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, which is the church, 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. God is Our Father
The Bible makes in clear that once we make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, God adopted us as his children (Galatians 4:4-5). A good father would not leave his children behind when he releases his wrath on the Earth. As evidence that we are his children is the Holy Spirit, his power (Ephesians 4:30).
5. Clue in Song of Solomon
In the Song of Solomon there are lines that the bride recites, The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. – Song of Solomon 2:13. This would mean nothing until you read in the Book of Mark when Jesus Christ talks to his disciples about his second coming. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. – Mark 13:28-29.
Who Will be Left Behind After the Rapture?
Two types of Christians who will be left behind after the rapture are the lukewarms and hypocrites. 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 and 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). Jesus Christ himself said that we must be watchful and pray that we are accounted worthy to escape all these things (Luke 21:36). So let us continue to be watchful, prayerful, and have a heart full of repentance.