A couple months ago, two prominent pastors effectively presented two different scenarios regarding how the pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church might proceed. I follow both of them closely and respect them immensely. Yet the message that came forth from these astute men of God couldn’t differ more as to when the Rapture might happen.
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A friend of mine, who is a scholar at heart and a new believer, asked me to help him understand the rationale for a pre-Tribulation Rapture. I thought I would take the occasion of his questions to outline my thinking in this regard in this forum.
One of the bedrock beliefs I’ve had concerning the Rapture is that it is analogous to the Galilean wedding. After the Son’s betrothal to His Bride, He goes back to His Father’s house, prepares the bridal chamber, and then comes to get His Bride when the Father determines it is time to do so (John 14:1-3). As a result, the Rapture is an imminent event, not tied to anything earthly that someone could point to in order to predict Christ’s return.
The feel-good position for most who believe in the pre-Trib Rapture is that all believers, hot, cold, or lukewarm will be taken up into the clouds when Christ returns for His church some time before the beginning of the 7-year Tribulation. But, is that correct?
If you look around, you see people living a normal life – or at least pretending to do so – even while society crumbles all around them. All this and more is simply a façade of normal. The times we now live in are on their way toward being the worst this world has ever known. And people are ignoring it.
Biblical Audio Commentary – Why Aliens If No Pre-Trib Rapture? Transcript: There’s no doubt that the US Military is concerned about aliens and UFOs. The US Congress has held hearings about them, so the possibility of intergalactic life forms is disturbing to them as well. Of course, Hollywood has propagated the subject extensively…