Revelation’s Proof of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture / Harpazo of the Christian Church
Night Watchman. Paul Rolland. Night Watchman Ministries
Pre-Tribulation Rapture or Harpazo. A needlessly relentless debate of theology, conjecture and misunderstanding. So much confusion over something so very simple, logical, elequent and mathematical. In a nutshell, there are many verses, throughout many books in the Bible that describe a miraculous ‘catching up’ or rescue of Christians (both alive and dead) to be with Christ for eternity. Period. There are even verses that describe the Church, Bride of Christ being in heaven during the Tribulation age. Logically, this mean the Church, Bride of Christ has to be in heaven before the Tribulation starts. This is not necessarily what is debated, although I believe there are people who would even twist this around deceptively. Most of the poor doctrine, among Christians, that surrounds the Rapture/Harpazo has to do with its timing, or when it will or should occur, assuming it is a truthful component of God’s organization and a planned, orchestrated event of his creation. Some people, errorneously propose, without using proper scripture references or logic, that this Rapture/Harpazo occurs midway in the Tribulation, others propose it occurs at the end of the Tribulation, others propose it occurs sometime during the millennial reign of Christ … on and on it goes.
Commentary: Mathematical Theorem / Proof. A theorem is a statement that can be demonstrated to be true by accepted mathematical operations and arguments. In general, a theorem is an embodiment of some general principle that makes it part of a larger theory. The process of showing a theorem to be correct is called a proof. A theorem is a statement that has been proved on the basis of previously established statements, such as other theorems, and generally accepted statements, such as axioms. A theorem is a logical consequence of the axioms. Example: A + B = C; Therefore, A<C (A is less than C or C is greater than A) and B<C (B is less than C, or C is greater than B). The key verses provided below, provide an overwhelmingly logical and simple proof that the Rapture/Harpazo of the Church (Child of Israel, Bride of Christ) occurs BEFORE the Tribulation period (Jacob’s week of trouble) starts. The main focus of Revelation, is on the redemption of Israel, the defeat and destruction of Christ’s enemies (Great Day of the Lord, second coming of Christ), the restoration of all things and the Millenial reign of Christ. The overwhelming evidence suggests that the Rapture/Harpazo of the Church is sort of a footnote at the beginning of John’s book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This is not to suggest that the Rapture/Harpazo is not important, but in terms of everything prophesized to happen during the Tribulation/Great Tribulation, the Rapture/Harpazo is in the background compared to the focus of God/Christ during the seven year period. The weight of the evidence and the condition of logic suggests this to be true. OK, let’s start!
To follow, I present verses, God’s word, that logically address some of the thorny issues surrounding the Rapture/Harpazo and its timing. Some points are made precisely by the word of God. Some points to substantiate the word of God are logically simple enough that a child can understand them. There should be no confusion regarding any of this. God’s word, provided through the Holy Spirit, is meant to be logical, clear, concise, relevant, revealing and truthful. Every adult, who doesn’t have a mental disorder, or mental disease should be able to easily discern the word of God. Not only regarding these subjects, but others, as well.
A Theorem is a hypothesis or statement regarding the truthfulness of something. In mathematics, it suggests that an answer is true or false, based on the logic and math used to arrive at the answer. Axioms are statements (or mathematics) used to support the Theorem, or answer. By going through the axioms, you will arrive at either a yes or no, true or false conclusion. Either the Theorem or Hypothesis is true as stated, or it is not true, or false as stated. The axioms are used to build a sequential argument for or against the Theorem. The more axioms, the better. Having more axioms provides a litmus test that enough evidence or logic has been provided, beyond any reasonable doubt, to the accuracy of the Theorem being either truthful or false. Although I am not a lawyer, lawyers try to provide as much evidence, as possible, to their case, so the jury can come to the correct conclusion, beyond any reasonable doubt. If there is reasonable doubt, then the lawyer has to go back and find more evidence or proof that his case and proposition is the correct one. Both prosecuting and defense attorneys do this. The Jury takes all this in and utlitmately decides who is right (or who provided the best axioms or proof).
