Interesting facts about 1 Thess 4:13-17 and 1 Cor. 15:42-54
Both show a “resurrection of the dead”… In fact, Paul calls the event the “resurrection of the dead”….see vs. 42.
Job 14:12 tells us that man dies and is not resurrected from the dead until the heavens are destroyed.
Both Jesus and Peter tells us that the heavens are destroyed when He comes like a thief in a night…. “and of THAT DAY, no man knows the day or the hour….” 2 Peter 3:10, Matt 24:35,36
Rev. 20:4,5 informs us that those martyred for not taking the mark are resurrected at the “first’ resurrection.
To change the name from to “rapture” rather than what the Word of God calls it , “resurrection of the dead”, people attempt to separate and divide the singular return of Christ into multiple returns that the Word of God does not support…. consider 2 Peter 3:10…. If Jesus were to come 7 years earlier then this passage could not be true…. for if Jesus came 7 years earlier then He could not now return as “a thief in the night” for the ‘rapture’ event would announce and declare His return at this time. There isn’t a single Scripture that actually states any notion of a pretrib rapture event….not one… this idea can only be presented by man. Both Jesus and Paul both warn concerning this, “take heed that no MAN deceive you….” Matt 24:4, 2 Thess 2:3… those who do not “take heed” become the next generation of deceivers
“… shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
After Messiah (Jesus) was cut off by the cross, Titus (who’s father Vespasion became Emperor of Rome… making him a prince) made a covenant with the Roman Senate to squelch the Jewish Uprising, this is the 7 year war known as the Roman Jewish War or Jewish Uprising. It started in 66 AD and ended with the fall of Masada in 73 AD… (If you don’t know about Masada… watch a commentary or the old 70’s movie ‘Masada’ on youtube”. In the middle of that week (7 year war 66-73 AD) Jerusalem was destroyed when Titus broke through the wall and like a flood his army poured into the city and the temple was caught on fire by the Hellenist. The gold melted into the stones, and as a result… not one stone was left upon another because the gold seekers wanted the gold…Matt. 24:1-4,15-21. The sacrifices and offerings (oblations) ended in 70 AD. How do someone come up with the idea that a futurist 7 year tribulation Period of time comes from Daniel 9:27? You DON’T…. Rather this idea is a singular interpretation (1 Peter 1:20) of one man in the 1830’s named John Nelson Darby. Never is this concept taught in the Word of God, but ONLY by the mouths of MEN! A serious wake-up call to those attempting to present this as futurist is the fact that the sacrifices and offerings ended nearly 2000 years ago.
There will be no disappointment for the wise virgins who have enough oil to endure to the end. The foolish virgins are indeed watching.. When the foolish virgins realize they don’t have enough oil to make it through the time of the ‘mark of the beast’, it will be too late for them, for they are “stony’ soil… and have no heart for tribulation and persecution… when tribulation comes, they will immediately stumble as Jesus promises… Mark 4:18… Everything about the situation will be “too late’ for pretrib followers… for Jesus doesn’t give a second chance to the foolish virgins…. rather it is “depart from Me, I know you not.”
The Word of God shows His return as singular:
First… Paul calls the event the “resurrection of the dead”… 1 Cor. 15:42-54 not the conjured rapture.
Second… Job 14:12 tells us that man dies and is not resurrected until the heavens are destroyed.
Third… Peter tells the church that Jesus comes “like a thief in the night when the heavens are destroyed with a great noise….2 Peter 3:10-18
fourth… if Jesus were to come prior than the heavens being destroyed… it would destroy the element of surprise in which He stated how He’d come “like a thief”. Jesus is not a man that He should lie.
Fifth… Jesus also informs us that the heavens will be destroyed,…. and of THAT DAY, no man knows the day or the hour… Matt.24:35,36… Why are we constantly LIED to and told that no man knows the day or the hour of a conjured ‘rapture”?
Sixth…John informs us that those martyred for not taking the mark are resurrected at the ‘first’ resurrection…. Rev. 20:4,5
You can see that those who segregate His singular return must conjure terms that are not Scriptural in order to present their agenda. Not one Scripture directly states their view without the elements of speculation, conjecture, assumption, opinion, and lies. Rather Jesus modeled His return… found in Acts 1:9-14. He will return in “like manner’ as He left. He left the Mount of Olives to the sky and then to Heaven. When He returns He will come in “like manner’. From Heaven He will come to the sky to resurrect the dead, and catch up those who are alive and remain, from there He heads to the Mount of Olives “with all of His saints”… Zech 14:4,5. The “raptured’ do not go to heaven, but remain on Earth for 1000 year. The dead get their physical bodies back so that they can rule and reign with Him for 1000 years on a physical Earth. These physical bodies to not go to Heaven… see vs 50 of 1 Cor. 15:42-54. The Mortal are changed to immortal… this is the opposite of Adam… who through sin was changed from immortal to mortal… see Rom 5.
