The Rapture is the First Resurection and so is the Second Coming

Rev. 20:4-6

Testimony of Scott Pruitt…

One night at a Bible study a fellow Christian asked me if I believed in pre-tribulationism, and I said, “Of course I do, why wouldn’t I?” So he asked if he could share a scripture with me and I said, “Sure.” He took me to Revelation 20:4-6 Which reads in part, “Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” So he asked me, “Did these martyrs live through the tribulation?” I said, “Yes, they suffered at the hands of the Anti-Christ and refused to take the mark of the beast, so they would have had to have gone through the tribulation.” We continued to read, “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.” So he said, “Which resurrection is this?” I said, “The first.” He asked if we could look at just one more verse and I said, “Sure.” Next we went to 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 which reads, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” So he asks me, “According to this verse, what comes first, the rapture, or the resurrection?” I said, “The resurrection.” Then he asked me the final question, “If the first resurrection happens to people that die during the tribulation at the hands of the Anti-christ, and this resurrection precedes the rapture, how can the rapture happen before the tribulation?” There was a long silence as I thought about it. The simplicity and the logic of it were inescapable. All the pat arguments were insufficient to answer that question in way other than, “It can’t come before the tribulation.” I have believed in post-tribulationism ever since