For the benefit of you, the reader, and for me, the writer, I am not going to take the position of a lawyer. I don’t wan’t to get into forest of nit-picking. However, I am going to take an entirely different position, that of being a marriage counselor. No, not for you or your spouse, but for us, the Bride of Christ. Although marriage today seems to declining in popularity or humanstic relevance, people who do choose to get married usually undertake some brief form of marriage counseling. Through a series of questions and answers, this helps them, hopefully, determine or come to the conclustion that they are or are not making the right descison of getting married. Maybe the marriage counselor can help them discover good things (or not so good things) about the relationship, whether the relationship is healthy enough for a firm commitment by either party, whether either party has any concerns or worries of things that might need to be aired and thought about a little bit, etc. The Groom (Jesus Christ), loves us, his Bride so much, that he literally died and rose again for us, 2,000 years ago. He loves us so much, that hell and death couldn’t hold him back from eventually being with his Bride. Talk about a long engagement period. Talk about determination! He obviously has heavenly patience. The rest of us, not so much. In any case, he is patiently waiting until the Father says, It is time Son, time to get married, go get your wife. Jesus is ready, waiting for you. As a Bride, we are anxious and nervous. Will the groom (Jesus Christ) do what he promises? Will he be kind and loving? Will he protect me? Or will he forget me and stand me up and leave me waiting for seven years on the heavenly train station platform during the Tribulation? Will he pick me up at the train station, on time, and before the great bully shows up?” Do these metaphors sound like us waiting to be the Bride of Christ?
Going back to being a nervous nelly of a bride, we are very nervous and looking for a clue, any clue that tells when the Groom will actually come for us. We have been engaged a long time. When is he finally going to come for us? How long do we have to wait? There is a super nasty storm coming (if we have been watching the weather forecast) and we need him so we have someone and someplace to ride the storm out, instead of sitting with no one at the train station. I don’t like standing here outside at the train station. When is he going to get here!? Christians who long for the Lord, have been saying this to themselves and each other for over 2,000 years. Some people are so fidgety and jumpy (literally) that they jump to faulty conclusions. Oh, here he comes, that is his gold convertible!, Darn, that is someone else’s car. Bible study regarding the Rapture/Harpazo can be a lot like what I have been describing above. We can get carried away, make mistakes, jump to conclusions or be so wound up that logic flies out the window along with our prepared wedding invitations on the way to the mail box or post office.
As the marriage counselor, I am telling everyone to calm down, don’t get carried away. Be rational. Read your Bible. Read your Bible again. Take notes, if you have to. Start a list of reasons why Jesus comes for his Bride BEFORE the Tribulation starts. Yes, Jesus loves you (us) very much. Yes, Jeus is also anxiously waiting for us, but the Father says … Wait, more souls need to be included in the wedding ceremony and wedding banquet, I want a full house that is bursting at-the-seems, the wedding list is not large enough yet to eat all the food I have ordered from the heavenly caterers. Yes, Jesus promised many fantastic things for his bride, and He has no intention of defaulting on his promises. He even describes himself and being “faithful and true.” That sounds like a great description, by a groom of himself and just before his wedding day. He knows exactly whom he wants, and its you (us). He has already told us about about a wedding banquet that will be to die for. He has already told us that he has some really neat (fantastic, heavenly) gifts for you (us). Yeah, that is all great and wonderful, but we are STILL standing all day, outside at the train station platform. When IS He going to arrive? It better be sooner, rather than later, I see the storm on the horizon and I don’t have an unbrella. I thought he would have been here by now.
So, as the marriage counselor, I am going to try and console you, to get you to be less nervous, to let you be more secure in your relationship, to ease your mind – a bit. Yes, he is coming quickly, very soon. He said so, four (4) times (Rev. 3:11, 22:7, 22:12, 22:20). No, its O.K. you don’t need an umbrella, he wrote a quick note and said he will be leaving and coming to get you (us) very shortly, he has few more things to do that the Father asked him to do. He will be here to pick you up just before the storm hits the train station. He has it all planned out. Just be patient. He knows that the infamous evil one comes out at night, so he will definitely pick you up (catch us up) before the evil one comes out looking to abduct you(us). Yeah, O.K., O.K., but I (we) are STILL nervous despite all these promises and plans. We want to get married NOW! And not have to wait seven more years at the station.
So, as the marriage counselor, here is proof or evidence that Christ WILL pick up his Bride, before the tornado or storm hits, before the head evil one starts snooping around the station. Jesus Christ is not going to delay getting his Bride, he is not going to delay in getting her before the seven year storm hits. He is not going to let her get beat up by the coming storm. He is not going to let her get molested by someone extremely evil and intent on consuming her. He is not going to leave his Bride standing on the heavenly train station platform waiting for seven years, thinking she has been stood up and that her Groom is never coming. Jesus Christ is not going to let his Bride think of him as not being faithful or true. Jesus Christ is not that kind of Groom, he does not, nor will not, get cold feet and leave us hanging to endure the Tribulation. He loves you (us) so much that he is taking great (heavenly) pains to get ready, and to get here on time, when the Father says, it is time. He wants to be ready for his Bride, when he gets the gold light and can push the elevator button for her to reach the penthouse suite. What a heavenly groom!
Theorem: The Rapture/Harpazo of the Church, or Bride of Christ, or Redeemed Men (alive and dead), or the “Child” (Rev. 12:5) takes place BEFORE the Tribulation Period starts, and BEFORE Satan is kicked out of heaven, and BEFORE the Wrath of God is poured out to evil mankind.
