always trust God’s Word above the teachings of man; or we are quite likely to get caught up in all those prophesied end-time errors. The bottom line is as always: What do the Scriptures really say?

The Visibility Of His Coming

If you have been a believer for any length of time I am sure that over the years you have heard Christ’s warnings about end-time deception quite a number of times. And even from the pre-trib crowd! But how many times have you heard focus placed upon Christ’s warning not to believe in anything other than a ‘visible for all to see’ coming of Christ for his Church?

Behold, I have told you before. 6 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Matthew 24:25-28

In this passage from Matthew 24 the context is absolutely dealing with the day Jesus appears in the clouds and gathers together his elect Church unto himself. This is the day of the Resurrection of the Dead and the catching-away of the believers detailed here.

Many try to disassociate verse 28 from this immediate context by claiming it is merely a reference to the death and destruction of the time of tribulation; but this is a deceptive distraction from the reality that this is an allegorical reference to the catching-away of the Church. They desperately need you to believe that it is not; because if this is the catching-away of the Church at the visible Appearing of Christ then their ‘pre-trib rapture’ fable is proven bogus.

But you ask: Why would Jesus include carnivorous birds feeding on a carcass in the description of his Second Coming? Because HE is that carcass and WE are those eagles who feed off it being gathered together unto him! Does that sound a bit weird to you? It shouldn’t. It should sound a bit familiar!

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. John 6:51-56

The Jews were greatly taken aback at these words of Jesus. And who could blame them considering the fact that for centuries it had been drummed into them through the Law of Moses that drinking blood was an abomination (let alone the idea of eating human flesh. YUK!).

But the fact we receive life through the crucified body of our Lord and the Blood that he shed on our behalf is at the very heart of our Christian faith. Is it not? And we remember that Sacrifice every time communion is partaken of. We are remembering Jesus words: ‘Take eat, this is my body. Drink, this is my blood shed for the remission of your sins!’

Considering Jesus told us to eat his flesh and drink his Blood should it be so surprising that Jesus would use an allegory of eagles being gathered to a carcass when speaking of the catching-away of the Church at the Second Coming? Not to me! He clearly associated those who eat his flesh and drink with those Righteous who will resurrected at his Coming (v. 54 above). But having said that let’s back out of this rabbit-trail and take another look at the passage in question.

Behold, I have told you before. 6 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Matthew 24:25-28

Jesus clearly warned us that people would come along promoting this scenario or that scenario about his Return; but he firmly said (not only in this place but many others!), that his coming would be a ‘visible for all the world to see’ event. And what did he command us concerning those teaching any other notion? BELIEVE IT NOT! Are you believing something Jesus commanded us not to? Are you believing/teaching a coming of Jesus for his Church event where the entire world won’t see him?

You ought not be!

I mean, come on people! How much clearer could it be? Look at all the places the Scriptures describe a visible coming of Christ; this is a consistent theme throughout the Scriptures! And may I be so bold as to point out there is NOT ONE place the Bible details any non-visible coming? Let’s obey Jesus command concerning the notion of a non-visible coming of Christ and: believe it not!

FOOD4THOUGHT: Why would Jesus command us to ‘look up’ (Luke 21:28) when we see the prophesied events have transpired that signal the season of his Second Coming if we are to leave this world previously in an instantaneous ‘POOF – we’re outta here!’ translation off to Heaven like the pre-trib crowd claims? That would make this exhortation of Christ nonsensical. He commands us to ‘look up’ in that day because that’s where he will be: up in the clouds visible for all to see! And we would have to still be here on Earth in order to look up and see him! Is Jesus going to command the Church to do something they are not even going to be around to obey; because they left the planet seven years earlier in a secret non-visible appearing of Christ? Does pre-trib doctrine conflict with these words of Jesus? You betcha it does!

