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10 Biblical Reasons We wont be raptured 

Before the Great Tribulation

Jeremiah 16:19 says "O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit".

Not everything we have learned from our fathers is one hundred percent scriptural, we have to study to show ourselves approved unto God.

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Everything we believe MUST BE WRITTEN in the word and we must NOT believe any man.

Do not take our word as gospel, go away and study the matter out for yourself and come to the conclusion based on what the scriptures say.

1. The word for “meeting” the Lord in the air in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (apantesin) is used in two other places in the New Testament: Matthew 25:6 and Acts 28:15. In both places it refers to a meeting in which people go out to meet a dignitary and then accompany them in to the place from which they came out. One of these, Matthew 25:6, is even a parable of the second coming and so a strong argument that this is the sense of the meeting here in 1Thessalonians 4:17 that we rise to meet the Lord in the air and then welcome him to earth as king.

One example is if we go to the airport to meet a loved one who is flying in from another state of country, we are meeting them, we are awaiting on their arrival, we are welcoming them to where we are. Once they come out and we see them we embrace them then we take them back to our house of to their place of lodging.

It will be the same with the Lord when he comes we will be waiting for him, welcoming him to the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, not coming with him so to speak.

Yes we will meet him in the air and yes we ill be called up to meet him in the clouds that is a fact. However until that point we as believers will remain on earth Dead or alive.

2. The wording of 2 Thessalonians 1:5-8, when read carefully, shows that Paul expects to attain rest from suffering at the same time and in the same event that he expects the unbelievers to receive punishment, namely, at the revelation of Jesus with mighty angels in flaming fire. This revelation is not the pre-tribulational rapture but the glorious second coming. Which means that Paul did not expect an event at which he and the other believers would be given rest seven years before the glorious appearing of Christ in flaming fire. Vengeance on unbelievers and rest for the persecuted church come on the same day in the same event.

3. The wording of 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 suggests that the “assembling to meet him” is the same as “the day of the Lord” about which they are confused. But the assembling is the “rapture” or, "catching away" is the better word to use and “the day of the Lord” is the glorious second coming. They appear to be one event.

Supporting this is the reference to “gathering” the elect in Matthew 24:31. Here there is a gathering (same word) but it is clearly ​a post-tribulational context. So there is no need to see the gathering and the day of the Lord in 2 Thessalonians as separate events.

4. If Paul were a pre-tribulationist why did he not simply say in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that the believers don’t need to worry that the day of the Lord is here because all the believers are still here? Instead he talks just the way you would expect a post-tribulational person to do. He tells them that they should not think that the day of the Lord is here because the apostasy and the man of lawlessness have not appeared. . . .

5. When you read Matthew 24 or Mark 13 or Luke 21, which are Jesus’ descriptions of the end times, there is no mention of a rapture removing believers from the events of the end. A normal reading gives no impression of a departure. On the contrary, he talks as if the believing listeners and then the readers would or could experience the things he mentions. See Matthew 24:4, 9, 15, 23, 25f, 33, etc.

6. Going through tribulation, even when it is appointed by God, is not contrary to Biblical teaching. See especially 1 Peter 4:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10; Hebrews 12:3-11. But even so, Revelation 9:4 suggests that the saints will be in some measure protected in the time of distress by the seal of God.

7. The commands to “watch” do not lose their meaning if the second coming is not an any-moment one. See Matthew 25:1-13 where all ten maidens are asleep when the Lord returns. Yet the lesson at the end of the parable is, “Watch!” The point is that watching is not gazing up for an any-moment-return of the Lord; it is the moral vigilance that keeps you ready at all times doing your duty—the wise maidens had full lanterns! They were watchful!

Nor does the teaching that the second coming will be unexpected lose its force if post-tribulationism is true. See Luke 12:46 where the point is that if a servant gets drunk thinking that his master is delayed and will not catch him-that very servant will be surprised and taken off guard. But as 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 says, “You (believers) are not in darkness for that day to surprise you like a thief.” We still teach that great moral vigilance and watchfulness is necessary lest we be lulled asleep and fall prey to the deceits of the last days and be overtaken in the judgment.

8. The strongest text that many use to try and prove that we are raptured before the tribulation is, Revelation 3:10, is open to another interpretation without any twisting. It says, “Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth. But to “be kept for the hour of testing” is not necessarily to be taken out of the world during this hour, and thus spared suffering. Compare Galalatians 1:4 and Jesus’ prayer for his disciples in John 17:15 where to “keep from” does not mean physical removal from off the earth. And notice the inevitability of martyrdom in Revelation 6:9-11. The promise is to be guarded from the hour in the sense of being guarded from the demoralizing forces of that hour.

As you can see the Greek word used for keep thee from in Revelation 3:10 is about keeping from harm not about taking us out of the earth for a period of time. We must be very careful that we do not add or take away from the Word. Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19 

We must rightly divide and not wrongly divide the word. 2 Timothy 2:15.

9. The second coming does not lose its moral power in post-tribulationism. New Testament moral incentive is not that we should fear being caught doing evil, but that we should so love the appearing of the Lord that we want to be pure as the Lord is pure, for whom we hope, as 1 John 3:1-3 says.

10. Heaven was never made for man to dwell in. Jesus tells us in John 3:13 "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven".

Man came from the dust (earth) and man will return to the dust (earth) see Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:19.

In order to enter the Kingdom of God, one must be born again of the water and of the spirit as per John 3:1-8 and Acts 2:38.

Mortality must put on immortality please see 1 Corinthians 15:53-55.

This is what the first resurrection is all about, all those that have passed away in Jesus will be resurrected first and then we which are alive and remain will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Scriptures & points to consider

  • Proverbs 3:25-26 - And shall keep thy foot from being taken.

  • Luke 17:34-37 - The disciples ask where these that are taken go to, He answers Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together in other words they are taken through death NOT a rapture as we have previously believed.

  • Psalms 37:7-11 - The evildoers will be cut off (Through death) But those that wait upon the Lord shall inherit the earth.

  • Proverbs 2:21-22 - The Bible is clear that the upright shall dwell in the land, but the wicked will be removed.

  • Matthew 25:6 - When the bridegroom comes we will be waiting here on earth to meet him when he comes.

  • Revelation 3:10-12 - When we rightly divide the Word we see that He comes quickly. This implies we are waiting for Him to come not we are coming with Him.
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 - This verse is clear that we will be here on the earth and will be gathered together to meet Him when he comes.

  • Revelation 13:7-8 - How can the Anti Christ make war with the saints if they are no longer here on earth?
  • Acts 14:22 - The only way we are going to ever enter the Kingdom of God is through much tribulation sorry to those who are prosperity gospel driven.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 - The last trumpet that sounds will be the trumpet that announces the Lords return. For those who know the end times chronology of Revelation we know that the last trumpet is when the second coming of Jesus Christ is and this is also when the first resurrection as recorded in Revelation 20:4-6 which also is what 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 is referring to when it mentions the Lords coming announced by the seventh and final trumpet.

The Dead in Christ will rise first (This is the first resurrection as found in Revelation 20:5) and we which are alive and remain on the earth at His coming will be caught up together that means to meet those who have been resurrected to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Consider this - If the Lord wanted to take us all to Heaven why waste the time to take us there and then bring us back again. Why not take those that are righteous to heaven and destroy the earth and then that will be suffice, end of story no more problem right?

No, the answer is that Heaven was never made for man to dwell in nor will any man be in Heaven as Jesus said in John 3:13 no man hath ascended up to heaven.