Axiom 1: There is absolutely no mention of any of God’s wrath until chapter six (6)… “For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand. (Rev. 6:17). The context of this verse is about evil men being so fearful of Jesus Christ at his arrival (second coming), that they wish they could hide in mountains and under rocks so Christ won’t see them and their evil deeds. This is in direct contrast to the Bride of Christ who anxiously looks forward to and will rejoice when Jesus returns for us at the Rapture/Harpazo. These two events are a complete dichotomy or opposite of one another. Christ first appears secretively and briefly/mometarily/in-the-twinkling-of-an-eye, in the clouds, to ‘catch up’ and rescue people who belong to him and look forward to being with him. Conversely, Christ’s second coming to the earth (A.K.A. The Day of the Lord) is the complete opposite, he comes in wrath, the entire world sees him and are absolutely terrified and mortified. Evil people avoid him, hide from him, want nothing to with him and want to continue doing evil things. Christ comes and rescues his Bride BEFORE the Tribulation begins and God’s wrath is poured out on evil mankind over the following seven (7) years. Christ comes and destroys his evil enemies at the very end, last day of the Tribulation Period (The Day of the Lord.) The Bible provides no verse or logical reason for both of these events occuring simultaneously (no up-down heavenly elevator or staircase). God’s wrath is not mentioned once in context towards any wrath being associated with his son’s Bride. Why would God pummel his son’s Bride before the wedding? This is illogical, Christ already paid the price for his Bride’s sin through her acceptance of his offer of forgiveness. At this point, she is clothed in righteousness. There is no logical reason and no biblical verses to support a mid or post Tribulation rapture. There is no biblical phrase connecting God’s wrath to the Bride of Christ, the Church, the Child, the children of God, of redeemed men from the Church age. As the Bride of Christ, you (we) should feel a little bit better, and more relieved knowing that we won’t be standing at the train station watching the hurricane coming at us. Still not enough proof? You’re still “nervous”? O.K. Let’s look at the next axiom.
Axiom 2: … “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”. (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22). (Emphasis added). Jesus repeats this phrase seven (7) times, once to each of the seven churches of Asia-Minor (regardless of their spritual condition). Contrast these seven exhortations to almost the same comment spoken in Rev. 13:9, “If any man have an ear, let him hear”. This verse occurs in between a series of passages or verses that introduce us to the symbolic figures of the beast/antichrist and false prophet in Revelation Chapter 13. This passage ominously omits ‘unto the churches’. The Church is not on earth to hear what is being inferred to by Rev. 13:9, since they are not the intended recipient of this message/exhortation. If the Church was on the earth during the Tribulation, and this message was intended for them, the Holy Spirit would have again stated ‘saith unto the churches’. Since this does not occur or included in verse 13:9, this provides clear evidence of axiom two (2) that the Church is no longer on earth and not being addressed. Why would Jesus Christ NOT address his Bride, if she were on earth during the Tribulation. If this were true (which it is not) He would be an unattentive husband and not paying attention to her. He would not be ‘faithful or true.’ I cringe at even stating this to make a point. This is blasphemous and also illogical. Please understand that I am using these words to make an important point that Jesus is “Faithful and True.” That He is attentive and will be for eternity. My point is that since we are not on earth during the Tribulation, there is no point of reason for Christ to address his Bride, as if she were here. Sorry if I offended anyone, it was only my intention to make a counter-point. The “if any man have an ear, let him hear,” proclamation is clearly intended for evil men at the time the beast/antichrist comes onto the world scene. Put another check-mark on the logical list of reasons (axioms) for a pre-tribulation Rapture/Harpazo of the Church. Still nervous? O.K. Let’s look at another axiom or proof.
Axiom 3: This one is the ‘BIGGIE’, the most concrete evidence or proof that the Bride of Christ, A.K.A. the ‘Child of Israel’ is not on earth during the Tribulation. There is only one (1) of five (5) direct verses that describe the Child of the woman (Israel) being caught up to the throne of God, before the red dragon can devour the child.
Rev 12:1-5, … “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brough forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” (Emphasis added).
