This was originally brought to our attention by Bible Guy. Brentner writes:
1. THE RAPTURE ENABLES US TO STAND FIRM
“First, the devil hates it because the hope of Jesus’ imminent return encourages us to persevere in our faith against fierce opposition.”
I must wonder if no one in the pre trib movement has ever heard of the boy who cried wolf? The teaching about Jesus imminent return has been with us now for almost 200 years. I want to see Jesus as much as any men, but His word teaches that we are to look for Him when certain things are in place. Pre-Trib teachers believe that those things have been in place ever since who knows when, yet, they tell us that it is now that the signs are ripe. They ignore the signs that both the Lord and Paul gave concerning the Antichrist and the apostasy which must come before the day of the Lord. The day on which Paul stated that Jesus would come for us as a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:1-5). Some of them claim of course that the church is already apostate. But where is the Antichrist?
Brentner continues: “After writing about Jesus’ appearing and the transformation of our “lowly” bodies “to be like his glorious body” (Phil 3:20-21), Paul said this in Philippians 4:1, “Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.” The apostle based his admonitions in here upon our hope of a glorified body at Jesus’ return.”
Standing firm because Jesus is coming is not a Rapture thing. It is a Jesus Coming thing. We desire as David did to dwell with Him forever.
The pre-Trib Rapture quite frankly mainly motivates an undoing of what Our Lord came to do, which was to add Gentiles to His Remnant. To the leaders of the Jews He said: I have other sheep who I must bring also, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd over the flock (John 10:16). A Pre-Trib belief must undo that concept taught in scripture. Paul spoke of it in Ephesians 2, as one new man. John spoke of it in John 11:51&52.
Brentner continues: “In Paul’s day, to “stand firm” meant standing strong in a battle; the word pictured a soldier holding his position as the enemy attacked. For us, it denotes persisting in biblically-centered walk with the Lord in a world hostile to all we believe and hold dear, especially our hope of Jesus’ imminent return”[.]
Again it is the imminent return that is highlighted, not the fact that Jesus will return again to judge the living and the dead. Standing strong in the battle is encouraged even during the Tribulation in Revelation’s message. Paul speaks clearly to the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians chapter 1, concerning Christ’s judgment against those who have inflicted Tribulation on these souls. He says in vs 6: For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you.
Brentner continues: “Paul used the same word in in Philippians 1:27 to describe believers as “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” in the face of opposition. Such a courageous stance, he says, “is a clear sign to them [the persecutors] of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God” (v. 28). Our hope in the Rapture strengthens us in the face of persecution.”
Standing firm he says is caused by our hope of the rapture. Not so my friend this scripture says to us that we have the hope of salvation while they have the promise of destruction. The grace of God which delivers us from that destruction is what motivates and causes us to stand firm in one spirit with one mind. The pre Trib rapture has only divided us over the last 200 years, and that is fact. It is not the motivating force causing us to stand firm in on spirit and in one mind as he states it here. In fact I suggest to you that Satan loves the pre-Trib Rapture that has caused division among believers. He however hates the thought of the Second Coming and the Resurrection which precedes the Rapture.