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The Pre-wrath, Pre-tribulation, Mid-tribulation and Post Millennium Rapture Counterfeits Uncovered

The Pre-wrath, Pre-tribulation, Mid-tribulation and Post Millennium Rapture Counterfeits Uncovered

When someone told the Thessalonians that, ‘the day of the Lord has come’, and ‘our gathering together to Him’, they were teaching the pre-wrath and pre-tribulation rapture, since the Antichrist had not yet been revealed and the great tribulation had not yet begun. The Thessalonians who heard this message thought that they had missed being caught up alive. In response to this, Paul wrote 2 Th 2:1-5 to the Thessalonians, who are part of the same church as we are and who lived before us that their rapture or catching up would not occur until after the falling away and after the man of lawlessness seats himself in the temple in Jerusalem displaying himself as God. (2 Th 2:1-5) Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to Him, {2} that you may not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. {3} Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, {4} who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. {5} Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?
Jesus is not the author of confusion and would not tell one part of His church, who lived before us that they would not be raptured or caught up alive until after the falling away and after the man of lawlessness is revealed and then tell another part of the same church who lived after the Thessalonians that they would be gathered to the Lord before the man of lawlessness is revealed.

Paul further corrected the pre-tribulation rapture teaching, when he wrote 1 Th 4:14-17 to the Thessalonians, who obviously were alive at the time, telling them that if they were alive at the coming of our Lord, they would not be caught up until after the dead were raised and changed. (1 Th 4:14-17) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. {15} For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. {16} For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. {17} Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Not only did Paul correct the pre-tribulationist teaching regarding the sequence of events, but he also corrected the pre-tribulationist teaching that the catching up of those who are alive occurs at a different time than when the dead are raised, when he wrote in 1 Th 4:14-17 above that both will occur at the same time, at the coming of Jesus. Also, when Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, who lived before us that both events will occur at the coming of Jesus he was also telling them that if the second coming of Jesus occurred during their life time, they would remain up until His coming and therefore not be raptured or caught up alive before His coming and the great tribulation begins.

In 1 Cor 15:52, when Paul wrote to the Corinthians, who are part of the same church as we are and who lived before us and who were obviously alive at the time; that their resurrection from the dead and their catching up will occur at the same time, he was also telling them that if the coming of our Lord occurred during their life time they would remain until His coming.
(1 Cor 15:52) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
God is not the author of confusion and would not tell one part of the church who lived before us that their resurrection and catching up would occur at the same time at the coming of Jesus and then tell another part of the same church who lived after them that their catching up occurs at a completely different time than the dead are raised and before the coming of Jesus.

After Jesus told those who were present with Him that when they see Jerusalem surrounded (Luke 21:20, 24, below), and the great tribulation beginning (Luke 21:22-23 below), He told them in Luke 21:28 that their redemption, which is the putting on of the incorruptible, in which the dead are changed first and then those who are alive are caught up and changed, would take place after these things begin to take place. Jesus is not the author of confusion and would not tell one part of His church who lived before us that they would not put on the incorruptible until after Jerusalem is captured, and the great tribulation begins and then tell another part of the same church who lived after them that they would put on the incorruptible before Jerusalem is captured and the great tribulation begins.
(Luke 21:20-28) "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is at hand. {21} "Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are in the midst of the city depart, and let not those who are in the country enter the city; {22} because these are days of vengeance, in order that all things which are written may be fulfilled. {23} "Woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babes in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land, and wrath to this people, {24} and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. {25} "And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, {26} men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. {27} "And then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. {28} "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

In Luke 21:36 Jesus told those around Him that they should pray that they have the strength to escape the things that are about to come upon the earth. Jesus is not the author of confusion and would not tell one part of the church who lived before us that that they should pray that they have the strength to escape the things about to come upon the earth and then tell another part of the same church who lived after them that they will be raptured before the great tribulation.
(Luke 21:36) "But keep on the alert at all times, praying in order that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

