By Dr. Richard Ing
PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTUREAs we approach the end of the world and the coming
tribulation, TV and radio sermons more and more focus on a “Pre-Tribulation
Rapture” doctrine. The hope of the church
is on being “raptured” up into the clouds to be with the Lord and escape the
destruction to come, they claim.. Many
wonderful words have promoted this doctrine.
Fifty percent of the body of Christ believe it. But is it true? Is it biblical? Does it past the tests outlined by the
apostles of Jesus Christ? More than
ever, we need truth. It may well be a
matter of life or death.
The Lord Jesus spoke about widespread deception so clever
that “if it were possible, the very elect
shall be deceived.” Mat. 24:24. Are we
deceived? No doubt, some of the finest
preachers and Bible teachers believe this doctrine. What can we do to test this doctrine? What fundamental tests must a doctrine pass
in order to be accepted by the church as truth?
Praise God! He gave us a number
of tests to prove whether a doctrine is God’s word of truth. Let’s apply these tests to the
Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine.
TEST #1: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the
serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted
from the simplicity that is in Christ.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not
preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or
another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Co. 3-4.
- Is the Jesus you worship
the same Jesus found in the Bible?
After all, some worship a Jesus who has a brother named
Lucifer. Others worship a Jesus who
was Michael the archangel, or whose mother is the Queen of Heaven and a
perpetual virgin, whose grandmother was named Anne, and who was
immaculately conceived and never died but went to heaven bodily in the
Ascension. In Sweden, a church
claims that Jesus is a woman; others claim that Jesus did miracles because
He learned from the ascended Hindu masters in India. Some portray Jesus as blond with blue
eyes. Some say He already came
secretly and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Others claim that He is a Filipino living in Manila. These are all false Christs. Yes, it is about the veracity and
integrity of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine, but it points out how
the body of Christ has ignored the tests given to us by the apostles.
- Is the doctrine from the
Holy Spirit or is it from the antichrist spirit of deception and lies? After all, Satan can come as an angel of
light and his ministers as ministers of righteousness. If it is not backed by Bible scriptures,
it is false and no matter how clever, reasonable, lovely and logical it
looks, it does not qualify as truth from the Spirit of Truth. If it is not clearly found in the Bible,
it is not from the Holy Spirit. The
gospel is a simple message and the Spirit of God does not give us tricky
and complicated gospels.
- Was it clearly taught by
the first apostles? Yes, one can
twist, distort and stretch some Bible scriptures, but was it clearly
taught in the Bible or do you have to grab a passage here and another one
there to create something never really taught in the Bible?
- There are absolutely no
scriptures that say that Jesus will return before tribulation. It’s called “pulling yourself up by your
bootstraps.” First, you create a
new doctrine, then you support it by jumping around and pulling out
scriptures never intended to support the new doctrine, and that sound good
but are out of context.
There are absolutely no scriptures that say that Jesus will
return before tribulation. It’s called
“pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.”
First, you create a new doctrine, then you support it by jumping around
and pulling out scriptures never intended to support the new doctrine, and that
sound good but are out of context.
TEST #2: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from
Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not
another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of
Christ.. But though we, or an angel from
heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto
you, let him be accursed. As we said
before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than
that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
- Was the Pre-tribulation
Rapture doctrine taught by the church before 1830? Was it taught by the first apostles? The answer is NO!
- Did it come from an “angel
from heaven?” Mormonism, Islam and
Roman Catholicism are based on angels from heaven and the “Virgin” who
appears as an apparition or vision/dream to create new doctrines not found
in the Bible or taught by the first apostles.
- Again, was it preached by
the early apostles? The answer again
is NO! It came out of a vision or
dream that a woman named Margaret McDonald claims to have received in
1830. If you ever read her vision
or dream, you would be perplexed over how the Pre-Tribulation Rapture
doctrine ever came out of it. History shows that John Darby was the one
who started promoting the false doctrine in 1827 and grabbed on to
McDonald’s vision as evidence that he was correct. It does not pass the test and is a false
TEST #3: Is the
scripture being quoted in support of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine
intended by the writer to directly tell us when Jesus is returning? If not, then these so-called proofs are
merely circumstantial, indirect, out of context and irrelevant. Man’s reasoning and logic have never stood on
the same level of credibility and truth as Bible passages that are direct
scriptures intended by the writer to answer the question, “When is Jesus
Are there any scriptures that were intended by the writer to
directly tell us that Jesus will return after tribulation? The answer is YES! Mat. 24:29 says, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun
be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall
from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken: And then shall
appear the sign of the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and
The same thing is said in Mk. 13:26 and Lk.
21:27. So, there are three direct Bible
scriptures that were intended by the writer to answer the very question: When is Jesus coming back?
There are also a number of other scriptures that tell us
when the Lord will return, although not as direct. Mat. 13:38 says, “The harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.” Read also verses 40-43. Also, Mark 13:39.
When Jesus comes back, the dead in Christ shall come back to
life and join Him in the clouds. 1 Co. 15:52; 1 Th. 4:15-17.
(Note that these two passages do not say when Jesus will
return. Many readers ignore this fact
and quote these two passages as evidence of Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Not so!)
In Revelation 20:4, John saw thrones and those that sat on
them are those who died during tribulation because they refused to take the
mark of the beast. They had been
resurrected from the dead, “and they
lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” The
ones who are raised from the dead to be with Jesus in the clouds when He
returns, are those that died during tribulation, when Satan’s beast wars
against the saints and overcomes them.
Rev. 13:7; Da. 7:21, 25.
They are the only ones resurrected when Jesus comes
back. “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were
finished. This is the first
resurrection.” Rev. 20:5. The first resurrection is of those martyrs
who died during tribulation. If
certain dead in Christ are raised from the dead when Jesus returns and these
are the only ones to be raised, and these died during tribulation, then
Jesus could not possibly return before tribulation.
There is not a single scripture quoted by those who support
the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine that was directly intended by the
writer to answer the question: When
is Jesus coming back? Yet there are over
five direct Bible scriptures that were intended to tell us when Jesus is coming
back, and all of them say that Jesus is returning after tribulation. These direct passages can never be overturned
or overruled by indirect scriptures not intended to answer the same question
and taken completely out of context. The
church must go through tribulation.
Repent and be prepared!