Maybe you could help me with my research. I have been looking for years for answers to some questions the pre-tribulation rapture theory raises in my mind. The problem is I cannot locate the Bible verses that clearly teach these major facets of the rapture theory (of which I am assured are quite Scriptural).
All other major doctrines of our faith are plainly stated in the Scriptures with multiple witnesses leaving no doubt what we are to believe. If there are 31,102 verses in the Bible surely there must be loads of passages explicitly stating these elemental truths of the rapture theory. Do you know where they are? Continue reading “Unanswered Questions About The Rapture”
Tommy Hicks, an evangelist, was used by the Lord in the great Argentine Revival. God gave him vision in 1961 of the end times, a vision of the giant end-time ministry.
Tommy Hicks’ Vision of the End Time Church
This vision began July 25th, about 2:30 in the morning, in Winnipeg, Canada. The vision came three times, exactly in detail, the morning of July 25th, 1961. I was so stirred and so moved by the revelation that this has changed my complete outlook upon the body of Christ, and upon the end-time ministry. The greatest thing that the church of Jesus Christ has ever been given, lies straight ahead. It is difficult to help men and women to realize the thing that God is trying to give to His people in the end-time.
I do not think I fully realized nor could I understand the fullness of it until I read in the book of Joel 2:23, Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
Millions have placed their hope in a supposed promise in Revelation 3:10 that Christians will not go through the time of great tribulation. What was the promise Jesus gave the Philadelphia Church all about; and just how does it apply to us today?
by Paul Benson
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Revelation 3:10
The promise of Revelation 3:10 is perhaps the most frequently quoted verse given as support for the notion of a ‘rapture’ of the believers before the coming time of great tribulation prophesied by Jesus. The claim is that this promise of exemption means the Christian Church will not be here on earth to face the ‘mark of the beast’, nor the Antichrist and his horrible persecution of the followers of Christ. But is this verse really promising all they say it is?Continue reading “Does Revelation 3:10 Give A Promise Of Escaping The Great Tribulation?”
Outright Lie: The story of Lot is given to us as a type/shadow of a ‘Pre-tribulation Rapture’.
A bald faced lie I have heard stated by many rapture theory teachers is that the story of Lot is a type/shadow of the ‘rapture’ before the time of great tribulation. Their reasoning is that because God took Lot out of Sodom before he destroyed it this testifies of the rapture theory. But in reality the story of Lot is one of the strongest rebukes of this myth found in the Bible. Most of us know the story of Lot but I would encourage a refresher if you think it paints any picture of the rapture. Continue reading “The Story Of Lot Is Not A Picture Of The Pre-Trib Rapture!”
For years it has been hurled at us that the armies of Heaven with Jesus at the Second Coming are the previously raptured Saints. But an honest examination of other relevant Scriptures indicates something quite different!
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? Continue reading “Who Are The Armies Of Heaven With Jesus At His Return?”
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Matthew 24:32-34
It is amazing how deeply a false concept can embed itself into your beliefs; and also how fragments of error can remain behind, hidden away hindering the flow of truth, even years after your rejecting of that false concept in general. I rejected the notion of the pre-trib rapture theory early on; but it took some thirty years for me to come to the point where I could read the parable of the fig tree free from distraction.
I could go there and read it and get the gist of it, but never a solid, “This is what I’m saying, and this is what I want that information to do for you.” Without realizing it I would wander away to another train of thought and never get a fullness of revelation from the parable itself. It took a prompting from the Lord to show me this, and finally get free from the distraction that pre-trib theory inserts into this parable. Continue reading “The Fig Tree Parable Is NOT About Israel’s Rebirth!”
Much discussion takes place over the issue of who the ‘elect’ are in Matthew 24. But as always the Scriptures tell the truth of the matter. Have you been misled on this issue?
The following is an excerpt taken from the book ‘The Pre-Trib Rapture: A Bucket Full of Holes!’ by Paul Benson. It is available for download at no charge in PDF, E-PUB, or Kindle format. This is a very thorough look at the various facets of the pre-trib theory, and proves conclusively it is not correct doctrine.
Who are God’s elect in Matthew 24?
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:22
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in Heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other. Matthew 24:30-31
If read in context and honest consideration the words of Christ in Matthew 24 present a very clear picture of the ‘catching away’ of the believers at the Second Coming of Christ after the great tribulation. In their efforts to obfuscate this truth and distract you from this assault on their doctrine there has been some wild notions, and even blatant lies, thrown at us from those espousing the pre-trib rapture theory. Continue reading “The Identity Of The Elect In Matthew 24”
Many people state that The Pre-trib Rapture is a valid teaching, but few have the courage to honestly examine any evidence to the contrary presented to them. Are you one of the brave ones?
By Paul Benson
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. Proverbs 14:15
Solid Proof The Rapture Theory is False
I am not someone who likes to beat around the bush all day. Why waste the time? If there is a bird in that bush, reach in there and nab that rascal! As a researcher and a writer I prefer means and methods which get right at the heart of a matter. And I have a couple of questions I like to present to those who promote the pre-trib rapture theory which do exactly that. I find these two questions thought provoking and enlightening, but amazingly I have had great trouble finding a rapture theorist who will address these two questions in an honest and strait-forward manner.
I am either given as answers ‘straw-man’ arguments, which have nothing to do with my questions, or a sad rerun of ‘Discredit the message by discrediting the messenger’ (if I can find fault with you I can justify ignoring what you have to say). I can show where all my beliefs about the Return of Christ are plainly and clearly stated in the Bible. The rapture theorist (since it is an ‘implicit’ doctrine) cannot do so, and this lack of biblical support often becomes a great frustration to them. Let me pose these two questions to you, and ask you for an answer that is not an end-run around the question: Continue reading “Bible Proof The Rapture Theory Is False”
The Book of Daniel says the Antichrist will overcome the followers of Jesus during the time of the great persecution. But who gains the ultimate victory in this war?
by Paul Benson
Who Wins The War Against The Saints?
Recently someone stated to me the following reasoning as evidence the Body of Christ will not be here on earth to face Antichrist:
They said, “Jesus himself clearly says the Church is NOT overcome (Matt. 16:18), and therefore the Saints overcome by the Antichrist in Rev. 13 are not the Church Saints, but are Jews and Gentiles who come to Christ during the tribulation.”
This is but one of the numerous ‘proofs’ of the rapture theory I have been given that upon an initial hearing sound like they may have some validity, but when put up against the standard of God’s Word they fall apart like the proverbial house of cards. Let’s take a good look at what the Scriptures really have to say about the apparent defeat of the ‘tribulation Saints’. Continue reading “Does Antichrist Defeat The Tribulation Saints?”
Who are the Tribulation Saints? Do you think there is a possibility you will ever be one?
by Paul Benson
The Tribulation Saints
Much discussion and speculation has taken place over the subject of the Tribulation Saints (those alive during the prophesied Great Tribulation). Who are they? What will they have to endure? Are they saved by martyrdom, or by grace through faith like the rest of us? Are they a part of the Bride, or not? The discourse continues with a broad range of opinions tossed into the mix. But I would like to suggest to you that today’s Believers will never become Tribulation Saints! Does that statement surprise you, considering the fact I embrace the Post-trib viewpoint? Please allow me to explain why this is true. Continue reading “Will You Be A Tribulation Saint?”