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Looking Deeper At The Pre-Trib Rapture & Second Coming Only Theology Teachings!
Initially the Lord comes as a thief in the night (Rev. 16:15), not at Pre-Trib or pre-night (Matt. 24:8; 1 Thess. 5:1-3), nor at the Second Coming dawn, which is the Sign of the Son of Man, being Jesus as the first light after the Tribulation Night—the Bright and Morning Star with all His saints!
Greetings! Of course, I'm not inferring that those who teach the Pre-Trib Rapture and Second Coming Only Theology aren't good Christians. However, the Pre-Trib Rapture and Second Coming Only Teachings are both without validity, and are very misleading to say the least. Pre-Trib is pre-night, so the way I see it the initial coming of Christ will happen early in the night segment of the Day of the Lord, long before it dawns (the seven-year Tribulation period). This is His first coming, or an Open Door Return. By the way, a door has to be open before a door can be shut. So when the door of the Parable was shut, it only stands to reason that the door was open (Matt. 25:10; Rev. 3:10).
The second coming of Christ, not the traditional Second Coming, is Christ’s Closed Door Return for the Foolish, sometime after the Great Tribulation begins (Matt. 25:10; Luke 12:36; James 5:9; Rev. 3:20, 7:9-17)—the latter half of the Tribulation being after mid-trib. Both returns will be a Jewish Bridegroom returns at the doors (Matt. 24:33). His third coming will be the glorious traditional Second Coming with all His saints (Duet. 33:2; Zech. 14:5; 1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude vs. 14; Rev. 19:8, 14). Note: the traditional Second Coming is a return without doors—it will be the Second Coming dawn when Christ the Daystar is the first light after the night (2 Pet. 1:19), or the Sign of the Son of man! Now the question is, Are there any Scriptures to back this up? You bet—tons!
If either the Pre-Trib Rapture or Second Coming Only Teachings represented the whole truth of Bible prophecy, then there wouldn’t be a need to watch, or the many commands to prepare for That Night . Or even a need for the left behind Foolish of the Body of Christ to open their door immediately upon Christ's return from the Wedding Feast (Luke 12:36). No Tribulation Night? No prophetic Midnight Cry? No four Roman Gentile summer-soldier night watches (Evening, Midnight, Cockcrowing, Morning)? No doors? No knocking? No Jewish wedding? No Wedding Feast? No surprise Bridegroom Return with two male witnesses in That Night? No sleeping? No First Fruits Harvest? No Like Manner Return? No partial Summer Harvest? No Early and Latter Rains? No thief-like coming? No place prepared for us? No, we are not bought with a price?
In perceiving Christ’s initial coming, these many Scriptural references all intricately link to a Jewish Wedding in Bible prophecy—a surprise return of the bridegroom in the night. No, these many references, which embody even more in the Scriptures, are not all allegoric and meaningless as some would have us believe. Indeed, given in the strict context of reaping eternal life, the Gospel writers all tell us that he who is first, by serving others last, shall be last. And he who is last, by serving others first, shall be the first redeemed (Matt. 19:30; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30)! In this vein, the night-trib Partial Rapture represents exactly what the Bible teaches (Mark 13:34-37), and shouldn't be overlooked. It is the Night-trib View.
Despite the widespread Pre-Trib Rapture and Second Coming Only Teachings, we as Christians are to "hasten" the Day (Greek: earnestly expect). For it is the only Day of God (2 Pet. 3:12), which will come as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Pet. 3:10). No wonder, then, that the Day of the Lord will overtake many Christians as a snare (Luke 21: 34), but wise Christians will have the experience of expecting and seeing the Lord's Day (Philip. 1:6, 10; Heb. 10:24-25), and again, they will watch in That Night (Rev. 3:3, 16:15). Once more, the seven year night segment of the Day before it dawns is the same as the Day of Redemption (Eph. 4:30)—or the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:8)—or the Day of Jesus Christ (Philip. 1:6, 10)— or the Day of Christ (Philip. 2:16; 2 Thess. 2:2-3)—or the Day of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14)—or the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10)—or the Day of the Lord which comes as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2-3). Note: If we add 1260 days and forty–two months as we find in Revelation 11:2-3, the total is seven years.Thus, the possibility of Christ's initial coming is ongoing, beginning at early-trib—again, it is the Night-trib View.
