Biblical Audio Commentary – The Rapture Loophole or The Rapture Privilege

Biblical Audio Commentary – The Rapture Loophole or The Rapture Privilege




What if I said to you that the pre-Tribulation Rapture is a privilege?  Have you ever thought about it that way?

Consider this . . .  God through His grace has given us the privilege of being saved through the sacrificial gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Because we have accepted the mercy of the Lord, and we trust in Him for our salvation, He has deemed us righteous and acceptable to enter His presence.  Our sin has been forgiven, and God sees Jesus when He looks at us because of His atoning death.

He has given us the means by which to enter the straight gate after walking the narrow path.  This is rare, as we know, since the road to destruction is broad and many travel on it to hell.  Entering the presence of the Lord is a privilege if I ever heard one!

Likewise, since God’s wrath will soon descend upon this unbelieving, God-hating world, those who are living on the earth during the Tribulation will experience the most horrific existence ever known.  Satan will be unleashed and be allowed for a time to do his worst.  There will be lying signs and wonders to deceive most of mankind.  Supernatural beings will likely walk freely and have their way with any humans crossing their paths.  Lawlessness unlike any ever known will be the norm.  Even as these terrible conditions exist, God will reign down His awful plagues.  Humanity will be in the midst of unceasing torment – and this is all before the unbelieving masses go to hell in the Lake of Fire for all eternity.

For those of us in the pre-Trib Rapture community, it’s a blessing to know we won’t be here when all this happens.  None of us would have it any other way, and we’re exceedingly grateful to the Lord for His promise to remove us from this world prior to the gates of hell opening upon it.

But there are those who spurn this idea of deliverance.  Astoundingly, they appear to love the world more than the blessing of being rescued from it.

There are actually two primary groups in this camp: the post-Tribulation Rapture adherents and those who believe in a-millennialism.  The a-millennialists think that the idea of a literal Millennium of 1,000 years is symbolic, and the world will just go on as it has until Christ returns someday.  I tend to concentrate on the post-Tribbers in my discussions and will do so today as well.  They believe that any Rapture that happens will be at the end of the 7-year Tribulation.

From my observations, and what I’ve heard from many of you, there are a whole lot more post-Tribbers out there than pre-Tribbers.  We’re a minority from everything I can tell.

It seems as if those who believe the post-Trib ideology really want to enter the Tribulation.  These are the preppers, by and large.  They’re planning for the future for when the people rise up and take back what the globalists have stolen.  It’s extremely obvious that they have no concept of how awful the Tribulation will be.  They think that by huddling in sustainable communities and preparing to barter with gold, and by having their guns at the ready, they’ll be able to resist and thrive.

One of the hallmarks of such folks is their disdain for us who believe in a pre-Trib Rapture.  You can hear the sneer in their voices when they talk about how we’re escapists who aren’t facing reality.  Often, they’ll accuse us of causing great harm to other Christians because we’re telling them they don’t have to be ready for what’s to come.  As such, they’ll perish – and it’ll all be our fault!

You see, they’ve discovered a loophole from being Raptured, which they very much don’t want for themselves.  They’ve decided that the world is a much better home than heaven and being with the Lord.  They’re dug in deeply in this world and don’t want to be dislodged.

The loophole is that they can despise God’s Word with its promise to redeem us out of this world.  By doing so, they can remain here on the earth when the rest of us leave.

This worldview causes them to keep their focus here rather than on Jesus.  If they’re not looking for Him, then they don’t have be concerned about His glorious appearing.  By maintaining an earthly mindset, they can proudly declare that they know God’s plan, and it certainly doesn’t include missing out on the excitement of whatever minor disturbance the Tribulation brings.  They have generations ahead of them and their families, and they certainly don’t want God to disturb their plans for the next several decades.

or post-Tribbers, the idea of a pre-Trib Rapture is not a privilege, it’s a nuisance, and one they simply don’t want.

One other item to throw into this mix is what I discussed more fully in my latest Prophecy Update titled: The Dangers of Replacement TheologyThose who believe this false doctrine seem to dislike or even hate Israel.  They certainly have no use for this nation, thinking that God has abandoned her.  Hate Israel – hate God; that’s really the stand that these people take.  I say: Good luck with that.

What will God do with these Christians?  And note that I don’t dispute that they are born again.  I just wonder about them along the lines that we discuss atheism.  Don’t we always say that God is gentleman?  As such, there’s no way that He’ll force anyone to come live in His presence.  We have to choose to want that glorious privilege.

