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Thirty–Six Pre-Trib Rapture Texts

1) There are no passages in either the Old Testament or the New Testament that say the Church will go through the Tribulation Period.

2) The Tribulation Period is called the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” [The time of unbelieving Israel’s Trouble], but it is never called the time of the Church’s Trouble (Jer. 30:7).

3) Gabriel told Daniel, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people [Daniel’s people are the Jews] and upon thy holy city” [The Holy City is Jerusalem] (Dan. 9:24). There is no mention of the Church.

4) The Church had no part in the first sixty-nine weeks and it will have no part in the seventieth week [the Tribulation Period] (Dan. 9:24).

5) In the Book of Revelation, the Rapture occurs at Rev. 4:1 which is before the Tribulation Period described in Rev. 6:1-19:21. In the sequence of events, the Rapture is before the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments.

6) The Church is mentioned more than twenty times in the first three chapters of Revelation, but the Church is never mentioned in the description of the Tribulation Period between Rev. 4:1 and Rev. 19:1.

7) The Tribulation Period is called a Day of Wrath in the Bible (Zeph 1:15), but the Bible says, “God hath not appointed us [the Church] to wrath” (I Thess. 5:9).

8) The Tribulation Period is called a Day of Wrath in the Bible (Zeph. 1:15), but the Bible says, Jesus has “delivered us from the wrath to come” [delivered the Church from the Tribulation Period] (I Thess. 1:10).

9) The Tribulation Period is called the Day of the Lord in the Bible (Zeph. 1:14). The Bible says, “the day of the Lord [the Tribulation Period] so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they [the unbelievers] shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them [upon the unbelievers], as travail upon a woman with child; and they [the unbelievers] shall not escape” (I Thess. 5:2-3). It clearly teaches that the Tribulation Period will come upon unbelievers, but it does not include believers.

10) Concerning the Rapture, the Bible says, “Comfort one another with these words” (I Thess. 4:18). There’s no comfort in the teaching that the Church will go through part or all of the Tribulation Period.

11) Jesus told the Church at Philadelphia,Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation [the Tribulation Period], which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev. 3:10). God promised to keep the obedient Church members out of the Tribulation Period.

12) According to the Bible, the marriage of the Lamb will take place in heaven before Jesus comes back to fight the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation Period (Rev. 19:7-21). This means the Church will go to heaven [be Raptured] for the marriage of the Lamb before the Second Coming.

13) The end of the age will be like the days of Noah (Matt. 24:37). Noah and his family were removed from the earth [got on the ark] before the flood. Some believe this means that the Church will be removed from the earth before the judgment of God [Raptured before the Tribulation Period] (Gen. 7:23).

14) The end of the age will be like the days of Lot (Luke 17:28). Lot and his family were removed from Sodom before the judgment of God [before the fire and brimstone fell] (Gen. 19:16). Some believe this means that the Church will be removed from the earth before the judgment of God [Raptured before the Tribulation Period].

15) Jesus was talking about the Tribulation Period when He said, “Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass” (Luke 21:36). It seems unreasonable to believe Jesus would tell the Church to pray for something He is unwilling to grant.

16) The Bible says, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (II Thess. 2:7-8). The most common interpretation of this is that the Antichrist can’t be revealed until the Restrainer [who most commentators say is both the Holy Spirit and the Church] is removed. If the Restrainer is the Church only, this means the Church will be removed before the Antichrist is revealed [that’s the Pre-Trib. Rapture]. If the Restrainer is the Holy Spirit only so that the Holy Spirit is removed without the Church, this means believers will cease to be indwelt with the Holy Spirit. It also means the Church will be left behind to go through the worst time the earth has ever seen [the Tribulation Period] without the help of the Holy Spirit. This would contradict the teaching of Jesus when He said, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever (John 14:16). And, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5).

17) Isaiah wrote that God said, “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain” (Isa. 26:19-21). Notice, that the dead rise first [that’s the Rapture], next God’s people are summoned to enter into His chambers for a short while until the indignation [a name of the Tribulation Period is past]. God will raise the dead and summon His people because He intends to punish the inhabitants of the earth [send the Tribulation Period].

18) Malachi wrote that God said, “They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not” (Malachi 3:17-18). Pre-Tribulation teachers believe God is saying He will come for His Church [the Rapture] and then He will return with His Church [the Second Coming] to judge between the righteous and wicked.

