Resurrection and Tribulation

The “Rapture” or “Blessed hope” is a time when all Christians with faith enough will get caught away, raptured up, and saved from this earth. It will be a time when God will rescue his followers from the horrible tribulation and times of trouble. We will meet Christ in the air and never have to suffer for Christ’s sake. Does this sound good to you? Sure it does, but it is a complete and utter lie. Jesus will return to destroy this earth and Jesus will resurrect us, but this so-called rapture where Jesus rescues us before anything bad happens will never come. Christians for hundreds of years have endured persecution and will see persecution and tribulation again. You may ask how I know this. The answer is simple. The Bible does not teach this in any way. The doctrine of the rapture cannot be found anywhere in scripture, in fact the Bible teaches the complete opposite. If this goes against everything you were ever taught and you are still reading this, I am glad for you and I pray that you finish this letter and study the scriptures to see for yourself that this lie is a dangerous hoax that needs to be exposed to all that will hear. In this letter I’ll discuss some common arguments of the rapture. We’ll also go into why this doctrine is so dangerous and why the false teaching of, “Jesus can return at any moment,” will cause many to fall away (Yes Christians can fall away see Heb 6:4-6).
Before we start I would like to make something clear. When I refer to the rapture I am speaking of the false teaching of a pre-tribulation resurrection commonly known as the rapture. I do believe in a resurrection and the Bible teaches us that there are two of them (Rev 20:5-6). Now that I have made that clear let’s look at the rapture lie.
When someone is defending the rapture usually they will quickly point to the passage in 1 Thes 4:13-18. (…Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds…). This is indeed describing the resurrection but, the real question here is when does this event take place, before or after the tribulation? In order for us to know we must look at this verse and others in more detail. This verse says that when we are resurrected there will be a shout and a trump sounding.“…and with the trump of God:”… In 1st Corinthians 15:52 this event is also described with another clue to determine when the resurrection takes place. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” So if there is a last trump there must be previous trumps sounding. In the book of Revelation there are 7 trumps blown. It is not until the 7th trump (Rev 11:15) that The Lord destroys this earth. This is the last trump. Before this last, or 7th, trump is blown great tribulation comes upon the saints. Rev 13:7, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them…” Unless you don’t count yourself as one of the saints, the Bible clearly tells us that indeed we will not escape this tribulation by a pre-tribulation rapture. As a side note, The Lord also gives us a foreshadowing of this event as God does in many places in the Bible. One example of this is in Joshua 6:1-6. It was not until the 7th trumpet was blown that the walls of the city came down and the battle was won.
Let’s look at another verse that gets twisted in order to defend the rapture. The verse 1st Thes 5:9, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath…” The common argument is, “God will not let his church go through tribulation, we are not appointed unto wrath.” The question you should ask yourself is whose wrath is this? Here again we must read the entire verse, as you always should, to understand the context. Lets finish the verse and also verse 10, “…but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.” You see God has not appointed us (those in Christ) to His wrath, but rather to the wicked. Job 21:30, “That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.” Isaiah 13:13, “Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of THE LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.” It is Satan’s wrath that you as a Christian should be prepared for. He wants to bring us all down to hell with him, 1st Peter 5:8-11. In Rev 12:12 it tells us that, “…for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth he hath but a short time.” And praise Jesus that time will be shortened! Mat 24:22. Satan’s wrath is not something Christians should fear though. Mat 10:28 says, “ And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Satan will use ungodly wicked men to pour out his wrath and we are not to fear them, we are to fear God.
The Rapture doctrine is a dangerous one. I believe many Christians will fall away from Christ when sudden tribulation comes upon them. If you grew up all your life hearing that God has promised you a rapture, an escape from the great tribulation, what happens to you when it actually does not happen? You suddenly think that God has forsaken you or worse, that God lied to you and the scriptures are not true. Over and over again The Lord has told us to endure until the end. Matt 24:13, Mark 13:13, 2nd Thess 1:4 just to name a few. He would not have warned us if we were to be swooped away before we had to endure anything. 1st Peter 1:3-11, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. . . .”
If you have read this far, I pray that you open up your KJV Bible and study these verses and pray that the Lord opens your eyes to this matter. Put your emotions and personal beliefs aside, read, and believe what God says.
Thank you for your time.