The Danger And Damage: Why The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Myth Needs ‘LEFT BEHIND’!

Is the fact there are multiple scenarios being preached concerning Christ’s coming for his Church really just a matter of differing opinions, or is there a sinister agenda at work?

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The end result of embracing deception!

(I sometimes get correspondence from readers who cannot understand why I make such ado over the pre-trib rapture teaching and all it’s associated notions. They accuse me of everything from being divisive and damaging to the Body of Christ to being unloving and hurtful toward people. I recently received one of those ‘What’s the harm in believing and teaching a pre-trib position?’ comments; and since this article pretty thoroughly addresses that question I thought I would repost it. P.B.)

by Paul Benson

As a teacher in the Body of Christ, and called to be a watchman, I spend considerable time researching and writing on false teachings. One of the primary issues I am led to address is the error called ‘the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church’. I have written two books and numerous articles rebuking that falsehood with a major focus on examining each element of that teaching for biblical support. The answer is always the same. There really is none. The Bible does NOT teach two comings of Christ NOR a ‘pre-trib’ rapture. It is a provable falsehood; an invention of man.

While my efforts normally center on exposing the pre-trib theory as error, and then encouraging folks to believe and accept only what is plainly stated in their Bible, in this article I would like to focus on the damage done by embracing and teaching that myth. It is not a benign misunderstanding; nor merely an opinion as to the timing of an event. It is a cancerous seduction presenting grave dangers; many of which are not readily apparent. In my effort to bring these dangers to light I have enlisted the help of some like minded folks. I polled them as to their thoughts on what these dangers are; and I found their insights very thought provoking; as I am sure you will too. Continue reading “The Danger And Damage: Why The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Myth Needs ‘LEFT BEHIND’!”

Changing The Truth Into A Lie: Apostasy Means Rapture?

Why is it that the Western Church is so willing to accept wacky alternative renderings of Scripture all the while turning a blind eye to the fact they are so obviously errant? Is this not apostasy in action?

Questioning the Rapture Theory
Falling away really means catching away? Gee, how could I have missed that? Silly me!

 

by Paul Benson

(I know I have recently touched upon the issues addressed in this article; but feel led to do so in a more thorough manner. So I ask my readers to please excuse any redundancy. P.B.)

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:27

Of all the truths critical to the well-being of humanity we can say certainly the most vital center around the love of God for us, and his desire to rescue us from the consequence of sin through faith in his Son and the sacrifice of Calvary. And I hope that divine truth reigns supreme in your consciousness!

And there is definite reason that the Apostle Paul said ‘comfort one another with these words’ in regard to the resurrection of the dead and the future catching away of the believers. The reality of the resurrection unto eternal life is the hope of the believer. And we should all be firmly settled in that hope.

But as a watchman at the wall I feel divinely compelled to consistently raise warning concerning another vein of truth. And that is concerning the danger of people of faith being seduced away from Christ by the lure of deception. That there are those who can with great subtlety twist the truth into a lie. And they can make these lies sound so plausible and reasonable with their ‘great swelling words of vanity’ (2Peter 2:18) that it can corrupt your understanding of God’s ways to the point you lose your grip on the truth.

And this is one area where we had better ‘get it right’! God is a God of Truth. Lies and deceptions are a defilement and an abomination to him! Please read the opening verse again asking the question: What will be the fate of those who turn aside to lies, and defile others with those lies?

Scary business. The path to eternal life is truth. We must not depart from that path!

Let’s look at another one of those lying notions that is gaining popularity in the Western Church. The deceptive teaching that the apostasy spoken of in 2Thessalonians 2:3 is not a falling away from the faith but is a reference to (and proof of) a ‘pre-trib rapture’! Continue reading “Changing The Truth Into A Lie: Apostasy Means Rapture?”

The Rapture of the Church is after the Tribulation – Rob Miller

(This is a guest post by Rob Miller. His site is Sum Of Thy Word. I love the testimonies of those who have been delivered from the bondage of false teachings, and have chosen to take the simple truths of the Scriptures (as revealed by the Holy Spirit) as the foundation for their beliefs rather than man’s wayward theologies they have heard parroted from the pulpit. In this article on the rapture Rob focuses on those clearly stated truths to show the incorrectness of the pre-trib theory. I really appreciate work such as his that gives additional witness to what the Lord has shown me. -Paul Benson) Continue reading “The Rapture of the Church is after the Tribulation – Rob Miller”

20 Good Reasons To Reject The Pre-tribulation Rapture Fable!

Have YOU rejected the pre-trib rapture fable yet? You should!