In Mat 24:1-44 Jesus explains exactly when the church will be redeemed. In verse 3, when the disciples asked Jesus what will be the sign of His coming and the end of the age they were asking Him when their resurrection would take place, since it occurs at His coming. (Mat 24:3) And as He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
In Mat 24:4-31 Jesus explained to His twelve disciples exactly when their resurrection would take place. In verses 4-8 He explained to them that there would be wars, famines and earthquakes in various places. (Mat 24:4-31) And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you. {5} "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many. {6} "And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. {7} "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. {8} "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. In verses 9 and 10 below Jesus points out that the falling away will take place before their resurrection would occur. {9} "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. {10} "And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another. {11} "And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many. {12} "And because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. {13} "But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved. {14} "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come. In verse 15 Jesus told the disciples that the abomination of desolation will be set up before their resurrection would take place. The abomination of desolation is set up after Jerusalem is surrounded and captured as described in Luke 21:20, 24 when the man of lawlessness or Antichrist is revealed and seats himself in the temple displaying himself as God, as Paul described in 2 Th 2:3, 4. {15} "Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), {16} then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; {17} let him who is on the housetop not go down to get the things out that are in his house; {18} and let him who is in the field not turn back to get his cloak. {19} "But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse babes in those days! {20} "But pray that your flight may not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath; In verse 21 Jesus told His twelve disciples that the great tribulation will take place before their resurrection would occur. If a portion of the church is supposed to be redeemed before the great tribulation begins Jesus would have told the twelve disciples about it before this point in time. {21} for then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall. {22} "And unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days shall be cut short. {23} "Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. {24} "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. {25} "Behold, I have told you in advance. {26} "If therefore they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go forth, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them. In verses 27 thru 31 Jesus explained to the disciples that their resurrection would occur immediately after the great tribulation period at His coming. {27} "For just as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. {28} "Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. {29} "But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, {30} and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. {31} "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
In verses 40-41 Jesus told His disciples that it is at His coming, which He explained occurs after the great tribulation period, is when their will be two men will be in the field one will be taken and one will be left, two women will be working at a mill one will be taken and one will be left.
(Mat 24:40-41) "Then there shall be two men in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. {41} "Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left.
Jesus would not tell one part of His church that the redemption of the church will occur after the great tribulation period, at His second coming and then tell another part of the same church who lived after them that the redemption of the church will occur before the great tribulation begins and before the second coming of Jesus.
The angel Gabriel explained to Daniel in Dan 11:31 and Dan 12:1 that the catching up of those who are alive will take place after the great tribulation period. After explaining to Daniel that the abomination of desolation will be set up in Dan 11:31 he told Daniel in Dan 12:1 that at that time there will be a time of great distress or great tribulation until the time that God rescues His people who are alive at that time by catching them up in the resurrection after the dead are raised.
(Dan 11:31) "And forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.
(Dan 12:1-2) "Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. {2} "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.
Dan 12:1 above and Daniel 10:21 below point out that it is Michael the Archangel who is standing guard over Israel and restraining the antichrist from capturing Jerusalem, as described in 2 Th 2:7, not the Holy Spirit, as thought by the pre-tribulationist.
Dan 10:21 “However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince.
(2 Th 2:7) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.

In 1 Cor 15:21-23 Paul wrote to the Corinthians who were obviously alive at the time that if they were alive at that time they would be caught up in the resurrection at His coming.
(1 Cor 15:21-23) For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. {22} For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. {23} But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming,
Again, Jesus would not tell one part of His church who lived before us that they would be caught up if they were alive at His coming and then tell another part of His church who lived after them that they would be caught up before His coming before the great tribulation begins.
In Mat 25:1-10 Jesus explains that His coming takes place at the time the wedding feast occurs.
(Mat 25:1-10) "Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. {2} "And five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. {3} "For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, {4} but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. {5} "Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep. {6} "But at midnight there was a shout, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' {7} "Then all those virgins rose, and trimmed their lamps. {8} "And the foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' {9} "But the prudent answered, saying, 'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' {10} "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.
In 2 Th 2:8 Jesus also explains that His coming occurs at the time He destroys the man of lawlessness.
(2 Th 2:8) And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;

The coming of Jesus and the resurrection occurs at the end of the great tribulation when the nations are gathering together to fight against Israel at Har-magedon (Rev 16:13-16 below), just after they defeat the USA, (Rev 19:1-6 below).
(Rev 16:13-16) And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; {14} for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. {15} ("Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame.") {16} And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-magedon.
(Rev 19) After these things I heard, as it were, a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; {2} BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER." {3} And a second time they said, "Hallelujah! HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER." {4} And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" {5} And a voice came from the throne, saying, "Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great." {6} And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude and as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

The only written resurrection that Jesus, Paul, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John described is found in Rev 19:7. The coming of Jesus and the resurrection is immediately followed by the war at Har-magedon which is the wedding feast, and is when Jesus throws the beast and the false prophet into the lake of fire alive.
(Rev 19:7-21) {7} "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." {8} And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. {9} And he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'" And he said to me, "These are true words of God." {10} And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." {11} And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war. {12} And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows except Himself. {13} And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God. {14} And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. {15} And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. {16} And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." {17} And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, "Come, assemble for the great supper of God; {18} in order that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great." {19} And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, assembled to make war against Him who sat upon the horse, and against His army. {20} And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. {21} And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat upon the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

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