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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “The Rapture Before the Tribulation?” (Part 7) from Dr. Tim LaHaye
The fourth reason why I believe the rapture will occur before the Tribulation is because Christians Are Not Appointed to Wrath.
According to 1 Thessalonians 5:9, “God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” This passage, which follows the strongest passage on the rapture in the Bible must be considered in the light of its context.
After teaching about the rapture, Paul takes his readers to the “times and seasons” of “the day of the Lord.” Some suggest this refers to the single day on which Christ returns to this earth to set up His kingdom, but that is not consistent with the Bible’s other uses of the phrase “the day of the Lord.” Sometimes this phrase does refer to the glorious appearing, but on other occasions it encompasses the rapture, the Tribulation, and the glorious appearing.
For our purposes here, 1 Thessalonians 5:9 makes it clear that God has not “appointed us to wrath” (The Tribulation) but to “obtain salvation,” or deliverance from it. Since so many saints will be martyred during the Tribulation, there will be few alive at the glorious appearing of Christ. This promise cannot mean, then, that He will deliver believers during the time of wrath, for the saints who live through the Tribulation will not be delivered; in fact, most will be martyred. To be delivered out of it, the church will have to be raptured before it begins.
Since the Tribulation is especially the time of God’s wrath, and since Christians are not appointed to wrath, then it follows that the church will be raptured before the Tribulation. In short, the rapture occurs before the Tribulation, while the glorious appearing occurs after it.
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