~ Because of the great diversity of theological concepts within Posttribulationism, it is difficult to arrive at a ‘standardized’ position.
~ This is the view held by Catholics, some mainline denominations, and a small percentage of evangelicals.
~ They imagine their millennial stance has been the dominate one throughout the Church Age - but this is untrue.
~ Their theories are vague, their interpretations inconsistent, and their theology seriously flawed.
~ “There will only be two resurrections: one at the beginning of the Millennium and a resurrection of the ungodly at the end of it”.
~ Most Posttribulationists are either Postmillennialists or Amillennialists.
~ There is much dissension among Posttribulationists concerning what is literal and what is figurative within the book of Revelation.
~ They blur the distinctions between Israel and the Church - as do Midtribulationists.
~ Posttribulationists argue among themselves concerning WHAT the Rapture really is and WHEN it actually occurs. 
~ “Since the word ‘rapture’ isn’t in the Bible, Pretribulationism is erroneous”.
~ Posttribulationists deny the Rapture and the Second Coming are two separate events, but rather take place concurrently.
~ They feel there is no seven-year interlude between the Rapture and the Second Coming, believing the Second Coming IS the Rapture.
~ Posttribulationists avoid the use of the term “Rapture” because this word suggests that the Church will escape the Tribulation - which contradicts their theology.
~ For Pre and Midtribulationists, the Rapture and Second Coming are separate events, while Posttribulationists claim these events are simultaneous.
~ “The Church will be raptured at the end of the Tribulation, then descend immediately with Christ to earth, making the Rapture and the Second Coming one and the same”.
~ “The ‘rapture’ is reminiscent of the five wise virgins who go out to meet the Bridegroom then return right away with the Bridegroom to go into the banquet (the Millennium) and serve Him”.
~ However, they cannot answer the question….“Why go UP to meet Him only to instantly come right back DOWN again”. What would be the point?
~ Since many signs precede the Second Coming, the Posttribulationist has no hope of His imminent return.
~ “The return of Christ cannot be ‘imminent’ because 2,000 years have elapsed since His first advent (the Incarnation)”.
~ Some Posttribulationists tend to have a hazy concept of the Millennium, wondering if ‘a thousand years’ (Rev. 20:4) may actually be emblematic of a more extensive period.
~ “The Tribulation could last even longer than seven years and many not be an era of horrific and severe wrath. However, if it is, God will take care of His people during this time”.
~ “The Church will be present during the Tribulation. Although God will not SPARE Believers from it, He will PRESERVE them throughout it”.
~ The Great Tribulation is a time of severe persecution of Christians by the Antichrist. After this period of testing, Jesus will arrive”.
~ “Just as the Israelites were protected during the ten plagues God sent upon Egypt, and as Noah was preserved from the flood, so the Church will also avoid God’s wrath”.
~ They quote Jesus’ words to the Father: “My prayer is not that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil (Jn. 17:5)”.
~ Posttribulationists argue that the only WRATH the Church will escape is the Lake of Fire (I Thess. 5:9).
~ “Christians will have to trust God and suffer under the Antichrist. During this time, thousands will be murdered for their faith in Christ”.
~ They speak of the Second Coming as IMPENDING rather than IMMINENT, for their only hope is that God will shelter them as they endure the Tribulation.
~ Some Posttribulationists feel the Tribulation already took place during the first century, while others think the ‘tribulation period’ is simply the struggles of the Church throughout the past 2,000 years.
~ Posttribulationists argue that since ‘tribulations’ have been the norm for Christians for centuries, they should not differentiate between common tribulations and the Great Tribulation.
~ “The New Testament does not promise Believers will escape hardship and suffering because the Church has been in ‘tribulation’ since its inception of the day of Pentecost”.
~ Such reasoning is dangerous and damaging to the Church because it minimizes God’s purpose behind the Great Tribulation.
~ It is true there is only one Greek word for ‘tribulation’ (thlipsis) in the New Testament. This term is used to refer to the daily troubles, anguish, persecutions, stress, pressures, and trials which all Christians endure. However, in the context in which it is used in Revelation, it refers to THE GREAT TRIBULATION when the wrath of God will be out-poured.
~ The danger embedded within any false doctrine is that, while it may sound logical, it can dissuade Believers from seeking the truth. Prayer, listening to the Holy Spirit, and study are fundamental and essential.
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This view is not only unscriptural, it is depressing. While Posttribulationalists fight to the death to defend their theories, Pretribulationalists search the skies for Jesus to come and rescue His Church.


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