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Quickly Disproving the pre-Tribulation rapture/invisible return


1. It is not in the Bible anywhere. There is not a single verse of Scripture which states there will be a pre-Tribulation rapture or an invisible return or that the Church will not go through the Tribulation.


2. Jesus said He would return to gather the elect from the air after the Tribulation. Christians are called the elect (chosen) throughout the New Testament.


“But immediately after the tribulation of those days…He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” Matthew 24: 31.


3. The Rapture will not occur until after the Last Trumpet sounds. The last Trumpet in the Bible is the Seventh Trumpet at the end of the Tribulation. Last means last.


"Behold, I tell you a mystery, we will not all sleep but we will all be changed, in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet." I Corinthians 15:51-52.


“Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, " The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15.


4. The First Resurrection will not happen until after the saints resist the mark and image of the beast. Since there can be only one First Resurrection, the Revelation 20 resurrection has to be the same as the resurrection of the dead in Christ just before the Rapture.


"And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the Word of God, and those who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark of the beast on their forehead or on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years…This is the first resurrection." Revelation 20:4-6.


"And the dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air." I Thessalonians 4:16-18.


5. Our Lord Jesus will not come and we will not be gathered to Him until after the apostasy comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, both Tribulation events.


"Now we request you brethren with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together with Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed by either a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed…"  II Thessalonians 2:1-4.


6. Rahab, a prophetic type of the Church, was not taken out until after the seventh trumpet of the seventh day of the battle of Jericho, just as the Church will not be taken out of the world until after the seventh trumpet of the seventh seal.


“At the seventh time, when the priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, ‘Shout! For the Lord has given you the city...’ And when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat... Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, ‘Go into the harlot's house and bring the woman and all she has out of there..."” Joshua 6:16-22.


7. Joel stated the Day of the Lord will occur after the cosmic disasters of the Sixth Seal so the Tribulation cannot be the Day of the Lord as pre-Tribulation advocates claim.


“The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.” Joel 3:31.


“I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth...” Revelation 6:12-13.


8. The Bible never says the rapture is always imminent. Imminent means something is about to happen. Nothing can be imminent for 2,000 years. Only when “all these things” of the Tribulation begin to take place will the return of Christ and the Rapture be truly imminent.


“...So, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” Matthew 33-34.


9. The Bible never says the Church will not go through the Tribulation. Jesus tells us to be alert, prayerful and prepared so we will have strength to escape all the things of the Tribulation.


“But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36.


10. An invisible return is not Biblical either. The Scriptures clearly state that every eye will see Him. His Coming will be seen in the sky from the east even to the west. Acts 1 says Jesus will come in the same way as He left: visibly in the clouds.  


“Behold He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him.” Revelation 1:7.


“For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be... And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:27,30.


“This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11.


Jesus did not ascend into heaven invisibly so it is certain He will not return invisibly.




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