The pre-trib doctrine places another resurrection called 'the rapture' in Matthew 24 (prior to verse 31) where Jesus never mentioned any.
The resurrection of the just according to God's Word takes less than a moment
(1 Cor. 15:52) is always spoken of in the singular and includes.
THE OT SAINTS:
But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest,
and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.
THE NT SAINTS:
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again
in the resurrection at the last day.
(John 11: 23-24)
(See also 'last day' in John 6:39, 44, & 54.)
And this is the will of him that sent me,
that every one which seeth the Son, and
believeth on him, may have everlasting life:
and I will raise him up at the last day.
THE TRIBULATION SAINTS:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them,
and judgment was given unto them: and
I saw the souls of them that were beheaded
for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God,
and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image,
neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;
and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until
the thousand years were finished.
This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part
in the first resurrection: on such the second death
hath no power, but they shall be priests of God
and of Christ, and shall reign with
him a thousand years.
Note that Rev. 20:4-6 reveal that the, 'tribulation saints' take part in the,
Pre-trib doctrine creates an imaginary resurrection prior to the above mentioned,
A PLAIN CONTRADICTION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
Pre-trib requires multiple resurrections for the just in order to exist, but God's Word does not support this. To accommodate the pre-trib doctrine the body of Christ is divided into two parts, a pre-tribulation Church and a tribulation Church. Note: That pre-trib post rapture soteriology [doctrine of salvation] regarding the tribulation saints is absolutely devoid of any scriptural foundation. There must also be a 2nd secretive return of the Lord, yet we have the testimony of the Lord, His angels, and His apostles that His return will be a glorious event that shocks the world. (Matt. 24:30, 26:64, Mark 13:26, 14:62, Luke 21:27, Acts 1:11, 1 Thes. 4:17, Rev. 1:7) Yet many still contend that there must be a 'rapture' to deliver the Church from the tribulation and the verse, (Rev. 3:10) "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." is often quoted to support their views.
However there are many problems in applying this verse to this generation. (1) The verse is addressed to the church in Philadelphia. That fact proves that the end time great tribulation is not being referred to here because those saints wouldn't be on the earth in the last days. (2) That prophecy was fulfilled in their day. (3) A resurrection of the just (rapture) is not mentioned in that verse. (4) The concept itself of exemption from trials due to faithfulness cannot apply overall to the last generation when such is prophesied as participating in an apostasy. (2 Thes. 2:3) (5) No other generation of believers was delivered from tribulation by means of a "rapture."
In order to explain away the obvious presence of the Church on the earth during this time it is assumed that these believers must be Jewish yet the scriptures teach that the Church "the commonwealth of Israel" is made up of both Jews and Gentiles the Gentiles having been grafted into the "good Olive Tree." Ephesians 2:11-14
"Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
Pre-trib creates a division in the body of Christ between Jew and Gentile (Read Galations 3:27-29 and Colossians 3:11) that contradicts the fact that both have been made one body in Christ. Jesus Himself is the only way by which Israel is restored.
As well God's Word simply does not contain any doctrine regarding more than one resurrection for the just, it is always spoken of in the singular.
If this event takes place before the great tribulation how are the tribulation saints to receive resurrected bodies? How are these saints even born again if the Holy Spirit has left?
Promoters of pre-trib admit that this doctrine is not revealed by any particular verse and claim that it must be deduced from a careful analysis of many verses. Since there is no verse stating conclusively that there will a pre-trib rapture what was the initial basis used to justify an investigation for evidence of such? Emotional considerations? A revelation? Emotional considerations and scripturally unfounded revelation is the stuff that deception is made out of. Peter due to emotional considerations rebuked the Lord Himself regarding the Lord's proclamation of His upcoming sacrifice of Himself to pay for our sins. As for revelations they would have to be first validated as genuine by evidence of their perfect harmony with Holy scripture to ascertain that such was indeed inspired of the Holy Spirit. A conflict with scripture would for example prove that the revelation did not come from the Lord. A true revelation in any case is simply an understanding of those things that are already contained in Holy scripture and not some new doctrine or prophecy that in effect alters the truth revealed there.
