Based on what the Author and Finisher of our faith articulated in Matthew 24 and Luke 21, Christians that subscribe to a pre-tribulation rapture had better have their spiritual bags packed. The only requirement that can be interpreted possibly as unfulfilled would be Jesus’ stipulation that “this gospel will be preached unto all nations”.
The tetrad blood moon period we are currently experiencing points to a very ominous time for human events particularly now since scientists claim this will be the last tetrad blood moons this century. Even skeptics have to admit that the world scene has gotten quite a bit friskier since the first blood moon appeared in April 15th of this year.
A pre-tribulation rapture plays to the majority of eschatology and there are plenty of scriptures to suggest something as cataclysmic as perhaps hundreds of millions of people suddenly vanishing would have earth changing consequences.
The Bible states that “God did not appoint us to wrath” and in Thessalonians there is a declaration that the anti-Christ would not be revealed until he that restrains is taken out of the way. Scholars typically agree that the Holy Spirit and church being removed will allow evil to run unabated, thus the anti-Christ would then be revealed when catastrophic turmoil will provide the circumstances of the beast coming to power.
As events converge the focal point will be Israel and the Holy Land as God will turn His attention back to the Jews once the church is gone. Is it really that surprising that the Middle East is in such chaos? The stage is being set for the anti-Christ to come to power, and the Palestinian-Israeli issue heating up could well set the stage for a peace for security deal.
“When they say peace, peace….sudden destruction comes”. There will never be a permanent solution until the solution in the Bible is eventually consummated. This is a spiritual family feud that has been going on for thousands of years.
The father of the Arab nation is agreed to be Ishmael, and he was given this prophesy by an angel of the Lord in Genesis to Hagar the mother of Ishmael,
“And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him, and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
Unfortunately the Jewish-Arab conflict remains unresolved due to what was declared in Genesis. There is a prophetic outline in Daniel and Ezekiel that presents the end time events that will be concentrated in the Holy Land.
There are four time frames being considered involving the rapture of the church, the pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, pre-wrath, and post-tribulation explanations. There are scriptures that could be interpreted to substantiate any of the rapture theories, however the pre-tribulation seems to make the most sense regarding predicted events.
One of the more intriguing scenarios does involve the pre-wrath rapture where the church will be raptured prior to the supernatural destruction that is poured out by God. The church would have to live through the persecution of the anti-Christ, but would be raptured before God pours out His wrath. One can make a case for pre-wrath because Jesus said, “those that endure to the end, the same will be saved”. One can also use the verse of “God did not appoint us to wrath”.
If one were to take a literal and progressive interpretation of the Bible, the saints are already in heaven returning with Christ in Revelation 19:14. The New Jerusalem is the target of the enemy’s final assault against Jesus’ authority.
The pre-tribulation rapture could soon be tested……sooner than the church may think.