I have a kind-hearted challenge for anybody who may discuss the rapture amongst friends or anybody that may NOT believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. I admit I have a pet scripture that I pull out any time someone says that we’re going to go through the tribulation, or experience the mark of the beast coming into existence. No one has been able to shoot it down and I’m putting this in a friendly way so as to provoke some discourse on the subject, because to me this scripture says it all and anyone’s welcome to give some arguments against it. I just don’t know how a person could believe in anything other then pre-tribulation rapture in light of this scripture. In Luke 21:35-36, Jesus says:
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
(Its kind of fun watching people shuck and evade what this scripture is plainly stating. And of course most of them have never read it. “What kinda bible’s he got”!)
Now, how on earth can this not be pre-tribulation? And even if it did go into the tribulation, (making it non pre-trib.) would it really matter in light of the fact that before it can get too heated, there will be those who “ESCAPE” and stand before the son of man? Sometimes I think heck we’ve come this far would it hurt to see this man called the anti-Christ come to power if we’re assured the we will be caught away before times get really tough?
The problem that I have with talking with most people is that they have no idea of just how bad things get (THEY DON’T STUDY). Just between two events alone close to half of the human race will be destroyed. But somehow these people will be protected. So it’s nothing to play with. Jesus said that it rains on the good and the bad alike. And yet you have these macho Christians that say that they’d resist down to death. Yea right, these people would be terrified to say that homosexuality is sin in the presence of more then three people. “I would never deny Christ,” they say. Hey isn’t that what Peter said. Haven’t we learned anything?
But seriously how can this mean anything other then pre-trib. Rapture?