This one verse (12:5), is the only verse, in all of Revelation that indicates that Satan can’t devour the child because it has been caught up unto God’s throne. The prey, the intended victim, the object to be devoured has suddently vanished and can’t be attacked or devoured or destroyed. Satan can’t touch the child because it is in the protection of God’s throne. Why can’t the dragon, Satan devour the child in heaven, in front of God’s throne? God will not let the red dragon (Satan) threaten the child, the Bride of Christ, because he (Satan) has already been formally kicked out of heaven and no longer has direct access to God or God’s throne, (Rev. 12:7, 8, 9, 11, 12). Satan has been kicked out of the house, is not allowed back in, and the child he wants to kill is safely being protected by the Grandfather, in the safest room in the house (the throne of God.) We know that this verse is directly attributable to the Church, since we are the only entity, other than Jesus Christ, who is described throughout all of Revelation as co-ruling over the nations on earth (during the Millennial Kingdom of Christ on earth), with a ‘rod of iron’. The man described in verse 12:5 is non other than Jesus Christ. He is the other entity that is described throughout all of Revelation as ruling over the nations on earth during his Millennial Kingdom, with a ‘rod of iron.’ Jesus Christ has repeatedly promised his overcomers (faithful, redeemed believers) that we would share with him, his rule on earth. (Rev 2:26-27, 5:10, 12:5, 19:14-15, 20:4, 20:6). The ‘man_child’ is two separate entities, one being Jesus Christ, the second being his Bride, the Church, the Child of Israel. Both Jesus Christ and the Child (Church and Christianity) were begotten by Israel, and will rule over the nations of earth with a rod of iron. I don’t know how the Holy Spirit can explain this in any simpler terms that what was stated in verses 12:1-5.
The child or Church is who is caught up and rescued to heaven before Satan can harm it. Literally, just as a human child is birthed and comes out of the birth canal, the physician or nurse, has to catch the infant as it enters the world. They quickly wrap the child to protect it and put it in some kind of incubator or heated birthing unit, to protect the infant and keep it warm and safe. They quickly identify the child and who its mother is and send the infant to the birthing ward or nursery (or whatever its called nowadays). Before the grandchild (raptured child) comes home (heaven), the Grandfather (God) and Father/Groom (Jesus Christ) prepare a special place for the Child/Bride of Christ, and ensure that any potential harmful things (Satan) are eliminated from the home (heaven and throne of God) and the surroundings (Satan and his evil cohort are cast out of heaven and down to earth). Thus, the Child or Bride of Christ is secure in heaven, in God’s throne room and has escaped any evil from Satan, and from any of God’s upcoming wrath for evil mankind on earth. This logical, this is common sense and is supported by Rev. 12:5, 7-12. Since Satan can’t capture his coveted prize (Christian Chruch, Bride of Christ, The Child), he goes after next best thing he can when he is thrown to the curb of the earth. He pursues or persecutes the Jews and Israel, itself.
The Church was conceived by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (a comforter who was sent) at Pentecost, 2,000 years ago. At some point, in the near future, the Church will be born when God says it is the right time. It has taken the Church over 2,000 years to grow, to have the gospel proclaimed to all nations. Verse 12:5 depicts the birth of the church, at just the right time, so Satan can’t destroy what God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have been working on for 2,000 years, the redemption of sin-fallen men through the forgiveness of sins – the shedding of his blood – and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Only God know how many soulswill partake of Christ’s offer of salvation and will be included in his wedding invitation to participate in the blessed wedding supper with the Lamb. Only God knows how many souls will be needed to fill the wedding chapel/temple and banquet hall, or how many souls are needed to fill the mansions in the new, heavenly Jerusalem. The birth or catching up of the child, will not happen until God determines that the time of gestation is finally complete and the great multitudes that no one can count has reached it divine limit (dead Christians + alive Christians). Are you still worried that you have to endure the Tribulation? No need to worry. Let’s try adding another proof or axiom.
Axiom 4: There is no mention of church or churches after Revelation Chapter three (3). Christ specifically address his church; past, present and future, in his seven letters in Chapters 2 and 3 exclusively. There are no letters from Christ to his church or Bride throughout the rest of his Revelation. If his Bride exists on earth during the Tribulation period, wouldn’t it be logical for him at some point, to at least address her or acknowledge her throughout the rest of his Revelation? If she exists on earth during the Tribulation, why would he pay so much attention to her at the beginning and then just ignore her when the celestial sledgehammer of wrath starts hitting earth intended for someone else (evil mankind). His wife or bride (us) will not be collateral damage in God’s attempt to chasten evil men and win the souls of Tribulation Saints. What point is there in Jesus Christ chastising his Bride if she is already found ‘clean and righteous’ by the blood of the Lamb and has a white wedding dress or clothing? This is contradictory and God/Jesus Christ does not contradict himself. The chastising (understatement) is intended for evil mankind, those who garments are filthy rags. There is nothing, absolutely nothing in any of the seven letters to the Church to suggest that they (as a whole) will have to undergo the severe wrath that God will pour out on mankind for seven years. Put another checkmark on the logical list of scripture, and reasons why the Church is absent from the Tribulation period (pre-tribulation rapture). Let’s look at yet another axiom.
