Pastor Bob (31 Aug 2014)
""Where Does It Say In The Bible That Believers Go Through The Tribulation?""

All Doves:

Where does it say in the Bible that Believers ("in Christ") will go through the Tribulation, or any portion of the "Seven" year period, associated with Daniel's seventieth week? 


In the past week, I have used every computer Bible software program on my computer, running various algorithm searches, combining every combination of key words possible, running searches on nearly sixty sets of parameters, that specifically says the Church will go through the Tribulation.  I ran various levels, from the most simple to extremely complex.   I have three "free" Bible software programs, and four "very expensive" Bible software programs on my computer hard drive.  I conducted mathematical algorithm word and phrase studies over the course of two days in my hot attic office. 

I have actually discovered dozens of additional passages which I did not have in my Pre-Tribulational binders, that I have accumulated over the past few decades on God's theme of deliverance.  The fact is there is even more than I expected in the way of Biblical passages that infer, corroborate, or support the Pre-Tribulational Rapture. 

Last week the "Pre-Wrath-Rapture-Babble" site brought out their "Energizer" Bunny, beating the drum that there is no Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and that we (you and I) believe a lie, and then again the theologian whose qualifications on the Bible is that he has an MBA, lives in Asia, and has a beautiful wife, John Little, author of 'Omega Shock Letter', and that other Anti-Semite, Joe Ortiz.  I shouldn't forget to note they resurrected and still hype and quote the dog called the Geneva Bible.

I have come to the conclusion that the "Pre-Wrath-Rapture-Babble" site has studied the propaganda of Joseph Goebbels.  He was Adolf Hitler's propaganda czar, in case you didn't know.  Here are Hitler's basic principles and tactics for brainwashing people:

    1.  Avoid abstract ideas - appeal to the emotions i.e., fear.
    2.  Constantly repeat just a few ideas, use stereotype phrases.
    3.  Give only one side of the argument.
    4.  Continuously criticize your opponents.
    5.  Pick out your special "enemy" for special vilification.

These principles were synthesized and further tailored to meet the needs of the Third Reich to gain public compliance with the Hitler doctrine.  This past week, the Pre-Wrath folks trotted out their stable of disinformation, as predictable as usual, on the siting of the 'New Moon' of the Sixth month, which precedes the month of Tishri, the month before Rosh HaShanah.  They have nothing new of substance, nothing Biblically to support or defend their accusations that there is no Pre-Tribulation Rapture.  Just beat the drums a little louder and a little longer and more frequently.

In my computer searching on Wednesday, I was actually hoping to find, even one verse that taught the idea that the Tribulation was for believers "in Christ".  I even resorted to try taking the position of "Devil's Advocate" of the wags at the "Pre-Wrath-Rapture-Babble" site, thinking that I just might find some Bible passages that said we are going to go through the Wrath of the Tribulation.  They simply do not exist.  There is not a single passage or verse, not one!  God did not put a single verse in His Word to discomfort us into believing that we would see any part of that fearful seven years of Tribulation.  I already have enough tribulation, and probably you as well, so we do not need any of what the Bible has in store for those that scoff at God or reject the word of the Creator.  So, while my day was a lost cause in the sense of finding any passages to support their view, it is really very exciting news for those of us that do still believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture!

Let me share a find that I did not remember having in my 3-ring binders on the Biblical evidence and support for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. 

1st Thessalonians 1:10 - "And to wait for his son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come."   I hope that I am not being redundant here, and I don't recall noting this passage before in any of my previous posts.  In reading the text, there are some observations worthy of noting here.

    1.  The Thessalonian church saints were continuously waiting up for Christ Jesus to come from heaven, because they were confident that He could come at any moment.

    2.  Christ Jesus delivers Church saints from the future wrath of God.

    3.  Christ Jesus' deliverance of Church saints from the wrath of God is an already obtained deliverance, and it will never cease to be a present reality.

    4.  Christ Jesus will execute that already obtained deliverance by separating Church saints from the future wrath of God in the sense of preventing them from ever entering it [wrath].

    5.  Christ Jesus will separate or prevent Church saints from entering the future wrath of God through a mighty act of power - drawing or snatching them out to Himself before the wrath begins.

    6.  The wrath to come is the future eschatological wrath of God that will begin with the broad Day of the Lord or Tribulation.

Brothers and sisters "in Christ" this passage will preach.  This one verse of Scripture will be my text for my next preaching opportunity.  I have an invitation in two weeks as a guest preacher. 

I happened to venture over to the site of sensational news and fear-mongering this afternoon and saw that they had put out their bait line several places to pitch their Hitler/Goebbels propaganda.  When you have nothing to disprove the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, all you can do is put new batteries in the "Energizer" bunny and just let it rip!

Remember my point if you get a little low, there is absolutely no Biblical proof or evidence that you are going to go through the feared and dreaded "Seven" year Tribulation.

Blessings abundantly fill your spirit this week,

Pastor Bob