Jesus prayed to the Father, "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one" (Jn. 17:15).
Concerning the endtime Jesus said, "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and be put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of Me" (Mt. 24:9).
"And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the Word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands" (Rev. 20:4).
There is a widespread teaching today that says that Christians will be raptured before the last-days Great Tribulation spoken of in Daniel chapter 12 and Revelation chapters 6 through 20. But, in this article you will see that, according to the Scriptures, Jesus will rapture the saints on the last day of the Great Tribulation, not before it. You will see that neither the apostle Paul nor the apostle Peter believed in the imminent return of Christ. And you will see that the pre-tribulation rapture theory is a false doctrine---it is a fable.
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The rapture will be on the last day of the Great Tribulation which corresponds to the Last Day.
First we will consider the origin of the pre-tribulation rapture theory, and then see some of the reasons why many Christians believe it. Then we will look at the relevant passages of Scripture that will show that many sincere Christians are deceived about this very important doctrine in these last days.
Origin of the Pre-Trib Rapture Theory
The pre-trib rapture theory is not something that God has revealed to us in these last days. Indeed it is a doctrine from demons that has been perpetuated through well-meaning men for the past few generations.
There is no known writing existing, or referred to by other writers, of the pre-trib rapture teaching prior to 1830. None of the early Church fathers or anyone else throughout Church history wrote about the saints being raptured before the end-time Great Tribulation. This does not conclusively mean that the theory is false, only that it is a historical fact that this teaching did not exist among the early Christians or the Church fathers or any Christians throughout history until 1830.
Reportedly the origin of the pre-trib rapture teaching was with a fifteen-year-old girl named Margaret MacDonald in the town of Port Glasgow, Scotland. Supposedly in 1830 she had a dream or vision that Christians were raptured just prior to the Great Tribulation. In 1831 or 1832 a Presbyterian pastor in London, England named Edward Irving heard about this dream or vision that Miss MacDonald had and started teaching it to his congregation. These are well-known reports among scholars of eschatology.
These reports concerning the origin of the pre-trib rapture theory may or may not be true. What is well-documented is the fact that John Nelson Darby, the founder of a group known as the Plymouth Brethren, after visiting Miss MacDonald began teaching this new theory.
Later, by 1917, C. I. Scofield had published his improved edition of the Scofield Reference Bible which contained the dispensational pre-tribulation teachings of Darby and others. Soon many Bible Colleges such as Moody Bible Institute and seminaries such as Dallas Theological Seminary became staunch promoters of dispensational theology that included the doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture.
In 1970 Hal Lindsey, who attended Dallas Theological Seminary, popularized this teaching with his book titled The Late Great Planet Earth. Several million copies have been sold and a movie by the same title was made.
The widespread acceptance of a doctrine does not make it true. What really matters is not whether some Bible colleges and seminaries teach the pre-tribulation rapture theory, or whether many pastors teach it, or whether many Christians accept it as true; what really matters is what does the Word of God say?
Most Christians in this country are not spiritually ready to go through what is on the horizon if it is as late as we think it is. The days of the Great Tribulation will be the worst time that this world has ever seen. And this earth has seen some very bad times. Probably not many Christians will be ready to go through the Great Tribulation, but believing that you are going to be raptured out before it begins is certainly not conducive to spiritual preparation for it.
Imminent Return of Christ?
The pre-trib rapture teaching of many church leaders carries with it the doctrine of the imminent return of Christ. This is the belief that Christ could return at any moment, even before you finish reading this sentence.
The apostle Peter did not believe that Jesus would return at any moment after He ascended into heaven. Jesus, before His ascension, told Peter that he would live to be an old man, which would be many years later, and how he would die to glorify God (Jn. 21:18-19).
Paul knew that he was a chosen vessel unto the Lord to bear His name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel (Acts 9:15). The apostle knew that the rapture would not take place before this ministry was accomplished.
So, if Peter and Paul did not believe in the imminent return of Christ, then when can Christians believe that Christ could return at any moment? The answer is recorded in Luke 21:25-28. "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." These things will happen on the last day of the Great Tribulation.
Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit of Christ, wrote concerning the rapture, "Now we beseech you, brethren, by [concerning] the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by [concerning] our gathering together unto him...Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" (2 Thess. 2:1-3).