Thus, the Pre-Trib Rapture isn't accurate by any means, and as we will shortly see, the Second Coming Only Teaching also negates the watches of the night by just acknowledging the dawn of That Day. Actually, both of these doctrines are a poor understanding of Christ's initial return at best: ". . . they all slumbered and slept" (Matt. 25:5). In plain terms, the Rapture will not be automatic for every Christian. Surely foolish Christians (virgins) will be left behind when the Lord initially comes, which is not His much later coming as King of Kings at the Second Coming (Rev. 19:16). Yet wise Christians whose faith is active in dying to the flesh ("accounted as sheep for the slaughter"), and by utilizing an inner Christ in allowing agape love (God's inner love found in John 5:42) to flow out to others, are "Rapture ready," even though they're not perfect (1 John 2:9-10). Indeed, these Christians are watching and alert by New Testament standards, and the Day of the Lord will not overtake them as a thief in That Night. Simply, charity, or the use of Christ's agape, covers a multitude of sins (1 Pet. 4:8).
After Christ's Open and Closed Door Returns (Matt. 25:10; Rev. 3:8--Luke 12:35-40; Rev. 3:20), again, the redeemed will return with Christ at the traditional Second Coming when the Lord comes with all His saints and angels, which are the clouds, including those who sleep in Jesus (Duet. 33:2; Zech. 14:5; 1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude vs. 14; Rev. 19:8, 14). Then, shall the Lord of Glory take His Throne in Israel and rule the nations with a rod of iron (Psa. 2:2:6-9; Luke 1:32; Rev. 2:26-27).
No, the nations will not all be destroyed at the traditional Second Coming, only the wicked of these nations shall, including the tares, or non-Christian cults. Then, under Christ’s millennial rule, all nations will be required to worship King Jesus of Israel; and of those unsaved who don’t, a drought will befall their land (Zech. 14:16-20; Psa. 2:9-12; Acts 15:16-17).
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (Mark 13:33-37)
Midnight's Cry (Revised)
The Midnight Cry found in the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:6) symbolizes the beginning of a new day—namely, the Day of the Lord, which is the Day of Jesus Christ (Philip. 1:6, 10; 2 Thess. 2:3), being again, the Day of our Redemption (Eph. 4:30). Thus, the book name: Midnight's Cry (a new day being the Day of the Lord), whichaddresses the issues of Christianity, while mixing the understanding of end-time events with sound doctrine and biblical preparedness. Simply put, if the entire Church were to go up in an automatic at-once Pre-Trib Rapture, why then the command of Jesus to pray always to escape all these things that are coming upon the world (Luke 21:34-36)? Midnight's Cry is now revised!
When Christ initially returns He can’t bring all the saints with Him; simply, all won’t be redeemed yet. So by situational analysis of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, we can further PINPOINT the time of their restoration. Here is that timing: “To the end he may establish your hearts un-blamable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints” (1 Thess. 3:13). Paul informed the Thessalonians in previous chapter thre...e, that Christ would establish their hearts un-blamable upon the Lord’s coming with all His saints. So the catching-up of 1 Thessalonians 4:17, the supposed Rapture passage, where the dead bodies of the Thessalonians are caught up, singularly illustrates the Lord returning with ALL HIS SAINTS at the traditional Second Coming—or again, the clouds being the saints at the Second Coming (1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 1:7, 19:8, 14).
Moreover, if the literal chapter division is removed between 1st Thessalonians 4 & 5, we don’t see a Pre-Trib Rapture, but a return of Christ in the night of the Day of the Lord, which in that passage, Paul describes as beginning with birth pangs (Also, see Matt. 24:8 where Jesus describes the start of the Tribulation with birth pangs.). Additionally, we immediately behold the "times and seasons," and Christians are then told to watch (1 Thess. 5:6). Yet the world will face "sudden destruction," which in the Greek means "inescapable destruction." Indeed, not to be repetitive, but the Day of Redemption or the Day of the Lord (the Tribulation) begins with birth pangs, not cosmic signs deep into the Tribulation! And this, as the night of That Day progresses until the Second Coming dawn (2nd Pet. 1:19). Again, at the Second Coming, God who is Christ returns with all of those who sleep in Jesus, and "all His saints" (Duet. 33:2; Zach. 14:5; 1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude Vs. 14)—Again, the saints, who wear the righteousness of the saints (clean white fine linen). As a matter of record, the righteousness of the saints is not to be construed as the righteousness of the angels, but exegetically, the righteousness of the Bride who has made Herself ready (Rev. 19:8, 14). Watch therefore and keep your garments; that is, in the night of the Tribulation—just as we are commanded (Mark 13:33-37; Rev. 3:3, 16:15).
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When the Scripture states, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day SHALL NOT COME, except there comes a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition (2 Thess. 2:1-3), is this verse in vain? Is the Pre-Trib Rapture true? Is Second Coming Only Theology true? Or must we as Christians prepare for the coming night segment of the Day of the Lord before it dawns, that is, in a wise fashion?