Let us examine another verse commonly used. (2 Thes. 2:7) This verse tells us that a restrainer identified only as "he" is taken out of the way allowing the mystery of iniquity full expression in that that "Wicked" previously called "the man of sin." The Bride of Christ is referred to as "she" not "he" so the restrainer cannot be the Church. It is claimed that the Holy Spirit is this restrainer yet in Daniel we read that the angels of God are in the business of suppressing demonic powers attempting to control earthly rulers. If the Holy Spirit is indeed taken out of the world (along with the Church) then the tribulation saints are left in the impossible position of being victorious while evangelizing the world all without the aid of the Holy Spirit. Note that this verse doesn't even say "taken out of the world" but rather "taken out of the way." If the first phrase was actually intended then why would the 2nd have been used? It is claimed that use of the word "church" ceases partway through the book of Revelation indicating that the "Church" has been removed. The word "Church" meaning the entire body of Christ is never mentioned at all in the book of Revelation; it is only used to refer to the local churches in Asia. That fact voids the use of this word to build an argument from silence to support pre-trib doctrine.
The interpretive method being used here assumes that pre-trib is true and then tries to build a foundation upon this presupposition rather than upon actual fact as recorded in scripture. That method simply won't work because the facts are being interpreted and filtered to fit into the initial assumption (pre-trib) while the 'assumption' itself lacks proof of validation from God's Word.
(A) Where did this doctrine come from? (B) What are the consequences of embracing it? (C) Who will benefit if Christians suddenly find themselves under heavy persecution having believed that Jesus had exempted them from such?
The following answers should be more than sufficient to send any Christian back to his or her Bible for a second look.
(A) Although this teaching's past was clouded in obscurity the following facts have surfaced. Dave MacPherson in his book "The Incredible Cover-up" traced the doctrine to the 1830 prophetic utterance of a young Scottish lass named Margaret MacDonald however it has since been discovered that her pastor Edward Irving had translated a book by a Jesuit priest, Emanual Lacunza, called "The Coming of the Messiah in Glory and Majesty" that claims there will be a "rapture" some time prior to the Lord's return. He published his translation of Lacunza's book, written in 1812, in 1827 three years before Margaret's now famous prophecy. The Jesuit Emanual Lacunza wrote under the assumed name of Rabbi Juan Josafat Ben Ezra (a converted Jew) knowing full well that Protestants would not accept teaching from a Catholic priest. Converted Jewish scholars were however treated with great respect and their views given serious consideration by believers in that day.
Irving however knew that Lacunza was a Jesuit as he documented such in the preface to the book. The statement from Lacunza's book reads,
"when the Ruler returns from heaven to earth upon His coming forth from heaven, and MUCH BEFORE His arrival at the earth, He will give His orders, and send forth His command as King and Elohim Omnipotent; which is signified in these words: with a shout with the voice of the Son of Elohim, those who shall hear it, shall forthwith arise, as saith the evangelist St. John . . ."
Do you suppose that this Catholic priest posing as a born-again Jew was speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit? Irving was removed from the pulpit in 1832 for writing material suggesting that Jesus had a sinful nature. Edward Irving later lost his credentials (1833) in the Church of Scotland. He helped establish a new church called the Catholic Apostolic Church that appointed 12 apostles himself being considered an angel. This cult movement now called the New Apostolic Church (Irvingites) that claims 8,000,000+ members worldwide adopted many Catholic practices including the worship of the Virgin Mary. In Germany during Hitler's reign many elders of this movement became members or supporters of the Nazi party.
"By their fruit ye shall know them"
Notes: The Catholic Church at that time held to the view that the resurrection would take place 'just moments' before the Lord's return. This small gap between the resurrection and the Lord's return constitutes the point of a wedge that created a separation between these two events eventually allowing for a pre-2nd. advent resurrection. Lacunza simply widened the gap and as such was found to be in conflict even with the Catholic authorities. The truth of the matter is found in these verses.
(1 Cor. 15:52)
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
(1 Thes. 3:16-18)
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air:
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
These verses tell us that the resurrection happens instantaneously at the last trump and they certainly do not imply a 'catching up', of those still on the earth, prior to the Lord's return. Actually the opposite is taught because the 'catching up' of those saints on the earth at the Lord's return follows His appearance with those believers who passed on.
Without this original minor gap concept found in approved Catholic doctrine and Lacunza's expansion of such to further separate the resurrection of the just from the Lord's return (Matt.24:31) pre-trib doctrine simply would not have come into being because the initial concept of a separation wouldn't have existed. This gap theory in time allowed the timing of the resurrection to be later moved further and further away from the Lord's visible return placing such at various intervals before the 2nd advent; intervals, of 45 days, 3 1/2 years, 7 years, or more. Once that gap grew to encompass the tribulation period a pre-trib doctrine would have come into existence.
But even if pre-trib existed in some form earlier on that still wouldn't prove that it was a valid Christian doctrine. Pre-trib teaching simply contains within it too many unsubstantiated components. EG.
