#1) The Bible describes the Rapture and Second Coming as different events.
What proof exactly is presented to support this. Everyone knows that there is a coming of Jesus attached to the Rapture. So what one has to believe is that there are two second comings of Jesus separated by seven years, or by many years depending on the particular pre-Trib theologian doing the teaching. Paul says that Jesus comes as a thief in the Rapture in 1 Thessalonians 5. Revelation reveals the timing of this coming to be during the battle of Armageddon in Revelation 16. It occurs before the final bowl of wrath. His coming is therefore post-Tribulational. It is one Second Coming.
#2) The Rapture is described as occurring at any time without warning.
Is it? Again read 1 Thess. 5, and you will find that we are not in darkness that this event should take us by surprise. Were the return of the Lord truly imminent down through the ages as these men believe it was then they would have a case, but Paul makes very clear that this day will not come before there is an easily identifiable apostasy and a revealing of the man of sin (the Antichrist) in 2 Thessalonians 2.
#3) The Rapture and the removal of the “Restrainer” occur at the same time.
This is an assumption, with no clear teaching. There is no attachment of the church to the restrainer in 2 Thessalonians 2. In fact the church has never restrained evil in the world, but in fact it is seen by the world as being the evil needing to be eradicated. Jesus had said “in this world you will have persecution.” He Even said Tribulation. He said “ if they hated me they will hate you”. There is a recreated Jesus out there today who is loved by the world. He is a Jesus who loves every man and judges none. He condemns no one, no sin and no disobedience and never will. A recent CNN pole says that about 46% of the church today doesn’t even believe in a rapture, about 36% believes in a pre-Trib rapture, and the remainder about 18% in a post-Trib Rapture. Why am I saying this, to let you know that a church that can’t even figure out the truth for itself has already all but lost its influence on the World it is sent to testify to. And quite frankly they the world never did want to hear the truth. After all they crucified Jesus — the Truth.
#4) The Tribulation is for Israel’s redemption.
This of course is true, but how does this truth designate the timing of the Rapture? Because Tribulation is also taught by Jesus as being for the believer. As stated above “In this world you will have Tribulation” but we are not to fear because He goes on to tell us that He has overcome the world.
But there is another clear teaching missed by pre-Trib thinkers. I’ll speak to it when answering another point, but will just say for now — we are the children of Abraham — israel. That may shock you unless you have been following my site for awhile. But just stick with me for a bit.
#5) The Tribulation is not for the Church.
How can one say this? It is not until after the events of the Tribulation that John is told that “the bride has made herself ready”(Rev.19). It is the offspring of Israel (you and I) who draw the attention of Antichrist when he is unable to get to the nation Israel’s Remnant. (Rev.12). It is the churches who will see the Great Tribulation (Rev. 2:22-23).
#6) God’s wrath involves the whole 7-Year Tribulation.
Not so. God’s (Thumos anger translated Wrath) is poured out to bring about repentance. It is God’s final call to a lost world. His (Orge wrath) which we are promised to escape is not seen until His second coming. Read my Aug 11, 2017 article. Is The Great Tribulation Really God’s Wrath — is it really the wrath that we will not see?
#7) The Old Testament and Revelation leave the Church out of the Tribulation.
Let me start by saying that we the church are in Him, in Who? — Peter said “Thou art the Christ (Messiah of Israel), Son of the living God”. Jesus said — paraphrased “your right Peter, and on this rock — (Jesus is the rock) I will build my church (Ekklessia). So what did this mean to these Jewish disciples? The Ekklessia is recorded more times in the O. T. then in the New. Peter knew that this referred to the remnant from Israel. Messiah is building His Church. It was in the Old Testament. We have already seen that it is also in the Tribulation.
#8) The Church is busy elsewhere during the Tribulation.
The church he says is in heaven at a marriage. He says — “no word ‘church’ is present on earth in Revelation” following chapter 3. So let’s follow that logic — show me where the word “church” is recorded in heaven in any of the scenes depicting heaven during the Tribulation. Using this logic (the absence of a word — specifically the word church) presented by all pre-Tribbers the Church then must have ceased to exist completely. We completely disappeared and never re-emerge.
#9) There needs to be sheep to separate from the goats.
This refers to Matthew 25 and the judgment of the nations. He contends that the sheep are the saved of the Tribulation. Read the passage. There are 3 groups of people present here. Jesus brethren, the sheep and the goats. The sheep are there on the right because they helped Jesus brethren during Tribulation. No mention of being saved, but remember they are not yet dead, and Jesus seeks to save lost sheep. The goats He does not seek to save. The goats did not help His brethren and therefore are cast into the lake of fire. These sheep and goats are people of the nations who were not among the armies of the world who came up against Israel. The sheep will go into the kingdom prepared for them to be ruled for 1000 years. Read my book.
#10) The Bible shows God rescues the righteous from His wrath
No one disputes this. He is correct about this one thing. He even rescues the remnant of the nation Israel from His wrath, and they my friend are present for the entire Tribulation as are Gentile believers in Christ.
#11) The Pre-Tribulation Rapture view is not too new to discount.
Read my book. It (the pre-Trib view) is new and there is deception surrounding it. There is but one truth on this subject. That truth is revealed in the word of God. Most dispensational teachers will state that this is not a cardinal doctrine. I suppose that that is to tell us that it is not applicable to our salvation. But my friend Truth does matter to God. He is the truth. What dispensational teaching does is to divide God’s people. But it also divides the message of scripture. For example you and I can’t take the message of Matthew 24 as being for us because they say it is just for the Jews. Neither can we apply passages about falling from grace to be about the church because individuals in the church cannot lose salvation. Those who fall will be Jews. Yet Paul says: for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. Romans 11:21-22
This my friend was written to those of us in Him, in Christ. We can be cut off from the Olive Tree supported by Him — the root, just as individuals from Israel were cut off from the tree. Remember not all from Israel was cut off. The Remnant remained, and we were added in by adoption. Unnatural branches added to His chosen and supported by the root. The same root supporting Israel’s chosen. We are one new man. God is no respecter of persons.