The Essential Arguments of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture

Topics: Book of Revelation, New Testament, Tribulation Pages: 11 (4197 words) Published: April 8, 2006
The Essential Arguments of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture

Following are 25 salient apologetics for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture position. While only a few of these are powerful enough to sway the argument in and of themselves, these arguments taken in their entirety present an overwhelming body of reason that is not easily (and certainly not logically) contraverted. Although there still remain a few problem passages which are not interpreted easily, it must be remembered that proper hermeneutics neither builds a doctrine on isolated scriptures, nor discards truth taught clearly based on these same isolated scriptures.

1.The literal method of biblical interpretation
All other methods must spiritualize either the entire tribulation period into historical events, or must at the very least spiritualize the specific prophecies of the first 3 ½ years of the tribulation to make room for the rapture at some period during the tribulation. 2.The nature of the seventieth week

WrathRevelation 6:16-17, 11; 18, 14:19, 15:1,7, 16:1,19
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, 5:9, Zephaniah 1:15, 18
JudgementRevelation 14:7, 15:4, 16:5-7, 19:2
IndignationIsaiah 26:20-21, 34:1-3
PunishmentIsaiah 24:20-21
Hour of TrialRevelation 3:10
Hour of TroubleJeremiah 30:7
DestructionJoel 1:15
DarknessJoel 2:2, Zephaniah 1:14-18, Amos 5:18
All of the above scriptures speak to the tribulation in it's entirety, not just the "great tribulation", or the last 3 ½ years. 3.The scope of the seventieth week
The Time of Jacob's TroubleJeremiah 30:7
Wrath poured out on the whole earthRevelation 3:10, Isaiah 34:2, 24:1-21 Daniel's prophecy states that seventy weeks are determined on YOUR people. The first 69 weeks occurred before the church was even in existence. The church is pointed out as a mystery (Ephesians 3:1-6, Colossians 1:25-27), and as such was hidden in the Old Testament, and could not have been the focus of any Old Testament prophecies. Since the church could have no part of the first 69 weeks of Daniel's prophecy, there is ample reason to understand that it could have no part of the final week either. This week is reserved for the culmination of god's program with Israel. 4.The purpose of the seventieth week

a.An hour of testing (wrathful judgement) for those that dwell upon the earth. Revelation 3:10 The Greek word for "dwell" in this passage is katoikeo, which has a strong message of a permanent abode. A Christian could be residing on the earth (oikeo), or even sojourning on the earth (paroikeo), but he would never katoikeo on the earth. This is also the term that is used of the Holy Spirit taking up permanent residence in our heart in Ephesians 3:17. b.A preparation of Israel for the coming of her King

Malachi 4:5-6 prophesies the coming of the prophet Elijah to prepare the way of the Lord before the "great and terrible day of the Lord". This ministry is typified by the ministry of John the Baptist – verified at the word of Jesus in Matthew 11:14-15. This is a ministry that is inappropriate to the church. (See Ephesians 5:25-27) 5.The unity of the seventieth week

Although the seventieth week of Daniel is clearly divided into two portions for the purpose of chronology of events; Daniel 9, Matthew 24, and Revelation 13, give us no leeway to divide this week for any other purpose. Nowhere in scripture is the seventieth week presented in any light other than unity in nature, character, and purpose. 6.The relationship of the church to Christ

a.The Church is the body of which Christ is the headEphesians 1:22, 5:23,Colossians 1:18 b. The Church is the bride, of which He is the bridegroom1 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:23 c. The Church is the object of His loveEphesians 5:25

d. The Church is the branch of which He is the root and stem John 15:5 e. The Church is the building of which He is the foundation and cornerstone1 Corinthians 3:9, Ephesians 2:19-22 Therefore,...
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