Paul wrote, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air...For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night...But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief" (1 Thess. 4:16-17, 5:2-4).
Jesus will rapture the saints with the sound of a trump. Which trump? Paul wrote, "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Cor. 15:51-52).
When is the last trump? According to the Revelation there are seven trumpets during the Great Tribulation. The seventh and last trumpet recorded in Scripture is sounded on the last day of the tribulation: "And the seventh angel sounded [the seventh and last trumpet]; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever...And the nations were angry, and thy wrath [from which the saints were delivered] is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints" (Rev. 11:15-18).
The Chronology of the Revelation
It is imperative to know that the last day of the tribulation is depicted in six passages throughout the Revelation. It is impossible to understand the chronology of the events of the Great Tribulation without seeing this. The last day of the Great Tribulation is portrayed (perhaps within a few verses before and after) in the following passages in the Revelation: 6:12-17; 11:15-19; 14:14-20; 16:17-21; 19:11-21; and 20:9-21:8. John the Revelator wrote of events that he saw and then wrote of the last day. Then he wrote of events that he saw and then wrote of the last day. He did this six times in the Book of Revelation.
Not Appointed to Which Wrath?
We are living in times of easy believism, easy credit, easy living, and easy exit for the saints. The major point that pre-tribulationists try to make to uphold their view is that God has not appointed us to wrath. But we must answer the question, What is the wrath to which we are not appointed? And, can saints go through the Great Tribulation without directly suffering the wrath of God, as did the Old Testament saints in Egypt when God sent his plagues because of Pharaoh?
One of the purposes of the Great Tribulation will be for unrepentant worldlings to experience the judgment of God as have sinful societies throughout history, from the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, Jerusalem, and others up to the worldwide judgment of the end-time Tribulation. Another purpose will be the persecution of the saints during the Great Tribulation in order to clean us up for the return of Christ. Much of the suffering of the saints during this terrible time will be from persecution and not directly from the judgments of God. (There will, however, be suffering because of not being able to buy or sell without the mark of the Beast, etc. Christians who do not take the mark will not be able to be legally employed, pay taxes on their property, buy automobile tags, gasoline, food or anything else.)
Christians during the Great Tribulation will be like those saints of the Old Dispensation mentioned in the Book of Hebrews. They "were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth" (Heb. 11:35-38).
In Revelation 6:9-11 it says, "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held...And white robes were given unto every one of them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." In the next chapter the apostle John saw not just Jews but "a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes...And one of the elders [around the throne] answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of [the] great tribulation" (7:9, 13-14).
Pre-tribulationists argue that the word "church" is not even mentioned after Revelation chapter 3. That is true (except that "churches" is mentioned in 22:16), but the "saints" are referred to more than a dozen times after chapter 3. And Jesus said, "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened" (Mt. 24:21-22).
Persecution & Martyrdom---The N.T. Norm
Persecution and martyrdom is, in fact, the New Testament norm. Jesus said to His disciples, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you...The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you..." (Jn. 15:19-20). Peter wrote, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps" (1 Pet. 2:21). And Paul wrote, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2 Tim. 3:12).
According to Church history all the Apostles suffered martyrdom except John who was banished to the Isle of Patmos. The apostles were thrown into prison time and again during their ministry, and suffered beatings and other persecution (Acts 5:40; 16:23; 2 Cor. 11:25; et al.). Paul was in and out of jail, suffered beatings and was incarcerated, under house-arrest, for two years (Acts 28:30) before his martyrdom.
We are not experiencing persecution in America, not because Satan has changed his strategy, but because the saints have changed theirs. Most Christians in this country have not been endued with power from On High and are not proclaiming a scriptural evangelistic message which includes remission of sins and repentance (Lk. 13:3-5; 24:47; Mk. 1:15; 6:12; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 26:19-20; 2 Pet. 3:9).
Most evangelistic messages are watered-down, easy-believism, half-truths that omit the need for repentance for salvation. (Look at the Gospel tracts in the tract rack at bookstores and in your church building, or listen to your "pastor" preach an evangelistic message or give "an invitation" to see if you can even find or hear the word "repent" or "repentance" mentioned.
