The matter of salvation is at the foundation of the rub that lies between the different views. The statement that “It does not matter…” defines you as a pre-tribber. The Pre-tribbers tell us it doesn’t matter what your view is in light of eschatology (the study of the end times). They tell us that it is a totally separate issue from salvation. If the pre-trib view is correct, then their statement is also has an element of truth.
However, if the Post-trib (and others) position is correct and Jesus comes at the end rather than the beginning, your statement is totally false. Their view is totally related to salvation. Often the pre-tribber is unaware of this fact, because of the pre-trib lenses that they wear.
You see, Jesus tells us the “parable of the sower.” A parable about salvation. In it there is different soils represented. The soils represent man’s heart. The fertile soil is the favorable soil, and in fact the only soil that makes it to heaven. It lacks the traits of the other soils that keep them from heaven. One soil in particular stands out. It is the stony soil, when persecution and tribulation come they immediately stumble and fall away… Mark 4:18. Obviously, this would be catastrophic for a pre-tribber to believe they wouldn’t have to endure the tribulation, just to be confronted with a new paradigm.
The parable of the 10 virgins also tells the story… Only 5 of the 10 have the oil to endure till the end. The other five are told, “depart from me I never knew you.”
When the Red Curtain fell in China and tribulation and persecution hit hard there, the pastors and leaders who once taught the pre-trib doctrine to their flock, saw many quickly turn from their faith as Jesus promised in Mark 4:18. Afterward, the had deep regrets that they hadn’t taught them to prepare for the promised tribulation and persecution that is assigned to all Christians…John 16:33, 2 Tim 3:12.
For a post-tribber to present their view to a pre-tribber, it is evangelistic in nature for them.
Peter tells of the importance of your getting it right concerning your view of eschatology. In 2 Peter 3:10-16 he informs us that those who don’t get it right, “twist the Scriptures as they always do.” NKJV If that is the case it makes eschatology into a fundamental view. Foundational concerning ALL of the Word. Interesting to note in this passage that Peter who teaches “second coming” to the church tells us that it is Paul’s teachings that get twisted. We know that the Pre-trib view IS the view that is derived from Paul’s teachings. If Peter is not speaking of the Pre-trib view, then who? Something to consider….