Let me get this straight. I’m to believe that God will rapture all existing Christians (including the mature and seasoned ones) before the Great Tribulation; and that new converts will come to faith during the Great Tribulation; meaning God will allow these new converts (brand new, unseasoned, immature, untested, and unprepared Christians) to go through what Jesus calls the worst period in human history, alone. Does this make any sense?
But it gets worse. According to what I hear from multiple, prominent, pre-tribulation rapture teachers, Christians aren’t the only ones zapped out of the world, leaving new converts to fend for themselves. The Holy Spirit too will be taken out of the world, leaving new converts with no mature Christians, no Holy Spirit, no guidance, and no help during the toughest, most-evil period that mankind has ever known. Again I ask you, does this make sense? Does that sound like the God we know from Scripture?
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:8
As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. ~ Joshua 1:5
But wait. Those are Old Testament verses. Maybe God changed his mind in the New Testament, right? Wrong!
New International Version (©1984)
…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Jesus Christ, Matthew 28:20
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, evenunto the end of the world. Amen. ~ Jesus Christ, Matthew 28:20
Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
“And instruct them to keep everything whatever I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you every day, even unto the end of time. Amen” ~ Jesus Christ, Matthew 28:20
Did Jesus mean he would be physically present with each of his followers until the end of time? No, he would be with his followers in the form of the Holy Spirit:
It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor [the Holy Spirit] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. ~ Jesus Christ, John 16:7-8
Yet the Holy Spirit is the very person of God who will not be present with new converts during the Great Tribulation, according to many prominent pre-trib rapture teachers.
That notion is ignorantly (or defiantly) anti-Biblical. The God of the Bible does not abandon his sheep:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away.” ~ Jesus Christ, John 10:11-12
The idea that Jesus will abandon his sheep at the very moment they need him most, at the appearance of the most ferocious wolf ever, is heretical and unintelligent.
It has become clear to me that the church takes certain templates, scenarios it has been taught, and contorts the Bible to make it fit those templates. Or, it simply ignores the Bible altogether and doesn’t even bother to check church teachings against the Bible. Let us remember what the Apostle Paul wrote:
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. ~ Acts 17:11
We must verify everything we hear against the only true measuring line in existence, the Bible. And if the teaching doesn’t match the Bible, we must throw away the teaching, not the Bible. In the words of the late Johnny Cochran, “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”
The Bible is always proven true. Tradition is not.
Categories: Rapture: Pre-Trib Is Nowhere In The Bible