Is that what the Bible says?
I recently received an e-mail with a video clip from
“Final Act Productions” that promotes a pre-tribulation period rapture, and a
secret one at that. This idea, which I was also taught while growing up, is so
blatantly erroneous that I felt I had to address it. Fortunately it has been
addressed many times before. Unfortunately most of ‘Christendom’ has closed its
eyes and ears to the truth that is so plain in the scripture, choosing rather to
believe this fairy tale that is almost as old as Christianity.
This idea was really promoted by the Catholic
Church and proposed by a Jesuit doctor of theology, Francisco Ribera
(1537-1591), in order to deflect increasing attention it was getting by people
who were seeing that the Catholic Church and the Pope fit the prophecies of the
Beast and the Antichrist. Because of this we have been taught there is a
“Church Age” inserted in between the 69th and 70th week of
the prophesy of Daniel – a real stretch of the data.
Getting back to the video: in it a preacher is stressing
Matthew 24:42, in which we are told that we will not know the day or the hour.
This preacher then goes on to say that Christ’s return could happen at any time
– Jesus Christ could come next month, or He might come this week, or He could
even come now. At this moment we hear thunder and most of the people in the room
disappear. Those remaining are looking for the “disappeared” people. Baloney!
This presentation completely ignores Matthew 24:26, 27. Especially vs. 24:
‘For just as lightning strikes from the east and flashes even to the west,
so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.’ This couples with verse 30: ‘and
then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the
tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of
Man coming on the clouds with great glory.’ They will ALL see Him. They
will recognize Him! They will mourn! Hello!? (THEN we get caught up to meet
What really gets me is the fact that the video then shows
Matthew 24:27 on the screen, making the audience think that this cutesy thunder
thing is what the scripture is referring to. The scripture says the audible sign
of His coming will be the sound of a shout and a trumpet (Matt. 24: 31, 1
Thessalonians 4:16, 17 ).
Don’t be deceived, we WILL know the season of His return,
He said so in Matthew 24: 32 & 33! In fact, that is one of the reasons why He
is giving us this prophecy. He also wants us to understand that we will suffer
persecution. He also wants to warn us of false Christs, especially the
Will we go through the tribulation then? Of course!
Read the earlier part of the chapter, starting with verse 7.
But wait! This video starts by showing us wars,
tragedies, floods, etc., as proof we are in the end times. Hey, read verses 4
through 8! ‘But all these things are the beginning of birth pangs.’
So who are these people who are teaching this secret pre-trib
teaching? Verse 11: ‘And many false prophets will arise and will mislead
And then there is 2 Thessalonians 2:8, which states that the Antichrist will be destroyed by Christ “with the breath of His mouth and the appearance of His coming.”
Study your Bible, folks, for in the end He will hold YOU
accountable for what you believe. For those who ask “What difference does it
make, as long as we are saved?” I ask – Why do you think He put it in the
scriptures several times? Is ALL scripture good for instruction? We need to be
ready, for I guarantee you (since it is scriptural) that MOST people who claim
to be Christians WILL NOT be saved! If that video had been more accurate, very
few seats would have been empty in the end!
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