Let me first say; I am not attacking any person or ministry; If you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, as I did for decades, you are deceived and believe a lie. I’m sorry.
In August 2021, I had several visitations, visions, and prophetic experiences over nine days. Many of these visions were for my own correction and instruction, but a few were of end-time events. You can read about the three visions that pertain to this post @ visions of end-time events
I hope this will enlighten folks about the truth before it is too late. Our time is very short, and the Church is in a deplorable condition with itchy ears, pursuing a self-serving gospel.
There are only four passages in the Bible that teach us plainly, openly, and directly about rapture. Reading these in light of the book of Revelation it becomes clear that we are here for most of the tribulation.
The first of these passages is in Mathew 24.
Now, this is Jesus talking. Red letters in my Bible. I think He is the highest authority qualified to teach about the rapture. Pay close attention to the text. I will comment as we unpack it.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Look at the opening phrase of verse 29. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days…” Jesus is speaking to His disciples, and us, the Church, about what we will experience and go through before we are gathered from the four winds, or as we like to call it, “raptured.”
To ensure we understand what Jesus was referring to when He said, “the tribulation of those days,” we will read everything in chapter 24 leading up to verse 29, so we are clear on what tribulation Jesus is talking about.
As He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. 15 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let the one who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house, 18 and let the one who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 19 And alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! 20 Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22 And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
I am unsure I could help by elaborating on the stark clarity of the above text. However, I will make a few comments. In verse 15. The abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel standing in the holy place. I believe this is an apparent reference to the antichrist and his actions after his rise to power. After his rise to power, vs. 21 says there will be great tribulation, and those days are shortened for the elect’s sake. vs. 24, False prophets are trying to lead the Elect astray. This sounds like tribulation to me. I know some pre-trib doctrines say that the “elect” are the 144 thousand, but it is the Church He is talking about here. Let’s look at the other verses.
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (Note: according to Paul, the “the coming of our Lord, our being gathered to Him, and the day of the Lord” are the same day.)
3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (Note: We will see this great falling away and the Anti-Christ’s abomination of desolation with our eyes!) 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
These last two passages speak about a trumpet blast, but 1 Corinthians makes it clear WHAT trumpet. Is it the seventh trumpet in Revelation 11? Or is the trump of God different from the seven trumpets in Revelation 11, as many pre-trib doctrines try to explain away? It is The LAST trumpet! Meaning there will be NO OTHER TRUMPETS AFTER THIS ONE. So, this is CLEARLY the seventh trumpet in Revelation 11. If it is not, the trumpet would have to come after the seventh trumpet, or it would not be THE LAST TRUMPET.
To even start believing in this foolishness, we first had to learn it from another man. Maybe a father or a pastor or some teacher we trust; we just didn’t learn it from the Bible. No matter what theological gymnastics we use, we can’t get around this being the Last Trumpet, and we can’t escape the simplicity of the above texts.
Pre-trib believers use other passages of the Bible to imply or infer a pre-trib rapture. They try and project or convey an interpretation of prophecy onto these texts. Still, WE WILL NOT FIND IT IN ANY TEXT!
You have to complicate things with assumptions to arrive at this escapist theology.
There is a demonic agenda behind every false teaching. This teaching is not just a false doctrine but a doctrine of devils, designed to deceive the Church into being unprepared when tribulation comes.
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