Remember in his first point it became obvious that Brentner was not speaking of the Rapture, but of the pre-Trib rapture. So on to point 2. In this point the pre-Trib argument again becomes obvious.
He says: “2. THE RAPTURE MOTIVATES US TO PURITY
In 1 John 3:2-3, we read this about the Rapture: “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” Here the apostle John identifies purity as the result of focusing on Jesus and His imminent appearing.”
So again we can tell that Brentner is being specific to the pre-Trib rapture. It is interesting to note that the Rapture is always imminent in the pre-Trib camp. It has for them been imminent for the last almost 2000 years. John says: “when He appears” the Rapture of course is contained in this appearance; as is the resurrection; as is judgment and immortality. As is the kingdom, in fact, eternity itself is brought into existence at this moment. So why is Imminence the one thing selected by Brentner to be the motivator for abiding? The fact is the Rapture cannot come until the Lords coming becomes imminent. But the process has now taken 2000 years and it in fact is still not imminent if we consider the signs of His Coming. John is not emphasizing the imminence of this appearing but instead the hope we have that He will appear for us. So Imminence is used as the motivator for abiding in order to give the pre-Trib rapture a Scriptural credibility, that otherwise is not taught.
He goes on:
“If we walk in the reality that at any moment we could find ourselves in the presence of the Savior, it will have a refining impact on both our behavior and thought life.
In 1 John 2:28 the apostle tells us to “abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink away from him in shame at his coming.” This warning is for believers who lose sight of Jesus’ imminent appearing and drift away from abiding in Christ. “
Brentner’s Motivation again is Christ’s imminent coming, when in fact neither Jesus nor John emphasized the Imminence of His coming when they told of the need for abiding. Abiding in Him and being overcomers is a process that we must undertake in our walk as believers, The Resurrection and Rapture is the hope of every believer. Brentner continues:
“Once in the presence of the Savior, their lifestyle at the time causes them to back away from His splendor and righteousness.”
So Brentner’s argument is that Satan Hates The Pre-Trib Rapture because it will motivate us to abide in Christ thus allowing us to avoid our having to back away at His appearing. The fact of His coming cannot do this for us it must be the Imminence of His Coming. He continues:
“Let me make clear that I am not at all saying that only those who watch for the Rapture abide in Jesus; however, I am asserting that those who eagerly anticipate it have an additional incentive to do so, one which the devil hates and seeks to eliminate.”
So now we come to the reason for this point. Satan seeks to eliminate it. What is it? The imminent pre-Trib Rapture. If one believes what Brentner is stating here he will automatically identify anyone who opposes not the Rapture, but the pre-Trib rapture with having not a pure, but a Satanic motivation.
If the pre-Trib Rapture cannot be proven with actual statements from scripture to the effect that Jesus will come back for His bride prior to the Seven Year Tribulation, then he must convince the reader some other way. Stay tuned for point 3.