19) In the Rapture, Jesus comes for His Church (I Thess. 4:16-17;John 14:3). When He comes at the end of the Tribulation Period, He will come with His Church (I Thess. 3:13; Rev. 19:14).

20) Concerning the Second Coming, Jesus said, “But of the day and the hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt. 24:36). But if the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, some will know the day because it will be seven years from the signing of the seven-year covenant. Some will know the day because it will be 1260 days from the day the Antichrist defiles the Temple (Rev. 12:6).

21) Concerning the Antichrist, many scholars believe the Bible teaches he won’t be revealed until after the Church is gone (II Thess. 2:6-8), but if the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, some will know who he is because he will sign the seven-year covenant (Dan. 9:24-27), he will head up the world government (Rev. 13:1-10), he will try to force multitudes to worship him, and to receive his mark, receive his name or his number (Rev. 13:15-17). Many of those who are here and being forced to worship him and take his name or die will know who he is.

22) The Antichrist is not suppose to be revealed until after the Church is gone (II Thess. 2:6-8), but if the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, the Church will know who the Antichrist is because he will put a statue of himself in the rebuilt Temple (Dan. 11:31; Dan. 12:11; Matt. 24:15).

23) If the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, the Church will know who the Antichrist is because he will head up the world government and receive a deadly wound to his head that will be healed (Rev. 13:3). Some think he will be raised from the dead or at least fake the resurrection.

24) If the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, the Church will know who the Antichrist is because he will head up the world government and be supported by the head of the world religion called the False Prophet (Rev. 13:11-18).

25) If the Church goes through the Tribulation Period, the Church will know who the Antichrist is because he’s the one that will kill the Two Witnesses (Rev. 11:7).

26) Many people don’t think the Church will go through the Tribulation Period because of verses of Scripture that say things like, “The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked he will destroy” (Psa. 145:18-20). Many believe God will preserve the Church from the Tribulation Period or keep the Church out of the Tribulation Period not destroy the Church in the Tribulation Period.

27) There are verses of Scripture that say things like, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it” (Deut. 4:2; Prov. 30:5-6; Rev. 22:18-19). Some believe people have to throw away verses of Scripture to believe the Church will go through the Tribulation Period.

28) In the seven letters to the seven churches, Jesus said, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” seven times (Rev. 2:7,11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). When we get to the Tribulation Period, Jesus said, “If any man have an ear, let him hear” (Rev. 13:9). He left out, “what the Spirit saith unto the churches” because there are no churches on earth to go through the Tribulation Period. The Church will be in heaven.

29) When the Rapture happens the Church goes up to meet Jesus in the air (I Thess. 4:13-18), but at the end of the Tribulation Period the Church will come down to the earth with Jesus to witness what He does at the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19:14-21).

30) The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is more consistent with God’s grace, love, mercy, compassion, etc. The Mid and Post-Tribulation Rapture is more consistent God’s wrath.

31) If the Rapture takes place at the end of the Tribulation Period, and all the wicked are removed from the earth at that time (Matt. 13:24-30, 47-50; 25:41), no one will be left to re-populate the earth during the Millennium. If all of the saved are Raptured and all the lost are removed from the earth at the end of the Tribulation Period, no one will be left to re-populate the earth.

32) The Antichrist will prevail against the saints during the Tribulation Period, but the gates of hell won’t prevail against the Church (Rev. 13:7; Matt. 16:18). Therefore, the Church won’t go through the Tribulation Period.

33) The twenty-four elders [representatives of the Church] will be in heaven before the seven-sealed scroll is broken (Rev. 4:4; 6:1-17).

34) Jesus was talking about the Tribulation Period when He said, “Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass” (Luke 21:36). He didn’t say, “Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to endure some or all of these things that shall come to pass.”

35) There are no signs of the Rapture, but if the Rapture takes place during the Tribulation Period, it would have to be after the seven-year covenant is signed by the Antichrist, and perhaps after several other things depending upon what a person believes about Mid-Trib, Post-Trib, etc.

36) Jesus said, “When these things [the signs] begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).He didn’t say, “After all these things have happened your redemption draweth nigh.” He said, “When these things begin to come to pass it’s close.





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The Reasons Why the Church Will not go through the Tribulation

The Reasons Why the Church Will not go through the Tribulation.- By Dr. John MacArthur.