A second instance of each was created to accommodate the supposed pre-trib gap. Yet not one of these doubles, 1, 2, or 3 is supported by so much as a single verse. EG.
The scriptural evidence to prove that there are two of any set simply does not exist.
If the pre-trib doctrine were derived from scripture you would expect it to qualify by having at least one verse that definitely proves at least one of the above doubles (1, 2, or 3). Without such pre-trib teaching simply cannot be scripturally validated in order to provide a sound alternative to the basic (biblically substantiated) single instance of each as found in post-trib teaching.
Post-trib does not contain or require any unscriptural 'gap' as there is just one Church, one resurrection for the just, and just one return of the Lord which is in perfect harmony with the truth revealed in scripture.
Back then some of the Brethren embraced this (revamped and expanded) Catholic doctrine even though it was denounced by many saints including George Mueller, William Booth and Charles Spurgeon. Dr. S.P. Tregelles, a Brethren who rejected this new teaching wrote,
"I am not aware that there was any definite teaching that there should be a Secret Rapture of the Church at a secret coming until this was given as an utterance in Mr. Irving's church . . ." and "It came not from the Holy Scriptures, but from that which falsely pretended to be the Spirit of Elohim."
Many sincere men of God have promoted this doctrine knowing little of its past. There is evidence that some individuals obscured pre-trib's past by ignoring its original propagators in order to direct credit for this popular teaching to those in their own camp. Attempts were made by a revisionist to make it appear that J.N. Darby was the author of this teaching. Later on however this, new revelation 'label' was dropped to give the appearance, in succeeding generations, that this teaching was actually a very old Christian doctrine. Personal correspondence of early pre-trib teachers reveal that they themselves knew pre-trib to be a 'new revelation'. Those facts are now being ignored or contradicted by today's proponents of this doctrine. (That is if they are even aware of them.) I strongly suggest that you read Dave MacPherson's research on this subject as he makes it very plain that the strange hanky panky, outright dishonestly, and commercialization employed in the spread of this doctrine proves that all is not well in 'pre-trib land'. Please note that the word "rapture" itself is a Latin word once used to describe occult body levitations that were taking place in Catholic convents and monasteries. Why is this word 'rapture' even being used to displace the actual terminology used in the Word of God?
Even though this teaching continues to be aggressively promoted by televangelists and through many books, movies etc., ($ $ $) there is an exodus that has many pre-trib promoters seriously concerned. Grant Jeffery in a desperate attempt to stem the tide lifted passages out of context from a very old book by Pseudo-Ephraem. The teaching actually means that Pseudo-Ephraem expected the Lord to deliver the saints from the tribulation; by taking them into the wilderness. (Rev. 12:6 & 14) The following statement from this sermon puts the others in context,
"But those who wander through the deserts, fleeing from the face of the serpent,
bend their knees to God, just as lambs to the adders (udders) of their mothers,
being sustained by the salvation of the Lord, and while wandering in states
of desertion, they eat herbs."
A common view in Lacunza's time, was the belief that the tribulation consisted of 1260 years and that the Church was already in that tribulation period. Meaning that his view was not pre-trib however it contains a "rapture" before the Lord's return, a necessary component of the pre-trib doctrine. It appears that in Irving's church the tribulation period was placed into the future and Lacunza's pre-2nd advent rapture retained along with Margaret's secret return creating the pre-trib teaching.
(Neither Lacunza nor Pseudo-Ephraem were pre-trib.)
This is not the first time Grant Jeffery has distorted old manuscripts to suit his purposes.
This doctrine certainly carries a strong emotional charge (seducing spirits) and it is definitely comforting, but only until the planned Inquisition by the Church of Rome and its beast of burden the New World Order comes into effect during WW 3. (The thwarted Russian invasion of Israel where 5/6ths of their forces are destroyed.)
(B) What effect is this teaching likely to have upon Christians apart from the obvious disappointment and confusion that will occur when they find themselves under attack by a communist controlled United Nations. Communism and the Russian Communist revolution were created by the Illuminati and financed by the Roman Catholic Church. (The communists betrayed Rome, but Rome got revenge years later when their latest protégé Hitler attacked Russia.)
Well it should be obvious that these Christians will be ill prepared to ride out the storm. Consider well that an unprecedented number of Chinese converts who were taught pre-trib fell away when the communists took over and waged a horrendous inquisition against them. ( Read what happens in Matthew 24.)
