End-Time Biblical Prophecy Revealed Part 5 – The Pre-wrath Post-trib Rapture of the Church

End Time Biblical Prophecy Revealed

By Thomas Taylor

Part 5 – The Pre-Wrath Post-Trib Rapture of the Church

The Four Basic Beliefs About The Timing of The Rapture

There are four different beliefs about when the rapture will take place. They are:

1) Pre-Tribulation – which is the belief that Jesus will come BEFORE the 70th week of Daniel, also known as the seven years of Tribulation, to rapture the Church. After the seven years of Tribulation, the Lord will return to the earth in the Second Advent with all His saints in Glory to set up His Kingdom on earth.

pretrib

2) Mid-Tribulation – which believes that the rapture occurs EXACTLY HALF-WAY in the middle of the 7 years at the 3 ½ year mark. Also, instead of describing the Two Witnesses in Revelation as actual people, they are described as Israel and the Church; after their absence or death, their will be no more witnessing. During the first half of the Tribulation, the Church will experience the Antichrist’s wrath but then be raptured. The last half of the Tribulation will be God’s wrath on those remaining.

midtrib

3) Post-Tribulation – says that the Church will endure “the entire seven years of tribulation.” The Rapture takes place at the same time as the Second Advent, the Judgment Seat of Christ, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb which is AFTER the tribulation.

postrib

4) Pre-Wrath – the main tribulation is actually only the last half of Daniel’s 70th week = 3 ½ years. That 3 1/2 years is divided between the Antichrist’s wrath, which the Church will endure, and God’s wrath. So somewhere during the last 3 ½ years, before God’s wrath is poured out on mankind, the Church will leave in the Rapture (hence “Pre-Wrath” is talking about before God’s wrath). Exactly which day it occurs they do not know but they do know it is at the sixth seal which has the great signs in the sun and the moon and a great earthquake that shakes the entire earth.

prewrath

Pre-wrath is close to the belief I hold but not quite. I have what I call a modified Pre-Wrath/Post-Trib position. I believe both Pre-wrath and Post-Trib are true. Pre-wrath is true in the sense that Jesus comes at the Sixth Seal. Post-Trib is true in that Jesus comes at the Seventh Trumpet.  The Seventh Trumpet is blown at the end of the Sixth Seal AFTER the Great Tribulation at which time the saints will be raptured.  See my chart for a visual version of what I believe the Bible teaches concerning the end time.

Modified Pre-Wrath Post-Trib Rapture of the Church Proven

Each section below are the most famous rapture Scriptures that we will examine one at a time in context. The main Scripture is in the red and the supporting explanation and Scriptures are in the black below it.

1 Thessalonians Chapters 4 and 5

1Th 4:13-18 KJV But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (15) For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto THE COMING OF THE LORD shall not prevent them which are asleep. (16) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1Th 5:1-11 KJV But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. (2) For yourselves know perfectly that THE DAY OF THE LORD so cometh as a thief in the night. (3) For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (4) But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (5) Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (6) Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (7) For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. (8) But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. (9) For God hath not appointed us to wrath , but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, (10) Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. (11) Wherefore comfort yourselves together , and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Almost all agree that chapter 4 verses 16-18 are clearly talking about the rapture of the Church when the Lord Jesus will come from Heaven and gather all of His saints from the earth. However, the Bible was not written in chapter and verse so ignore that a new chapter was started and just keep reading. In context, Paul speaks of the rapture, the coming, and the Day of the Lord together like they are one event! Just read it all together. The only thought he interjects on the subject is that, concerning the times and seasons, it will come as a thief in the night. He NEVER changes subjects! He NEVER divided this into two events.

The Day of the Lord (Jesus’s Coming) for “them” (the world) is taught “destruction” but for us he just gets through telling us that we will be raptured; for them it is “wrath” but for us it is “salvation”. There is not one shred of evidence that the rapture and the Day of the Lord (Jesus’ Coming) are completely separate events. If we apply normal Bible hermeneutics here, the context is that the rapture and the Day of the Lord are identical. We are raptured first and the Lord pours out His wrath afterward.

The comfort is that we are not appointed to God’s wrath, NOT that we will avoid man’s persecution. That is truly comforting because God’s wrath far outweighs what the Antichrist will do in persecuting us.

1 Thessalonians 4 and 5 teaches us that the rapture happens, THEN the wrath of God is poured out on the sinners that remain. The two parts, the rapture and the Day of the Lord, are paired together here and are inseparable in this passage. The rapture seems to happen so fast that people do not have time to repent. Then many are destroyed which is why He warns them that it will come suddenly…too suddenly to react. The only questions here, what is the Day of the Lord? and does it start at the beginning of the 7 year Tribulation? If so, then Pre-tribulation doctrine is right. If not, then it is wrong. (I believe that the Day of the Lord does NOT start with the 7 years. But let us see what the Word says.) You can use the next list of verses all talking about the Day of the Lord to find out more about this event.

