Do Not Be Deceived by Pre-Trib Rapture

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Pre-tribulation rapture theology was popularized extensively in the 1830s by John Nelson Darby and the Plymouth Brethren, and further popularized in the United States in the early 20th century by the wide circulation of the Scoffield Reference Bible. In more recent times Don Thompson’s films, such as A Thief in the Night, promoted pre-tribulation rapture doctrine. Tim LaHaye’s series added to it in fictionalized pre-tribulation rapture Left Behind series, of which I have read every book.

I believe the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is probably the most dangerous and far-reaching deceptions of Satan threatening the Church today. Because of it, there are a multitude of Christians awaiting the soon return of Jesus to snatch them away before the tribulation to come. As a result, many will be totally unprepared when it does come and they are still here. Instead of focusing their time and attention on God and His Word, “putting on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” and “having done all to stand”, while “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” – much of the Church instead is in and of the world, with no oil in their lamps.

The pre-tribulation rapture has never made sense to me, as I could never find any scriptures that clearly supported it, so I have recently been thoroughly study God’s Word to see what He actually says about it. I now see it as nothing more than a grand deception, as the scriptures below prove. Do not be deceived; also do not listen to me – read God’s Word for yourself so that He might show you the truth, praying the Holy Spirit to guide and teach you. 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

There is no comfort expressed about our not going through tribulation, persecution, etc., but only concerning them which are asleep. Paul goes on to say in 1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him.” He does not say we were not destined for tribulation, but that God has not destined us for wrath.

Characteristics of Rapture

Tribulation

Lord Appears in the Clouds

Trump of God

Son of Man in the Clouds – Elect of God are Gathered (the Harvest)

Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Revelation 4:12-19 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. [the wheat – the saints]

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.” [the tares – the unsaved and condemned]

The harvest is used throughout the Scriptures to symbolize the final gathering and separation of that which is desirable and productive (wheat) from that which is useless and for the fire (tares, chaff). Matthew 13:30 “Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” Compare Mark 13:24-27 with Revelation 4:12-19.

Mark 13:24-27 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”

Mark 13:32-37 “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping [lacking watchfulness]. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”

Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Revelation 6:12 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;” (compare with Matthew 24:29). God’s wrath starts after the sun and moon are darkened, after the Elect are removed. (We are not appointed to wrath, but we must never confuse God’s wrath with tribulation.) 

Every promise in the Bible is ours – they are for all believers in Christ Jesus – the elect of God, whether Greek or Jew, circumcision or uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond or free.

Mark 13:20 “And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.”

1 Thessalonians 1:4 “Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”

Luke 18:7 “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?”

Romans 8:33 “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.”

Romans 11:7 “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.”

Colossians 3:12 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”

Matthew 24:40-42 “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (After the tribulation when the wheat and tares are separated, and the angels gather the elect.)

Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” 

Acts 14:22 “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Deuteronomy 4:30 When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice.” 

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 

Mark 4:17 “And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.” 

Luke 21:36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

Matthew 13:21 “for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended [taken by surprise, falls away, stumbles].”

John 16:33 “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” He never says that we will avoid, escape or be taken out of tribulation.”

John 16:1-2 “I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them.”

2 Corinthias 7:4 “I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.” (Not exceeding joyful that we will not go through it.)

Jesus told us in Matthew 24:21 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

We have been warned over and over again that we shall go through great tribulation. If we believe the light affliction we have gone through in our lives is all we will have to endure, we may be offended, taken by surprise, fall away and accept the mark of the beast. That is exactly what Satan wants. Be prepared. Do not sit back on the haunches of your brief time at Church on Sunday, hour a week reading God’s Word and praying, and believe that is enough to prepare you. It is time to put on the full armor of God and not remove it.

Ephesians 6:10-20 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

The sad thing about this painting, the vision of which was given to me to paint, is that the harvest will occur from the Church, as well as from the field. Many in the Church today are of the world, not the Word. If you are not sure if you died today where you would spend eternity, make it your priority today to know. Get right with God through Jesus now. That is the only name by which we might be saved.

 

About E.J.

My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour. I am a Christian artist and writer living in Gloucester, MA, where I have been living since God led me here in September of 2010. I am a painter, photographer and writer who, by the grace of God, has lived and worked as an artist for over 25 years, allowing me to separate myself from the World and walk in faith, to a large degree. I pray you are blessed, built up in your faith and Christian walk, and become an interactive participant in God's Morning. We're here as Christ's body, supporting and building each other up in all righteousness, in His name.
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One Response to Do Not Be Deceived by Pre-Trib Rapture

  1. Logical conclusions for those who are of replacement theology position as they cannot see that the comments regarding the great tribulation is Gods way of bringing the jewish nation to recognize their messiah Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”
    only one of many verses in the Bible referring to the nation of Israel.
    Regards

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