And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Luke 21:29-31

In a very similar manner the ‘visibility’ aspect of the Parable of the Fig Tree  is completely ignored by those who have embraced the pre-trib hoax. Jesus, in his end-time discourse, gave us many things to watch for that would indicate the season (the season – not the day or hour) of his Return. Why would Jesus command us to ‘watch’ for these things (including great and fearful signs in the heavens that would scare people to death!) if we would not be here to see them? Are you obeying the command to watch for certain events that will precede the Return of Christ or believing in a doctrine that teaches there are no prophesies that need to be fulfilled before Christ comes for us?

Peter

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. … … Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1Peter 1:9+13

A careful reading of this first chapter of 1Peter reveals it to be an in-depth exhortation considering persevering in faith and longing for that day which will bring us the fullness of the salvation and inheritance we are promised in Christ. (In case you don’t realize it that day is the day of the Resurrection/Transformation to a glorified state of the believers.)

Let me ask you: Are you obeying Peter’s command to ‘ hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ’? Or are you following the command of someone else to place your hope in a ‘rapture’ that supposedly happens seven years prior to this day (Christ’s Revelation) that Peter is speaking of?

You CANNOT follow the theology of the pre-trib doctrine and obey these words of Peter! They are not compatible. It is an either-or situation! Are you following a doctrine that forces you to blatantly disregard the commands of Christ and his Apostles? So sad that so many are!

Paul

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand (imminent). 3 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; 2Thessalonians 2:1-3 Italics mine P.B.

In all the wrangling and fussing over the question of the ‘restrainer’ of verse 7 of this chapter folks seem quite prone to disregard certain clear and simple truths presented in this discussion of Christ’s Second Coming. (1Thess. 1:4 – 2:11 is all the same contextual discussion and should be read as such.)

One thing many miss (or deliberately choose to ignore) about this context is Paul’s clear and concise statement we are not to let anyone tell us ‘the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him’ is imminent (that is the meaning of ‘at hand’!).

Before the Coming of Christ and the catching-away of the Church can become ‘imminent’ (at hand or about to happen) the prophesied apostasy and revelation of the man of sin AKA Antichrist must come first. PERIOD! And there are many other events also that must transpire. Concerning this same issue of the doctrine of ‘Imminent Return’ here is another exhortation of Christ you must disregard to preach the pre-trib fable:

And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Luke 21:7-9

Not only Paul but Christ also warned against those who would deceptively claim his Return is ‘at hand’. Jesus flat-out instructed us NOT TO FOLLOW those claiming his Return is imminent! What do the words ‘Go ye not therefor after them‘ mean to you? Go find a man teaching the doctrine of Imminent Return and follow his teachings?

No, I don’t think so!

Jesus followed this warning against those claiming an ‘about to happen’ coming of Christ with much teaching on the things that must transpire before that day occurs. THAT was the whole point of the Parable of the Fig Tree! He gave us much info about the end-time events and then instructed us that: WHEN you see all these things fulfilled you will THEN know it is now the season of my Coming for you.

I encourage you to read Luke 21:8-32 with the thought in mind that the entire rest of the chapter is given to clarify his warning in verse 8 (not to listen to those claiming the end is imminent) by detailing the events that must transpire first.

There is certainly a day appointed when our Lord will come again and gather his elect to himself. And until immediately before that day his Return will not be ‘imminent’. And those who have preached this false doctrine in days gone by, as well as those who preach it up until the time Christ’s Coming is truly just about to happen, are all the ones we are instructed by Christ not to follow after!

Though the doctrine of ‘Imminent Return’ is a absolute pillar of pre-trib theory (without it the whole house of cards collapses) it is in direct contradiction to what both Jesus and the Apostle Paul taught! Paul’s command to the Church was ‘Let no man deceive you’ about this issue of ‘imminence’! (For more on the falsehood of Imminent Return see THIS ARTICLE) Have you obeyed Paul’s command? Jesus said ‘go ye not therefor after them’! Have you heeded those words? Or have you embraced a doctrine that says we are to believe our catching-away IS at hand before the events Jesus said must transpire first and before what Paul also said must transpire first (Antichrist revealed etc.)?

