Over the last year I have responded to over 350 posts from pre-trib web sites. Although we are commanded to be ready in season and out to respond to the hope that is in us. The pre-tribbers don’t seem to be able to do so. In fact apart from name calling and side-stepping all issues, they are totally unable to do give and answer.
It is not that they are caught off-guard and need more time to consider. The fact of the matter is that all questions are directed to those who teach and promote the doctrine of the per-tribulation. Therefore they are indeed seasoned and not ignorant. Still no answers come.
Why is that? Kent Hovind states it best. Kent is a creation science promoter and has debated all over the United States. For 25 years he believed the pre-trib doctrine, before he changed his view. Like many he believed it because that is what he was taught, and he hadn’t pursued it further, because that wasn’t his field of interest. However, when asked the hard questions he realized that the pre-trib doctrine had the same signature as evolution. He states that it is easy to debate evolution because truth prevails, and evolutions stumble over the truth. Likewise the when the truth is presented to the pre-tribber, stumbling, and stuttering is all they have left. Therefore, they have no response or resort to name-calling and the like.
Scripture makes simple statements that should not be ignored. The pre-trib view makes a practice of ignoring a lot of the Word. However, in it’s place man replaces it with his doctrine. As a result the pre-trib doctrine becomes a nest of lies. Unfortunately those who promote the doctrine are content to call Jesus a liar. One blatent lie is concerning how He declares the nature of His return for the “second coming”, “Like a thief…” 2 Peter 3:10, and Rev. 16:15. Although these Scriptures clearly reference a return at the end of the tribulation, the pretrib borrow the phrase “like a thief” and attempt to move it 7 years prior. If that were the case, Jesus would be lying concerning His declaration of how He would return at the end, “like a thief.” A rapture 7 years prior would announce the “second coming” return, destroying all element of surprise, that Jesus has designated to it.
The lies continue….
The pre-trib doctrine tells us that the “tribulation saints” are not the bride of Christ because the bride is gone during that time… totally rapture out. If that were the case, we are not one body in Christ Jesus but several. The pretribbers separate the body of Christ into three…. Jews, church, and tribulation saints. Paul tells us that the walls of separtation between the Jews and the church no longer exist, creating “one new man” …Eph 2:10-15
And continue still…
The pre-trib doctrine tells us that the wrath of God is not Hell, but temporal and Earthly. Therefore we must escape it all via rapture prior to the tribulation. It is absolutely true that we are not appointed to wrath… BUT to Salvation and FOREVER living with Him… 1 Thess. 5:9,10. Our assignment is eternal and not temporal, however, God’s wrath is somehow assumed to be temporal and not the eternal Hell that it truly is. As a result of the pre-trib view, God’s promise to the ‘tribulation saints’ does not extend to them. Rather, somehow, they are assigned and appointed to God’s wrath. This is contrary to God’s Word. Not only does this promise not extend to them many other promises due to the assumption that they are not the bride of Christ apply to them as well. The implications become willingly conjured due to their super-scriptural nature.
These lies, when refuted, must be refuted by man’s wisdom, because there is no backbone of support in the Scriptures. Why, because they have no foundation to begin with. They are like a child who spoke a lie, and must substantiate their story by continue to build lie, upon lie in an attempt to rectify it’s existence.
The fact of the matter is that truth is not what is pursued, as a result God Himself places a strong delusion upon them… 2 Thess. 2:10-12
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish ; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved . 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.