For those who don’t think the Bible addresses or proves the PRE-TRIB rapture- you are likely listening to a modern scholar and you are taking Matthew 24 out of context.
Here is an article I wrote that has some important truths to consider. Many who reject the Rapture hold onto the part where the bible says, he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
But the Bible also says for whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved. The bible says believe on the LORD JESUS Christ and thou shalt be saved.
Salvation of the SOUL is DIFFERENT than salvation of the FLESH. That is the key- SAVED in the bible isn’t always related to biblical salvation from HELL everytime the word SAVED is used.
I was saved from having to pay a big traffic fine when the police officer had to suddenly leave to attend to a horrific accident. I saved $450 in spare change to buy a new computer. I was saved when the lifeguard pulled me from the water after I was knocked unconscious. I was saved from sudden death when the waiter performed the Heimlich maneuver. I was saved from a bad toothache when I changed my toothbrush. I was saved from eternity in Hell when I called upon JESUS. I was saved from a wasted life when I learned how to transform my mind and believe God’s promises. And so on. SAVED doesn’t have to mean saved from HELL unless it’s really addressing that issue.
Matthew 24:13 clearly speaks of the 7-year Tribulation Period and does NOT refer to a believer’s salvation in any way. Carefully read Matthew 24:7-13…
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
There is NO such thing as works for salvation or WORKS to stay saved. If you think enduring to the end means you try harder and try to earn your spot- you are 100% wrong.
Don’t be wrong for eternity because you won’t humble yourself and just take Jesus at his word is my advice.
A lot of people think the Rapture is an invention of man. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1). In Thessalonians and Matthew, the end times are confusing because they often merge 2 events – the day of Christ and the day of the Lord. It isn’t clear at a surface level a lot of the time even when you do know that but at the very least it’s a minor precaution not to just run with anyone claiming that the rapture isn’t biblical.
2). The Bible is clear- God has not appointed the church to wrath. The end-time events are God’s wrath poured out on a Christ-rejecting world.
3) The Bible has pictures and types of the rapture in the Bible – and the consistent picture is God provides a way of escape before the sudden destruction- Sodom’s destruction by fire, The worldwide flood, the fall of Jericho, etc. And most folks will mock God’s way or neglect so great salvation.
4) Revelation is chronological as John sees the events that will come to pass and records future events as if he was watching them live. Chapter 1-3 are real church ages that reveal time periods. The Philadelphia church age was 2nd from the last and that took place during the Great Awakening. It ended in the early 1900’s when the New Bible versions came on the scene. We are in the lukewarm last day’s church age- the church of the Laodiceans. Then there is a sudden event in chapter 4 – Revelation 4:1 -2 says
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter
John literally experiences the rapture in that moment, and that is what the church will experience. Now the church is out of the picture and God now unleashes judgments on mankind and goes back to dealing with Israel, the sealing of the 144,000 take place etc. And so on until the Great White Throne Judgment and the new heaven and earth.
5). God says we are ambassadors. It’s a bit of a worldly illustration but before a war, a country calls its ambassadors HOME. We have a heavenly country and what happens during the tribulation is something the world hasn’t seen yet.
6) The final week in Daniel hasn’t happened yet. This again deals with the Jews.
7) You can’t lose your salvation- we are sealed. Yet the Bible says whoever takes the mark of the beast is damned. It makes more sense that the saved are gone- The Holy Spirit is removed- and men can no longer be sealed in that way. Salvation is always grace by faith but men are saved in different ways in different time periods.
Salvation in the end days after the rapture seems to be faith in God to the extent you don’t take the mark of breast however way that happens.
Are you RAPTURE READY? Are you SAVED? SAVED from the WRATH TO COME?