This idea that Christians around the globe will be “raptured” up while a world full of rebellious sinners inherit the Great Tribulation has spawned dozens of books and movies all profiting on a terrible and unfortunate set of circumstances. It is past time for these deceived Christians to learn the truth.
One way to get to the bottom of the rapture doctrine is by understanding this fundamental truth: The Wrath of God and the Great Tribulation are NOT the same event.
Christians will not be harmed when the Wrath of God is poured out on the wicked (1 Ths 5:9).
Christians will be faced with great tribulation taking place on the earth up until the time of His return. (Act 14 :22, Rom 5 :3, 8 :35, 12 :12, 2 Ths 1:4, Mat 24, Mar 13, and Luk 21).
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The 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians up until verse 50 is entirely about the resurrection of the dead. Paul explains how Christ was resurrected, and that we too shall be resurrected from the dead. Then beginning in verse 50 and 51 we see that not all “flesh and blood” will have fallen asleep (died). He wants to “show us a mystery”, that we shall “not all sleep”. But rather, we “shall be changed, in the twinkling of an eye”. And when does this “changing” take place? It takes place at the “last trumpet sound”. Notice, it does not take place at the first trumpet sound, but the last.
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This is the same sermon on the mount of olives we read from the book of Mark 13.
“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, 25And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27And 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.” (Mar 13:24-27)
Paul says we will be changed when the last trumpet sounds and Jesus Christ says that trumpet will sound after the Tribulation. It could not be any clearer.
So, what are these “trumpets” Paul and the Lord Jesus are referring too? Good question, I’m glad you asked. The answer is found in the only other place in the entire bible where these trumpets are referred to in the context of the tribulation – Revelation 8 and 9 – the seventh and final seal is broken, initiating the seven trumpets which are sounded by the seven angels.
“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” (Rev 8:1-2)
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Rev 9:13-21 – The sixth angel sounds a trumpet and “the four angles from Euphrates” are let loose. …A lot of bad things happen here. And do you recall in the sermon on the mount of olives, the Lord tells us He will send His angels to gather the elect?
Here it is, between the sixth and seventh trumpet! (1 Cor 15:52, Mat 24:31, Rev 10:7)
Rev 10:7 – Before the seventh angel sounds His trumpet, the “mystery of God is finished”.
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” (Rev 10:7)
This is the same “mystery” Paul told us would take place “at the last trump” in the “twinkling of an eye”, in 1 Cor 15:52. It is here when the rapture takes place …after the sixth and before the seventh and final trumpet!
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Preparing People for Tribulation
We need to spiritually prepare ourselves, our friends, our families and anyone else who will listen for what may very well be coming in our lifetime. Those who are spiritually prepared for the tribulation to come, will not be swayed in that day knowing we will escape the Wrath of God (Rev 9:13-10:7) by remaining faithful to His purpose of Love.
Those who had the blood of an innocent lamb sprinkled on their doorposts escaped the plagues of Egypt. In a similar way, the blood of the Lamb has been poured out in our hearts and minds which is the Seal of God to protect us during the wrath of God to come. There will be many martyrs during the tribulation (because man is angry with God’s people for not being harmed by the plagues. The Seal of God has protected them during trumpets 5 and 6 – Rev 9:4), but those of us who remain until the end will be saved from the Wrath of God (the rapture takes place). The wrath and the tribulation are two very different events. It can be said, many aspects of the tribulation are caused by man but all of the wrath of God is poured out by God.
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As sure as God tests the faithful, we will be tested too my friends (1 Pet 1:7, 1 Thes 2:4. Rev 3:10). Are you ready to speak the truth in the face of the enemies’ guillotine (Rev 20:4)? Will you proclaim in that moment our precious Jesus is Alive holding the power over death, or will your heart fail you? (Mat 10:32-33)
He is willing to release you from your sin dept if only you accept his free will offering. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Eternity is at our door step. It is time to wake up from this earthly slumber.
Without mincing words, the pre-tribulation rapture is a lie created by Satan!
All throughout the bible we see the evidence of Christians being present on earth during the tribulation. My prayer is for those who teach this false doctrine to WAKE UP and stop preaching the extremely dangerous DECEPTION of the pre-tribulation rapture.
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