Pre-tribulation rapture information
In this day and age there is much confusion over what the rapture is and when it occurs. I believe that a lot of the diversity concerning this issue comes from books, and people placing too much faith in the way fallible man interprets the scripture and not enough faith in the Bible itself. I have seen many debates over the timing of the rapture, and the determining factor for many people’s beliefs never fails to come down to whether one’s position can be found to be taught throughout church history or not.
1Co_2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
The scripture clearly forbids the reliance on man for doctrine. A christian ought to rely on the Bible itself to learn the truth and mysteries of God. The Holy Ghost and the scripture work together in an effort to reveal doctrine unto us. There is nothing wrong with books, or historical evidences, but the Bible is to be supreme when it comes to what we believe. When a book or sermon differs from the holy scriptures then those are in error and not God’s word. In this article I will supply proof from God’s word of a pre-tribulation rapture.
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The Day of Christ
The phrase “day of Christ” is only used 3 times in scripture, although other similar phrases are also seen, such as the day of the Lord Jesus Christ, the day of Jesus Christ, and the day of the Lord Jesus. It makes very little sense to claim these are all references to different events, seeing as the person is the same one throughout. No passage has more information on this day of Christ than 2 Thessalonians 2 and that passage will be looked at after a few other passages are viewed.
Some claim this day is the rapture. This comes from its use in Philippians 1:3-7.
Php 1:3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
Php 1:4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
Php 1:5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Php 1:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
The claim is that the good work in us ends at the rapture, but that is found to be an error when we parallel this passage with the following passage. When you see it you will notice that both of them are part of Paul’s salutations in his letters.
1Co 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
1Co 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1Co 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
According to the above passage the Lord Jesus Christ comes back to confirm us unto the end. This is done so that we may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. The same language and context is used in every reference to any day of the Lord, day of Christ, day of the Lord Jesus, and day of the Lord Jesus Christ. Read More…
The pre-tribulation rapture
This essay is an explanation of what the pre-tribulation rapture is, and why you should believe it. I mean why should a person believe in the pre-trib. rapture, or any rapture for that matter? I believe there are multitudes of reasons to believe in it, but will only give the more important (to me at least) and simpler ones in this article for brevity’s sake.
To begin, an introduction to the word “rapture” is necessary. The word “rapture” comes from Paul’s mention of being “caught up” in 1 Thes 4:17. This remark of being “caught up” was translated from the Greek word “harpazo,” which is the same as the Latin word “raptus,” and from thence came the word “rapture” in English.
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” -1 Thessalonians 4:17
Now, I would like to give a good reason to believe the rapture (or being “caught up”) is not the same as the resurrection found throughout the gospels and mentioned in Rev. 20. Paul in 1Cor. 15:51-54-a parallel to 1 Thes. 4:13-17-says he is shewing the Corinthians a mystery. Interesting! Paul many times in his epistles talks of mysteries, and is always referring to a something unexplained in the past(examples Rom. 11:25, Rom. 16:25, and 1Cor. 2:7). Though, the resurrection found in the gospels was so well acknowledged(John 5:29, 11:24-25) it is only barely mentioned in Revelation during it’s fulfillment. This resurrection could hardly be called a mystery. Another reason to believe in a difference is the fact the Paul says we’ll be “caught up,” and during the resurrection found in Rev. 20 there is no catching to anywhere! I could go on and on, but this will suffice. Read More…