Now among Christians there are two views. Some say the church will be there. That’s a post-tribulational view. In other words, we will be taken out of the world after the Tribulation. So we’ll see all this stuff. We’ll go through it. Some of us will get slaughtered in the process. We’ll still go to heaven but we’ll get slaughtered. Some of us will survive, but we’ll go through it and be post-tribulation raptured and we’ll go up and meet the Lord in the air and come back down for the Kingdom. It’s sort of like just a loop is all. Sort of like a ride at Magic Mountain, just go up and down. Okay.

Others believe…others believe that in a pre-tribulational rapture. That is, before any of this, we are taken out and we spend the time with the Lord and come back at the end of the seven years. Now some years ago I did a series on “Will the church go through the Tribulation?” And you can listen to the fuller explanation, but let me just give you for this moment a reason or two why I believe that we will not be there. We will not be that generation, that is the redeemed church. Some of you may who don’t know the Savior because you’ll not go in the Rapture, you will be that generation who will see those things. And depending on whether you’re saved or not, and how much you know about the Bible, you’ll either know what’s going on or you won’t know what’s going on.

But the church, I believe, will not be here. I believe we will be taken out. And I’ll give you some reasons.  I’m just going to fire them at you rather rapidly, that’s not my intent to get into great detail on them.

Reason number one, the church in the book of Revelation appears in chapter 2 and chapter 3. In fact, it is the theme of chapter 2 and the theme of chapter 3. And our Lord speaks to the church and purifies the church and writes letters to the church and messages to the church and then ends that whole section at the end of chapter 3 with the idea that He stands at the door and knocks ready to come. You move right into chapter 4 and the church is in heaven.

The church is in heaven in chapter 4. And the church is in heaven in chapter 5. Chapter 6, the Tribulation breaks out on earth and from chapter 6 through 18, the whole story of the Tribulation, there’s never one mention of the church…never one mention of any local church or of how the church ought to act. The word church isn’t there. So, the absence of the church from Revelation 6 to 18 seems, to me, rather significant, especially when they’ve been on earth in 2 and 3 and they’re in heaven in 4 and 5.

Another point. There is an absolute absence of literature in the New Testament to instruct the church about how to endure the Tribulation, about how to conduct itself in the Tribulation. The church is not mentioned in Matthew chapter 24 as such and it is a unique group of people, from Pentecost to the Rapture that I’m speaking of. In a sense, in a larger sense, we’re all part of God’s redeemed people. But the unique church is not mentioned here in Matthew 24 and there’s no warnings given to us about the Tribulation and how to deal with it and how to live through it and how to handle the antichrist kind of thing as a church and so forth and so on. In fact, the only church that I can find during that period is called the mystery harlot, Babylon, the prostitute, the false church which is to be destroyed.

Thirdly, the Rapture seemed to me to be absolutely pointless. The Rapture is described in 1 Thessalonians 4 where we’re caught up to be with the Lord in the air and ever are we with the Lord. That seems pointless to me if it happens at the Second Coming. Why bother to go up and come right back down again? I mean, if He’s coming to earth with His saints to reign and rule, why doesn’t He just come down and we’ll meet Him right here when He gets here? How long does it take Him to get from up there to down here? What’s the point? It eliminates the point of the Rapture. Why does Paul make such a great point about the Rapture if that’s all there is to it? Phist-phist and that’s it.

Now let me ask you another question. If all the believers are raptured up at the Second Coming and come back with Him, who’s left on earth alive to populate the Kingdom? In other words, when the Lord comes the Bible says He will destroy all the wicked. And if He comes down and raptures all the redeemed, all the redeemed are raptured, all the unredeemed are destroyed, there’s nobody left on earth to populate the Kingdom except spiritually glorified beings and the Bible says there will be children born during the Kingdom. Who’s going to have those kids? You know, there’s got to be people there. There have to be people going in because they’ll produce a whole generation. They’ll produce a whole population, many of whom will not even believe and will start a rebellion at the end. Remember that in Revelation? So somebody’s got to be alive. But if the Rapture occurs at the same time as the Second Coming, then all the redeemed are out and all the unredeemed are destroyed, there’s nobody left to populate the Kingdom.