Some church leaders teach that believing in an imminent pre-trib rapture will influence Christians to live holy lives. But the Scriptures teach, referring to the heavens and earth being destroyed by fire, "Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?...Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (2 Pet. 3:11-14).
There has never been a time when so many Christians believed in an imminent pre-trib rapture and yet the twentieth-century church in America can be characterized by almost anything but holiness. (With all the filth of the television programs and cheap output of the press brought into our homes, divorce, worldly dress and sports activities, ad nauseam.) Most Christians in America live and look too much like worldlings; there is no contrast, therefore in many cases there is no conviction brought about by the Holy Spirit in the lives of the unsaved.
Paul said, "...We glory in tribulations (thlipsis) also: knowing that tribulation (thlipsis) worketh patience" (Rom. 5:3). This is the same Greek word used in Revelation when John saw a great multitude in white robes and one of the elders around the throne said, "These are they which came out of [the] great tribulation (thlipsis)..." (7:9, 13-14). The Greek noun thlipsis was also used in Acts 11:19 concerning the persecution of the Church at the time of Stephen's martyrdom and is rendered "persecution."
"In the world ye shall have tribulation" (John 16:33). "We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 4:22). "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you...for my sake...Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you" (Mt. 5:10-12).
Tribulation and persecution is not the wrath of God. Again, persecution and martyrdom is the New Testament norm. The wrath of God that Christians will be kept from is the wrath of the last day and, of course, the wrath of the Lake of Fire. Those who have been saved by Jesus have already been delivered from the eternal Lake of Fire which is the wrath to come. Paul wrote, "...Jesus...delivered us [past tense] from the wrath to come" (1 Thess. 1:10).
God Takes His People Through Tribulation
Even a casual reading of the Scriptures will reveal that God takes His people through tribulation rather than delivering them from it. Beginning with Noah and his family who were kept safe in the ark which was a type of Christ---they went right through the middle of the flood with torrential rains coming down from above and all the waters from below: "...All the fountains of the great deep [were] broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened" (Gen. 7:11).
Another well-known example is the three Hebrews who were not delivered from going through the fiery furnace which was heated seven times hotter than usual. Indeed they went right through the middle of that persecution and the Lord went through it with them.
Yet another example of God sending His saints through tribulation rather than keeping them from it, is Daniel being thrown into the den of lions. He went right through the middle of that persecution, but God sent an angel to close the mouths of the lions. That great saint brought glory to God in that tribulation.
Like the Old Testament saints listed among the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 and all the Apostles who were martyred except John who suffered the persecution of Patmos, God sometimes lets His saints suffer and die for His glory.
Beloved, let no man deceive you. The saints will go through the tribulation depicted in the Revelation. The Antichrist will be given power "to make war with the saints, and to overcome them" (Rev. 13:7). The prophet Daniel wrote concerning the Antichrist, "He will speak against the Most High and oppress His saints...The saints will be handed over to him [the Antichrist] for [three and a half years]...He [the Antichrist] will destroy the mighty men and the holy people" (Dan. 7:25, 8:24). Christians who are compromisers before the Great Tribulation are not going to be overcomers through it.
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THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE HOAX
This is a concise, yet absolute refutation of the false teachings of an imminent return of Christ, a pre-tribulation rapture, a mid-tribulation rapture, a post-tribulation reign of Christ on this earth, and a release of Satan from the bottomless pit after the Great Tribulation.
The rapture will be on the last day of the Great Tribulation which corresponds to the Last Day.
Matthew 25:31, 46; Revelation 20:11-15: Jesus said, "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious [Great White] throne. ALL THE NATIONS will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put THE SHEEP on His right, and THE GOATS on the left...[Then after the Judgment, the unrighteous] will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Who will be present at the Great White Throne Judgment?
John 5:28-29: "For AN HOUR [singular] is coming, in which ALL who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; THOSE WHO DID THE GOOD DEEDS [the saints] to a resurrection of life, THOSE WHO COMMITTED EVIL DEEDS [the unsaved] to a resurrection of judgment." Who will be resurrected at the same hour?
John 6:39-40: Jesus said, "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up ON THE LAST DAY. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up ON THE LAST DAY." When will the believers be raised up?
