Christ Comes After the Tribulation

     In this sermon we see how both Matthew 24 and Mark 13 teach that Jesus is coming back after the tribulation and that the gathering of the elect is a type of rapture. Moreover, a connection is established to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 to show that Paul is talking about the same event that Jesus is describing. Same angels, same trumpet  same catching away or gathering. Additionally, 2 Thessalonians 2 shows that Paul also  sees this event as happening after the son of perdition is revealed. Nothing in this sermon suggests that God cannot translate believers out of this world anytime He chooses in a 'pre-tribulation rapture.' He did it with Enoch and Elijah and can do it again. However, Matthew 24, Mark 13, 1 Thessalonians 4 are all describing an event that happens after the (7 year) tribulation and even more more specifically after the sun is darkened, the moon does not give its light, stars fall heaven, the powers in heaven are shaken, and "then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven.

     Jesus said: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16.33).

     And Paul said: For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know (1 Thessalonians 3:4).

     Christians down through the centuries have always experienced persecution and tribulations; therefore, the potential for more tribulation is not sufficient reason to insist upon a pre-tribulation perspective. What is needed are specific Bible texts that show that Christ is coming again before the tribulation.

What God has promised Christians everywhere is that they are not appointed unto wrath. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Thessalonians 5:9).  Praise the Lord! God's wrath does not abide on His people. Consider how God protected His People in Egypt from His wrath. In the land of Goshen where the Israelites dwelt there wasn't any hail but everywhere else the ungodly experienced hail from heaven (Ex 9:26).


     Finally, even if the 'church' is raptured and it may be. Some followers of Christ are still going through the tribulation. They are called 'saints' throughout the book of Revelation and they are not limited to Jews alone.

The bottom line which should be remembered by all is most Christians will die. Only two or three generations of one specific period of time will be raptured. Everyone else is going to die and await the predetermined time of Christ's return and their reunion with there glorified bodies.


2 comments:

  1. To hold this view is to totally disregard the dispensational separation between the church age (The "fulness of the gentiles") and Daniel's 70th week ("Time of Jacob's trouble"). The 70th week (Tribulation period) is specifically for Daniel's people and Daniel's city (Jews and Jerusalem). It's purpose is to get Israel to do what it failed to do under the preaching of John the Baptist, which was to "Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand". To put the Church in this time period is to ignore what the "fulness of the gentiles" is all about. The 70th week is the time of Jacob's trouble, not the church's trouble. Israel remains blinded in unbelief until the church age is over. When the Anti-christ signs the covenant with Israel, the time clock of the 70th week begins. The Church age will have ended prior to this event because God will then be focused once again on Israel. Those saved in the trib. are partakers of the blessings to Israel and not part of the Church. False doctrine is the result when you fail to properly distinguish between Jew and Gentile, between Israel and the Church, and between Law and Grace. D. Usher

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  2. I was extremely disappointed to hear and see people creating a spirit of division in the church over an issue that is essentially as clear as mud and PLEASE spare me the conversation trying to prove that its not. If we had it all figured out I wouldn't be posting this in the first place. Not to mention that this issue should have next to no influence on how you live your life Biblically. Whether it is pre-trib or post-trib you have surprisingly no influence on the decision. God decides what He is doing...not your interpretation. Don't get me wrong I am not saying we should be ignorant on this issue. Here is the point though if you are divisive, derisive, and dismissive in the church over this issue you are in sin. It seems some people forget what the two greatest commandments are. To love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and to love your neighbor as yourself.

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