The Pre-trib Rapture

 

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: Continue reading “20 Good Reasons To Reject The Pre-tribulation Rapture Fable!”

Answering Objections To A Post-Tribulation (Second Coming) Catching Away! PART II

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by Paul Benson

(This is PART II of a two part article. You can find PART I HERE.)

Last article I addressed some comments posted by a brother named Bobby which illustrated much of the erroneous thinking caused by pre-trib teaching. This week I received a couple of comments from a sister (also named Bobbi) which were also chock-full of the error of Dispensational/pre-trib doctrine. Her comments clearly show the way in which that theology adversely affects a person’s approach to the Scriptures and therefor horribly corrupts their understanding of God’s ways.

I will in this article answer some various aspects of her comments in depth, hoping it will help the reader more clearly see how Dispensational preaching will lead you astray; and why it needs to be recognized as error and rejected by the followers of Christ. Let’s examine her comments. Continue reading “Answering Objections To A Post-Tribulation (Second Coming) Catching Away! PART II”

Answering Objections To A Post-Tribulation (Second Coming) Catching Away! PART I

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by Paul Benson

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1Peter 3:15

As believers we should always be willing to make good effort at reasoning out (explaining) the foundation for our various beliefs. And it never ceases to amaze me the unreasonable things I hear promoted as ‘proof’ for wayward teachings such as the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. Actually it was the shoddy proofs, and the deceptive way with which they were promoted, that caused me to question (and consequently reject) that teaching in the early years of my faith.

And, though I have spent countless hours examining the issue diligently, I have heard very little over the years that has caused me to question that decision!

Recently I received a comment to an article on my blog page that raised numerous objections to the notion of a ‘post-trib’ catching away of the Church. As it would have taken a response of such length to fully address the issues he raised that it would have been inappropriate for the comment section I have chosen to give a reply to his objections here. Continue reading “Answering Objections To A Post-Tribulation (Second Coming) Catching Away! PART I”

The Pre-Trib Rapture: A House Without A Foundation! PART 5: Forsaking Fables

 

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.    Jonah 2:8

The Bible is such an immense and majestic book! And in its pages we find such enormous promise from our Creator; an all powerful God who is absolutely true to his words. But not all of those promises are of a positive nature. Many are warnings of consequence! Like these words above from the book of Jonah.

As I have shared before, some of the most frightening words (and yes we should be frightened by God’s warnings!) that I have ever read in the Bible are the words of our Lord in Matthew 15:9: ‘But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.’! How much consideration have you ever given to those words? That you can worship God in vain? Continue reading “The Pre-Trib Rapture: A House Without A Foundation! PART 5: Forsaking Fables”

The Pre-Trib Rapture: A House Without A Foundation! PART 4: The Harvest Of The Wheat

Does the Bible give any specific timing in regard to what people have come to refer to as the ‘Rapture’? Yes, it certainly does!

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

This is PART 4 of an ongoing series. You can find PART 1 HERE, PART 2 HERE, and you can find PART 3 HERE.

As I have stated many times my mission statement as one called to be a teacher to the Body of Christ is centered around getting believers to adopt a policy of founding their beliefs only upon what is plainly and clearly stated in the Bible, and to exercise great caution over embracing ‘truths’ which have little or no foundation in Scripture. But although I see this practice as a prerequisite to abiding in the truth of God’s Word, and most would attest to the good sense of such advice, I actually meet very few who hold true to such a practice.

Although most everyone would claim their beliefs come right from the Scriptures very few can actually show where the various elements of their doctrinal beliefs are firmly stated in the Bible. The average Christian just believes what they are told to believe. And thus the Body of Christ is awash with false doctrines and fantastical extra-biblical tales that are being promoted (and merchandised) as truth revealed from Heaven.

In PART 1 of this series we looked at the mistaken belief of many that the Coming of Christ for the Church will supposedly be an extremely brief and invisible visitation. But we saw that the Bible actually teaches no such thing. It clearly teaches every eye shall see him!

