Missler speaks of Rapture-itis, or Rapture-mania. Those with the Itis he says are those who believe Jesus is coming back tomorrow or day after tomorrow. Those with mania are the date setters. Interestingly both these are more likely found in the pre-Trib taught belief system, or among the heretical theologians of the past.
His Rapture seem in the OT.
Let us view them:
Isaiah 26:19 Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew [is as] the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits. (NASB1995)
This is an interesting prophecy concerning resurrection. The rapture itself is not in sight in this passage, which only supports what Paul tells us: is the need for study.
Zephaniah 2:3 Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’S anger. (NASB1995)
Missler sees this as the promise of a pre-Trib Rapture, but is it? Dispensational Theologians want us to believe that when Jesus is speaking to His Jewish Disciples in Matthew 24, that this would mean that that message is only for Israel; but here where the message is to Israel’s righteous, they attempt to make this only for the church who in their thinking will be resurrected and raptured before Israel.
Psalm 27:5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. (NASB1995)
Could this be a prophecy for just the church eliminating Israel when being made through David? You should be the discerner of that meaning, but be sure that your discernment is from the Holy Spirit.
Note each of these passages are spoken to Israel, and what Missler states is certainly not clear from the passages. And these messages arn’t easily detached to exclude Israel, who will not be Raptured prior to Great Tribulation. The verses he believes to reveal stages of Rapture. This too would be difficult to conclude.
Missler also attempts to make us believe that the 24 elders in Revelation 4 and beyond are the redeemed of the Lord — equaling only the church. He references Rev. 5:9-10. Listen:
Revelation 5:8-10 When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they *sang a new song, saying,“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
One interesting point here: the 24 Elders supposedly representing the Church do not include themselves with these redeemed Nations who are both spoken of in the past tense and the future tense. — Why? — is it because they are not part of these redeemed nations?
If one takes the position that Revelation is not reveling certain prophesies of end time events in a non sequential fashion, as do other prophetic works, but instead is intended to be completely futuristic and sequential as to the happenings on the earth once the church is gone; then Missler’s way would be the way that these verses could be seen. But this approach will leave confusion if one really examines the detail within the book of the Revelation itself.
Does Missler’s claim not imply that John is one of these 24 elders singing as he would necessarily be doing among those who were purchased from the nations if he and they represent all of the future church as Missler believes, and therefore is not simply an encounter similar to Paul’s own explaining what John is actually seeing at the time of his own vision? In other words why is John not experiencing what he is seeing as one of them? — especially if this is John, whose rapture is representing this future church rapture.
If all these nations are then the church already delivered from Great Tribulation before the Tribulation, why is it that Israel is not among them as she is definitely represented in the New Jerusalem. Why does Jesus make a point when speaking to the seven churches that these churches will learn of His ways as they are still Churches plural observing the effects of the great tribulation; rather than as the church as His bride singular which they would have to be if they are Raptured prior to great Tribulation?
But even more importantly why does a multitude from these Nations later appear as having come out of Great Tribulation?
Revelation 7:9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and [all] tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches [were] in their hands; (NASB1995)
Revelation 7:13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (NASB1995)
The Question you must ask is: does not the white robes washed in the blood include them in the bride? Are they excluded from or included in the promise in chapter 5 which Missler claims to be the bride already in heaven? “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” You see Missler and all pre-Trib dispensationalists have relegated anyone saved during the Tribulation to be a people ruled over by Christ and His bride. These in chapter 7 do not sound as fitting that description at all, or to you do they?