And then a couple of passages of Scripture that I think are important. Revelation is one, chapter 3 verse 10, I think maybe the most important one. In Revelation 3:10 it says of those who are the redeemed, “Because thou hast kept the Word of My patience,” that is obeyed the Word of the gospel, the Word of God, “I also will keep thee outside–I think is the best way to translate tereo ek(?)–to keep the outside the hour of temptation.” And He’s not talking about some little trial that comes upon the church at Philadelphia, or some local deal, but I’ll keep you outside the hour of temptation which will come upon all the world to try them that dwell on the earth. I believe that’s a promise to those who have kept the Word of God by faith in Christ that they will be rescued from out of that period of time and literally what tereo ek means is a state of continued existence outside. It isn’t that we’ll be taken out of the middle of it as a mid-trib view might say, it isn’t that we will be kept in it, but kept from it, it is that we will be maintained in a condition outside of it. That is the opposite of tereo en(?) which means to exist within, this means to exist without, to be kept out. So I believe we will be kept out of that.

In John 14:3 it says that when Jesus went away, He prepared a place for us that I may come again and receive you unto Myself that you may be with Me, right? That where I am, you may be also. So the point He says there is I am preparing a place for you. It can’t be down here, true? It’s not here. He’s preparing a place in the Father’s house which is up there in glory and I’m coming again to receive you unto Myself that where I am there ye may be also. Now what that tells me is that He’s not going to come down here to be where we are, He’s going to take us to be where He is. So if you have a post-trib Rapture, we…He’s simply taken us up half-way, put us right back and come to be where we are. You understand what I’m saying? So the whole point of John 14 is He’s preparing a place for us to be where He is. And that’s where we go in the Rapture and remain for those years until we return for the glory of the Kingdom and all that it promises.

Now there are many other reasons. I believe the nature of the church is unique. I believe it was born at Pentecost. It didn’t exist before that. And at the Rapture there’s a sense in which that part of God’s redeemed community is self-contained and taken out of the earth and that the Tribulation time is called the time of Jacob’s trouble. It is particularly for Israel that God goes back to dealing with them. It’s like Romans 11 where Israel was cut off and the church was grafted in but He says don’t be too proud because the time will come when you’re cut off and Israel is regrafted. I believe God’s going to go back to dealing with Israel. It’s the seventieth week of Daniel. We weren’t in the first 69, why should we be in the seventieth? So it’s a time for God to deal with Israel. The distinction of Israel, the nature of the church, I believe, sets them apart and so they’ll not be in that period of time, we’ll not be in it.

Now also, have you ever thought about the fact that Paul wrote the Thessalonians and they were all upset because some Christians died and they thought they had missed the Rapture. They thought they’d missed the Second Coming. They’ve died and so he writes them and says, “Don’t sorrow about the people that sleep.” Don’t be sad about them. “Because when the Rapture comes, you will not precede them,” right? The dead in Christ shall what? Rise first.

See, they were worried. “Oh, those dear folks have died, they’re going to miss it.” He says no, no, no, no. But look, if the Christian church is looking for the Tribulation and not the Rapture, then they would have been sad that they were alive. They would have reversed their problem and said, “Oh, those dear lucky saints that have died, I mean, they’re already with the Lord, we have to go through the Tribulation,” see. But they were looking for something which is joyous and felt bad that people might die and miss it, which proves to me they were not looking for the antichrist, they were looking for Christ. They were not looking for the Tribulation, they were looking for glory. And that’s consistent with the Christian hope. The blessed hope is not looking for antichrist, is it? Yes, we wait the glorious appearing of antichrist….no, no, no. We are waiting for Christ.


Well, those are a few reasons.

At the Rapture, the church meets Christ in the air.

At the Second Coming, Christ returns to the earth with the church.

At the Rapture, Olive is untouched.

At the Second Coming, it’s split in half.

At the Rapture, living saints are translated.

At the Second Coming, no saints are translated.

At the Rapture, the world is not judged and sin gets worse.

At the Second Coming, sin is judged and the world gets better.

At the Rapture, the body goes to heaven.

At the Second Coming, it comes to earth.

The Rapture is imminent, it could happen at any moment.

The Second Coming has very distinct signs, doesn’t it?

And the Rapture concerns only the saved

The Second Coming concerns the saved and the unsaved.

All that to say the Rapture and the Second Coming are two different things with a time period in between.