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Thought Questions for the Premillenial Night-Trib View (Christ returning early in the seven year Tribulation Night)
1. Why does Laodicea have a closed door as do the foolish? Is this just a coincidence?
2. Why do the wise have an open door as does Philadelphia? Is this also just coincidence?
3. Why is salvation near or at the doors when the “fig tree” (Israel) shoots forth her GREEN FIGS (Matt. 24:32-33)? Could it be that there is a partial Summer Harvest for the Church? Or did Jesus mistakenly mention the early harvest of “summer”?
4. “Two shall be grinding at the mill, the one shall be taken, and the other left. . . .” If the good saints are the ones left behind (This is a Second Coming Only Teaching mistakenly based on the tares of Matthew 13:30.), are they working for a living right before the Second Advent at the end of the Tribulation? Will good saints receive the mark of the Beast (Rev. 13:17)?
5. Does the all at-once Rapture Teaching parallel the events of a Jewish Wedding? How about the traditional Second Coming; does that coming parallel the events of a Jewish Wedding?
6. Are the days of Noah and Lot wherein Christ initially returns (bought and sold; built and planted; drank; gave and took in marriage), symbolic of the days of worldwide impoverishment deep into the Great Tribulation? Or are they typical of today’s prosperity which will briefly remain the same when the Day overtakes the world unawares? Who will prosper deep into the Tribulation once the Day of the Lord begins? Who will abide in prosperity upon the manifested wrath of That Day (Joel 2:11)?
7. If she remains faithful, the Lord will keep Philadelphia “from” (Greek: out of) the hour of test that comes upon the whole world. Is Philadelphia the only group who will have a chance to escape through an open door? Can’t some in Ephesus repent? Pergamos? Sardis? Thyatira? Laodicea? Or, are these messages in vain?
8. “Alive and remain” (2 Thess. 4:14-17)? Do these words fit the normalcy of everyday life of a Pre-Trib Rapture?
9. In deciphering who the virgins are of the parable, isn’t Midnight’s Cry of the Second Watch long before the latter end of the fourth watch of the Second Coming?
10. Why is there a return of Jesus Christ from the Wedding Feast, if it isn’t so (Luke 12:36)?
11. Who are the great crowd of Gentiles in Revelation 7:9, of whom the Elder didn’t know; that is, if they’re not the foolish of the Church coming out of the Great Tribulation?
12. Why did Jesus warn the Church to watch if it’s not necessary? Could it be that there is a Great Tribulation to escape long before the dawning of That Day (Luke 21:36; 2 Pet. 1:19)?
13. Does the whole Church endure part of the Great Tribulation as punishment (Matt. 24:51, 25:1-13; 1 Thess. 5:6; Rev. 2:5, 2:16, 2:22, 3:3, 3:10, 3:20, 7:9-17)? Or just parts of Thyatira? Parts of Sardis? Parts of Ephesus? Parts of Laodicea? Parts of Pergamos?
14. No need to watch? No Tribulation Night? No Midnight Cry? No Four Watches? No Doors? No Knocking? No Jewish Wedding? No Bridegroom Return with two male witnesses? No Firstfruits? No “Like Manner” Return? No partial Summer Harvest? No Early and Latter Rains? No thief like coming? No place prepared for us? No, we are not bought with a price? Is it all just to be cast aside? Is it all just allegoric and meaningless?
15. If Christ is to return only upon the traditional Second Coming, why then does our Lord charge us to watch in the Tribulation Night long before the dawn of That Day (Mark 13:35)?
16. If the cry at midnight (the allegorical hour of the Lord’s Day beginning) doesn’t match pre-wrath, Pre-Trib, mid-trib or post-trib, isn’t it time to find out exactly what it does match?
17. Why is there a calling to the Wedding Feast AFTER the Bride has made herself ready (Rev. 19:7-9)? Could it be that the remaining of the Church (foolish) are also to attend, just as Luke 12:36 teaches?
18. The Thessalonians thought they were left behind (2 Thess. 2:1-3). In consoling them, Paul assured the Thessalonians that That Day had not come—until a falling away would occur, coupled with the Man of sin being revealed. So is it wise to believe that no Christian will suffer the consequences of being deceived by today’s Pre-Trib imminent Rapture? That Paul’s warning is in vain? “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day SHALL NOT COME” (2 Thess. 2:1-3)?
19. Will the Judge of the Church stand before James’ parabolic door in vain (James 5:9)? If He so desires, can the Lord close this parabolic Wedding Door at the so-called all at-once Pre-Trib Rapture?