Axiom 5: There is no mention for the church to repent after chapter three (3). Christ tells his church, to repent in verses (2:5, 2:16, 3:3, 3:19). These are the only four verses, throughout all of Revelation, where Christ admonishes the spirituality of his Christians and for them to repent. Nowhere else, in all of Tribulation, does Christ admonish his church to repent. However, all subsequent expectations to repent are directed towards Tribulation period evil men “who repented not and did not give glory to God.” (Rev. 9:20-21, 16:9, 16:11). Christ can’t admonish his Church to repent, if it is not on earth sinning or otherwise partaking in the Babylon system by worshipping the beast, his image and taking his mark. Since Christ’s Church is not on earth, during the Tribulation, there is no need for admonishment to repent. In Rev. 3:19, Christ specifically says … “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” This rebuke is given to the Church of the Laodiceans (financially rich, spiritually poor) while their poor / bad / lukewarm spiritual manifestation of Christianity was still on display on the earth and causing Christ to want to wretch. Suddenly, mysteriously, there is no mention of Christ admonishing His Church(s) to repent of any poor or bad spiritual condition, throughout the rest of His Revelation. Did all of the redeemed men in Jesus Christ suddenly and mysteriously become as the Church of Smyrna or the Church of Philadelphia sometime during the Tribulation, and be in no need of rebuking to repent? Of course not, there are no verses or scripture to suggest that this ever happens. Thus, there is no need for Christ to rebuke the true Church or his righteous Bride, because she is no longer on earth. Place another check mark on the pre-tribulation rapture check-list. Verse after verse, axiom after axiom, proof after proof that Jesus Christ does NOT intend for his Bride to suffer horribly any time during the Tribulation. God’s wrath is not intended for Christ’s Bride A.K.A. the Child of Rev. 12:5.
Axiom 6: Jesus Christ indicates that the loyal and faithful Christians in His Church at Philadelphia, “who kept the word of his patience” will be spared from the hour of temptation that will come upon all the world, to try them that dwell on the earth. (Rev. 3:10). WOW! If one (1) simple sentence can scream pre-tribulation rapture/harpazo, this would be it. It is simple, eloquent, loving, truthfull, direct and to the point. The temptation referred to is the beast’s/antichrist’s Babylonian system of false worship, idol worship and all sorts of temptations, deceptions and blasphemies. Christ specifically he says he “will keep thee from,” all the evilness that will befall the world during the hour of temptation that will come upon all men to try them. I interpret this to mean, “to be spared from the wrath”, “to be kept from being tempted,” “to be protected and rescued from evil and God’s anger that will try mankind.” In other simpler words, to be raptured or caught up to God’s throne before the red dragon (Satan) can destroy you (us) through the beast/antichrist, false prophet and evil babylon system (city, mystery religion babylon). Here is an example of truth within truth and numbers within numbers and meaning within meaning. Count the following words… keep…thee…from…the…hour…of…temptation. There are just seven (7) very simple words. What do we know by the meaning of seven (7) in God’s divine mathematics? Seven (7) represents God’s divinly determined completeness to his purpose or plan. It is God’s divine purpose of plan, that the faithful in Jesus Christ will be kept from the hour of temptation otherwise known as the Tribulation. God’s divine mathematics to the rescue!, to help clear up any lingering confusion or doubt about the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church. If you have trouble counting, ask your seven (7) year old child to help you count. Did you you just finish putting another checkmark on your pre-tribulation rapture checklist?
Axiom 7: There are three (3) verses that describe the Bride of Christ, but in context, they clearly describe her in appearance as being in heaven. The reference is past tense, not in present tense duirng the Tribulation period. The three (3) verses are;
Rev. 19:7-9, … “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”
The description of Christ’s “wife” does not remotely resemble someone who has endured seven years of living hell on earth. These verses say she has “made” herself ready. Notice, this does not mean she is in the process of getting ready, or will get ready, or is postponing getting ready. She isn’t in the process of picking out her wedding dress and getting it tucked and fitted. Nor, is she in the unfortunate position of not being ready and having to find and call a dress shop, at the last minute, to see if they have any nice dresses leftover after marriage season, and are still in the clearance bin. No, she is “ready” to go and attend the marriage supper with the Lamb. No current or future scrambling around to find and buy fine, clean white linens of righteousness. This doesn’t appear to be someone hanging around until the middle of the Tribulation to get married, or someone even unfortunate enough to be scurrying around at the very last second on the Day of the Lord’s return. Or, even someone lazy enough or evil enough to wait until her husband gets His “big job” of reigning over the nations of the earth, until she moves to get her act together enough to get her wedding dress. All intended puns aside, the whole point of these simple three verses indicate that the Bride of Christ or the Wife of the Lamb is already…ready. No preparation needed. She has already been judged and found to be righteous through the forgiveness of her sins from the shedding of Christ’s blood and his resurrection.
