PROVING THE FALICY OF “PRE-TRIB” FROM SCRIPTURE (BY ANOTHER)
ROBERT WELLS–proving the falicy of “pre trib” from scriptures
This site describes it well. You can read the whole thing on http://robertwells.tripod.com/Rapture.html
One belief that the believers of the pre tribulation theory hold is that this ra…
pture is all going to be done in secret. The people not raptured, those who are left here on earth, are going to be mystified as to where so many people disappeared to. There are many verses in the Bible that describe exactly what those on earth are going to be seeing and thinking when the Lord comes back. Revelation 1:7 is a good example. “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him”.
When Jesus comes back to get his saved believers he is going to want the whole world to know that he is back. And the whole world will know.
Two main areas of the Bible that people say prove that there is a pre-tribulation rapture.
The first area revolves around two verses in the Book of Matthew.
Matthew 24:40-41 are two verses that most people who believe in the pre-tribulation rapture say, proves, that believers will be raptured right off the face of the earth before the tribulation begins.
Verse 40–Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
Verse 41–Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.
But to truly understand the meaning of verses 40 and 41 you first have to read verses 37, 38, and 39 and you will see that Jesus is talking about how the people during the flood of Noah were swept away and destroyed and how he is comparing that time with the end times. The world in Noah’s time was a sinful and ungodly place, and the people living on the earth at that time followed satan and his sinful ways. The population of the earth was completely lead astray by satan, and they wanted absolutely nothing to do with God. This is why the people were destroyed with the flood.
Verse 37–For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Verse 38–For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark,
Verse 39–and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.
When Jesus talks about the two men who are in the field and one is taken and the other isn’t, he isn’t talking about a rapture here. The one taken isn’t raptured up to God, he is deceived by satan and goes with satan willingly to be lost forever just like those men who were lost in the flood during Noah’s time were. Like wise, the two women who are grinding at the hand mill, the one taken isn’t raptured, she is deceived by satan and she also goes with satan willingly. The two that were taken, were taken by satan. The two that were taken were fooled by satan and became followers of satan, all because they failed to stay alert in the Word of God and thus were easily lead astray. Also keep in mind that the Bible tells us that the antichrist rises up and takes power before Jesus ever comes back, in fact, in Revelation the antichrist declares that he is indeed God right before Jesus comes back.
So the people mentioned above, completely abandoned God and God’s laws and commandments. These people are examples of all those who will go over to satan’s side. God no longer had any importance or meaning in their lives and they wanted nothing to do with him or with Jesus Christ. Now all they wanted was to follow the ways of the world. They became followers of satan. And you can become followers of satan not only by believing in the twisted and ungodly teachings of men, but also by leading an ungodly and sinful lifestyle. You may never even think of satan but if you are not following God, then you are indeed following satan. Because they are complete opposites, if you are not following one, then you are following the other. So verses 40 and 41 can only be interpreted by first reading verse 37 through 39. Verse 39 says that the men of Noah’s time took no note until the flood came and then they were swept away and so they were lost. They were deceived, fooled, tricked, and of course lost. And Jesus is simply warning people to watch out in the last days because he knows that many of them are also going to be mislead by satan and wind up lost. This is the reason why Jesus spends so much time in Matthew Chapter 24 talking about false prophets, false teachers, and false doctrines such as in verses 4,5,11,23,24,25,26, and why verses 37,38,39 concerning similar times that took place in Noah’s days, becomes so extremely important in understanding verses 40 and 41.
And in verse 42 Jesus gives another warning to the people of the end times to please stay alert in the Word of God right up till the time that Jesus comes back so you are not deceived by satan and wind up being eternally lost.
Verse 42– “Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming”.
Don’t you think that if the believers were going to be raptured before the tribulation, then there would be absolutely no reason for Jesus to tell us verse 42. Why? Because the believers wouldn’t even be here when Jesus comes. They would have been raptured and off the earth before Jesus came back for them.
Then if you go down to verse 43, Jesus is telling us one last time that if we are not going to be on our guard against satan then we are going to be like the householder who fell asleep and allowed his house to be broken into. In other words if we don’t keep alert we are going to let satan mislead and trick us and steal our eternal salvation right out from under us.
Verse 43–“But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into”.
It is just incredible how much time and effort Jesus took to warn us of being mislead by false teachers. Of their ability to take the truth and twist it and reshape it, so it is no longer the words of God but is now the words of men. But unfortunately, unless a believer reads, spends time in, and studies the Bible, he will never have a clue to what is true or what is untrue.
Then, from verse 45 to the very end of Chapter 24, Jesus is warning all believers not to be mislead or fooled by anyone or anything. That we should be on guard and stay alert in the word of God and not let up or slack off till we know for sure that Jesus has come back for us.
Chapter 24 in Matthew is about being mislead by false teachers spreading false doctrine, and it just isn’t reasonable that Jesus in his own words would be warning us against being mislead by satan in three consecutive verses (37 through 39), and then suddenly stop and switch to an entirely different subject like the rapture (a subject that he has never talked about before) in verses 40 & 41, and then go back and talk once again about being mislead by false teachers in the next two verses (42 & 43).See More