14 Jun Is it Pre, Mid, or Post Tribulation Rapture?
There has been many debates about this topic. Some think we will be taken up to Heaven before the tribulation. Some people think we will be taken in the middle of the chaos. Other think we will not get taken away but judged at the end. However the Bible makes it clear that before the tribulation, the bride of Christ will be taken away. We will list the top reasons why.
1. Hebrew Marriage Custom
In Hebrew tradition, the wedding feast would lasts for 7 days (Genesis 29:27, Judges 14:17-18). End time tribulation will last for 7 years (Revelation 11:3, Revelation 12:6, Daniel 9:27). In the past, God has compared days to years in commanding tasks or punishment (Ezekiel 4:6, Numbers 14:34). We as Christians are the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2, Matthew 25:1, Revelation 19:7-8). In the Book of Revelation the wedding banquet takes place before Jesus Christ comes back with his army to bound Satan for 1000 years. (Revelation 19:9-21). In order for us be in the wedding banquet for 7 years, we must be taken by angels before the tribulation has started.
2. No Condemnation in Christ
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). God’s wrath is only for the the wicked and the hypocrites (Ephesians 5:6, Romans 1:18, Colossians 3:5-6). In order for those to not experience the wrath of God, they would have to be rapture before the 7 year tribulation.
3. Like A Thief
Jesus Christ made it clear that he will come unexpectedly and be watchful (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6, Luke 21:34, Revelation 3:3, Revelation 16:15). However the tribulation is 7 years and we know that Jesus Christ is coming after the 7 years. So this is evident that Jesus Christ is talking about the rapture before the tribulation.
4. Jesus Christ Said It
Jesus Christ told his disciples that they must pray that they will escape the great tribulation (Luke 21:36). Jesus Christ also told one church that they will escape the great tribulation (Revelation 3:10).
Who Will be Left Behind After the Rapture?
Two types of Christians who will be left behind after the rapture are hypocrites and lukewarmers. The Bible warns us about these types of Christians (Revelation 3:15-19, James 1:22-27). Other groups that will be left behind are unbelievers, the wicked. Though the Israelites will be left behind they will be able to flee and seek refuge for 3 1/2 years (Luke 21:21, Revelation 12:1-6).
So be watchful, pray always, and never give up!