42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming.
Pre- or post-tribulation Rapture; which is it? Why is it so important? It’s going to happen as God ordains, so us knowing makes no difference, right? Relax, have faith, and keep your arms and legs inside the Bible until the Apocalypse comes to a complete stop, right?
Well, yes. True up to a point. But I also believe that today’s American Christian community is pretty well lying back, content with the Gospels, Epistles, and select Old Testament Bible stories. A lot believe the Rapture will come before the Great Tribulation. The mind set trends toward, “Thank God I won’t have to live through that!”
So when it happens after the Great Tribulation, and they are still here, do you think their faith might be shaken? Is it possible they’ll be mentally scrambling, wondering what the heck they did wrong to have missed being raptured out? Might they start doubting the rest of what they had believed in?
The anti-Christ shows up. Aliens come among us as ones who are closer to God and can show us the rest of the way. How many people are going to be going bat guano crazy, desperate for the salvation they think they missed and blindly follow the liars? What if church leaders tell us to follow our alien brothers as those more enlightened and closer to God? How many will be deceived in their desperate hour?
In Part 4 of this series, I shared documentation on Scofield’s questionable background and reasons to view pre-trib rapture as unbiblical. It certainly fits with an overall plan to deceive “even the elect,” whose lack of study and watchfulness makes them vulnerable.
Am I absolutely, unquestionably rock solid on this reading of the Rapture? Based on Matthew 24 and Revelation 6, I think I’m on solid ground. Add to that the history of Scofield in Part 4, and I think I’m pretty well there.
Am I going to get into a heated argument with someone over this? Am I going to proclaim pre-tribbers as damned for their “heretical” beliefs? No. I just offer what I have learned. Read and contemplate and pray. Decide on your own. Don’t let the “experts” sway you. Don’t swallow everything that comes out of the sacred halls of learning just because.
Here’s the over-arching point of this whole series…and pay close attention here…Read both the Bible and current events. Watch to match up what your Bible says to what’s happening around you. Don’t be so dogmatic in your interpretations so as to alienate your brothers and sisters in Christ. They are, hopefully, also working out their own salvation “with fear and trembling.” If we disagree, we do so respectfully, praying for us ALL, the whole community of Christ, to understand and watch well.
Think of it as a defensive ring of soldiers in a battle. Each one looks in the direction he has chosen to watch. But everyone in the circle is listening to the rest for the alarm from another direction. Just in case. We NEED each other, even if we disagree. In the end, we hold fast to the faith, walking arm in arm into glory.