Statistics say that 25% of Christians believe in the 'anyday' rapture theory, commonly called
the pre-trib rapture. Discussions between pre-tribbers and post-tribbers often end in heated
It has been said that no one knows the answer. Others call the rapture a nonessential doctrine. I
strongly differ on both accounts. Nothing in the Bible is NONESSENTIAL. Jesus is the Bible
incarnate, and He wants us to know Him perfectly. He is the Great Physician, the Doctor of
doctors, and He wants us to rightly synthesize the manifold facets of His Written Covenant to us,
which is called the DOCTRINE of Christ.
In the first chapter of the book of Revelation He says, "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that
hear the words of this prophecy, and KEEP those things which are written therein: for the time is
at hand." His Word must be understandable if you can keep it, because you've got to GET IT to
Think on this: the pre-trib view allows for BOTH raptures. Pre-tribulationists call the post-trib
rapture "the Second Coming".
Post-tribbers use the term "Second Coming" and "rapture" synonymously, since the post-tribber
believes the two manifestations occur simultaneously. Post-tribbers totally disallow the pre-trib
rapture. To a post-tribber, the pre-trib view and post-trib view are mutually exclusive.
What you have then is a controversy. Both sides cannot be correct. One group says, "Two."
The other folks say, "One." Since one doesn't equal two, somebody is wrong. It's very logical.
How is it that one camp got the message while the other one missed it? The answer is simple. The
fact is that the Holy Spirit has told BOTH groups the same thing, but one group isn't listening.
God is not a respecter of persons. He wants both groups to get the same information. They will
thereby become one group, which is His goal according to John chapter seventeen.
Ephesians chapter four, verse thirteen says that the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and
teacher are given to the body of Christ till we all come in the unity of the faith.
After decades of unresolved debate, it is clear that we must enter into the Great Tribulation
before we will ever have UNITY, since the rapture doctrine is one of several elements that is
DIVIDING the Church. That stumbling block will instantly vanish after the tribulation becomes
As we enter into the tribulation, people will see Bible prophecies happen before their very eyes.
New converts will seek the Lord of the Book. Christians everywhere will have a renewed zeal to
follow the New Testament pattern established in the first century--a church led by apostles. These
modern day apostles will lead the body of Christ into battle against the devil, who is angry,
knowing that he only has a short time left. Though our flesh should perish, if we retain the
testimony of Jesus Christ unto death, we shall win, for our Kingdom is not of this world.
Let us pray together with our Lord Jesus Christ:
"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them
from the evil." (Jn 17:15)
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