Pre, Mid, or Post Rapture?

In my last blog (Christian Numerology?) I wrote about the ‘end of the world’ on Saturday September 23rd. We are now past that date and we are still here. But my post raised a question pertaining to the Rapture. It was pointed out that there are three Rapture theories: Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, and Post-Trib. So let’s explore these a little in reverse order:

Post Tribulation

This view holds that the church will go through the entire seven year Tribulation and then will come the Rapture. While some Christians still believe in this theory it has largely been dismissed. There are many promises in Scripture concerning the Rapture that Post Tribulation either ignores or spins. These are:

  • 3:10
  • Luke 12:10
  • Matthew 24:42, 44
  • I Thess. 4:13-18
  • 1Thess 1:10,5:9
  • Romans 5:9
  • Ephesians 5:6

Does belief in the Post Tribulation Rapture mean one is not saved? No! Rather, I believe, it means that they have been taught amiss. A literal reading of the Word of God does not lead to a belief in the Post Trib Rapture.

Mid-Tribulation

This view means the church will go through the first half of the Tribulation, but escape the second half sometimes called the Great Tribulation. But again believers in this theory ignore or neglect important verses. This theory is based on 1 Corinthians 15:52 and in particular “the last trumpet.” They teach that this is the last trumpet of the trumpets found in Revelation. But the problem is that to do that they must ignore the fact that all the other trumpets of Revelation deal with God’s wrath.

The simple fact is that the Rapture is a New Testament subject meant only for the Church. Yet the church is never mentioned again after Revelation 4:1. From then on it is Israel which was, is and will be God’s beloved and chosen people. One of the purposes of the Tribulation, other than to punish unbelievers, is to bring the Jewish people back to Him! (Mt. 23:39; Luke 13:35.)

Pre-Tribulation

This view takes a literal view of the Bible including all the promises. Some of these are:

  • Revelation 3:10
  • I Thessalonians 1:10
  • I Thessalonians 5:9
  • Ephesians 5:6
  • Colossians 3:4

According to this view there is no event that must take place before the Rapture occurs. It could happen at any time. This view is also the view of the early church fathers, such as Barnabas (ca.100-105), Papias (ca. 60-130), Justin Martyr (110-195), Irenaeus (120-202), Tertullian (145-220), Hippolytus (ca. 185-236), Cyprian (200-250), and Lactantius (260-330).

I am not concerned whether you agree with me or not. What is important is that if you have received Christ as your Savior (been born again through the blood of Jesus) then you will be Raptured (Caught Up). It is a promise of God to us!

So there you have it. I hope I haven’t offended anyone, but now you know my position and the position of this blog. I am a fundamentalist; I take the Bible literally except where it indicates otherwise.

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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Christian Numerology?

The title of today’s blog is Christian Numerology? The question mark is definitive. There is no such thing as Christian Numerology!

Let me explain. While there is Biblical study regarding the meaning of numbers in the Bible, that is not numerology. According to Wikipedia: “numerology is any belief in the divine, mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events.  It is also the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names and ideas. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts.” But that is not sufficient. Numerology basically takes outward events, etc. and re-interprets the Bible to fit. Good Bible study starts with the Bible and events, etc. must fit the Biblical narrative. That is exactly opposite of numerology.

The reason for bringing this subject up is the recent news and social media talking about September 23, 2017 as doomsday. Supposedly a ‘professional’ Christian numerologist claims that there will be a constellation revealed over Jerusalem. It is further claimed this is predicted in the Book of Revelation. No such prediction is made. If he is referring to Revelation 12:1-2 that is a historical event speaking of the birth of Christ.

But consider this also:

  1. Christ said no man knows the day or hour of the Rapture.
  2. The Tribulation is a separate event.
  3. The Tribulation begins with the signing of a seven year treaty between the world leader (Anti-Christ) and Israel.

Let’s explore these points further.

In Matthew 34:36 Jesus says, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” In other words, we cannot know the date or time no matter how smart we are. God’s Son chose not to know and says only the Father knows. That should settle the issue right there.

The second point is that before the ‘End of the World’ there must first be the Rapture, which can occur at any time, then the seven year Tribulation, and then the Millennium (1000 years). So the end of the world is at least 1007 years away!

The third point is that after the Rapture the Anti-Christ will appear on the scene. We don’t know how long a time there is between the Rapture and his signing the treaty. It could be the same day, weeks later, months later, or even years later. We don’t, can’t know. And because we cannot know this, we cannot know when the Tribulation begins.

So this claim is completely bogus. Don’t be fooled. Christ will return for His church and it could be today, Saturday, or some future day. But it will happen. And the question is not when, but will you be part of that church. Membership is based on a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ, that is being saved by His grace and not your works. He died for all of us and wants us to trust Him for our salvation.

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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.