Looking for that blessed hope, *and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13

*[Pre-tribbers will try to convince you this verse is talking about two separate comings of Christ in the last days (Blessed hope = rapture; glorious appearing = Second Coming) but that is ridiculous! If a ‘pre-tribulation rapture’ were our blessed hope we would not even be on Earth to be ‘looking for’ the glorious appearing of Christ; we would be appearing with him when he comes out of Heaven like the pre-trib fable teaches. They twist this verse into confusion; just like they do a multitude of other passages with their shameful treatment of God’s Word.]

Just as Peter instructed us to hope til the end for the grace that will be manifest at the Revelation of Christ (1Peter 1:13), Paul also exhorts us here in the above verse to be looking for the glorious Appearing of our Savior. And Jesus himself plainly taught we are not to believe anything other than a glorious ‘visible for all to see’ coming.

What have you been taught? Are you looking and longing for the Appearing of Jesus? Are you waiting for the grace promised to be given us at his Revelation? Are you looking for an ‘every eye shall see him’ Coming of Jesus?

Or are you in direct disobedience to the teachings of our Lord and his Apostles by believing in and promoting an ‘imminent’ invisible Coming of Christ and a pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church?

Come on my Brothers and Sisters: Let’s get it right! You can either believe and teach a pre-tribulation rapture or you can obey the Word of God. One or the other. You cannot do both at the same time! That is why I firmly and without equivocation state that:

Pre-trib theology = disobedience to God!

It’s high time we put away the ear-tickling fables bringing such delusion upon this end-time generation, and stir ourselves to believe and obey only what is plainly and clearly taught in the Scriptures.

 

We are awaiting the Resurrection of the dead believers, the transformation of the living believers, and the catching away of both to meet Jesus as he descends VISIBLY in the air at his Second Coming and administers the Wrath of God. We will descend with him as he begins his glorious rule and reign.

There is NO previous non-visible coming of Christ in the end-time scenario; and if you are believing and teaching there is then you are NOT in submission to the teachings of Christ and his holy Apostles!

And if you think there will not be a grievous accountability for those who are deceiving the Church into thinking we will not in the days ahead face Antichrist and his rage against the Body of Christ you are in danger of standing before your Creator as a deceiver.

This is not a trivial matter, and it is one I address in such a manner as I do for good reason. The Lord has placed upon me a deep travail and anguish of soul over this issue that has lasted for decades now! It is not something I asked for; nor is it a responsibility I dare shirk.

Time after time God prompts me and troubles me to readdress this falsehood that has such a large share of the Body of Christ in its grips. He says TELL THEM! that it is a deceiving and damaging doctrine that is harming in a serious way the understanding of, and distorting the focus of, those who believe it. And that it will contribute to the destruction of a multitude in the days ahead when they lose faith as they are confronted with hardships and horrors they were told they would never face!

Many people approach the matter of all the controversy over this issue like its merely a question of one opinion against another; and its nothing that ought to be squabbled over. I strongly disagree. And I am not here just to state an opinion. I am here to point you to what is plainly detailed in the Bible and to exhort you to be wary of teachings that lack that plainly and clearly given foundation in the scriptures.

I am here with a mandate to warn those who have wrested the Word of God into a man-pleasing ear-tickling delusional fable that denies the true teachings of the Bible.

And I will not cease to sound this warning!

We need to comprehend that these end-time delusions are a very real part of God’s plan to sift those with a love for the truth from those who have not. There is a point where, after rejecting truth for so long a time, a delusion’s grasp becomes so strong there is no recovery from it. And one is left to bear the consequences of believing and teaching that error.

Why embrace a doctrine like the Pre-tribulation Rapture that is in such obvious contradiction to God’s Word?

