I would like to share a teaching with you by brother Walter Martin where he strongly rebukes the Pre-tribulation Rapture Doctrine and exposes it for the unbiblical hoax it really is. Brother Martin truly had a knack for getting the plain and simple truths of the Scriptures across in a way that sets aside the convoluted mess the wisdom of man has man out of end-time matters.
In his lifetime he also spoke fervently against the many other falsehoods plaguing the modern Church such as the Word of Faith teachings of K. Copeland (and associated ministries) while at the same time properly teaching that Gifts of the Holy Spirit are still in operation in this age. He is also the only one I know of that went on TBN and rebuked false teachings being promoted there. (You can find a video of that show HERE.)
If the Apostle Paul and others had believed and taught the Church would escape the coming time of tribulation, and the intense persecution of those days, the writings of the Christian authors throughout the centuries since would be literally riddled with reference to that concept. It would be a MAJOR topic of discussion! But, it is absolutely NOT evident in their teachings and commentaries other than a mere handful of obscure mentions some try to point to as ‘proof’ which actually do not distinctly promote that idea! They even try to use (or should I say misuse) an unclear quote from Ireneaus who taught quite clearly elsewhere that he firmly believed the Church would see Antichrist!
QUESTION: Why do all the articles that claim to show proof the early Church believed in a pre-trib rapture quote the same mere handful of unclear quotes like they had all been copy and pasted from the same article?????????
ANSWER: Because that’s all the material they have to work with! They all claim there are a myriad of pre-trib quotes in the writings of the ‘early fathers’; but strangely no one seems to know where they are!
Here us a link to a page on my site that gives scores of quotes from Christian theologians down through the ages showing that the Body of Christ has ALWAYS believed and taught the Church will be here to face Antichrist and his war on the Saints: