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Pre-Tribulation Rapture


By Dr. Richard Ing


As 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. 

  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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? 
  2. 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.”  Gal. 16-9.

  1. Was the Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine taught by the church before 1830?  Was it taught by the first apostles?  The answer is NO!
  1. 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. 
  1. 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 doctrine.

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 returning?”

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 great glory.”

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!

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