The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Doctrine Is False

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil" (Jesus’s prayer John 17:15).

The above prayer of the Lord Jesus could not be clearer and yet some theologians came along in the 1800s and created a false doctrine that is completely opposite of our Lord's prayer in John 17:15. It is the teaching of a pre-tribulation, pre-Antichrist, pre-mark of the Beast rapture of the church to heaven. It sounds nice and is very pleasing to the flesh, but undermines God's purposes for His end-time church. It has created a people who are not prepared to face persecution and the difficult times ahead. It has also robbed a sense of urgency for believers to get themselves ready to give answers to the unsaved during the darkest time in human history. True Christians should want to be here as long as possible in order to win as many to Jesus Christ as possible. This was Paul's conclusion as well when he wrote, The above prayer of the Lord Jesus could not be clearer and yet some theologians came along in the 1800s and created a false doctrine that is completely opposite of our Lord's prayer in John 17:15. It is the teaching of a pre-tribulation, pre-Antichrist, pre-mark of the Beast rapture of the church to heaven. It sounds nice and is very pleasing to the flesh, but undermines God's purposes for His end-time church. It has created a people who are not prepared to face persecution and the difficult times ahead. It has also robbed a sense of urgency for believers to get themselves ready to give answers to the unsaved during the darkest time in human history. True Christians should want to be here as long as possible in order to win as many to Jesus Christ as possible. This was Paul's conclusion as well when he wrote, "For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you" (Philippians 1:23-24).

Don't misunderstand what I am saying here. I do believe there will be a rapture or catching away of the true church and I do believe that the rapture and coming of Jesus Christ at Armageddon are two separate events. However, according to what the Apostles Paul & John wrote in the Scriptures, those two events happen on the SAME DAY at the END of the Great Tribulation NOT BEFORE! How do I know this? I know this because this is exactly what Jesus taught in Matthew 24 and John 6. Three times in John 6, the Lord Jesus Christ stated that the resurrection of the righteous will be "...AT THE LAST DAY". He didn't say "the last days" or "before the last days" no... He said, "...THE LAST DAYDon't misunderstand what I am saying here. I do believe there will be a rapture or catching away of the true church and I do believe that the rapture and coming of Jesus Christ at Armageddon are two separate events. However, according to what the Apostles Paul & John wrote in the Scriptures, those two events happen on the SAME DAY at the END of the Great Tribulation NOT BEFORE! How do I know this? I know this because this is exactly what Jesus taught in Matthew 24 and John 6. Three times in John 6, the Lord Jesus Christ stated that the resurrection of the righteous will be "...AT THE LAST DAY". He didn't say "the last days" or "before the last days" no... He said, "...THE LAST DAY." "And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at THE LAST DAY" (John 6:40). the Apostle Paul wrote that the rapture/resurrection would happen "AT THE LAST TRUMP" and AFTER the Antichrist revealed himself in the rebuilt Jewish Temple (1 Cor. 15:51-53 & 2 Thess. 2).

The idea that "Jesus could at any moment" in a surprise rapture has NEVER been correct teaching. Paul made this clear in 2 Thessalonians 2. Paul stated (by the Holy Ghost) that the coming of Jesus and OUR GATHERING together unto Him WOULD NOT happen until the falling away and the Man of Sin i.e. the Antichrist would reveal himself. So according to Scripture, Paul taught that Jesus could not come at any moment!

"Now we beseech you, brethren by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by OUR GATHERING TOGETHER unto HIM" (2 Thess. 2:1 KJV)..." (2 Thess. 2:1 KJV)...."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 KJV).

Paul then goes on to tell us how the man of sin i.e. The Antichrist will reveal himself. It is when he steps into the rebuilt Jewish Temple and declare himself to be God. In other words, the rapture will NOT happen until sometime AFTER the Antichrist steps into the Jewish Temple and takes over. And Rev. 13 and Daniel 9 puts that event at the midpoint of the last seven years. In addition to those references, we have the Lord Jesus in His end-time outline in Matthew 24 also showing us that the rapture will happen 1) AFTER the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place (the Antichrist in the temple like Paul taught) and 2) "immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days."

This post-tribulation and post-Antichrist rapture truth was also confirmed by the Apostle John in Revelation 20 when he saw those Christians who died for resisting the MARK of the BEAST being in the "FIRST RESURRECTION." And let's remember that Jesus, Daniel and John taught that there would be only TWO MASS RESURRECTIONS in the last days (See Daniel 12, John 5, and Rev. 20).

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the BEAST, neither his image, neither had received his MARK upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the FIRST RESURRECTION. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years (Revelation 20:4-6 KJV).

So, if the FIRST resurrection contains the righteous believers who resisted the mark of the Beast, then how could the rapture (the first resurrection) take place before the Antichrist comes to power and issues the mark? The answer is simple: There is not a resurrection/rapture before the first one! Thus, there is not a pre-tribulation, pre-Antichrist, pre-Mark of the Beast rapture.

The Chronological End-Time Outline of Jesus


As I mentioned, the teaching of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 24 is the foundation for all of the above passages from the apostles. They did contradict the teaching of Jesus concerning the timing of the rapture in the sequence of end-time events. In Matthew 24:1-32, the Lord Jesus gave a chronological breakdown of the signs of His coming and the end of the age. We know it is chronological because the Lord mentions wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and says these are the BEGINNING of sorrows. He then proceeds to use the word "then" which means "after this" as He goes through the chapter. By verse 15, the Lord Jesus gives the sign of when we As I mentioned, the teaching of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 24 is the foundation for all of the above passages from the apostles. They did contradict the teaching of Jesus concerning the timing of the rapture in the sequence of end-time events. In Matthew 24:1-32, the Lord Jesus gave a chronological breakdown of the signs of His coming and the end of the age. We know it is chronological because the Lord mentions wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and says these are the BEGINNING of sorrows. He then proceeds to use the word "then" which means "after this" as He goes through the chapter. By verse 15, the Lord Jesus gives the sign of when we "...see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet stand in the holy place." This is a direct reference to the final Antichrist entering the third Jewish temple at the midpoint of the last seven years and declaring himself to be God. But still the Lord Jesus has not mentioned the rapture of His church.

In verse 21, the Lord shows how the "abomination of desolation" kicks off a time of great tribulation (the last 3 1/2 years). The Lord goes on to mention the rise of false christs and false prophets doing great signs and wonders. We know this Revelation 13 shows the false prophet who works with the Beast doing demonic miracles to deceive the world. And Revelation 13 pinpoints the timing of the start those things as when the Beast has "42 months to continue" or 3 1/2 years. And yet, there is still not any mention of the rapture from Jesus.

It is not until come to verses 29-32 that Jesus tells us EXACTLY the rapture takes place in sequence of end-time events. Jesus said, It is not until come to verses 29-32 that Jesus tells us EXACTLY the rapture takes place in sequence of end-time events. Jesus said, It is not until come to verses 29-32 that Jesus tells us EXACTLY the rapture takes place in sequence of end-time events. Jesus said, "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 (Matthew 24:29-31 KJV).

So, Jesus made it clear that the worldwide gathering of His people (the elect) by the sound of a trumpet would take place immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days not BEFORE. And the term "elect" refers to the church over and over in the New Testament. In fact, all but two uses of term elect refers to the church while one refers to Jesus and another to the angels. So, the assertion that Matthew 24 is only for the Jews is a ridiculous false teaching.

Bad Hermeneutics & False Assumptions


"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: (Isaiah 28:9-10).