I’m just asking . . .  Why would God Rapture these believers if they really don’t want to be with Him – in fact, they prefer living on the earth?  They obviously don’t consider the earth an alien locale like we do.  More than that, they disdain God’s love for Israel.  By hating Israel, they likewise end up hating God.  I don’t think that’s a helpful way to get into the Lord’s good graces.

We long to get out here.  Not them.  Not the post-Tribbers.  So, why wouldn’t God honor their desire, being the gentleman that He is?

This all remains to be seen, but I can’t think of a better loophole for getting out of the Rapture than to disdain it by rejecting God’s promise to be whisked away in the twinkling of an eye and wish for more time on this planet.

Will the Lord Jesus force these folks to join all of us in His Father’s house for the consummation of our marriage to the true church?  Or will they be among those who aren’t dressed for the wedding, and are cast into outer darkness, i.e. the Tribulation, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth?

6 Responses to “Biblical Audio Commentary – The Rapture Loophole or The Rapture Privilege”

  1. Reply Rick H

    My dad use to say “watch what you wish for you just might get it”…may apply possibly to post tribbers…they get left behind and then the world comes crashing down on them and then God can tell them ‘What’s wrong isn’t this what you wanted”…sorry when Jesus calls me up he won’t have to tell me twice…get me out of here!

    • Reply Gary Ritter

      It’s an interesting thought, isn’t it? They don’t want it – God won’t force people – they get what they desired.

  2. Reply Robin McCann

    So, there’s some truth to what John Hagee once said… ”If you’re not looking for Him, He’s not coming for you.”

    It would seem that we who are looking for Him, do so because our hearts are with Him, essentially making us saved. Those whose hearts are not with Him, are not saved but merely think they are?

    • Reply Gary Ritter

      I don’t know that I could say that they aren’t necessarily saved. We have enough textual evidence in the Bible that those who are saved can still go off on a disastrous course. I think this is a major reason why believers are urged by Paul, for instance, to make sure they are obedient to the Lord. Why else would he use such strong language as in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10?

      “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

      If believer can’t be deceived and fall into such sins, why would Paul warn against the possibility?

      Why would the writer of Hebrews 3:12-14 say:

      “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.”

      It sure seems to me that he’s talking to those who are saved and giving them an urgent warning. The language indicates they could fall away and be hardened against God. We share in Christ “IF” we hold to our original confidence in that first love.

      I see passages like these along with many others and can come to no other conclusion besides seeing that remaining “in Christ” is our choice. He won’t let us go. But if we choose another path, He’ll do whatever possible to keep us – yet in the end we can harden our heart and fall away. The Bible is full of the consequences of disobedient and rebellion.

      I know this isn’t a popular understanding of salvation, but God makes every effort to warn us – I think for good reason.

      • Reply Robin McCann

        I guess I’m just having trouble with Christians having the ability to harden their hearts and fall away, the ability to ignore the Holy Spirit. And I base this on my own personal experience. Not many years ago, I was very angry with God to the point where I finally said, ‘Okay, God, I am so done with you.’ Know what happened just minutes after I uttered those words? The Holy Spirit said, ‘Uh uh, we ain’t doin’ this.” So, I do have a unique perspective with this but apparently, it’s just for me. I just assumed the Holy Spirit worked the same way for everyone. Never dreamed that anyone who was truly a believer could turn from God. I didn’t have the ability to ignore the Holy Spirit. Something to be truly grateful for.

        It does seem strange though how Scripture says that no one can pluck you out of the Father’s hand, yet apparently one can pluck oneself out of the Father’s hand. A concept I am unable to wrap my brain around. That’s okay. Jesus can explain it to me when I get home. Thanx, Gary.

        • Reply Gary Ritter

          I know that this is so hard for people to even think is possible, but look also at 1 Corinthians 5:1-5:

          1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. 3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. 4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

          This is by all we can determine a believer in this church. Paul says they have to judge him – which we’re not to do to pagans. (Paul has judged him!). He has sinned greatly and not submitted to Godly discipline; rather he continued to persist in his sin. Paul says: “deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of his flesh”!!! Hopefully, he learns his lesson and ends up being save – but I imagine that would be up to him.

          Here’s a question: What might this look like today? How about this man being cast into the Tribulation where he either repents or he doesn’t? Ouch!

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