John 6:44: Jesus said, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up ON THE LAST DAY." When will the saved be raised up?
John 11:24: "Martha said to Him [Jesus], I know that he [Lazarus] will rise again in the resurrection ON THE LAST DAY." When will the resurrection of the saints be?
John 12:48: Jesus said, "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him AT THE LAST DAY." When will the Judgment of the unsaved be?
Acts 24:15: "There shall certainly be A RESURRECTION [singular] OF BOTH the righteous and the wicked [together]." When will the resurrection of the righteous and the wicked be?
1 Thessalonians 4:15-17: Paul said, "For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that WE WHO ARE ALIVE and remain until the coming of the Lord, WILL NOT PRECEDE THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and WITH THE [last] TRUMPET of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord." What instrument will be sounded when the rapture and the resurrection of the saints occurs?
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3: Paul said, "...With regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him [the rapture]...Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come UNLESS THE APOSTASY COMES FIRST, AND THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS [Antichrist] IS REVEALED, the son of destruction." What must come before the rapture? Will Christ return at any moment before these events?
1 Corinthians 15:51-52: Paul said, "Behold, I tell you a mystery; we [Christians] WILL NOT ALL SLEEP, but we will all be changed [at the rapture], in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMPET; for the trumpet will sound, and THE DEAD WILL BE RAISED incorruptible, and we will ALL be changed." When will the saints, alive and dead, be changed in the twinkling of an eye?
Revelation 10:7: "In the days when the SEVENTH ANGEL IS ABOUT TO SOUND HIS TRUMPET [the seventh and last], the mystery of God [mentioned by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:51] will be accomplished" On which day will the last trumpet sound and the rapture and resurrection occur?
Revelation 11:15-18: "THE SEVENTH ANGEL SOUNDED HIS TRUMPET [the last one]...The nations were angry; and your [Godís] wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints...and for destroying those who destroy the earth." At which trumpet sound and on which day will the Judgment of God and the rewarding of the saints be?
There will be one resurrection of the dead in Christ and the unsaved and that will be on the Last Day (Jn. 5:28-29; 11:24; Dan. 12:2; Acts 24:15).
When Jesus returns, the dead in Christ will rise first (the resurrection) then Christians who are alive will be caught up (the rapture) together with them (the resurrected dead saints) to meet Jesus in the air at the Last Trumpet (Seventh Trumpet during the Great Tribulation) which is on the last day of the Great Tribulation which coincides with the Day of Judgment on the Last Day (1 Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 10:7; 11:15-18; Jn. 6:39-40, 54; 11:24; 1 Thess. 4:15-17).
"With regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him [the rapture]...Let no one in any way deceive you, for it [the rapture] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness [the Antichrist] is revealed, the son of destruction" (2 Thess. 2:1-3).
There will be no pre-tribulation rapture, and no millennial reign of Christ after the Great Tribulation. The last day of the Great Tribulation is the LAST DAY. There will be no more days after the Last Day, otherwise it would not be the Last Day.
The wrath to which God did not appoint the saints is the wrath of the Last Day which includes the destruction of the earth and the entire universe (just after the rapture of the saints) and confinement of the wicked to the Lake of Fire after the Judgment on the Last Day.
Jesus said, "In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world" (Jn. 16:33). The apostle Paul said, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22).
Revelation 20 says that Satan will be bound for a thousand years. We must, however, interpret this obscure passage of Scripture in the light of the many, very clear passages read in their proper context. While Satan is incarcerated, all the elect who came to life (were born-again, which is "the first resurrection") and who are in heaven, will reign with Christ from heaven while Satan is bound.
It is important to understand that Satan is bound for a thousand years, but his demons are not. They have been wreaking havoc on earth the entire time, while their leader is humiliated in the bottomless pit. The thousand-year incarceration of Satan began at an unknown date that is one thousand years prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation, and upon his release he will be cast down from heaven and enters the Antichrist, being furious because he knows his time is short (three and one-half years) and will give all his power to the Antichrist, who will then overcome true Christians who compromise and take the Mark of the Beast.
