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 one 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 of the church or anyone else for that matter. We have a Bible study on this subject that I would like you to read titled, “The False Hope of the Rapture“.
Revelation 7 documents the Saints who are the Elect, the 144,000, are sealed with the Word of God. This sealing is so important the Tribulation cannot begin 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 God. Verse 14 documents the Saints and those who stand with them go through the entire Tribulation.
Many mistakenly believe 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 Satan who will claim to be God, who will be cast out of Heaven onto the earth at the 6th Trumpet, (2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 12:9). Christ does not return until the 7th Trumpet, (1 Corinthians 15:52).
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 verses 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, back up 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 this verses concerns those who have passed on before us. Paul is explaining to us they will return with Christ at the 7th Trumpet.
Nowhere does it say anyone leaves the earth beforehand.
Concerning 1 Thessalonians 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) as Satan is not “tempting” to those who understand the final events of the Last Days. This is why Paul would write in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 the Return of Christ will not overtake His children, the children of light as a thief.
They understand Satan appears before Christ claiming to be Him. When that event occurs, we will know we are Five Months away from the Return of Christ.