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Pre-Trib Rapture Evidence: Top 10

Some people teach that the Church should prepare for trouble, and had better prepare themselves in order to survive the great tribulation soon to come, just in case, because we might find ourselves in the midst of it.

It's true that we should never think that, since we know Jesus, we’ll not experience anything bad. But it’s not true that the Church should prepare in order to survive the tribulation. The true Church will NOT be in the tribulation, not at all!


1. Believers escaping wrath is taught plainly in scripture. The Bible clearly says in 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Luke 21:36, and Revelation 3:10, that believers escape before the Time of Jacob's Trouble. Read it for yourself!
  • The Lord Himself promised to deliver us — Rev 3:10 
  • The church is to be delivered from the wrath to come — 1 Thess 1:9-10 
  • Christians are not appointed to wrath — 1 Thess 5:9; 1, Thess 4 & 1 Thess 5:1-2

2. Consistency in symbolism. Noah and his family escape before the Flood comes. As a matter of fact, God commanded Noah and his family to enter the ark seven days before the Flood came (Genesis 7:1-10) just as the Church will escape seven years before God's wrath is fully poured out. Similarly, Lot and his family escaped from Sodom before the city was destroyed. In particular, Jesus said the last days would be like in the time of Noah and Lot! Why should God make believers go through wrath this time? 

Also, Joseph was a "type" of the Church and he was removed from his land and ended up in Egypt where he became royalty just as the Church will be raptured from this lowly earth and enthroned in Heaven (Revelation 3:21, 4:4). Then the land of Israel underwent seven years of terrible famine while Joseph was tucked safely away in palaces of splendor. A foreshadowing of the Time of Jacob's Trouble if there ever was one since Jacob himself, and his other sons, were suffering in the famine.

Another example was the Prophet Daniel who had been elevated to a high position in Babylon when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were a shadow of Israel being protected during the Tribulation while Daniel was a shadow of the Church, which will be far away from harm. Though later, Daniel himself becomes a shadow of Israel when he is protected in the midst of the den of lions.

Additionally, Jewish wedding customs at the time of Christ were a perfect parallel to the pre-tribulational rapture: the groom came and "purchased" his bride, making a binding, unbreakable agreement to return for her, he then went away to prepare a place for her in his father's house, and then around one year later returned for her with a "shout". The groom and the bride went into the bridal chamber in the father's house where they remained hidden away for seven days while wedding guests celebrated outside.

3. The "departure" of the Church. 
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition..." (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
The Greek word for perdition, in the above verse, is apostasia, which means "departure" rather than "falling away". The context in the passage (gathering of the Church, removal of the restrainer, and revealing of the antichrist), make this Scripture almost certainly a description of the rapture of the Church. If apostasia does refer to the rapture in this verse (and strong evidence suggests so) then on the basis of this passage alone, mid-trib, pre-wrath, and post-trib theories would be completely disproven.

2 Thessalonians 2 has another strong bit of evidence for the pre-trib rapture, which can be found in verses 6-7. We learn quite clearly that the man of lawlessness (the antichrist) cannot be revealed until a certain restrainer is removed. Most commentaries regard the restrainer to be the Holy Spirit working in and through the Church. The removal of the restrainer necessitates a pre-tribulational rapture.

4. The Church is conspicuously absent from Revelation chapters 5 through 19. 
The word "Church" is mentioned 22 times in Rev. 1-3, but is not mentioned again until Rev. 22:17. The Book of Revelation is primarily about the events transpiring during the Tribulation and the Church is not mentioned one time between chapters 5 and 19. Even more, Revelation 4:1 is a type or shadow of the rapture where the Apostle John is "caught up" to Heaven at the sound of a trumpet. The 24 elders, which most biblical scholars consider to be a picture of the glorified Church in Heaven, are already present in Heaven in chapter 4 and from Heaven John and the elders are able to witness the Tribulation events occurring "below" on earth. The only allusion to the Church in these chapters is found in Revelation 12, specifically Revelation 12:5, where a male child that represents the corporate Church is raptured to Heaven before Israel (the woman) enters into Tribulation.

5. Angels don't resurrect people when they gather them for judgment. When the angels are sent forth to gather the elect at the second coming (Matt. 24:29-31), some have wrongly interpreted this as the rapture (post-trib theory). There is one huge problem with this interpretation. If we are resurrected at this time, why would we need angels to gather us? In the resurrection, we will be like the angels (Matt. 22:30), able to travel in the air at will. Obviously, these people who are gathered are not resurrected, therefore it can't be the rapture. No one would claim the wicked are raptured at this time, yet Matthew 13:39-41, 49 says the angels will not only gather the elect, but also the wicked. This gathering is not a resurrection.