Satan will give all his power and authority to the non-human, psychopath Antichrist, who will pose as a "Jew," at or near the beginning of the Great Tribulation, giving him all his power (Rev. 13:2; Dan. 7:25; 12:7).
Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords, and has been reigning from heaven ever since He ascended two thousand years ago. The saints who are in heaven reign with Christ, from heaven, for the last thousand years prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
True Christians who refused to become disciples of Jesus according to Luke 14 (including verse 33, literally) and who were never filled with the Holy Spirit because they were not obedient to Christ (Acts 5:32), will be the most vulnerable to the overcoming power of the Antichrist, and take the Mark, sealing their destiny in the Lake of Fire.
Everyone who is born again has the Holy Spirit in their spirit, but not everyone who is born again has been filled. Lukewarm Christians will be devastated by the realization that their so-called pastor and all the popular pre-trib writers, in whose teaching they trusted more than the Word of God, were deceived. Doubtless, these are the Christians who will be overcome by the Antichrist, and take his Mark, thereby forfeiting their salvation by denying Christ. Jesus said, "Whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven" (Mat. 10:33). Paul wrote to Timothy, "If we endure [to the end], we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us" (2 Tim. 2:12).
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It has always been Godís way to take His people through tribulation and persecution, not keep them from it. Some good examples of this are Noah, the three Hebrews in the furnace and Daniel in the lionís den. This says nothing of the martyrdom of the eleven apostles and untold numbers during the first and second century, and throughout Church history. In fact, persecution and martyrdom is the New Testament norm (please see article by that title. Also, see books such as Foxeís Book of Martyrs and Martyrs Mirror).
Noah and his family were not spared the tribulation of the Great Flood, but rather were taken right through the middle of it, with torrential rains from above and gushing waters from below. They were safe in the ark, which was a type of Christ. They abided in the ark for the duration. Jesus said He will continue to abide in us if we continue to abide in Him. There is no other hope for Christians during the Great Tribulation.
The three Hebrews were not spared the tribulation of the furnace heated seven times hotter than normal, rather they were thrown right into the middle of it. They were safe in the fire in which was observed a fourth person, Christ. The three Hebrews did not even have the smell of smoke on them when they came out. They were faithful to God and He protected them through that severe time of testing.
Daniel was not spared the tribulation of the lionís den, he was cast right into the middle of it. Daniel, being faithful to God, was supernaturally protected by the supernatural closing of the lionsí mouths.
Christians have a higher calling than the Old Testament saints. We were called to suffer. Numerous passages in the New Testament speak of our call to suffer with Christ, rather than to be delivered from persecution and tribulation. Jesus spoke of the last days when many Christians will fall away and betray one another (Mat. 24:10), and He said, "He who endures to the end, will be saved" (Mat. 24:13). Peter wrote, "For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps" (1 Peter 2:21).
In all of the Revelation there is no mention of the Great Tribulation being seven years in duration. Every indication is that it is approximately three-and-one-half years long. The time of Danielís Seventieth Week was cut short for the sake of the elect (Christians) who will go through the Great Tribulation (Mat. 24:21-22).
The Great Tribulation will be a time of judgment on the world, and a time of severe testing of the saints. It will not be a time of Christians evangelizing the world, nor a time of great revival, nor a time of salvation of the unsaved. It will be a time of judgment on unrepentant mankind and apostate, lukewarm Christians who have left their first love (Christ) that will culminate with the Great White Throne Judgment on the last day of the Great Tribulation, that will coincide with the Last Day and complete destruction of the earth and the entire universe, and heaven. Also, on the last day of the Great Tribulation a new heaven and a new earth will be created. The Great Tribulation will be a time of the most severe testing of true Christians, who will not be able to buy or sell anything (food, clothing, fuel, housing, pay property taxes, etc.) without the Mark of the Beast.
There is no mention whatsoever in the Scriptures of anyone being saved during the Great Tribulation, except for the 144,000 Jews. There is no mention of any of those Jews being evangelists, contrary to popular teaching. Christians refuse to become disciples of Jesus and evangelize the world as did the apostles and early Christians before the end of Paulís ministry. There will be, however, an angel who proclaims the Gospel to the whole world during the Great Tribulation, but apparently no one is saved (Rev. 14:6).