What Is The Day of The Lord According To Scripture?

Scriptures on The Day of the Lord:

•  the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle…Isa 13:6

•  it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty…Isa 13:6 (Is the entire tribulation of Daniel’s 70th week from God? No, it is evident that the antichrist will have a time of wrath and destruction against God’s chosen people during the Great Tribulation. The devil, the antichrist, and the false prophet do not work for God.)

  every man’s heart shall melt…Isa 13:7

•  they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them..Isa 13:8

•  they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth…Isa 13:8

•  they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames…Isa 13:8

•  cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate…Isa 13:9

•  he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it…Isa 13:9

•  THE SIGN: For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine…Isa 13:10

•  I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity…Isa 13:11

•  I will make a man more precious than fine gold…Isa 13:12

•  THE EARTH-QUAKE: Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place… Isa 13:13

•  the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion…Isa 34:8

•  as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come….Joe 1:15

•  A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness…Joe 2:2

•  And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army…Joe 2:11

•  THE EARTH-QUAKE: The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble…Joe 2:10

•  THE SIGN: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining…Joe 2:10

•  The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run…Joe 2:4

•  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke…Joe 2:30

  THE SIGN: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, BEFORE the great and the terrible day of the LORD come…Joe 2:31 (*emphasis mine)

•  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision [valley of Jehoshaphat; see verse 2]…Joe 3:14

•  THE SIGN: The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining…Joe 3:15

•  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem…Joe 3:16

•  THE EARTH-QUAKE : and the heavens and the earth shall shake…Joe 3:16

•  I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD…Zep 1:2

•  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly…Zep 1:14

•  That day is a day of wrath , a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness… Zep 1:15

•  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity …Zech 14:2

•  Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle…Zech 14:3

•  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south…Zech 14:4

•  and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee …Zech 14:5

•  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke…Acts 2:19

•  THE SIGN: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come… Acts 2:20

•  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night…I Thess 5:2

•  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…2 Pet 3:10

•  the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat…2 Pet 3:12

Notice that the signs and the earthquake are the exact same event as mentioned at the sixth seal!:

When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,
(Rev 6:12 ESV)

After the sixth seal is when the wrath of Jesus/God is poured out:

Rev 6:16-17 ESV calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, (17) for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

The sixth seal, all agree, does not happen at the beginning of the seven years; it happens some time into the Great Tribulation. Therefore, the Rapture/Day of the Lord happens during the last half of Daniel’s seventieth week but we do not know exactly when. Christians will have to endure the persecution of the Antichrist. Don’t be deceived – be prepared!

So what does the Scriptures teach us about the Day of The Lord? The Day of the Lord does NOT IN ANY POSSIBLE WAY start at the beginning of the 7 year “tribulation” period. The Day of the Lord starts with Him coming, first rapturing His people, then annihilating the heathen immediately and completely around Jerusalem. This happens at the end of the 7 years. It ends when He sets down on the Mount of Olives. He sets down after the last 7 vials of God’s wrath are poured out.

If the pre-wrath conclusion about 1 Thess 4 & 5 is right, then the rapture happens (very quickly) then this destruction begins immediately afterward. Paul describes the entire thing as one event called “The Day of the Lord.” The Day of the Lord consists of the seventh seal, which IS the seventh trumpet, which consists of the seven vials.

Consider also:

Mat 24:29-31 KJV Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: (30) And THEN shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Capitalization added by me for emphasis.)

First, the sign(s) will happen in the heavens then there will be an earthquake. Next, Jesus will come and all will see Him. Then He gathers us in the rapture. (YES THIS IS A VERY CLEAR RAPTURE SCRIPTURE AND DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE. YOU WOULD HAVE TO DO HERMENEUTICAL BACKFLIPS TO BELIEVE THIS SCRIPTURE IS NOT TALKING ABOUT THE RAPTURE.)

All of the above Scriptures either talk about rapture, the wrath of God known as The Day of The Lord, or both together. They are ONE event. The first Scriptures in 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5, shows that the rapture and the Day of the Lord are the same event. I’ll also be examining all the other major rapture Scriptures below.

The question is when is the rapture? So many ideas exist on that question that it may be easier to answer the question, “When is the Day of the Lord?” When we find the answer to that, we’ll know that the rapture happened right before Jesus pours out His wrath in the Day of the Lord according to the Scriptures we just read. For God has not appointed His people to wrath:

1Th 5:9 ESV For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

However, the Scriptures are very clear we cannot know the day or hour but we should be close to understanding the season it occurs.

Cont’d on the next page…

5 thoughts on “End-Time Biblical Prophecy Revealed Part 5 – The Pre-wrath Post-trib Rapture of the Church

  • By mike d -

    So the wrath?7 bowls will take one week,one month one year.Who are those who entre kingdom?

    • By John-Doe -

      The Bible does not exactly how long the bowls of wrath are but they appear to be very quick by the reading of the text. They could last 1 month or less by my estimate.