6. Contradicting two separate events. Concerning the return of Jesus, the Bible presents a day we can't know and a day we can know. Matthew 25:13 says Jesus will return at an unknown time, while Revelation 12:6 says the Jews will have to wait 1,260 days for the Lord to return. The 1,260 days begins when the Antichrist stands in the Temple and declares himself to be God (Matt. 24:15-21, 2 Thess. 2:4) This event will take place at the mid-point of the seven year Tribulation (Dan 9:27). The Antichrist has authority to rule for 42 months, which is 1,260 days (Rev. 13:4) and will be destroyed by Jesus at His second coming (Rev. 19:20, 2 Thess. 2:8). The known and unknown days must happen at different times, meaning they are two separate events. Another example is First Thessalonians 4:13-17, it says the righteous are taken and the wicked are left behind. Matthew 13:30, 49 says the wicked are taken first and righteous are left behind. This points to two separate events. The rapture and the second coming are clearly SEPARATE!

7. No mention of resurrection at Second Coming. Revelation 19:11-21 doesn't mention a resurrection. However, the rapture is a resurrection of those "in Christ" (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Isn't it a little bit odd that in Rev. 19:11-21, which is the clearest picture of the second coming of Christ, there is no mention of a resurrection? The rapture will be the biggest event since the resurrection of Jesus where hundreds of millions of Christians will be resurrected and translated, yet there isn't any mention here. Don't you think it deserves at least one verse? Also, Zechariah 14:1-15 is an Old Testament picture of Jesus returning to earth at the second coming. Again, no mention of a resurrection. The rapture isn't mentioned because it doesn't happen at the second coming.

8. Who will populate the Millennium? If the rapture occurs at the second coming and the wicked are cast into hell at that time, who will be left to populate the millennium? Only people in their natural (non-resurrected) bodies will be able to have children (Matt. 22:30). With a Pre-Tribulation rapture, the people saved after the rapture who are alive at the second coming will populate the earth during the Millennium.

9. Jesus will receive us to Himself, not us to receive Him (John 14:2-3). Jesus said He would prepare a place for the Church in heaven, then He would come again to receive us to Himself. Why would Jesus prepare a place for us in heaven and then not take us there? At the rapture, He will come to receive us to Himself, "that where I am (heaven), there you may be also." If the rapture occurred at the same time as the second coming, we would go up to the clouds and then immediately come back to earth. That would contradict John 14:2-3.

10. Revelation 12 birth (rapture) before labor (tribulation). Revelation 12 has personally ended the debate for me. In this verse, the woman represents Israel and the child in Revelation 12:5 appears to be a symbol of the Church and this particular child is said to be "raptured" to Heaven. The timing of this child's birth and rapture is before the woman goes into labor (Isaiah 66:7-8)! There was widespread agreement among conservative evangelical scholars in the 16th through 19th centuries that the male child is in fact the Church. Over 25 prominent theologians agree with this. In fact, the founders of modern dispensationalism who re-popularized the pre-trib rapture such as Darby and Ironside found Revelation 12:5 to actually be the chief proof-text of the pre-tribulational rapture of the Church.

These differing views (mid-trib, pre-wrath, and post-trib theories) are based upon different approaches, presuppositions, and argumentation. In fact, they substantially contradict each other. If trying to read scripture literally, each of these views have increasing difficulties. Mid-trib, pre-wrath, and post-trib proponents handle these Scriptures in a variety of creative ways, whereas the pre-trib view is better able to harmonize the many events of end-time prophecy. There are many awkward difficulties with the other differing views.

These are just a few evidences picked out of hundreds, see 250 reasons for a pre-trib rapture here!

8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this helpful article ,it made the rapture much easy to understand also scripture to back up your reasons.As the days came closer each day,I am getting excited but also worried.I am worried for my family and friends who does not want to know Jesus,especially my husband . I want to warn them ,but at the same time I know it will just make them push Jesus away even further because of my "religious crazy talk ". So I am here ask you JOEL ,what should I do ? I can not bear to even think about leaving my family and friends behind knowing they will be suffer greatly .it would be easier if they never know Jesus ,but they know him ,they know bible,but they think it's just a story ,but they are good hearted people. Would i be responsible for the unsaved souls when I could have warn them ,I wish I was as gifted and as brave as you .

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  2. Keep praying for them. That their eyes become opened to the truth of His word. He loves them more than you ever could. Jesus said if we ask anything according to Gods will, it will be done for us. We know that God's will is that none should perish but that all would come to the knowledge of the Truth. I am in agreement with you, in Jesus name, that you and your household will be saved from the wrath to come and will be counted worthy to escape all the things to come upon the earth. Be encouraged. He is with you.

