If the church were to raise a standard against speculation there would only be one view of the end times. Paul tells Timothy to avoid speculations because they cause division in the body of Christ.. 2 Tim 2:23. The pretrib doctrine is founded and based upon speculation, conjecture, assumption and opinion. Here are just a few examples…
1) The pretrib doctrine assumes what the restrainer is. To them it is the Holy Spirit or the church. The Word never states that. It simply states a restraint. However, because of the lack of Scriptural support for the doctrine, they must define what that restraint is. The Scripture merely calls it a restraint. Job shows us an example of a restraint, where the devil dared not touch Job, until he felt that restraint was removed.
2) The pretrib doctrine has lied to us by stating that the rapture is in the Bible. Although, the Greek word “harpazio” is in the Word, it doesn’t describe anything different than that of the second coming as described by Jesus in Matt. 24:29-31 where God’s people are gathered by His angels in the clouds. Paul talks about our being gathered together in 2 Thess. 2:1-3, and our meeting Him in the air in 1 Thess. 4:13-18. One could argue that the clouds and air are not the same, but really they are just making noise. “Harpazio” is also used in the book of acts concerning Philip after he baptized the Ethiopian eunuch and disappeared from that place and reappeared in a different one. Often we call this translated, rather than raptured. The pretrib doctrine supporters also argue that the word “elect” used by Jesus refers only to Jews. There is no truth to that, of the 16 times it the word is used in the New Testament, 13 plainly refer to the church and Christians. When Jesus referred to the “elect,” the church and the word “Christian” had not yet come into existence.
3) The pretrib doctrine has lied to us by stating that the raptured will immediately to heaven. However, the Word never indicates that at all. It tells us that well will meet Him in the air/clouds (1 Thess. 4:13-18,Matt. 24:29-31). At this time we are forevermore with the Lord, or as it states in John 14:3 “…that where I am, there you may be also.” Jesus continues to the Mount of Olives.. Zech 14:4,5. After which, He rules and reigns on Earth for 1000 years… Rev. 20:1-4.
4) Because of the assumption that the marriage supper of the Lamb takes place in heaven, the pretrib folk tell us that the raptured are in heaven. However, that is and assumption. The Word tells us that blessed are those who are invited to the supper, and then goes on to tell those who are invited what to feast on on Earth… Rev. 19:9-12.
5) The pretrib doctrine often fails to recognize that fact that many of the saints are in heaven already. Paul tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Of course, Jesus returns with His saints who have gone on before us. Paul addresses this in 1 Thess. 3:9-13 where he tells the bride how to get ready… ON EARTH for when Jesus comes with His saints for her.
6) The doctrine assumes that God’s wrath that is spoken of in 1 Thess. 5:9 is an Earthly one. We are not appointed to it. There are two words for wrath in the Word. The Greek “ergo”, and “thymos.” The wrath that we are not appointed to is defined by Jesus in John 3:36… those who believe not on Jesus, the wrath of God abideth on him. This wrath is eternal and spiritual in nature, not like the type of wrath mentioned in the bowl/vial judgements.
7) One of the worse lies of the doctrine is where it attempts to make Jesus into a liar. Jesus states concerning the second coming, that he comes, “… like a thief” …2 Peter 3:10, Rev. 16:15. If Jesus were to come 7 years prior in a rapture like setting, it would announce and declare His second coming as well. Thus totally destroying the element of surprise. God is not a man that He should lie. He states that He will come like a thief for the second coming.
8) The doctrine really likes the statement that tells us that “no man knows the day or the hour.” They lie to us and tell us that this is referring to the rapture prior to the second coming. However, the verse states, “OF THAT DAY, no man knows the day or the hour…” The day it is referring to is the one just described in the previous verse where the heavens are destroyed. Peter tells us that at the second coming the heavens are destroyed with a great noise… 2 Peter 3:10. So the Scripture informs us that, no man knows the day or the hour of the second coming. A conjured up rapture does not fit. The idea that no man knows the day or the hour of a pretrib rapture, is an all out lie! Naturally it would make sense if it were true, but it’s twisted Scripture to make the doctrine fit.
The assumptions of the Pretrib doctrine are to numerous to count, but they have to be, because the Word does not back those assumptions. Those who believe the doctrine do so because they want to and not because they love the truth.