~ Pretribulationism (the Rapture occurs before (pre) the Tribulation) is the view held by most evangelical Believers.
~ This is the only view that teaches the imminence of His return.
~ Pretribulationism MATTERS, because if it is a false doctrine…..the Church must endure either half or all of the Tribulation.
~ It is the only view that allows a literal interpretation of all Old and New Testament passages regarding the Tribulation.
~ No Old or New Testament passage concerning the Tribulation depicts the Church as being present.
~ The Rapture can occur anytime, for no prophecies need to be fulfilled prior to it.
~ The ‘Blessed Hope’ of the Rapture (Titus 2:13) is the next major event on the prophetic calendar.
~ Jesus urged WATCHFULNESS, for there will be sudden separations - two women working in the mill or two men working in the field - one taken and the other left (Mt. 24:40-41).
~ Believers are exhorted to watch for ‘His glorious appearing’ (Titus 2:13).
~ The incentive to live holy lives has more significance because His coming is imminent.
~ The early Church looked forward to the Rapture as a reality by which they could govern their lives.
~ Sensing the time is short before His return, Pretribulationists tend to take a more aggressive approach to soul-winning.
~ Pretribulationists hold that the Rapture itself is a judgment, for unbelievers are left behind.
~ The Rapture takes place prior to the Tribulation to remove the Church before this period. The Church will be ABSENT from the earth but PRESENT in heaven during this time (Rev. 4-19).
~ Jesus comes FOR His saints at the Rapture and returns WITH His saints at the end of the Tribulation (Rev. 19:14). How could we return WITH Him unless we were ALREADY together?
~ “The Lord arriving with 10,000 of His saints” must refer to His Second Coming because we are WITH Him. (Jude 14).
~ The 24 elders represent the raptured Church and are ALWAYS pictured as being in heaven after Revelation 4:1.
~ The ‘open door’ in Revelation 4:1 is the Church entering heaven at the Rapture. In 19:11 heaven is again opened seven years later for the Church to follow Jesus (the white horse Rider) back down to earth at the Second Coming and “reign with Him 1,000 years” (Rev. 20:6).
~ The Restrainer (the Holy Spirit) departs earth with Believers at the Rapture. Only after this will the Antichrist be manifested (II Thess. 2:3).
~ God has not destined His Church to experience His wrath, therefore we are not present on planet earth during the Tribulation (I Thess. 5:9).
~ God is prone to deliver His people prior to a divine judgment, as His dealings with Lot, Rahab, and Noah illustrate.
~ Jesus returns with His Bride at His Second Coming when we partake of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Re. 19:7-10).
~ No sinner will see the Rapture because the saints will be caught up with Christ “in the twinkling of an eye” (I Cor. 15:52).
~ Pretribulationists understand there will be three resurrections:

1. one for the dead in Christ at the Rapture
2. one after the seven-year Tribulation - a resurrection of the saints who died during the Tribulation
3. one for unbelievers at the end of the millennium

~ A thousand years (the Millennium) will transpire between the first resurrection and the final resurrection (Rev. 20:4-6).
~ Israel and the Church are strong points in Pretribulationism, for the Jewish aspects of eschatology are recognized and respected.
~ Pretribulationists make a clear distinction between Israel and the Church.
~ The Tribulation is a time of preparation for Israel’s restoration and is a transitional period - from God’s dealings with His Church up to the time of the Rapture - to His dealings with the Jewish people on earth during the Tribulation.
~ The godly remnant (referred to as ‘the elect’) seen during the Tribulation are Israelites - not the Church.
~ Jesus is coming when He is least expected….as a thief in the night (Lk. 12:39; I Thess. 5:4 & Rev. 3:3).
~ Those who claim to know the date of the Rapture DO NOT, because they CANNOT.  Only the Father knows the exact instant it will occur (Acts 1:7).
~ If the Tribulation was next on God’s agenda, we’d have been warned. Instead, Paul tells Believer to “comfort one another” with thoughts concerning the Rapture (I Thess. 4:18). 
~ All tribulationist and millennialist theology centers on Christ’s return. Centuries of speculation, theories, and argumentation have not altered the time of His arrival…..the Lord Jesus keeps His own schedule.


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