Many uncompromising Christians will be martyred during the Great Tribulation. This is not being overcome by the Antichrist. This is being victorious to the end, which will result in receiving a martyrís crown to lay at Jesus feet, for His glory.
The two prophets during that time will torment "those who dwell on the earth" (Rev. 11:10) with their preaching, but there is no mention whatsoever that anyone repents and is saved. Even after God uses the angels to pour out the plagues and kill a third of mankind, the rest "did not repent" (Rev. 9:20-21). When the sunís heat will be increased and men are scorched "they did not repent" (Rev. 16:9). When people gnaw their tongues because of pain, they still "did not repent" (Rev. 16:11).
It will be to no avail to have food stored or gold and silver hidden. Gold and silver will be worthless to Christians because they cannot buy anything without the Mark. If you have a stockpile of food and water it will either be plundered by starving hordes or pleaded for by hungry Christians, neighbors and family. No matter how large your supply, it probably will be gone within the first month. Then what are you going to do during the remaining forty-one months?
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HARDLY ANY CHRISTIANS WILL BE RAPTURED!
Christians living at the time of the Great Tribulation would have a higher probability of winning a state lottery than being raptured. (This is not to say that Christians should participate in lotteries; indeed, they should not.)
Doubtless, this is one of the most astonishing and sobering truths concerning the rapture of true Christians. This article will be extremely troubling to some, and comforting to others.
You should carefully read this short article or else you will probably misunderstand the important truths presented herein. There are several scriptural truths that you must accept in order to see the truth of the main issue presented.
First, there will be no pre-tribulation rapture of Christians. Christians will go through the Great Tribulation. The rapture will be on the last day of the Great Tribulation which corresponds to the Last Day.
If you refuse to accept this truth, then there is no need for you to read the rest of this article. If you have not accepted the truth of a post-trib rapture, but have a teachable spirit and truly want to know the truth about the timing of the rapture, please read, before continuing, the article titled Pre-Trib Rapture---Fact or Fable?
Second, because of the great apostasy (falling away from truth) of true Christians, God will give power to the Antichrist to overcome the saints (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Revelation 13:7). Because of the apostasy, because of Christians abandoning the faith, because of the love of many Christians growing cold, because of the worldliness and lukewarmness of Christians, because of many Christians leaving their first love, because most Christians are not disciples according to Luke 14:26, 27 and 33, because most Christians are lacking in power (never having been filled with the Holy Spirit), because of the overwhelming shock of realizing the pre-trib rapture teaching was false, and because of embracing the lie of unconditional eternal security, many Christians will compromise and take the mark of the beast---thereby forfeiting their salvation and will not be raptured.
Third, many Christians who refuse to "go along with the program" and refuse to take the mark of the beast will be martyred rather than raptured.
Jesus asked the rhetorical question "Will He find faith on the earth" when He returns? (Luke 18:8). The clear implication is that He will not, or at best, will find only a few faithful ones. Jesus also said that when He comes back it will be like it was in the days of Noah. Of the perhaps two million people on the earth at that time, only Noah was considered righteous. Noah's family was mercifully allowed to enter the Ark and not be drowned with the rest of mankind who perished in the flood.
When we compare scripture with scripture and realize the great falling away from truth, and the prevailing apostate condition of true Christians during the worst times that the earth has ever seen, we can easily see that there will probably be only a handful of Christians who will be overcomers through the Great Tribulation and be alive when Jesus returns.
The comforting aspect of knowing these truths is this: If you are living during the time of the Great Tribulation you do not need to be concerned about what you will eat, or what you will drink, or how you will pay your rent, etc., and how to provide for your family because, if you do not take the mark, there is an extremely high probability that you will be martyred. In any case, you need not worry because those who are true disciples of Jesus (according to Luke 14) and who are filled with the Holy Spirit will be provided for, even if it takes miraculous provision such as manna from heaven or multiplying the flour and oil, or multiplying the fish and loaves, or sending ravens with meat and bread. Jesus will never forsake you, but will you forsake Him as the Laodecian Christians did whom He rebuked and warned that He was about to vomit them out?
May the Lord open your eyes to the truths in this article in these last days of apostasy when as much as half of that which is taught by Christians is a lie and doctrines of demons.