She believed in him, and had faith in him for over 2,000 years. He loved her so much, that he died for her.. went to hell and back for her and has been waiting for her for 2,000 years. What a romance! What a marriage supper! What a wedding outfit! What a blessing to be part of this heavely event, 2,000 years in the making! Does this special, unique and astounding event appear to be like something God will just let slip in anytime during the Tribulation or Millenium. No, I don’t believe so. From the perspective of God and Jesus Christ, there is no further refinement by fire needed for the bride or wife. She is already (past tense) found righteous and to be arrayed in fine linen and not dirty rags. I don’t find ANY verses in the Bible to even remotely suggest that this blessed hope or event is just a footnote occurance during the Tribulation (7 year period) or Millennial Kingdom (1,000 year period directly following the Tribulation). It’s promise is too important for all concerned, God, Jesus Christ and us (Church, Bride, Wife, Child) to have this event squeezed in between seal openings, trumpet wraths and vial plagues. Nasty, nasty, nasty stuff going on in the backdrop of the world. Not a good backdrop for a wedding so important to Jesus Christ and his faithful. However, not to worry. The wedding does not take place on the earth during the Tribulation or after. It takes place in heaven before the earth is overrun with the extremest of evil and God’s ensuing anger and manifestions of his wrath. Jesus Christ’s wedding and marriage supper takes place in the light, glory and beauty of heaven. Not in the dark, smelly, slop of evil on earth. The earth is quickly transformed into a dark, smelly, slop or cornicopea of evil once the Bride/Wife/Child is raptured to God’s throne and the Tribulation period begins. Are you running out of room for check-marks on your pre-tribulation rapture checklist?
Axiom 8: Almost the entire focus in Jesus Christ’s book of Revelation is; the refinement, protection and restoration of Israel, the fulfillment of God’s promised convenants with Israel’s founding ancestors, the redemption of men known as the Tribulation Saints, the destruction of evil and Jesus Christ’s enemies on the Day of the Lord, the restoration and re-population of the earth, the establishment of the millenial reign of Christ, and the Tabernacling of God/Jesus with redeemed men/glorified saints in the new, heavely Jerusalem. Tucked away in the front of Revelation, (Chapters 2 and 3) are the only references to the church and then…nothing, nada, zip, zero, zilch. It is if the church has suddently disappeared or that Jesus’ promises to spare his Bride from God’s wrath has already been fulfilled. Why is there no verse, command, statement description of the Church in the rest of Revelation? What is the point of Jesus addressing his Bride, if she is not on earth during the Tribulation Age? Check-mark.
Axiom 9: … “Blessed in he that readeth” (Rev. 1:3). What is the blessing for keeping the words of prophecy? Knowing you won’t have to face the hour of temptation and tribulation that will try all men on earth. You won’t be stressed, anxious, having panic attacks, or worried about your eternal destiny. You will be comforted in knowing that you won’t be here and that the wrath of God is not reserved for you. You will be anxiously awaiting Christ’s hidden, sudden, “in-the-twinkling-of-an-eye” appearing for us and preparing to meet him instead of trying to work your way into heaven. You do not have to invest your money (if you have any) in underground bunkers in case of nuclear attacks. You don’t have to invest in stockpiling foods, water and medicines if you are saved and forgiven by the shedding of Christ’s blood and the forgiveness of your sins. Instead, you can invest your time, money and efforts in the kingdom of Jesus Christ where it will be bear fruit for eternity and not be destroyed by fire, earthquakes, wars or 75 pound hail stones during the Tribulation Age. The blessings for reading and keeping (believing in) the prophecy of this book are many and could be discussed in an entirely separate book. Yes, there are that many blessings. The more you read, understand and discern prophecy and the book of Revelation, the more aware and conscious you will become as to what awaits you as a faithful Christian. Some are obvious, some not so obvious, but all are very real. If you read Revelation and its prophecy, you should and will be blessed in knowing that your (our) blessed hope is coming very soon and we will not be forced to be tested by the perfection of deception (beast/antichrist) or have to suffer the divine sledgehammer of God’s wrath(s). Check-mark.
Axiom 10: The armies of heaven (which I believe include saints and angels) descend upon earth on The Day of the Lord, to glorify Christ in the slaying of his enemies and evil men. This occurs on the very last day of the Tribulation period. There is no reference, or any verse that suggests any group of men will be raptured or ascend to heaven on the Lord’s Day. Why would God rapture or catch up the Bride of Christ and then instanteously turn around and send her back down to earth? That isn’t logical and there is absolutely no biblical support for a Day of the Lord Rapture/Harpazo. The armies of heaven are described as wearing white garments. This implies that they have already been found (past tense) righteous in Christ and have been prepared to assist and join Jesus Christ on the glorious day of his second return to earth. God does NOT say, ‘Oops, I forgot and left my son’s beautiful and precious bride standing and waiting on the passenger-train-to-heaven-platform for seven years. She is getting beaten up by a molester, hail, demonic locusts, fireballs from space, earthquakes, so I better go get her so I can send her right back down again to earth immediately.’ This is illogical, makes no sense. What father would want his son to have a wife who just barely survived a 12 round boxing match? The Bride of Christ, (Child), is not a celestial yo-yo or meant to ride a heavenly elevator going up-and-down and up-and-down as some earthly children like to do when pushing elevator buttons. My grown children, when they were very young, would fight over who got to push the elevator buttons. Sound familiar?
