Rapture and Tribulation

Rapture

The rapture is when Christ will come back to take His Church, as he promised. He will the take the Church, the saved, the Saints, into Heaven. The most common mistake is thinking of the rapture as something that is going to happen in a couple hundred years or more. Although this may very well be the case, since, in 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV), we see that “…with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day”. So it’s impossible to say whether the rapture will occur in five minutes, in five years, or in five hundred years. However, I sincerely doubt the last one. For the Bible tells us of the signs that the end is near. Mark 13:5-8 says: “Jesus said to them: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.  Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many.  When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.” Have these things not already happened? Is there not war all around us? There have been several major earthquakes. All these things were predicted thousands of years ago. It should also be noted that when Israel became a nation in 1948, that event made possible the events predicted in the book of Revelation–and bringing us even closer to the rapture, Tribulation, and Jesus’ Second Coming.
Mark 13:12-13, says: “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Another passage later on in Mark chapter 13. We see families rebelling against each other today; maybe you’re seeing some of that in your own family. Christians are despised. What was once a God-fearing nation is now a place where Bible reading and prayer are not allowed in schools, nativity scenes are not allowed in certain states, and other things.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thess. 4:16-17)

Tribulations

The Tribulation is a period of seven years that will follow after the rapture. The rapture, of course, will become a major news event as people try to explain the phenomenon. Then someone will come forward, claiming to have the answer to what happened. He will propose a seven-year treaty between Israel and her enemies (seven years…noticing a coincidence? Exactly–the length of the Tribulation). This man will gain respect, and some people will even come to think of him as God. He will be, ultimately, the antichrist. Soon, he will not only encourage this line of thinking, but will tell people that he is God. Revelation 13:16-17 says: “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,  so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” This is the mark of the beast. As the verse says, everyone must wear this “mark”. If you didn’t, you couldn’t buy or sell anything. This mark will not only pay respect to the antichrist, but it will be a sign of allegiance to him: ultimately, allegiance to the devil, Satan.
If you’re still unsure that the end-times are actually here, think of it this way: this “mark” may actually be a microchip, or it could be some technology that has not yet been invented.
Sometime during this seven-year treaty, the antichrist will probably have the temple of Solomon rebuilt. In Jerusalem, there will probably be sacrifices and such made there. However, at some point, he will order the sacrifices to be stopped and set up and image of himself, ordering everyone to worship it. The Bible says that this image will somehow be alive. Revelation 13:14-15 says: “”He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.” What this is saying is that anyone who refuses to worship the antichrist’s image has the possibility of being killed by it.
During this seven-year period of the Tribulation, 18 judgments will descend upon the earth, each one more horrible than the last. The Bible says that the earth will have never seen a time as terrible as these seven years.
The Bible then says that a nation will march against Israel (despite the peace plan); this is the beginning of a three year war known as the “Battle of Armageddon”. At the end of this war, all armies will unite in a war against Israel. Jesus will then return (the Second Coming) with His army of saints to end not only this war, but all wars.

If you would like to read more about the Tribulation, simply go to Revelation. If you would like to read more about the 18 judgments, read Revelation 6-9 and Revelation 16.

TTT

Please note that some of what is written here is not absolute. For example, some people believe in a Mid-Trib or a Post-Trib rapture, somewhere between those, or no rapture at all. Also, this is a very non-technical description of the rapture and Tribulation. I encourage you to read the passages listed to see for yourself the Biblical basis for everything I’ve said. Anything I’ve written that is not stated directly in the Bible is simply what I consider to be the most Biblically accurate theory, based on studies of Revelation with my church and on my own. Please feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the comment section below!

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14 thoughts on “Rapture and Tribulation

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  2. Hello there! I know that I commented on your “Christian music” page the other day and you replied! Also, thank you for following my blog. I appreciate it!

    I just wanted to share some thoughts here on this particular post. I’m not sure what denomination of Christian you are, but I suppose that is not very relevant here considering we are both followers of the Word of God. I hate to be the party pooper here and the one to question your beliefs, but I would like to make a point.

