Will The Church Go Through The Tribulation Or Be Raptured?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer some of them.
Name: Preacher Dave
Question: Will we (the church) go through the tribulation or will we be raptured out before it happens?? The Bible says we will be raptured out before this time comes. Scripture ref: I Thessalonians 4:14 thru 18 and I Thessalonians 1:9 and Revelation 3:10. The whole point of the rapture is to keep the church from going through the wrath of G-d Right?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Preacher Dave, thank you for the question. There is no rapture. Revelation 7 documents the Elect who are the 144,000 are sealed with the Word of God. This sealing is so important the Tribulation cannot start until it is complete. The Saints that are Sealed and many more are going to stand with the whole armour of God on and in place through the entire Tribulation. They will stand with the Two Witnesses who prophesy during the Tribulation of Satan who will claim to be Christ. Verse 14 documents the Elect and those who stand with them go through the entire Tribulation.
Many mistakenly think Revelation 4:1 is referring to the church, but nowhere do we find the church mentioned. Who was God talking to in that verse? John, as Revelation 1:1-2 documents. John was taken to the Lord’s day, the millennium and shown what will happen during and after the Tribulation.
The Tribulation is not the wrath of God, His Wrath will take place at the end of the Tribulation as Revelation 19:11-21 documents. The Tribulation is of Satan who will claim to be Christ, who will be cast out of Heaven onto earth at the 6th trumpet (2 Thes 2, Rev 12:9). Christ does not return until the 7th trumpet. Further, Acts 3:20-21 documents Christ must stay in Heaven until all prophecy has been fulfilled. This leaves no room for a rapture.
Concerning your verses. 1 Thes 4:14-18, backup one verse to 13 please.
1 Thessalonians 4:13
13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.”
The entire subject of these verses concerns those who have passed on before us. Paul is letting us know they will return with Christ at the 7th trumpet. Nowhere does it say anyone leaves the earth beforehand.
1 Thes 1:10, I believe you meant verse 9 where we are kept from the wrath of God. We covered that above.
Finally, Revelation 3:10 where we are kept from the hour of temptation. We are kept from that hour of temptation (Tribulation) because we do not find Satan tempting. We find him playing the role of Christ to be despicable, an abomination. This is why Paul would write in 1 Thes 5:1-6 the return of Christ will not overtake His children, the children of light as a thief. Why? Because they understand Satan comes first claiming to be Christ. When that event happens, we will know we are five months from the return of Christ.
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