We better carefully watch our step concerning what we believe and teach about end-time matters! If we are believing and teaching a pack of lies that is in direct opposition to the commands of Christ and his Apostles there WILL be great accountability!

And you will never be able to tell me I did not warn you that the pre-trib doctrine is a falsity. I lovingly and earnestly BEG YOU to reconsider your beliefs and teachings while you still can.

In Jesus Christ;

Paul Benson

http://www.pbenson.me

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Believing And Teaching The Pre-trib Rapture Doctrine Is Direct Disobedience To The Word Of God!”

  1. I can’t figure out how and why so many people have accepted this pre-tib garbage. Is it a deceitful ‘spirit’? Is it an unwillingness to “change their mind” and admit error? Is it they believe the ‘big shot’ pre-trib deceivers and believe they would be the ones that know?

    I say it’s all the above, especially a ‘spirit’ of deceit. There’s no way a Christian can’t see the extensive fabrications and contradictions of pre-trib without them being deceived by the evil one. NO WAY!

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    1. Hi James;
      Yes, it is a deceitful spirit being given place to by those who accept the pre-trib hoax. I honestly question the spirituality of any minister who has been exposed to, and supposedly studied extensively, God’s Holy Word and still promotes such provably unbiblical nonsense.

      Not to say they have not furthered God purposes in other ways. Truly many have done great service to others and held to that teaching. What I am saying is it causes me to not trust they are truly hearing from God in their lives.

      I strongly suspect such persons are merely operating in line with whatever ‘good seed’ they did get in their indoctrination/schooling, and that good seed of the truth is causing effect. And the rotten seed of man’s teachings (influenced by deceiving spirits and doctrines of devils) is also bearing the rotted fruit of deception through their efforts.

      To me one of the scariest verses in the Bible is: A false witness shall not be unpunished; and he that speaketh lies shall perish. Proverbs 19:9 This truth causes me to be wary of straying from the things the Lord has clearly shown me in my teaching and delving into other areas I don’t have sufficient light on to speak without fear of condemning myself. If everyone had that fear there would be a lot less B.S. teachings floating around the Body of Christ!

      But the Scripture says ‘as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God!. I want to hear preaching and teaching that has the breath of Heaven upon it; not the stench of a dead Seminary filling men with the pride of being ‘professionally trained’ in the doctrines and traditions of man.

      God help us. And God help me help others to base their beliefs only upon what is clearly and plainly stated in the Scriptures.
      Blessings to you;
      Paul Benson

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    2. James,
      It’s everything you wrote. Pride, the original sin, is a big part of it. The pretrib caters to the flesh and folks don’t understand the flesh is our second biggest enemy second only to satan.
      But IMHO, the current generations lack of reading and studying God’s Word is what leaves them defenseless as they have no armor upon them. The modern era has made it too convenient for them to be spoon fed the Word from others. IMHO, a CME lights out scenerio would do the Church nothing but good. I continue to pray for them.
      Them includes my mother and sisters as they were all brainwashed in the early ‘70’s from Hal Lindsey and have never listened to true servants like Paul Benson and others.

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    3. James,
      In 2Te 2 it is written:
      “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2Te 2:11-12)

      What if the pre-tribulation rapture lie is [part of] that lie that God send to those ” who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness”? There are so many people that have pleasure in unrighteousness in these buidings they call “churches” today, that we may consider that maybe God himself send these people strong delusion so that they believe the pre-tribulation lie…

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  2. I BEG them also. I see so, so much Apostasy in the Church right now. It so saddens me, it’s horrifying to watch. I tell them that Dispensationalism is a different gospel and thus it’s no gospel at all. I show them in Romans 8 that the creature and us will be made new again at the same time. They just reject and reject Gods Words. This debate, so they call it, is NOT a debate, it’s simply one of the largest factors in the great falling away. The first seal is already opened, it won’t be much longer.
    Godspeed Brother Paul, God knows we’ve tried to help them.

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