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Post Tribulation Rapture

Post Tribulation Rapture

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A.This is a big question that has been debated for the better part of the last 100 years is, and oneI hope to answer in this teaching.1.For many, the answer to this question is a foregone conclusion. Typically ones viewdiffers based on what stream of the body of Christ they grew up in.2.I grew up in Calvary Chapel so my view was shaped by the pre-tribulation perspective. In fact, so much so, that it even affected the way I interpreted my dreamlife. One night I had a dream that I was in the midst of the great tribulation leadingsomeone to Christ as chaos was happening all around. When I awoke I was terrified because I thought, “Oh no, I must fall away from the Lord in the future, and therefoream left behind!”
What is the rapture? – 
The rapture describes what happens to the saints worldwide whenJesus appears in the sky at His Second Coming.
the Lord will descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with thetrumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be
caught up
together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air… (1 Thess.4:16-17)
1.Greek – The Greek words for “caught up” are “arpazw harpazo” (Strongs 726). Thismeans, “to seize, catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (by force), gathered.”2.Latin – In Latin the term “caught up” is translated “Rapio.It is from “Rapio” that weget the word “Rapture.”3.Meeting Jesus in the sky – 
Paul understood that being
“caught up,”
meant to meetJesus
“in the air.”
The “Parousia” of Christ – 
The Greek word “Parousia” is the most popular word used todescribe Jesus’ Second Coming.1.This idea of being caught up to meet Jesus in the air, from a post-tribulation perspective, has been questioned as illogical since Jesus is returning to the earth after the tribulation.
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2.Historical usage – Historically this word was commonly used to describe the visit of aking to a city in his domain. As the king would approach the city he would be metsome distance outside of the town by a select group of dignitaries and close relatives,who would then accompany him in his procession through the city gates to be seen bythe resident population.3.NT usage – The historical usage of the word “parousia” clearly pictures what the NewTestament describes as occurring at the Second Coming. Believers, both those whohave died and those who are still living, will “meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thess. 4:17)and accompany him on the last part of his journey back to earth.
A.In many circles the subject of the End-Times has mostly been reduced to the doctrine of therapture. And that seems appropriate in many settings since it is believed that the church willnot be here during the most crucial events of the end times. The subject of the end-times isthen reduced to a matter of speculative interest. This is unfortunate. There are three keyreasons why understanding the timing of the rapture is critical:1.Revelation – Ones view of the rapture dramatically affects their entire approach to thesubject of the end-times. When I came to IHOP God opened my eyes to an entirelynew realm of His character through studying the end-times. The subject of the end-times offers us a vast resource of treasure concerning the knowledge of God. But the primary doorway into this storehouse is through one’s view of the rapture. Most people are just typically not as interested in something they’re not a part of.2.Preparation – Both Jesus and the apostles warned that a wave of deception wouldcrash over the planet in the end-times. If the church is here during the final seven yearsof this age, understanding what the Bible says about the end-times is a critical part of our personal preparation so that we are not deceived or overwhelmed by the comingstorm.In the very same context in which Jesus describes the time of the great tribulation he says,
“See, I have told you beforehand” 
(Matt. 24:25).
Being forewarned is beingforearmed. It is an act of God’s grace that He would instruct the church with detailedinformation concerning the Great Tribulation to come. The church has been givenadequate information to prepare ourselves to stand as witnesses for Christ in the hour of the earth’s greatest trial. I believe the book of Revelation is a gift from God to prepare the Church for the most excruciating time of pressure the earth will ever experience.
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3.God said it – If God said it, it is relevant. Oftentimes people draw back from thisdiscussion in hopeless despair because they have seen it argued in ungodly ways.While I understand this point, this posture fails to acknowledge the emphasis Christ placed on the subject. We must know what we believe and why we believe it. There is plenty of grace and room for people to wrestle with this issue. The important thing isthat we are ultimately seeking to discover the scriptural perspective. It requires greathumility to let go of our sentimental convictions and allow the truth of God’s word toshape our beliefs.B.But I thought we couldn’t know the time of the rapture (Matt. 24:36)? (The implication of thisteaching BTW is meant to say that only the pre-trib/mid-trib/pre-wrath position could be true)Didn’t Jesus say no one knows the day or hour?1.Firstly, the day and hour He is speaking of is the Second Coming event He justdescribed, not a secret rapture.2.Second, He didn’t say no one would ever know or He would have contradictedeverything He just told His disciples. In the Olivet discourse Jesus is answering thequestion of His disciples, “what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of theage?” He gives them a series of signs to look for and then says,
“when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors.
(Matt. 24: 33)”3.But I thought Jesus is coming like a thief in the night?Actually He is only coming like a thief to those who fail to heed His exhortation to watch.
if you
(speaking to the church)
will not watch
 , I will come upon you as a thief,and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. – Rev. 3:3 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when
say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon
 , aslabor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But 
 ,are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake
as a thief. 5
You are sons of light and sons of the day
– 1 Thess. 5:2-5
A.There is almost a universal belief among pre-millennial scholars that the final week of Danielis the timeframe that concludes this age. In other words human history in this age will endwith a unique 7-year period of time. The discussion concerning the rapture involvesdiscerning at what point before, during, or after this seven-years that the rapture occurs.B.
Views on the rapture – 
There are four different views on the timing of the rapture accordingto those who subscribe to pre-millennial eschatology.
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