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Chuck Missler on Harpazo: Rapture vs Second Coming,

Post-Trib Problems, Premillennialism


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Rapture Questions Answered Playlist

The History of the Pre-trib Rapture

15 Differences Between the Rapture and the Second Coming

[Rapture] Jesus coming for His Church/Bride to take up to Heaven, before Tribulation (Luke 21:36; John 14:1-3; 1Thess 1:10, 4:14-17, 5:9; Rev 3:10)
[Second Coming] Jesus coming with His Church/Bride down from Heaven, after Tribulation (Zech 14:5; Col 3:4; Rev 19:7-8,14, 21:9-10; Matt 24:29-31; Jud 1:14,15; 1Thess 3:13)

[Rapture] Church is caught up with Him in the air, in the clouds; He appears to Believers only (1Thess 4:13-18; Mat 5:8; John 11:40; Heb 9:28)
[Second Coming] Jesus’ feet touch the earth, and He brings war, then peace; Every eye will see Him, including unbelievers (Zech 14:4; Rev 19:11-21; Rev 1:7, Zech 12:10, Mat 24:30 Luke 3:6 John 19:37)

[Rapture] Christians taken first, unbelievers are left behind a shut door (Mat 25:1-13; Rev 3:8-10; Rev 4:1, 1Thess 4:13-18)
[Second Coming] Wicked are taken first, the righteous (Tribulation saints) are left to populate the Millennium (Mat 13:28-30)

[Rapture] Purpose: To present the Church to Himself and to the Father in Heaven (2 Cor 11:2; Rev 19:6-9)
[Second Coming] Purpose: To execute judgment on earth and set up His Kingdom on Earth (Zech 14:3-4; Jud 1:14-15; Rev 19:11-21)

[Rapture] Purpose: to cast Satan out of heaven down to the earth, which will reveal Satan for the Tribulation as the man of sin (Rev 12; 2Thess 2)
[Second Coming] Purpose: to cast Satan to the bottomless pit, to bind Satan after the Tribulation (Rev 20:1-7)

[Rapture] Happens in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, no war, globally (1Cor 15:52)
[Second Coming] Slow coming, at war, to specific locations, from Edom, to Bozrah, to Meggido or Armageddon, to Jerusalem (Isa 63:1-3, Rev 16:16, Zech 12:9-10)

[Rapture] Christians are changed, and get spirit bodies, go to heaven and do not marry, and become immortal (Mat 22:30; 1Cor 15:52; 1John 3:2)
[Second Coming] People populate the earth during the Millennium, some people still die, not being changed to immortality as at the rapture (Isa 65:20)

[Rapture] Jesus descends with a shout (for resurrection) and trumpet noise (1Thess 4:16)
[Second Coming] No shout mentioned (Rev 19:11-21)

[Rapture] A resurrection takes place of all saints to immortality, to rule as kings and priests in Heaven over Earth (1Cor 15:51-54; 1Thess 4:13-18)
[Second Coming] Resurrection of the tribulation saints to immortality who worship day and night in the temple of God (Rev 7:15, Rev 20:4-6)

[Rapture] Occurs as a thief in the night, at the ‘no man knows the day or hour’ festival of the Feast of Trumpets (Mat 24:43; 1Thess 5:4-6; Rev 3:3)
[Second Coming] Occurs at end of 7 years of Tribulation; exact day predicted; 3.5 years or 1260 days after the abomination of desolation (Dan 9:24-27, 12:11-12; Rev 11:2, 12:6,14, 13:5)

[Rapture] Is likened to the abduction of the bride during the Jewish Wedding, and the union of the bride and groom, which occurs at the start of the 7 day bridal week (Gen 29:22-28, Judges 14:1-18)
[Second Coming] Is likened to the marriage feast, which occurs after the 7 day bridal week, returning from the wedding (Luke 12:36; Rev 19)

[Rapture] The dead in Christ rise and together with then living will be changed into their new bodies and leave Earth with Jesus (1Thess 4:14-16)
[Second Coming] Christians return with Jesus in already resurrected bodies riding on white horses (Rev 19:11-21)

[Rapture] Jesus returns as a savior from wrath (Luke 21:36; Rom 5:9; 1Thess 1:10, 5:9; Rev 3:10)
[Second Coming] Jesus returns on a white horse, full of wrath (Rev 19:11)

[Rapture] For the Church only (those in Christ) 1Thess 4:14-17
[Second Coming] For redeemed Israel & Gentiles Mat 25:31-46; Rom 11:25-27

[Rapture] A message of hope and comfort; Like the days of Noah and Lot, which show deliverance and salvation from judgment. (1Thess 4:18; Titus 2:13; 1John 3:3; 2 Peter 2:7-9, Mat 24:37-44)
[Second Coming] A message of judgment and woe;Like the plagues of Egypt, many of which are mirrored in Revelation, pouring out his Wrath, and He comes after the judgements (Joel 3:12-16; Amos 5:18; Mal 4:5; Rev 19:11-21)


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