~ Midtribulationism directly attacks the imminent return of Christ because it presupposes a specific time the Rapture occurs. Their chronology of eschatological events demands date-setting, which Jesus forbade Mk. 13:21).
~ Much of Midtribulationism is based on the allegorical method of interpretation, with many scriptures being ‘bent’ to fit their theories.
~ Midtribulationism is actually a compromise between Pretribulationism and Posttribulationism, but much of their theology is based on Posttribulationism.
~ They do hold that the Tribulation and the Millennium are literal 7-year and 1,000 year periods.
~ Many Midtribulationists view themselves as Pretribulationists in a sense - because they do not feel the actual Tribulation begins until mid-way through this 7-year period - when they think the Church is raptured.
~ They believe the Church will be raptured at the MIDDLE of the Tribulation period and have assumed the Tribulation can be split into two distinct parts.
~ They view the FIRST half of the Tribulation as the wrath of the Antichrist and the SECOND half the wrath of Christ….although they do not believe the Antichrist will be fully revealed until just after the Rapture.
~ “The Church must go through the first 3 1/2 years (or 42 months or 1,260 days) of the Tribulation before it is raptured (Daniel 7:25)”.
~ “The Great Tribulation is Daniel’s 70th week and the last half of that week is called “The Day of the Lord”.
~ Midtribulationists tend to ‘spiritualize’ the first half of the Tribulation, but take the second half literally.
~ They often speak of a “PREWRATH RAPTURE”, holding that only the last 3 1/2 years of Antichrist’s reign is the period of true wrath.
~ “The bowl judgments are out-poured, which will make the last half of the Tribulation worse than the first” (Rev. 11:15).
~ “The severity of the Tribulation does not increase until after the first 42 months, so the Church will be on earth until that time is over”.
~ The Tribulation is always treated as a UNIT in God’s Word. Just because it gets worse during the second half does not justify splitting it into two parts.
~ “Anything included in the 7 seals and the first 6 trumpets cannot be regarded as ‘God’s wrath’, so the Church can be present without experiencing His retribution upon sin”.
~ Like the Posttribulationists, the Midtribulationists point out the plagues of Egypt were applied selectively and came upon the Egyptians but not the Hebrews. Therefore, God can protect His people during times of “tribulation”.
~However, how can the famine, darkness, bloodshed, and earthquakes of the first half of the Tribulation not be understood as God’s wrath?
~ The burden of proof still rests on the Midtribulationists to prove the Church is removed before God pours out His wrath.
~ They say the first half of the Tribulation period is what Jesus called ‘the beginning of sorrows’ and is therefore a time of ‘cleansing’ for the Church.
~ Midtribulationists do not teach IMMINENCE, for they think they know when the Rapture will occur - halfway through the Tribulation (3 1/2 years after it starts).

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A MATTER OF TRUMPETS

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~Essentially, the entire theory of Midtribulationism is based on a trumpet blast.
~ Midtribulationists claim, “Although the times will be bad, the seals and trumpets are not judgments or manifestations of God’s wrath”.
~ However, John connects the trumpets with the wrath of God in Revelation 11:18 and associates it with the wrath that has already come.
~ “This trumpet sounds BEFORE the wrath of God falls on the earth”.
~ “The Rapture takes place at the 7th trumpet of Revelation 11:15-18, for there “is no mention of the wrath of God in the 7 seals or the first 6 trumpets”.
~ The sound of the trumpet at the Rapture is a SINGULAR blast - so how could THAT blast actually be one of a ‘series’ of blasts - with the Rapture taking place at the last one?
~ Since their theology is based on trumpet blasts, how does the one Jesus refers to in Mt. 24:31 fit into their theology? The angels blow a trumpet to call Believers from everyplace on earth AFTER the Second Coming.
~ Midtribulationists hold that the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3 are actually Moses and Elijah and represent the DEAD and the LIVING at the time of the Rapture. However, on the mount of Transfiguration, Moses represented the Law and Elijah the prophets (Mt. 17:2).
~ They base their entire theory on the misconception that the trumpet blast of I Cor. 15:52 is also the trumpet which will be heard at the Rapture (I Th. 4:16). This is because they assume the blast of Rev. 11:15 is the same one.
~ The theology of Midtribulationism fails completely. The trumpet blast for the actual Rapture (I Th. 4:16) is for God’s people to escape the entire Tribulation, while the trumpet in Rev. 11:15 pours out the bowl judgments on the wicked on earth. 
~ Clearly, all the 7 trumpets in Revelation are part of the TRIBULATION and are completed prior to His Second Coming.
~ The trumpet in I Thessalonians begins a BLESSING, while the trumpet of Revelation 11 begins a JUDGMENT.

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~Since the entire theory of Midtribulationism is based on one trumpet blast, their foundation is made of sand. Paul instructs us to wear our salvation as a helmet of hope, “for God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thess. 5:8-9).

 


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