posted on Aug, 7 2006 @ 01:05 PM
There is no bible text that specifically says "Jesus will come in secret and snatch all the believers."
The bible texts that do hint at a possible pre-trib rapture is all based on isolated bible texts that have been interpreted without using proper
context, and does not work when put under bible scrutiny.
A pastor will quote either 1 thess 5:2 or 2nd Peter 3:10 "he will come as a thief in the night" because he will come suddenly to snatch away the
true believer. But when you look at the context 1 thess says that he will come as a thief in the night to UNBELIEVERS and the UNSAVED. 2nd Peter says
that after Christ comes as a thief in the night all the earth and its inhabitants shall be burnt up, and yet pre tribbers say there is a 7 year
There's some other things pretrib rapture uses like the parable where Jesus says "one shall be taken, the other left" thus hinting on a pretrib
rapture. But can we honestly take this literally? By saying this parable means there is a pre trib rapture is like saying the parable of the rich man
and lazarus is exactly how Heaven is going to be like; in Abraham's bosom and we are going to be able to tease people in hell with droplets of
If anyone had any knowledge of the New Testament this parable was talking about a prophecy that Jesus used to try to save the pharisees. the rich man
who was burning in hell ask abraham to tell his brothers so that they wont share the same fate, but abraham said they had moses and the prophets, let
them hear them.
Then the rich man said "nay Father, but if one went unto them from the dead they will repent"
Abraham then said "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."
Now to understand why Jesus made this parable, all one had to do was look at what happened to the real Lazarus, who died for 4 days, and whom Jesus
ressurected, but what happened? The pharisees conspired to kill Lazarus as well! (John 12:10) thus fulfilling prophecy that they would not hear one
who rose from the dead.
And yet many pastors and ministers take this parable so literally that Jesus is giving us an image of how hell will be like. I ask, can't the same be
said for those taking the "one shall be taken, the other left" too literally?
In the olivet discourse in Matthew 24, the very first thing that Christ said when asked what shall be the sign of the end of the world was....
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Unbelievers cannot be deceived, because they do not believe.
It is Christians that will be deceived, and many will, because they are seduced by the fanciful doctrines made popular by mega churches and
With the recent CNN and other mainstream media spots of prominent evangelical leaders being interviewed and asked about the pretrib rapture and the
endtimes because of the conflict in Israel, the interest in the endtimes and bible prophecy has jumped a great deal.
If many shall come as wolves in sheeps clothing then the only safeguard we have against the things that are going to happen to us is the bible.