The Bride of Christ is caught up to God’s throne room BEFORE the Tribulation, so she can receive her Bride’s gifts (Bema seat rewards), be given her white wedding dress, to participate in an absolutely fantastic wedding banquet and to prepare for her eternity with Christ. Why would Christ wait yet another seven years, after already waiting 2,000 years, to receive his Bride? Why would he want his Bride to endure seven years of being beaten up by God’s wrath. This is blasphemous. Jesus Christ does not allow his Bride to be harmed during the seven year Tribulation Period. This is why she is raptured/harpazoed BEFORE the Tribulation begins, and not midway or at the end, or even during the Millennium. Christ shed his blood for us, his Bride, 2,000 years ago, so we won’t be forced to shed our blood during the seven year Tribualtion period. It is that simple. Yet, some people twist and distort this fact. The army described coming with Christ, on his second coming, exists in heaven, is seen as “righteous” represented by their white clothing, they are prepared, they come in glory with Christ, they include his redeemed of the earth A.K.A. his Bride. This army does NOT exist on earth during the Tribulation, therefore, if the Bride of Christ is included in the army, it (us, we) have to be in heaven during the Tribulation in order to accompany the return of Christ on his Day of the Lord. My pen is getting low on ink from all the check-marks I’m making in my pre-tribulation rapture notebook. Do you have an extra pen I can borrow? By the way, how is our little marriage counseling session going? Are you feeling any better about your relationship with Jesus Christ and when his is coming for you (us). You don’t have to answer the question, I will keep giving you axioms or proofs until you tell me stop, enough is enough, you get the message, you get the point, you are convinced.
Axiom 11: Rev. 1:6 … “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be the glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” This verse directly follows a verse, provided by the Apostle John, that identifies Jesus Christ as him who made us kings and priests by washing our sins in his blood. What could this verse possibly have to do with the rapture of the Church / Bride of Christ / Child? Let’s look at and state the obvious. Jesus Christ made us into kings and priests for him and God, the Father. We are made into kings and priests because we believe in Jesus Christ, that he is who he says he is, that we believe that he died for us so our sins could be forgiven, that he shed his blood for us so that we don’t have to shed our own blood. He died so that we would live. I stated an obvious truth, no Christian worth his salt would deny any of this. Now, I’m going to ask a question for you to ponder. If Christ went to hell and back for us, and shed his blood for us so we could become “kings and priests unto God”, and so that we wouldn’t have to die and shed our own blood … why would he subject his “kings and priests unto God” to die and shed our own blood during the Tribulation? The shedding of our blood for salvation is blasphemous and negates the work Christ did for us on the cross. Why would Jesus Christ negate his own work, for over 2,000 years, just so his “kings and priests unto God” could shed their own blood sometime (anytime) during the Tribulation?
I saw someone shudder a heard qiuck gasp. And now, I hear crickets, silence, pondering. I can see the wheels turning. ‘Uh, yeah, why would Christ shed his bloold for us, and then expect his “kings and priests unto God” to shed our own blood during the Tribulation?’ He shed his blood for us so we wouldn’t have to. That doesn’t make any sense or logic for us to be on earth, during the Tribulation, just so the beast/antichrist can kill us and shed our blood. That is completely preposterous and sounds and smells like some type of evil anti-salvation. My point is that God and Jesus Christ does not contradict himself or throw away his work for the past 2,000 years. Yes, I have stated this before and it should be stated again. Yes, there are Christians who shed their blood by beheading during the Tribulation, known as the Tribulation Saints, but these are not the same Christians that come from the Age of Grace, prior to and ending at the onset of the Tribulation. Revelation is very clear that there are two distinct group of Christians, those the come before the Tribulation and those that come from or during the time of the Tribulation. The Bride of Christ are those Christians (alive and dead) that come BEFORE the Tribulation, and the Tribulation Saints are those people who become Christians and are martyred during the seven (7) year Tribulation period. Revelation even provides us with further clarification by identifying the two different types of white clothing being worn by each group of believers. The Bride of Christ being on the earth, during the Tribulation, and being killed by the beast/antichrist, contradicts Christ’s work on the cross, over 2,000 years ago. Does this explanation work as an axiom or proof that logically explains why the Bride of Christ, the Church, the Child can’t and will not be on earth during the Tribulation? Does this support the theorem that the rapture/harpazo of the Church, absolutely, positively, unequivocably has to occur BEFORE the Tribulation. I think this deserves at least seven (7) checkmarks. Time to use the other side of your piece of paper keeping track of pre-tribulation rapture/harpazo check-marks.
