One internet site says yes. I decided to go to this following site because one visitor to my blog referred me to it. You can click on this link to read their reasoning. But come back if you want to know the rest of the story.
This is the beginning of the facts presented in his argument:
The next time you question the pre-tribulation rapture with Matthew 24 as your evidence do yourself a favor and answer this question:
Did Jesus lie?
He uses Matt. 24: 29-31 to make his argument in support of this point. This scripture says:
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Here is what he says about this scripture: “Here is why I ask. If Matthew 24 is evidence of a post-tribulation rapture then Jesus clearly lied in 24:36. How do we know this? There are no less than 35 verses given prior in this chapter that clearly define the times of the end – including these particular scriptures that are trumpeted by supporters of the post-tribulation rapture more than any other:”
Here is his (Tribulation rising/ fat cows) problem: Jesus says here that immediately following the Tribulation there would be a sign. I speak of this sign in chapter 3 of the book. So I’ll summarize here. The sun, moon and stars make up THE sign, which is given in Genesis, Joel, and Isaiah. This sign occurs on earth before the Day of The Lord actually comes. You can read about this in Joel 3 as well as other Old Testament books. So in none of these descriptions do we have any idea of just how many days the earth will remain dark before the actual coming of the Lord following Tribulation. But we know that the Rapture occurs during this period of darkness. Listen to how Paul describes it:
Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “ Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;
1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 NASB
The day of the Lord has always been thought to be the time of the Rapture by pre-Trib scholars, for this reason they try to include the Tribulation as part of this day and make it 1007 years. Paul who wrote this is the only one of the Apostles who was learned enough in the Old Testament Scriptures to know that the Rapture would occur suddenly and in total darkness all around the Globe. When the Sun, moon and stars do not shine, this then is the condition — total darkness. But for how many days? No one knows, this we are told — no man knows the day or the hour. Is Jesus a lier? No — are men liers, and unlearned in the scriptures. You be the Judge.
Yet, the writer on this site that Our visitor shared with us says: “If Matthew 24 is evidence of a post-tribulation rapture then Jesus clearly lied in 24:36.” Yet this is the only statement in scripture that describes the timing of the rapture in relation to Tribulation. There is no other, there are many other scriptures that will support this timing. I list all of them and link them in my book of 370 pages. A book that took me 18 years to prepare after writing my first book. This is not a topic that one can just breeze through. Darby who dreamt up his pre-Trib theory did it with little help we are told, but it took him only a very few years. I have studied this subject since I was saved in my 20’s over 50 years ago. My first exposure to the subject was Hal Lindsay’s book, the Late Great Planet Earth. So, I began with the pre-Trib theory as my foundation, but after years of more questions than scripture could answer, I determined to just believe the Scripture. And things began to come together. The book and articles on this blog are the result. God bless you as you study.
I will post more articles about the Tribulation Rising site, as I study it more, as we have some readers here relying on this sites work. And this is my first exposure to it.