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NO FEAR OF THE REVELATION: The Case for Pre-Tribulation Rapture

NO FEAR OF THE REVELATION: The Case for Pre-Tribulation Rapture

Date:1/12/20

Series: No Fear of the Revelation

Passage: Revelation 3:10

Speaker: Reggie Ogea

The Case for Pre-Tribulation Rapture
Revelation 3:10 & 4:1

 

The Tribulation prophesied in the Old Testament:

  • A time of distress (Daniel 12:10)
  • The day of vengeance (Isaiah 34:8; 35:4; 61:2; 63:4)
  • The day of the Lord’s wrath (Zephaniah 1:18)
  • The great and terrible day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5)

The Tribulation explained in the New Testament:

  • Jesus’ description of the tribulation period (Matthew 24): a time period in two halves, an intense and extensive period of destruction; includes both human and natural disasters.
  • Paul’s description of the Day of the Lord in 2 Thessalonians 2 & 3)

The length of the Tribulation = 7 years.

  • Revelation 11:2-3 mark the beginning of the second half of the tribulation = 1260 days and 42 months = 3 ½ years. Implication = the first half of the tribulation = 3 ½ years.

When does the Tribulation occur?

  • Revelation 3:10 (Message to the Church at Philadelphia) – Because you have kept my command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. Revelation 4:1 (The beginning of the throne-room vision) – After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
  • Both of these verses would seem to indicate the church removed from the tribulation.
  • I believe in a Pre-Tribulation rapture – Jesus will descend and Christians will be “snatched up”. At that time, the tribulation period described will begin. 
  • Both Jesus and Paul promised believers would be saved from the “wrath to come” (Matthew 3:7; Luke 3:7; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9)
  • Pretribulationism is the only view that makes Christ’s return “the blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) truly a blessed hope. Christ’s return as a “blessed hope” is misleading if the Tribulation must come first. Believers would need to look for signs instead.
  • The first-century church believed in and looked forward to the imminent return of Jesus.
  • None of the OT prophecies and the NT explanations mention the church.
  • The only view that allows for the “end time” events to occur, such as Jesus taking Christians to His Father’s house (John 14:1-3) and rewarding them at the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10-12 & 2 Corinthians 5:10). The marriage supper of the bride of Christ in heaven occurs before He comes “with power and great glory” to the earth (Matthew 24:30)
  • Fits the flow of Revelation, explains why the church is affirmed in the first three chapters of Revelation, but then disappears and is not mentioned again until Rev. 18:24)

Transition to Revelation 7 – the first interval

  1. Revelation 7 remind us that we may be the rapture generation – the last generation of the church. Jesus could come again in our generation and we will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.  What a day, glorious day, that will be!
  2. The Bible commands us to live ready – but not so ready that we major on prophecy or apologetics and neglect serving the Lord and winning souls. 
  3. The blessed hope is not an incentive to rest but to work – “Engage in business until I come back!” (Luke 19:13).
  4. Since our future is secure, we can put all of our heart, energy, and soul into fulfilling the Great Commission. “We’ll work til Jesus comes and we’ll be gathered home.”