Question. Some say we will be Raptured in the middle of the
Tribulation, others say at the end of the Tribulation, some say we will be taken
BEFORE the Tribulation starts. Surely there is some way we can tell for sure
when God is taking His Church out of the earth! Can you give proofs about what
you think about this?
don’t “think” anything at all of myself. I cannot possible just have a personal
opinion about the matter, I have to KNOW what God has said in His Word. There
are NOT three ways of interpreting when the Rapture will take place, God is NOT
a God who makes confusing and contradictory statements. He has plainly revealed
for all to see that the Rapture will take place BEFORE the Tribulation, this is
pre-millennial, fundamental doctrine. I will give just a few reasons why this
must be. People are rather confused today, they listen to this or that preacher,
and do not simply do a proper Bible study on the subject. "... edited out
Let us look carefully at
Scripture then, I do not stand on my own understanding here, not at all, I am a
person who grew up with the fundamental Christians, who taught prophesy, and
they were sound, old-fashioned Bible-preachers.
1. The Rapture cannot happen
Mid-Trib., because the Church Age finishes BEFORE God takes up the Jews in the
Time of Jacob’s Trouble, which is the Tribulation. God will not take up the Jews
and deal with them in judgement until the Church has gone! The Church Age
finishes with the resurrection of the dead in Christ, and those who are alive at
that time will also be caught away. (11 Thess: 17,18). We could hardly “comfort”
one another with those words if we were going to face unspeakable woes in the
2. God tells us that
“scoffers” will come who say where is the promise of His (Christ’s) Coming? II
Peter 3:3,4. These “scoffers” are those who deny that Christ’s Coming is
imminent,or about to happen any time! These verses about “scoffers” can
certainly be applied to the Mid-Trib. and Post-Trib. believers, who do not
believe that Christ could come at any time, but are looking to the Tribulation
as being the thing which will happen next to the Church. We are not to be
“scoffers” as they have become!
3. The Mid-Trib. confusion is
utterly refuted by the verse in I Thess. 5:9: “For God hath not appointed us to
WRATH...” This word is repeated a number of times in the book of Revelation, it
is the word “orge” which is the terrible anger of God against the rebels of the
world. God will never take His church through His Wrath, we are His own
children. His Wrath is happening all through the Tribulation period, not just
the last three and a half years.
4. The Post-Trib belief.,
that the Rapture will not happen until the end of the Trib., is utterly refuted
by I Thess.5:9 and Revelation 3:10.
5. The Tribulation is God
declaring WAR on the earth dwellers. The first thing a country does when it
declares WAR is to take its ambassadors out and close up the embassy. GOD has
His ambassadors of heaven here on earth, that is, all the born-again ones who
make up the real church, as soon as He declares WAR God removes those
ambassadors, we are those ambassadors (II Cor.5:20).
6. The Second Coming of
Christ comes in two stages. He comes to the air or atmosphere of the earth, and
calls His Bride the Church home to Himself, this the Rapture. The Tribulation
happens, then the Revelation of Christ, for ALL the world to see, the Second
Coming in glory and might. People sometimes get these two confused, and merge
them into one, and so think the Revelation is the Rapture.
7. Some teachers claim there
will be a partial Rapture, with only the “spiritual” members of the Body of
Christ going. This false theory is refuted by one little word in I Cor.15:51,
where Paul says that “we shall ALL be changed” at the Trump of God. Part of the
Body CANNOT be left whilst the other part is taken, it is ONE BODY. Also we are
ALL saved by GRACE, not works at all, neither will we be Raptured because of
works, which are as filthy rags in God’s sight! It is ALL of GRACE!
8. The trumpet of the angel
in the middle of the Tribulation is NOT the same as the Trump of God which
summons the Church in the Rapture. We can see this clearly if we read both
The angel’s trumpet in
Revelation 11 is sounded in heaven, and is heard in heaven, it is blown by the
angel. The Trump of God in I Thess.4 is sounded in the air and is heard on
earth, it is the voice of God which is like a mighty Trumpet. The angel’s
trumpet in Revelation 11 brings great Tribulation on the earth, but the Trump of
God which proclaims the Rapture is vastly different. It is a call to all
believers to WORSHIP, and brings glory for the Church, not judgement and terror
for the earth!
The Trump of God declares to
the heavenly angels that they should prepare to BATTLE, because the Bride of
Christ is going to be taken through the very atmosphere where Satan still holds
sway, and he and his hordes will do anything to stop the Church’s departure.
There are teachers who
confuse the Bible’s teaching on II Thess.2:7. This passage declares:
“For the mystery of iniquity
doth already work: only he who NOW LETTETH will let, until he be
taken OUT OF THE WAY.”
There are those who
misunderstand this statement, which sound scholars have shown is the Holy
Spirit. Comments recently from the Texe Marrs organisation, on audio tape, have
said that the Rapture cannot happen before the Tribulation because there are
multitudes saved in the Trib. If the Holy Spirit is taken out of the earth
BEFORE the Tribulation, “he who letteth”, then how could anyone be convicted of
sin and judgement by the Holy Spirit in the Trib. and thus be saved? This
preacher then imagined that this is proof that the Rapture must happen at the
end of the Tribulation, and the Church must suffer through the Trib.
The above ideas are not at all
Scriptural in reality! We must always remember that the Holy Spirit is GOD, the
Third Person of the Trinity. As God, the Holy Spirit is Omnipresent, that is He
is always everywhere, and always has been. We live and move and have our being
in the Holy Spirit of God, as the book of Acts shows. Read the first chapters of
Revelation, the Holy Spirit is the LIFE, the Creator, the ever-present One, who
is GOD. If the Holy Spirit was entirely removed at any period of history,
everything living would die, for He is LIFE!
The Holy Spirit could NEVER be
entirely removed from the earth, all would die immediately if He was removed
What is removed at the Rapture
is the Holy Spirit IN THE CHURCH, for the Church is the Temple of the Holy
In the Old Testament, the Holy
Spirit came upon the Prophets and Priests of the Lord, but He never remained
forever, as He does in the New Testament. ALL believers in Christ, in the New
Testament, in the Church Age, have the Holy Spirit resident within, and He will
never leave us (John 14:16).
When the Church is Raptured,
the Omnipresent Holy Spirit of course is everywhere on the earth as He always
was and is, and will convict of sin when necessary in the Tribulation period of
seven years. But the Holy Spirit in the CHURCH is the “he who letteth” of II
Thess.2:7, and when the Church goes, the resident Spirit will go too!
We will finish this study on a
call to WORSHIP which comes with the Trump of God, at the Rapture. We, the Bride
of Christ, have a glorious future ahead of us, and great undeserved honour in
Christ Jesus our Saviour and Lord and Bridegroom.
In Numbers 10:1-3 we read:
“And the Lord
spake unto Moses, saying, Make thee two trumpets of silver... that
thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly....and when they shall
blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door
of the tabernacle....”
This is a type of the Trump
of God sounded at the Rapture.
In regard to the Rapture, ONE
Trump of God, Numbers 10:4 is highly significant:
“if they blow but
with ONE Trumpet, then the princes, (THE PRINCES!) which are the heads
of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto
At the Rapture of the Church
only ONE trumpet is sounded, in God’s sight we ALL, each and every one, occupy a
place of utmost importance in Christ, for we are all “head princes” in God’s
sight! This is why there is but ONE TRUMPET call. How should we live until then?
Titus 2:12,13 tells us:
“... denying ungodliness
and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this
present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of
the great God and our Saviour Jesus