NO FEAR OF THE REVELATION: The Case for Pre-Tribulation Rapture
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
- 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!
- 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.
- The blessed hope is not an incentive to rest but to work – “Engage in business until I come back!” (Luke 19:13).
- 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.”