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The Bible says in Revelation 3:10: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
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There’s one important fact we should observe while we are on this subject: The church will not usher in the kingdom by taking over the governments of the world. The Tribulation will end with only a few believers remaining on the earth. The Antichrist will be in control, and the earth will be filled with leaders who hate God and His followers. This is why it is necessary for Christ to come in great power and glory and wrest control of the world from these evil forces. He will then judge the nations by separating the sheep from the goats. The sheep are believers who go into the kingdom, and the goats will be cast into “everlasting fire.”
Why the Rapture Cannot Be Post-tribulational
Before leaving this discussion about the population of the millennium, we need to recognize that one reason we know posttribulationism (the belief that Christ will rapture the church at the end of the Tribulation) cannot be true is that with all Christians taken up at the end of the seven-year Tribulation, there would be no one left on earth to enter the millennial kingdom. Remember, the unsaved goats on Christ’s left will be cast into hell. If those who remain are raptured at the end of the Tribulation, there would be no one on earth to produce the enormous population the Bible says will exist during the millennium.
Since we know that redeemed Israel and all other believers who survive the Tribulation will enter the millennium in their natural bodies and they will be the individuals who populate the 1,000-year kingdom, we can know that a post-tribulation rapture is simply not possible.
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