In PART 2 we examined the mistaken claim that the Church departs Earth at the resurrection/catching away and goes to dwell in Heaven. But we saw that the Scriptures teach no such thing. They clearly teach the Church will join Jesus at his Return to Earth and dwell with him right here on this planet ruling and reigning with him!

In PART 3 we posed the question: Does the Bible teach multiple comings of Christ in the last-days? And we saw the Scriptures always depict the Coming of Christ as a singular event. And since the only coming portrayed in the Word of God is the Second Coming after the time of tribulation, this has to be the coming in which the dead are resurrected and we are gathered together unto the Lord.

Let’s look at what the Bible REALLY says about another of the most popular concepts being pawned off as ‘Bible Truth’ in this day: The claim that the Harvest of the Wheat (the Church) takes place seven years before the Return of Christ to Earth. Continue reading “The Pre-Trib Rapture: A House Without A Foundation! PART 4: The Harvest Of The Wheat”

The Pre-Trib Rapture: A House Without A Foundation! PART 3: Two Comings Of Christ In The Last-Days?

Is there any Bible behind the notion of multiple comings of Christ in the end of days?

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

This is PART 3 of an ongoing series. You can find PART 1 HERE and you can find PART 2 HERE.

As I have stated many times my mission statement as one called to be a teacher to the Body of Christ is centered around getting believers to adopt a policy of founding their beliefs only upon what is plainly and clearly stated in the Bible, and to exercise great caution over embracing ‘truths’ which have little or no foundation in Scripture. But although I see this practice as a prerequisite to abiding in the truth of God’s Word, and most would attest to the good sense of such advice, I actually meet very few who hold true to such a practice.

Although most everyone would claim their beliefs come right from the Scriptures very few can actually show where the various elements of their doctrinal beliefs are firmly stated in the Bible. The average Christian just believes what they are told to believe. And thus the Body of Christ is awash with false doctrines and fantastical extra-biblical tales that are being promoted (and merchandised) as truth revealed from Heaven.

In PART 1 of this series we looked at the mistaken belief of many that the Coming of Christ for the Church will supposedly be an extremely brief and invisible visitation. But we saw that the Bible actually teaches no such thing. It clearly teaches every eye shall see him!

In PART 2 we examined the mistaken claim that the Church departs Earth at the resurrection/catching away and goes to dwell in Heaven. But we saw that the Scriptures teach no such thing. They clearly teach the Church will join Jesus at his Return to Earth and dwell with him right here on this planet ruling and reigning with him!

Let’s look at what the Bible REALLY says about another of the most popular concepts being pawned off as ‘Bible Truth’ in this day: The claim that there will be TWO comings of Christ in the end-time scenario. Continue reading “The Pre-Trib Rapture: A House Without A Foundation! PART 3: Two Comings Of Christ In The Last-Days?”

The Pre-Trib Rapture: A House Without A Foundation! PART 2: Raptured Off To Heaven?

Is there a flight to Heaven scheduled for the Body of Christ? Verification please!

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

(This is PART 2 of an ongoing series. You can find PART 1 HERE.)

As I have stated many times my mission statement as one called to be a teacher to the Body of Christ is centered around getting believers to adopt a policy of founding their beliefs only upon what is plainly and clearly stated in the Bible, and to exercise great caution over embracing ‘truths’ which have little or no foundation in Scripture. But although I see this practice as a prerequisite to abiding in the truth of God’s Word, and most would attest to the good sense of such advice, I actually meet very few who hold true to such a practice.

Although most everyone would claim their beliefs come right from the Scriptures very few can actually show where the various elements of their doctrinal beliefs are firmly stated in the Bible. The average Christian just believes what they are told to believe. And thus the Body of Christ is awash with false doctrines and fantastical extra-biblical tales that are being promoted (and merchandised) as truth revealed from Heaven.

In PART 1 of this series we looked at the mistaken belief of many that the Coming of Christ for the Church will supposedly be an extremely brief and invisible visitation. But we saw that the Bible actually teaches no such thing. It clearly teaches every eye shall see him!

Let’s look at what the Bible REALLY says about another of the most popular concepts being pawned off as ‘Bible Truth’ in this day: The claim the Church will be taken away to Heaven when Christ comes to be joined to his Bride! Continue reading “The Pre-Trib Rapture: A House Without A Foundation! PART 2: Raptured Off To Heaven?”