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Why don't you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture?
Bible prophecies are designed to prepare us for events that will happen in the future. In order to see the full revelation of the end-times, we cannot color the Bible with our prejudices, belief systems, or denominational positions. Jesus never tried to be optimistic or pessimistic; He always presented generic truth without thought for His emotions or what He personally may have wanted to believe. We must follow the pattern of Jesus and the prophets by viewing prophecy from the most abandoned arena of our time realism. To be an effective witness for God, you cannot be controlled by your emotions. You must remain committed to being crucified to serve as a conduit for God, so that His will is accomplished, as He is able to express Himself through you.
Closely examine the analysis of the following passage of Scripture to see if the pre-tribulation rapture theory holds water. If a pre-tribulation rapture is unscriptural, then belief in this theory is extremely dangerous because it leaves millions of Christians completely unprepared for the persecution that will be unleashed upon the Church in times ahead. Many will, therefore, be unable to stand during the severe pressure because they have been lulled to sleep by a self-serving, worldly perversion of the Gospel. My friend, you can be absolutely sure of one thing; you will suffer if Christ has genuinely saved you. Lets review Matthew 10:16-25 together:
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore
wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they
will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in
their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings
for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when
they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for
it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it
is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh
in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and
the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their
parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated
of all men for my names sake: but he that endureth to the end
shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye
into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over
the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The disciple is
not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough
for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his
lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much
more shall they call them of his household?"
It is time for denominationally bound traditionalists to repent and
receive a mighty baptism in the Holy Ghost. There is no other way
that we can be made ready to wage a spiritual battle against the
adversary of God. Listen carefully; the Bible exhorts us to pray
that we are accounted worthy to escape all these things coming on
the earth. Many theologians like to quote I Thessalonians 5:9, which
states that God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation
by our Lord Jesus Christ. This Scripture is absolutely true, but
there is a difference between the wrath of God and the wrath of
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
plainly states that the vials represent the pouring out of Gods
wrath. This passage refers to the judgment of God upon a rebellious
world that refuses to repent; even after the end-time church has
preached the Gospel of the Kingdom with an uncompromising witness. Then the end shall come the Bible reveals.
Remember, the Greek word for witness is martus, the root for the English word
martyr. You and I should not be doing our own thing, but following
the leading of the Holy Ghost as He crucifies the old Adamic nature
and resurrects the nature of Christ (that is in the Body of Christ)
to qualify us for this promised departure.
You can sit and read a multitude of fairy tales about the end-times or you can strategically prepare for them. The tragedy is that this pre-tribulation rapture lie is so ingrained in the religious mind that it will take a tremendous shaking to awake people from this lethargic state. Movies and books like Left Behind are making millions of individuals believe that they will be taken away from the earth, even while they sit in a rebellious, religious state totally separated from the Spirit of God.