2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, (KJV)
We are told that this passage represents two events (His coming And our gathering). Our gathering we are told is the first event. But scripturally Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians that it (the Rapture), must follow the resurrection of those who are (Christ’s) in Him, for the dead in Christ will rise first, AND THEN the Rapture. So ask yourself, will there be any of the dead in Christ present in the Tribulation? Will there be any Jews in Christ who have died during the Tribulation. Ask yourself — why is it stated in scripture, after these Tribulation martyrs have died, and at the very same time as their resurrection, that this is the “first resurrection”? Can you explain that?
1 Timothy 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)
This appearing is said to be different than His “coming”. I want us to compare this verse with another verse which is also listed as a pre-Trib Rapture verse:
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (KJV)
In this verse we are told that the blessed hope is the Rapture, and the appearing which is the same Greek word used in the 1 Tim. 6:14 verse. It is also translated but is obviously the Second coming to earth.
So, in the rapture verse listed in 1 Timothy 6:14, we are told this appearing means the rapture separate from His Coming as in the second Coming. But in Titus 2:13 this same word means Second Coming to earth.
You have seen the magical slight of hand trick, where the bean is placed under one of three glasses and then they are moved all around and you then are to point to the glass containing the bean. This twist of scripture is somewhat more deceptive, because we are to believe that the bean can actually become the glass. And yes we are to believe that, as many do. The Titus verse is also in the above list of Rapture verses.
2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (KJV)
The pattern within Dispensationalism is to cause the conjunction “and” to mean two different things when used in many of the teachings concerning the Second Coming. Paul here in this uses Kingdom and appearing. So what is Paul saying? Is Christ going to judge the living and the dead at two separate times? The implication from a Dispensationalists perspective is — yes. But Jesus makes clear to John in the Revelation that the two are one. The Dispensationalist says that His judgment at the rapture is of His Church. And during His kingdom rule, it is of those outside the church. What does Jesus reveal to John?
Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. (KJV)
There is one mistake in this King James Translation in Vs 17. It states “which art, and wast, and art to come”. If Jesus has begun His reign, which is what it states here, then He has come. So when studying this you must know that “Art to come”, is not found in the oldest transcripts, and it is not found in other good modern translations, such as NASB. Why was it not there, because it becomes obvious that at this point Jesus has come. He is reigning. And It is also stated of Him that He will AT THIS TIME of His coming that this is: “and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great.” These servants listed are those to whom this book is written as stated in chapter 1 of Revelation. It is also stated in this book: Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (KJV)
There is no good reason scripturally to divide God’s people. There is only scriptural reason to not do so. We are now one new man, Jew and Gentile, who are told that in Christ there is no more Jew and Gentile.