POST-TRIBULATION

Summary: As you can tell by the name, the Post-Tribulation rapture theory means everyone--Christian and non-Christian--goes through the seven years of the Great Tribulation. Not a popular theory for obvious reasons.

There are scriptural references to a Post-Trib rapture, but one of the most compelling arguments is that if believers have had to suffer for their faith throughout the ages, how can we justify the idea that God would spare us from a similar fate? We are supposed to consider it an honor to suffer for Christ. "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed" (1 Peter 4:12-19).

One pre-trib argument is that believers should not experience God's wrath, but we only experience it tangentially. I mean, we are bystanders of God's wrath poured out on the earth, not targets. In fact, some passages suggest that believers will not suffer like the unbelievers. For example, Rev 14:9-12 tells us that the people who worship the beast and his image and receive the mark are the only ones who will experience God's fury. Rev 16:2 tells us that only the people who received the mark of the beast experience ugly and painful sores. But of course, if a great asteroid slams into the earth, all kinds of people will die--believers and unbelievers.

While God's wrath is poured out on the unbelieving world, Jews and believers are attacked and persecuted by the antichrist and his minions. For example, in the Old Testament, God's wrath is poured out on the Jews for their unbelief. For their disobedience, God even allows Jerusalem to be captured, the inhabitants taken into captivity in Babylon. But out of that mess, we see the rise of Daniel and his dear friends--believers who never lost faith in God, although they suffered the same fate as the rest of the city.

     
     

 

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