    The Bible actually says nothing about there being a rapture. The rapture was an idea that came up in the 1900s in England. A book written by Hal Lindsey (Late Great Planet Earth) spoke of the rapture, which was when that doctrine began to be taught in churches. (One thing he said in his book was that we would see the return of Jesus within the next 40 years…this book was written in ’48 and ’88, obviously, passed with no sign of the return…so there are already flaws in that mans beliefs.)

    Also, the “rapture” actually has many, many theological flaws in it. For instance, why would God remove his witnesses from the earth when people most need it? Just we because we believe in God does not mean we are going to not have to endure persecution. Even now as we speak there are christians being persecuted in other countries…they have no relief…why should we? I am a believer of the Bible and I have read it for myself…it says nothing of a rapture. And this “rapture” as it has been come to known as seems to huge of a thing not to be mentioned in the Bible. The rapture doctrine basically says we don’t even have to live totally for God because we know that as long as we believe we will get the easy way out and go up to heaven before anything bad happens. Unfortunately I think too often we just accept things as Christian doctrine when not having read it for ourselves.

    Now do not get me wrong, the purpose of my posting this is not to start a long debate. I’m not saying you aren’t a Christian or anything like that. I am simply pointing out the theological flaws in the rapture doctrine. Perhaps what we believe about the end times does not affect our salvation, but I believe truth is important. When you are going to tell someone about your faith, then you must know everything you believe…and claiming to believe something that doesn’t exist in the book you follow doesn’t seem right to me.

    Thanks for listening! (:

    To know Him and make Him known,
    Hannah (:

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    • Hi Hannah; I appreciate you sharing your opinion! From one denomination to the next (by the way, I’m nondenominational and attend Calvary Chapel), beliefs tend to vary a bit, aside from believing that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). But the Bible clearly talks about the rapture in several passages. I’m not sure when the word rapture was first coined, but it was not “invented” then. Throughout the Bible, we can see this has always been God’s plan.

      “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

      “Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

      The fact that Hal Lindsey predicted the rapture to occur within the 40 years following his book (and the fact that it did not happen) has nothing to do with its validity. Matthew 24:36 says that no one knows the day or the hour except for God. In my post above, I said that I think the rapture is going to happen soon. But, hey, what do I know of God’s plans? It could happen in a year or a thousand years. I simply know that it will happen.

      Revelation 4:1 says this: “Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.'” This is after the messages to the various churches (Revelation 2-3); after the voice says “Come up here” at the beginning of chapter 4, nothing else is said about the churches throughout the rest of the book. It’s very likely that this is because they were no longer on earth.

      I completely agree with you that we will be persecuted in this life. However, the Tribulation is not meant for us. Our God is merciful…but He is also just. He can’t simply let sin go unpunished, for those who haven’t accepted His love and forgiveness. While we are here, He gave us clear instructions to spread the Gospel and bring people into God’s family. But someday our work will be finished and He will call us home. Once the Tribulation starts, people can still be saved. Revelation 14 speaks of 144,000 that “kept themselves pure as virgins, following the Lamb wherever he goes”. We live in a fallen world. The Tribulation will come, but it’s not something that we have to deal with if we have Jesus in our hearts. And those people who come to know Him during the Tribulation can then spread the Good News to those who will accept it.

      I don’t really want to get into a debate either. However, this is what I believe and the Bible supports it–I wouldn’t have faith in it otherwise! I also believe that our opinions about the end times doesn’t affect our salvation. It’s still a good thing to know and be prepared for, though.

