BASIC PRINCIPALS OF THE PREWRATH RAPTURE
1. The Bible teaches that there is a still-future seven-year
period to occur. Within that period the Antichrist will arise,
the Great Tribulation will occur, the church will be raptured,
and the Day of the Lord wrath will commence. That time frame is
called the seventieth week of Daniel, never the Tribulation.
2. The Bible teaches that there are three major sections to the
seventieth week: the beginning of sorrows (Math 24:8), the Great
Tribulation (Math 24:21) and the Day of the Lord (Math 24:30-31).
3. The Bible teaches that the Great Tribulation ("time of Jacob's
trouble") begins in the middle of that seven-year period but does
not continue until its end. The Great Tribulation is cut short
and followed by cosmic disturbance (Math 24:22, Mark 13:24-25).
4. The Bible teaches that Elijah (or one like him, if preferred)
must appear before the Day of the Lord commences. If he appears
before the seventieth week, there can be no pretribulational
doctrine of imminence. If he appears after it begins, the Day of
the Lord cannot start at the beginning of the seventieth week, as
pretribulationism normally insists.
5. The Bible teaches that that apostasy and revealing of the man
of sin must precede the Day of the Lord (2 Thess 2:1-4). The
apostasy and revealing of the man of sin occur within the
seventieth week. Therefore, the Day of the Lord cannot begin
before the first five seals are broken or at the beginning of the
6. The Bible teaches that the cosmic disturbance immediately
precedes the Day of the Lord (Joel 2:31). The cosmic disturbance
begins with the opening of the sixth seal. That occurs sometime
within the second half of the seventieth week.
7. The Bible makes it clear when the Day of the Lord commences.
There is no guesswork. It will commence with the opening of the
seventh seal. John wrote, "For the great and terrible day of his
wrath is come" (Rev 6:17).
8. The Bible teaches that the Day of the Lord is a time of
unprecedented judgement upon the whole earth. It will also be a
time of purifying Israel.
9. The Bible teaches that there is only ONE second coming of
Christ - not one for the Rapture of the church at the beginning
of the seventieth week and another seven years later at its end,
as pretribulationism sometimes contends.
10. The Bible teaches that the second coming of Christ (parousia)
speaks of coming and continuous presence to accomplish a number
of divine purposes. It will begin with the Rapture and be
followed by the Day of the Lord wrath and the Lord's literal
return to the earth.
11. The Bible teaches that the END or the END OF THE AGE is the
time for final harvest (Matt 28:20). The final harvest is the
time of separation between the righteous (wheat) and unrighteous
(weeds or tares).
12. The Bible teaches that the church is to remain on the earth
until the END (matt 28:20). The END is always a reference to the
end of the age (Matt 13:39-40). The END occurs inside the
seventieth week, not immediately prior to its beginning.
13. The Bible teaches that the END ("then shall the end come,"
Matt 24:14) commences with the opening of the seventh seal. The
righteous (the wheat) are raptured (harvested into God's barn),
and then the unrighteous (the weeds) are judged (harvested and
burned) during the Day of the Lord, concluding with Christ's
physical return to the earth.
14. The Bible teaches that at Christ's return, a surviving
remnant of Jews will be gathered to Israel and saved. God's
covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will be literally
fulfilled (Matt 24:31, Rom 11:25-26).
15. The Bible teaches that in connection with Christ's return,
the nations will be judged (Matt 25:32) and Christ's millennial
kingdom will be established.