Will Christians (The Church) Go Through The Great Tribulation Period? Will Believers Be Raptured By Jesus? Premillennial Return of Jesus Christ?
Will Christians (The Church) Go Through The Great Tribulation Period? Will Believers Be Raptured By Jesus? Will there be a Premillennial Return of Jesus Christ? The Bible is very clear that Christians will not go through The Great Tribulation Period described in the Book of Daniel and Revelation (Daniel 9:24-27, Revelation Chapters 4-19).
Let me first state that the actual word "Rapture" is not in the Bible. The term Rapture is from the word "Caught Up" in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. The word "Caught Up" is the Greek for harpazo which means, "to lift, to snatch up, to draw up, to transport." When a person denies the Bible teaches the Rapture they are arguing semantics and not eschatology (Last Things, End Times).
Another thing to consider is the vast majority of Christians in the World's history have already died and are in heaven. Why would God allow a very small percentage of believers to go through The Great Tribulation Period when most of them have not?
The clearest scripture by far regarding Christians not going through The Great Tribulation Period is found in Revelation 3:10. There is no way around these very clear words of Jesus:
"Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth,"
In the Book of Revelation chapter four John the Beloved is a Type of the Church when he is "Caught Up" (Raptured) to Heaven. After John is in Heaven the Church is not mentioned again until chapter 21 after the Great White Throne Judgement.
"After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this,"
In the Book of Genesis God would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah until Lot exited the city limits. This is a type of God not allowing Christians to go through The Great Tribulation Period. God's people will not be judged along with unbelievers.
"And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens,"
In the book of Exodus the Children of Israel were spared death because of the blood of lambs on their door posts. That blood is a Type of the Blood of Christ on believers today. In a similar manner Christians will not be judged along with unbelievers during The Great Tribulation Period.
"‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt,"
The Book of Zephaniah has a very compelling verse regarding believers in Him. This scripture clearly states that Christians will be "hidden" from God's anger.
"Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’s anger,"
The Holy Spirit through Christians restrains evil today in the world. The Antichrist cannot be revealed until The Holy Spirit is taken out of the world. How will The Holy Spirit taken out of the world? The Rapture is the only logical answer to this very clear scripture:
"Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming,"
2 Thessalonians 2:5-8
As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we are eagerly anticipating our reunion with Him. We are not looking to be judged in this world with the wicked. We as Christians will face persecution (John 16:33, 2 Timothy 3:12) in this life but we will not be judged with wicked and vile unbelievers.
"Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,"
In the Book of 2 Kings we have another instance of a believer in The Lord not being judged along with the wicked. God Himself tells King Josiah that since he believed in Him he would not be judged along with the rest of the people in the land of Israel. In the same vein we as Christian will not be judged with the wicked in the world during The Great Tribulation Period.
"Because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the LORD. “Surely, therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place.”’” So they brought back word to the king,"
2 Kings 22:19-20
Enoch in the Book of Genesis is a type of the Church and The Rapture. Enoch was a believer in God and suddenly he disappeared because God took him away. Enoch never tasted death and he is in heaven today.
"And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him,"
The most compelling verse of scripture that shows Christians will NOT go through the Great Tribulation can be found in the Book of Romans. It clearly states we will "Be saved from wrath." The Great Tribulation is God's wrath upon this wicked world so it is impossible for us Christians to suffer along with unbelievers during this period.
"Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him,"
Another thing to consider for those that believe Christians will go through the Great Tribulation; it does not make any sense for us to meet Christ in the air when he is returning just to quickly go back down as he returns to earth. Why would we go up to come right back down?
Jesus told us he is going to prepare a place for us and where he is we will be also. Jesus isn't coming to were we are, we are going to be with him:
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know,”
Other Scriptures Regarding Judgment and The Rapture:
"But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words,"
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
"And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?” So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.” And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?” So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?” So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.” Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?” And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” So the LORD went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place,"