I am someone who believes the Bible teaches a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, that is, that Jesus will return for His Bride the Church and remove her from the planet before God unleashes His wrath upon the world for seven years. At the end of the seven years, Jesus will return in His Second Coming to earth with the Church Age Saints and do battle with the Antichrist and Satan. Jesus' victory will then usher in His 1,000-year Kingdom and the world will experience peace, righteousness and justice.
Others believe that Jesus will come to rapture the Church at the mid-point of the seven years. Still others believe Jesus will rapture believers just before the opening of the Sixth Seal, which they say is the true beginning of God's wrath. And, still others believe Jesus will rapture believers up to Heaven moments before Jesus returns for His Second Coming.
I get emails almost on a daily basis from the folks who do not support the Pre-Trib Rapture view, saying the view is fundamentally flawed, nay even satanic, because it doesn't help people prepare for living in the Tribulation. When I respond by asking how they are personally preparing for the Tribulation (like building bomb shelters, making gold investments, hoarding gun caches, etc.) and inquiring how they're advising others, I receive no response.
And so, I'm left without an answer. Maybe this time, if I leave this article wide open to be finished by those who feel the need to make some type of preparation for living in the Tribulation, I'll receive answers to the following questions.
- Do you feel you'll be specially protected during the Tribulation (with the world being annihilated and believers being massacred - Rev. 7:9-17), and if so, how?
- What preparations are you currently making for living in the Tribulation?
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