      God bless you and have a wonderful evening!
      TTT

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    • Hannah – actually the word rapture is in the Bible – it is in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 – now our english translations say :caught up” but the greek word there is Harpazo – it means to snatch away, to seize upon with force. The Latin translation is “raptus” where the word “rapture” comes from. So you see Hal Lindsay did not make it up 🙂
      Also – the reason Christ is coming for His church is because the last seven years are the 70th week of Daniel – a time that God is going to finish what he started with the Jews – read all about it in Daniel 9:24-27. Remember the gospel came to the Jews first and they rejected it so it went to the Gentiles – thus the church was Jews and Gentiles in one body – when the “fullness of the Gentiles has come in” then God will rapture the church and refocus in the salvation of Israel. See Romans chapter 11 (esp 11:25).
      Also the Rapture does not mean Christians can live any way they want – read the rest of 1 Thessalonians after he tells about the rapture in chapter 5 – he tells how we ought to live in light of this truth and while we are waiting – also 2 Corinthians 5:10 tells us we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of how we lived for His glory after we were saved.
      I have taught the book of Revelation many times and lead seminars on it all the time and Christrocks did a great job of summarizing it all up.
      Hope this helps clarify a few things!!
      BTW – Christrocks- you go girl!!

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    • Thanks, but most of that was the result of a lot of research. 🙂 I really enjoyed reading the Left Behind series for kids/teens. Even though it’s fictional, something very like that will happen, and so it is very informative. There’s an adult series as well. And thank you; it’s awesome seeing you here!
      God bless,
      TTT

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  3. I think your site is great! I wanted to share something with you that was shared with me last Christmas! I also made a statement on one of my pages about Xmas and a church friend sent me this. I researched a bit further and it’s all true! Who knew?! Anyway, I now enjoy being one of the people that know where Xmas originated from and as long as it’s not done spitefully, I think it’s good information to share! I have a group of teen girls that have been together for a few years now and we love growing and sharing spiritually. I plan to share your site with them. Keep up the good work!

    The words Christmas and Xmas are both shortened versions of the phrase Christ’s Mass.

    Christmas is a simple contraction of the two words and it is easy to see how Christ’s Mass became Christmas.

    The first letter of the word Xmas was not originally an X as we use it in the English language; what looks like an X is actually the English representation of the Greek letter Chi, χ, the first letter of the word Χριστός, meaning Christ.

    The letter Chi “χ” can also stand alone to represent the word Christ, so Xmas therefore literally translates as Christ-mas and that is how it should be pronounced, never as ex-mass.

    A more detailed explanation.
    The word Xmas was used long before cell-phone text messaging although texting may have greatly increased the usage of that particular word over Christmas.

    Centuries ago, Greek was the language of Christianity. The New Testament was written in Greek and we can still see traces of this in symbols and phrases that we still use today, such as calling God ‘the alpha and the omega’, meaning ‘the beginning and the end’, because alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and omega is the last. It is like calling Him the A to Z.

    Similarly, the ‘Chi-Rho’ symbol that looks like an ‘X’ superimposed over a ‘P’ is actually the Greek letters Chi (X) and Rho (P) which are the first letters in Christ’s name. This symbol, like the fish, is almost as old as the Cross symbol of Christianity and can be found even in the early Christian Church catacombs in Rome, scratched on the walls. The co-incidence that the ‘X’ Chi letter also looks like a cross helped it being adopted to replace ‘Christ’.

    So, from very early times Christians have used the Greek letter that looks like an X as an abbreviation of Christ. More recently, people have used an actual X instead, particularly if they don’t know Greek.

    Some people object to the use of Xmas because they see it as ‘crossing Christ out of Christmas’ as though this is a modern practice attempting to appease other religious groups, but the use of Xmas seems to have became more widesrpead long ago, in the Middle Ages, when European religious clerics used it as a form of shorthand in their writings.

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    • Hi Tammy, thank you so much for taking the time to share that information with me. I never knew how far Xmas traced back or what it really meant. I’m sure that some people, not knowing the meaning behind it, would use Xmas as most expect: as a way of avoiding the Christ in Christmas. Nevertheless, it’s very good to know how Xmas actually originated. I’ll be sure to pass it on!
      God bless you,
      TTT

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