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  3. God is with you and His desire is for none to perish. You will be saved, you and your whole household. Continue to pray for them. God loves them more than you ever could. Trust His love and His timing. Pray for their eyes to be opened to the Truth. I am in agreement with you in Jesus' name.

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  4. Thank you for such a wonderful view of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. You have made it clear to me. I actually have always believed in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. I feel it in my heart and soul. I feel it even more strongly right now. The Lord has bought me back to him. I have always believed and walked with God through Christ. Now, I have had the time to pray to seek peace in these times and he has called me back to him. I pray each day for my grown children to believe and rekindle their lives to Christ. I pray every day to wake them to this urgency. It is scary, but I will not give up. I pray for them to have dreams and understand that I handled my faith carelessly for a time. I told them it was my fault for not continuing to encourage them to grow in their walk with Christ. I allowed the world to get in the way of my family. Now I am back. I am praying and so is my husband. We want our children to return. I have faith Jesus will see this come to light. Thank you both for sharing. I will pray for you and your family along with praying for my children. God can do anything. He has promised he will never leave us or forsake us. I claim that promise. I am claiming that promise for you and your family. God Bless you and let us continue to look up and trust God will wrap his arms around his children and draw them into himself. I pray for this Nation. I pray for our President and his administration. I pray for Israel. I pray for the lost so they will see God's truth, repent, and believe that Jesus is the way to the Father in Heaven.

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  5. The following paragraphs come from articles by Paul Benson “Let's Get it Right” https://pbenson.me. Your article only tells your side of the story. Would you be willing to address the rest of the story? I might have written several refutations to your Pre-Trib stance but Paul answers are very comprehensive.

    How many who think they can *claim Rev. 3:10 as a promise would care to also claim another ‘promise’ in John’s letters. If Rev. 3:10 is for you why not 2:10 also:
    Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10
    Does not this verse also carry a promise to the Church? Why is one a promise to you, and not the other? Because one tickles your ears, and the other does not?

    And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:22. There are those who say that the elect spoken of here are the Jews. What about the Christian that is “in Christ”?
    The word elect is used 16 times in the N.T. (KJV). The underlying Greek word eklektos is used 23 times and is always translated ‘elect’ or ‘chosen’. It is also enlightening to search the word ‘election’. A thorough look at all these passages shows NOT ONE reference to national Israel NOW being the elect. The fact the believer is now the elect of God is undeniable as you look through the verses in question. Examine each verse and ask yourself if this is a reference to national Israel or those who are in Christ.
    (Also read Romans 11)
    The Word of God clearly teaches we the followers of Christ are ‘the elect’ of God; and therefor we are the ones being gathered unto Christ in Matthew 30:31. https://pbenson.me/2016/10/31/the-elect-of-god-today/

    Strong's Number G646 matches the Greek ἀποστασία (apostasia),
    which occurs 2 times in 2 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV
    The KJV translates Strong's G646 in the following manner: to forsake (wit G575 (1x), falling away(1x) the same may be found in Vine's or Thayer's- Never catching away

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    1. Revelation 2:10 does indeed carry a promise to the Church; that is, though we may face persecution and suffering, the length of tribulation will be short compared to the promise of eternal life. Note, however, that it is only local persecution in view, unlike Rev. 3:10 which says "the whole inhabited earth" will be overtaken by this hour!

      Also, the elect is not referring to the Church in Matthew 24:22. How do I know this? Because the OT makes several references to the end time regathering of the elect in Matthew 24:31, and it is a reference to the Jews every time, not the Church (see Deut. 30:4; Isa. 11:12; 27:12-13; 43:5-7). Not to mention, the whole context of Matthew 24 is a Jewish context, not a Church context (see Matt. 24:14-15,20,23-24).

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    2. Thank you for not ignoring my post but answering respectfully. I am sure not trying to start a debate as these things are to be discussed and not debated. The main thing is that we endure to the end no matter when the last days occurs. I myself can only pray that I won't be here at the time of the antichrist because there are unbelievers and believers that I love that I don't want to see suffer. Paul Benson can present what I believe better than me so I will include his answers. https://pbenson.me/2016/06/07/the-promise-of-revelation-3-10/ He does mention the fact that Jesus is talking to the Jews at this time as the gentile church has not been established. Matthew 24 https://pbenson.me/2016/05/09/the-identity-of-the-elect-in-matthew-24/
      Thanks again Joel for your time. Love in Christ-- Charlie

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    3. Absolutely Charlie, I agree with you. Thank you for your comments!

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