Take heed that no man deceive you…. not one Scripture states the pretrib rapture view… that view is desirable for the ‘stony’ soil who have no mindset for tribulation and persecution… see Mark 4:18.
Matthew 24 has been wrongly divided for so long that confusion reigns to those who attempt to follow man’s doctrines. The key to understanding the chapter is in the first 3 verses. Three questions are asked of the disciples to Jesus. Jesus answers these questions in order for the rest of the chapter. This rings true for Mark 13 and Luke 21 as well. The three questions are:
- When will these things be? The context is the destruction of the temple that Jesus states in the previous verse that not one stone will be left upon another.
- What is the sign of your coming?
- and the end of the age?
The chapter clearly speaks of these three events in this order. However, this really messes with the mainstream doctrines that teach that all of the chapter is futuristic. the fact remains that the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD and not one stone was left upon another because the gold melted between the stones in the fire causing the gold hunters to remove the stones to find the gold. The fact continues to remain that Jesus answered the disciples question directly concerning the temple’s destruction. The understanding is simple and concise. Follow the simple and concise Words of Scripture and reject the complicated confusion of men.
Many terms used today aren’t in the Bible. Such terms as Rapture and Second Coming. Yet the Bible has names for this event that shows its significance. Paul calls the event, “the resurrection of the dead,” in 1 Cor. 15:42 and “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 2 Thess. 2:1. Peter calls the event, “the day of the Lord.” The Word also describes the event … such as… “a sign of the Son of Man will appear…” (Matt. 24:29-31), and “the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout…” (1 Thess. 4:16,17). However, in these passages the event is not named. Unfortunately those with an agenda to divide this event into multiple returns needed to come up with names to accommodate their agenda… These names are: rapture and second coming.
Up until recently, I thought it was okay to use the term “Second Coming.” I made the mistake of thinking that everyone understood that I was speaking of the event of Christ’s return at the end. However, I had overlooked the fact that when the term “raptured” was coined, at the same time the term “second coming” was also coined. (see John Darby’s book, The Secret Rapture of the Church, circa 1830) The term can be easily viewed by the Post-trib position that the first time Jesus came as a Lamb to the cross, and the second coming is His return…. as the Word of God states in Hebrews 9:28, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many, and unto them that look for Him shall appear a second time without sin and unto salvation.” This verse is the only one in which the Word uses the word “second” in light of His return. Concerning the content of this verse, the pretrib camp would have to place the timing of Hebrews 9:28 reference to the word “second” on their event of the rapture and not their event of the second coming. Thus the word “second” as Scripture uses it would fall incorrectly according to the pretrib doctrine that claims and extra-biblical event. Pre-trib camp see the term “second coming,” as they coined it; for the purpose of dividing the return of Christ into two events…. the rapture being the first and the second coming being the second. As a result, I find myself mending my ways. I see that I need to stick to the terms that the Bible uses and not those that are used to push man’s agenda. I will have to stop using the term “second coming” and stick with the “resurrection of the dead”, “the Day of the Lord” and, “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” so that I do not fall into the agendas of men.
Both Jesus and Paul warn, “take heed that no man deceive you…” concerning His return (2 Thess. 2:2, Matt. 24:4. The terms “second coming” and “rapture” are coined by man with an agenda, with intent to deceive. Without the words “rapture” and “second coming,” the pretrib camp would be in a quandary on how to present their doctrine, do to the doctrines absence in the Word. The doctrine is always taught by man and cannot be found in the Word of God. No wonder we are warned to take heed that no man deceive us concerning this event.
Reason: We are not appointed to God’s Wrath therefore we must be raptured prior to the 7 year Great Tribulation Period.
Assumption: The Greek; Thymos and Orge are one in the same God’s eternal wrath vs. temporal wrath
Assumption: There is a 7 year Great Tribulation Period
Assumption: There is a rapture event separate from the second coming event.
Reason: We are not appointed to God’s Wrath therefore we must be raptured out prior to the time of God’s Wrath. The time of Tribulation and the time of Wrath are two separate times, and these distinctions can be seen in the Word.
Assumption: The Greek; Thymos and Orge (Greek words for wrath/anger) are one in the same, God’s eternal wrath vs. temporal wrath
Assumption: There is a rapture event separate from the second coming event.
Post Tribulation view:
The time of God’s wrath is an non issue.
Reason: There word “wrath” in English is derived from two separate Greek words, “thymos,” and “orge.” They are not the same. One shows an eternal nature the other shows a temporal and eternal one. The wrath we are not appointed to is eternal Hell.
Scriptural support: John 3:36 shows that the eternal wrath (orge) of God “abides” on those who do not believe. 1 Thess. 5:9,10 also shows this same exact word (orge) for eternal wrath. We are not appointed to it, but to eternal salvation and eternally living with Him. Revelation14:10 orge (wrath) is defined as eternal wrath
Both the Pretrib and the Pre-Wrath views have the foundational reasoning for their view. This reasoning is derived from the concept of God’s Wrath. These views base there reasoning on language translation errors in most English versions of the Word.