      They will not decimate all men on earth; most of the activity of the bowls will likely be centered around Israel, Europe, Russia, Asia, and North Africa. 1/3 of Israel will come out of the Great Tribulation and many millions of others from all around the world who will enter the Kingdom Age. Those judged by Jesus to enter in, will make it into the Kingdom.

  • By David -

    Pastor please!

    Read your Bible. Stop blaming the devil for God’s deliberate judgment. The 7 seals are the wrath of Satan and the 7 Trumpets handed out in Heaven and given to the 7 angels along with the Bowls are the wrath of God.

    The 5th seal is the killing of Christians. This is Satans wrath. Not God’s. The Trumpets and Bowls are God’s wrath on unbeliever’s. Ok?

    Revelations 11:3,11, clearly tells you the “Great Tribulation” is 3.5 years. Spells it right out.This is when the 2 witnesses are here.

    Read Rev. 6:17, For the Great Day of His wrath has come. This starts the wrath of God. You will not be here for this event. It begins by opening the 7th seal and then the 7 trumpets begin.

    People use the word “Tribulation” for the entire 7 year period and technically this is incorrect.

    The Tribulation is an event also taking place for 3.5 years but before the Great Tribulation. It begins with the signing of a Peace Treaty between Israel and her Arab neighbors after Israel devastates Damascus (Isaiah 17). It ends with the AC sitting on the throne in the Temple claiming to be god

    Thus, you see these 2 events are connected by the Anti-Christ committing the abomination of desolation

    The Great Tribulation is God pouring out his wrath not Satan as you claim but at least you don’t preach a false pre-trib rapture.
    My confused Pastor is a preterist. Hahahahahaha…how ridiculous is that? Thinks the AC and Revelations has come and gone

    • By admin -

      David,

      Thanks for your comments. I agree that the 5th seal, as well as the four prior, are Satan’s wrath. But starting at the Sixth Seal, Jesus shows up with His wrath. Therefore, starting at the Sixth Seal is Jesus’/God’s wrath (Rev 6:15-17) which is the same event as Rev 11:8 and Rev 15:1, 6-7. If you believe the sixth seal and seventh seal is Satan’s wrath, what evidence in Scripture do you have to prove that?

      I apologize that some of my article was dated with a former way I used to believe and it was not corrected when you read it. Now I’ve corrected it. Also, you may not have seen the second page of this article because in it I agree with some of what you said.

  • By Mark -

    I’m so over joyed to see the true teaching of end times beginning to be more prevalent. I’ve been praying for Christians to open their eyes and see the false teaching of preeminence. There is one thing I would like you to consider concerning end time terminology. We need to stop referring to the 70th week of Daniel as the 7 year tribulation period. Jesus states in Matthew 24 that the Tribulation is not triggered until the Abomination of Desolation is set up when the Man of Lawlessness is revealed. He will demand to be worshiped as God in the temple of God. Many in Israel will refuse and flee to the wilderness of Edom where they will be protected and nourished for a times, time and half a time (3.5 years). Satan, the great red dragon, will be enraged that he cannot destroy the remnant (144,000 of the 12 tribes) so he goes to make ware with the rest of her offspring, those who hold the testimony of Jesus Christ. This is the Great Tribulation when the saints are given into the hand of the Beast for 3.5 years as stated in Daniel but noting that Christ will cut that time short for the sake of the elect. So, my point is that the Great Tribulation is not a 7 year period but the last 3.5 years of the 70th week of Daniel. So, the Great Tribulation is not the Wrath of God but the wrath of Satan unleashed on all who refuse to take his mark and worship him. It is Christ return at the opening of the 6th that cuts short the Great Tribulation before the end of the last 3.5 year period therefore it is the Lord’s wrath that cuts it short and being the resurrection and the rapture occur between the opening of the 6th and 7th seals (the 7th which triggers the actual pouring out of God’s wrath) it is evident that the true doctrine of the church not being destined for wrath is still maintained. Just as in the days of Noah and Lot so shall it be when the Son of Man returns. On THE DAY that Noah entered the ark the flood came and on THE DAY that Lot and his family were taken out of Sodom, by angels I have you, God’s wrath was poured down upon the city. So the the Resurrection, the Rapture and the day of God’s Wrath all happens on one day called the Day of the LORD. Again, I reiterate that we must not call the last 7 year period the Tribulation because the tribulation is only 3.5 years which are cut short and we must certainly not call it the time of God’s wrath because that just leads to confusion. We are not destined to wrath and if the church will be here during the 70th week of Daniel and it will endure the Great Trib it most certainly cannot be the time of God’s Wrath. Calling the Great Trib Satan’s wrath, the time when he pours out his wrath on all those who refuse to worship him, is most appropriate and is the truth of Scripture. Woe unto the inhabitants of the Earth for the devil has come down to you because he knows he has a short time.

    Hope to Hear for You,

    Pastor Mark Keel

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.