20. Why are the words “and the bride” found in many good manuscripts (Matt. 25:1)?
21. Will Jesus initially return in “like manner”? With two male witnesses present, just like a Jewish Wedding (Acts 1:10)?
22. When Christ ascended, Did He shout? Was there an overpowering voice of the archangel, or the trumpet of God? Is the all at-once Pre-Trib Rapture, as it is now understood, a Like Manner Return?
23. Should “the goodman of the house” have watched (Matt. 24:43)? Should he have overtly emphasized faith that works by love? Should he have kept his house or his congregation from being broken up?
24. Doesn’t the Church go to Heavenly Jerusalem to meet the angels, rather than wait for them here at the Second Coming (Matt. 24:30-31)? In other words, doesn’t the Church come unto “the spirits of just men made perfect” (and to an “innumerable company of angels”), long before the Resurrection of the Just at the Second Coming?
25. Are the foolish lost upon the traditional Second Coming? Or on an imminent pre-night all at once Rapture? Or a mid-trib Rapture? Or a pre-wrath Rapture? “He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8)?
26. In the Great Tribulation why does an angel preach the “everlasting gospel” (Rev. 14:6)? What happened to the Church? Second Coming Only Theology?
27. In Luke 12:36 why must foolish Christians open their door “immediately”? Does Luke’s supposed parabolic passage suggest a literal time of despair? Or, is Luke’s passage meaningless?
28. “Behold I show you a mystery; we shall all not sleep . . .”? We shall not all die? Is this the mystery revealed? Is death the fate of today’s present Pre-Trib Church? Or do we now hold the Blessed Hope of Christ returning to redeem us?
29. Is it plain to see that the redemption of the Firstfruits and the judgment of the Church both occur long before the Second Advent?
30. “Behold, I come quickly.” Almost twenty centuries later, surely the Lord Jesus will. But how can Christ’s Quick Coming possibly fit Second Coming Only Theology? Or an imminent all at once Pre-Trib Rapture?
31. Can another than Christ command Gabriel (Dan. 8:16)? Can it be established that Daniel’s account of the Man dressed in linen isn’t an earlier return of Jesus Christ before the Second Coming (Dan. 10 & 12)?
32. Is there knocking upon the traditional Second Coming? Is there knocking upon the automatic all at-once Rapture of the entire Church?
33. “. . . And let him that heareth say, come . . .” (Rev. 22:16-17). Unbelievers don’t spiritually hear valid truths; only believers. Why, then, must the believer who “heareth say come”? Could it be that the believer, who knows these things, must call other believers to the sobriety of watching for the Bridegroom Return of Christ?
34. Since both the Second Coming and the Rapture aren’t mentioned as such in the New Testament, is it wise to assume that either of these teachings portrays the whole undivided truth of Christ’s initial coming?
35. Will there be no repercussions for those who don’t watch? Will Matthew’s “evil servant” escape his portion with the hypocrites upon the imminent all at-once Pre-Trib Rapture (Matt. 24:48-51)?
36. Did the Elder of Revelation 7:13 really have a memory lapse in identifying an enormous group of saints? What are the chances of such a lapse occurring by the Lord Jesus Himself? Moreover, isn’t it peculiar to Second Coming Only Theology that the Great Multitude is in Heaven long before the opening of the seventh seal (Rev. 8:1)?
37. Isn’t it also peculiar that the word “sir” in Revelation 7:14, is really the word “Lord”?
38. “Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things . . .” (Luke 21:36). Should each Christian really pray to escape all these things? Or should the unbelievers of the world; that is, in their unbelief?
39. Christians are the children of the day (1 Thess. 5:5). Why then are there so many in the Church who think that Christians are destined to be the children of a much larger share of the night (Pre-wrath & Second Coming Only Theology)?
40. Does the Bible exclusively teach the traditional Second Coming?
41. Will Christ prematurely descend with the voice of an archangel; the shout and the Trump of God? Years before the traditional Second Coming battle (Rev. 19:11)? Years before the Last Day (John 6:40)?
42. Can Christ’s Closed Door Return from the Wedding Feast, in which He knocks (Luke 12:36), properly be interpreted as the climatic end of the traditional Second Coming? When every eye shall see Him?
43. “The first shall be last, and the last first.” Given in the strict context of literally reaping eternal life (Matt. 19:30; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30), how can this verse possibly fit the imminent Pre-Trib Rapture Teaching? Or Second Coming Only Theology?
44. “But go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves” (Matt. 25:9)? After the traditional Second Coming, who will be left behind to go to them that sell?
