You’ve probably seen all kinds of Second Coming time charts in your life as a believer, but here is an honest rendering of a pre-Trib time chart. Study it; then we will discuss.
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Do you have any questions? If you don’t, you need to. But this is exactly what the pre-Trib school has always taught and yet, they just didn’t show it.
A pre-tribulation time gap of unspecified years. Most of you who really believe this timing of the Rapture never really thought of this.
In 1991, I published a book titled: False Security, has the New Age given us false hope? Following that publication my Uncle Ken, who was my mentor in my faith walk, challenged a pre-Trib concept which I stated in that book to exist as a tenant of pre-Trib theory. I had posed the question in the book challenging an imminent pre-Trib Rapture, and in it commented: if you believe in an always has been imminent coming of Christ for His church; then He may have already come and you just didn’t know it. He said to me: “nobody believes that”. And he was right that practically nobody talked about this aspect of what was being taught in the pre-Trib theory.
Think about it Jesus may have already come if that teaching is correct: was it in the third century, or the Middle Ages — during the plague. You may not see a problem in this teaching, but it’s there. If He came secretly during the dark ages; then what are you a member of today?— certainly not the church. During the dark ages, history wouldn’t have even noticed those missing. This is just how convoluted this theory of the pre-Trib Rapture really is. In the first place there is no church age ever mentioned in Scripture. But it is mentioned in this and every pre-Trib chart. Find it in Scripture, if you can. It is so secrete that it is never mentioned by God, by His Son, or any scripture writer, including the Apostles. Age has several mentioning; as does church, but never together.
The rock upon which Jesus built His church, was completely Jewish. Thou art the Christ (Messiah of Israel) the Son of the living God.
Jesus made this following statement to Jews who were sent to trick Him:
Luke 20:34 Jesus said to them, “The sons of this [world and present] age marry and [the women] are given in marriage; 35 but those who are considered worthy to gain that [other world and that future] age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 and they cannot die again, because they are [immortal] like the angels (equal to, angel-like). And they are children of God, being participants in the resurrection. (AMP)
This statement of Jesus allows for only this human age of His absence and our procreation then comes the next following resurrection. Nor is there a dispensation for the church or of the church taught to make it separate from the Jewish heritage which is foundational to the church. You are one with the saints (read Ephesians; read Romans chapters 9-12). Jews were not cut from the church and from their Messiah, only unbelieving Jews were not included. And only the unbelieving Jews were cut off, not the believing remnant which we were added to.
If there is a post Rapture pre-Tribulation time gap of an unknowable time frame; then you may not be a member of the Church or Bride at all. For these believers teach that only the Bride is/was/has been/will be Raptured. But Jesus said to Jews: Luke 20:35 but those who are considered worthy to gain that [other world and that future] age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;
His teaching was that for His people (those worthy of Him and His age to come) there was a change coming from the age of mortality (marriage and giving in marriage). That change ceases for those who are worthy at the resurrection, and both Jesus in Mark 13, and Paul (1Thes. 4), tell us that what we call the Rapture follows the resurrection. It does not precede it. Jesus makes clear that the resurrection initiates the coming age wherein there is no marriage for His Sons of God (His brethren).