When you consider that the Lord usually forewarns His people concerning trouble ahead does it make sense to ignore the warnings being given to believers to prevent their being caught off guard as the juggernaut NWO beast attempts to roll right over top of them! What would God have you to do? It is indeed a noble thing to be martyred for Jesus name, but it should be in the course of serving the Lord and not out of ignorance of His word or in defiance of His warnings as laid out in prophecy. In addition we read in the book of Revelation where the Bride of Christ flees into the wilderness into a place prepared for her of God. Note that these saints didn't stand around waiting for a "rapture" nor did they accommodate the man of sin by leaving themselves in a position to be easily arrested or killed. These saints no doubt were doing the will of God; what about you?
There are even now many concerned Christians who are either setting up in or moving into the wilderness to prepare in advance for a massive wave of refugee Christians trying to escape the tyranny of the New World Order. Will they be burdened by one more that was taken in by Satan's cruel pre-trib rapture hoax ? The choice is yours do nothing and discover the truth the hard way or do some serious praying and searching of the scriptures so that hopefully you will be in a position to aid others during Satan's futile attempt to crush the Church. (There isn't much time!) He cannot win because even if he could kill every Christian on the earth which he can't do the saints of the Lord Jesus (PRAISE THE LORD!) are coming back in glory to rule with Him.
(C) Who would stand to profit if multitudes of believers are caught off guard during the man of sins attempt to wipe out the true believers in Christ Jesus? Please note: That the scriptures are filled with references to the 'man of sin' making war on the saints.
Well obviously the 'Wicked one' himself and his master Satan. That would make his plan to exterminate the Christians rather easy! The scriptures also inform us that the "Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth" was drunken with the blood of the saints. The Catholic Church intends to escalate its age old program to wipe Protestantism off the face of the earth! The Jesuit order is under oath to do just that! This wicked fraternity was established for this purpose and they have used many deceptions in order to place themselves in a position to finish their master plan and establish the Pope as supreme ruler over the nations. The Lord however will destroy this monstrous wicked soul destroying counterfeit church at the hands of the ten kings of the NWO.
Lets go back to Lacunza's pre-2nd advent rapture. The Catholic Church was clever enough to place Lacunza's book on their forbidden books list insuring that Protestants would take an interest in it. Alberto Rivera, an ex Jesuit, was murdered because as a faithful servant of God he sounded out a warning of the true intentions of Rome. He attributed the present success of pre-trib to the intense penetration of Jesuit teachings into the bible colleges. Many Freemasons (occultists) have also filled the pulpits in order to preach a false globalist gospel of world peace through religious unity, under the patronage of the Illuminati.
This same Illuminati was founded by no less than Ignatius Loyola the first Jesuit General. (Rev. 18:2) Teachers in the New Age Movement have vowed that they would create their occult based New World Order by infiltrating the churches and subverting such to bring their plans to completion. This would explain many of the strange doctrines, phenomena, prophecies and ecumenical movements claiming to be of God. Note that John Wimber held his first official meeting as pastor in a Masonic Lodge and sitting therein on one of the two thrones. He helped to sow a New Age (Masonic) ecumenical mentality & and dangerous extra-biblical mystical teachings in the Vineyard, (IE. Commanding the Holy Spirit. A fascination with, faith in, and a following after signs and wonders.) and unless these things are jettisoned they will eventually destroy the Vineyard by drawing its members further and further away from sound doctrine and a relationship with Jesus Christ. Please pray for the elders and membership of the Vineyard that they will discern the present danger and return to a doctrinally sound bible based faith unadulterated by false prophetical teachings, (Latter Rain doctrine) compromise with the world's false churches and mystical healing practices. EG. aura manipulation.
The Lord speaking of "Babylon" in Rev. 18:23&24 says of her ". . . for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived." And ". . . in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth." and Rev.18: 4 " . . .Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." It is obedience to the Lord, and abiding in the Lord, (ABIDING IN THE TRUTH AND IN THE LOVE OF GOD) that will protect us from these plagues in the end time, not a, "rapture." Until the Lord withdraws His offer of salvation through repentance and belief in Jesus His full wrath is not poured out upon the world. That offer expires at the resurrection of the just (At Jesus's return.) and all the calamities that descend prior to that are warnings of His wrath yet to come. The Lord plans to protect His people from these plagues as He did in Egypt prior to the Exodus as a testimony to the world. Even so many of those of the world will follow the antichrist that "Wicked" whose number is 666. The Lord is awakening us to see the Mystery of iniquity at work as Satan brings together the various parts of his end time scheme to corrupt the churches and rule the earth through the man of sin. Any acceptance of the "Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth" and her doctrines of demons will poison you and darken your understanding of the truth of God's Word. The grace of the Lord Jesus be upon all those who love Him in sincerity and truth.
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