45. Only a few in Sardis will walk with Christ in white. Can only a few be descriptive of an all at-once imminent Pre-Trib Rapture? Can only a few be descriptive of Second Coming Only Theology?
46. When Christ told Sardis to strengthen the things that remain in preparation for Day of the Lord’s judgment (Rev. 1:10; 3:2), was His mood kidding? Chiding? Or was He serious? In other words, is Sardis really to strengthen the things that can withstand (“which remain”) the fire of judgment in That Day? “For other foundation can no man lay than is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (1 Cor. 3:11-13).
47. Again, did the Elder of Revelation 7:13 really have a memory lapse in identifying a Great Multitude in Heaven? The same multitude who would also attend the Wedding Feast (Rev. 19:6)?
48. Is the Last Trump the first trump? Is the Last Trump an anytime imminent trump? Long before the other trumps (Rev. 8:7-10:7)?
49. Will the spirit of the fornicator be saved before the Day of the Lord Jesus in a Pre-Trib imminent Rapture? Or did Paul correctly state the “Day of the Lord Jesus,” being the Day of Redemption (1 Cor. 5:5; Eph. 4:30)? Note: Please see Phil. 2:16.
50. Is the First Resurrection upon the all at-once pre-night or Pre-Trib Rapture; that is, when God brings all those who sleep in Jesus (1 Thess. 4:14)? And not at the dawn of the Lord’s Day when Christ returns with all His saints (John 6:40; 1 Thess. 3:13)?
51. Why didn’t Paul, when the Thessalonians thought that they were left behind (2 Thess. 2:2), mention the voice of the archangel, or the shout and the Trump of God? Could it be that these are Second Coming signs, which have nothing to do with Christ’s initial coming as a Jewish Bridegroom?
52. If the foolish were lost, why would the wise intentionally lie to them, imparting hope? Is that a Christian thing to do?
53. When Christ descends with the voice an archangel, is Michael the Archangel with Him? Or is the Scripture mistaken? And, if Michael be with the Lord at this supposed Pre-Trib imminent Rapture for the wedding, where are the two human male witnesses? And why isn’t Michael, at this Pre-Trib hour, still guarding Israel?
54. Is it just a coincidence that the Day of the Lord begins with birth pangs (1 Thess. 5:2-3), as does the Tribulation (Matt. 24:8 NASB)? And this, in the direct context of the supposed Rapture passage in the preceding chapter? (Note: Chapter divisions aren’t in the original text.)
55. The phrase, “the beginning of sorrows,” strictly pertains to the beginning of a woman’s labor, being the beginning of her birth pangs (see Strong’s # 5604). Knowing this, can the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation pangs, and the Lord’s Day pangs, be understood as the consummation of the Second Coming? Or even cosmic signs deep into the seven-year Tribulation?
56. Knowing that the term “falling away” in both Vine’s and Strong’s denotes an apostasy (The same Greek word is used in Acts 21:21.), and not a departure of the Church, is the Pre-Trib Rapture Teaching nullifying the precursor signs of the Day of Christ (2 Thess. 2:3)? Are untold amounts of Christians not looking for the Day of Redemption?
57. As part of the Great Apostasy, some are teaching that “one shall be taken” applies to those who would go away with the Antichrist in the Tribulation. Conversely, why in each instance does the phrase pertain to Christians waiting for their Lord’s return, not fallen believers?
58. Is there a night coming wherein Christians are to watch? Will Christ walk amidst the Churches with seven stars in right His hand at nighttime? Will the Day of the Lord come as a thief in the Night long before it dawns (1Thess. 5:2; 2 Pet. 1:19)? Will the Bright and Morning Star of the Second Coming be the first light after the night?
59. Who has made themselves ready for the marriage? And wears the fine white and clean linen—the righteousness of the saints (Rev. 19:8)? Obviously, the Bride will be ready and marry the Lord (Rev. 19:7), not the angels. Knowing this, will the Lord Jesus, despite the teachings of Second Coming Only Theology, return with all His saints as stated in Scripture (Duet. 33:2; Zech. 14:5; 1Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude v. 14; Rev. 19:14)?
60. Are not the Early and Latter Rains symbolic of a partial Summer Harvest? Don’t these rains contextually symbolize a Jewish Wedding Door connected to the Summer Harvest (Matt: 24:32-33; James 5:7-9)?
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 If Preterism were true, then the Church wouldn’t have preached the Gospel for the last nineteen centuries—an angel would have! Moreover, if Preterism were true, there would be no need to watch in the coming Tribulation Night.
The Premillenial Night-Trib View Is That Christ Returns in The Spiritual Night Of The Tribulation!