Axiom 12: (Rev. 5:9)Twenty-four (24) Elders sing a new song before the throne, acknowledging that Christ redeemed them and shed his blood for them and also for people out of every kindred, tongue, and nation. This is a very key Bible verse that attests to the pre-tribulation rapture of the the Church, Bride of Christ, The Child. This verse takes place AFTER the seven letters to the seven churches. This verse then takes place immediately when John is caught up by the Holy Spirit and is in the throne room of God. John describes what he sees, “;for thou was slain and has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation:” Jesus Christ has NOT yet even opened the seven book seals that start the Tibulation and introduce the four horsemen of the apocalypse! How can those who are redeemed already be in heaven if the Tribulation hasn’t started? Because they are raptured befor the start of the Tribulation. There is no logic or common sense for those redeemed by Christ’s forgiveness to be in heaven, before the Tribulation, and then have to be sent back down to earth to experience God’s wrath. Rev. 5:9 CLEARLY takes place in heaven, even before God starts his wrath by having the Lamb open the seven book seals. This axiom is a big checkmark for pre-tribulation rapture/harpazo. Those praising God and the Lamb are doing so becausde of Christ’s redemption of them. They are not praising God or the Lamb, because they survived the Tribulation. The Tribulation hasn’t even started yet.
Axiom 13: Twelve referenced wraths of God being poured out to the nations, Babylon and evil mankind (Rev. 16:16, 16:1717, 11:18, 14:8, 14:10, 14:19, 15:1, 15:7, 16:1, 16:19, 18:3, 19:15). No wrath is referenced as being doled out to the beast/antichrist, no wrath towards the false prophet, no wrath towards the Bride of Christ / Church / Child (Rev. 12:5). Wrath of the nations is inferred three (3) times, Wrath of Babylon is referred to twice (2), and lastly, wrath of mankind is referred to seven (7) times. No mention of wrath for the Bride of Christ or the Child of Rev. 12:5, because we are not on earth during the Tribulation. If God had intended for one of his wraths to be poured out on the Bride of Christ, a verse stating so would have included along with the wraths mentioned for the nations, Babylon and evil mankind. The Holy Spirit is very specific in mentioning whom the wraths are intended for. There is not one mention of the Bride of Christ, the Church or the Child having to receive said wraths. The beast/antichrist and false prophet eventually receive their wrath of God in the form of being tossed alive into the lake of fire. Satan also placed into the lake of fire at the end of the millennial period. No wrath is intended for the Bride of Christ, during the Tribulation, because she is not on earth. Period. Check-mark. Check-mate
Axiom 14: Through our redemption from Jesus Christ, God promises to deliver us from evil and/or wrath. God does not contradict himself. If the Church, Bride of Christ, The Child were on earth duiring the Tribulation period and experiencing God’s wrath and extreme evil, then we would not be delivered out of temptatation or wrath, and we would not be delivered from evil. God would not contradict himself by having his Son’s bride to endure these things. This is illogical. Therefore, if we believe these promises to be the rightful and true word of God, then we rest assured knowing that we WILL be delivered out of temptation, that we will be delivered and kept from every evil work. We can also know that God has not appointed us to wrath, during the Tribulation period. The pure and righteous nature (does not contradict himself or lie) of God indicates that the Bride of Christ will not be on earth during the Tribulation. This is the fourteenth (14) axiom in support of the theorem that the Church, Bride of Christ, The Child is ratpured/harpazoed BEFORE the Tribulation period.
Peter 2:9 … “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement to be punished.” (Emphasis added).
2 Timothy 4:18 … “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Emphasis added).
2 Thess. 3:3 … “But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.” (Emphasis added).
1 Peter 4:17 … “For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” The entire book of Revelation is the answer to this question. Christ judges the seven (7) churches FIRST, in chapters one through three. The entire rest of the book of Revelation is God’s judgement of evil mankind.
1 Thess. 5:9 … “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Emphasis added).
As a member of the Bride of Christ, are you more assured and resting knowing that Christ comes quickly for us, and before the evil one shows up at the heavenly train station platform? Good! Excellent! Keep being patience and occupy, knowing that you will rescued from a time that will never be again. One last hidden number within a number. As stated, I have provided fourteen (14) axioms which prove a pre-tribulaiton rapture. Fourteen (14) denotes a doubling – or double emphasis of a matter of seven (7) denoting God’s divine purpose or plan. 2×7=14. Put into simpler terms, it is as if God is giving us fourteen (14) divinely determined reasons NOT TO WORRY about having to be on earth duiring the Tribulation period. We should all take GREAT COMFORT in believing this promise from God.