When I read the scriptures, it seems that the Bible supports a post-tribulation rapture rather than a pre-tribulation rapture. I believe the rapture will take place at the seventh or last trumpet. What do you believe the Bible supports? (Question shortened)
The Bible doesn't support a post-tribulation or seventh trumpet rapture...and here's why with commonsense scripture to prove it.
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1239:Who will populate the millennium?: The Jewish remnant, those who take
the mark of the Antichrist.
I read your theory and it ended with all Christians being raptured at the sounding of the seventh trumpet (or Second Coming of Christ). That means, at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, there will be no Christians left on the earth because they will all have been raptured. The Bible completely backs up the claim that every single Christian will be taken when the rapture takes place (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) I think we can both agree with that Biblical fact.
So who does that leave left on the earth? Only those who have taken the mark. Remember, the Bible is clear that at the time of the Second Coming of Christ, in its own words there will only be two types of people on the earth, those who are worshipping the Antichrist and those who are worshipping God. Here's the verse that proves this word for word:
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (Antichrist), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain ( saved) from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8).
This scripture, straight out of the Bible, says word for word that all upon the earth will worship the Antichrist, except those who are saved. That leaves no one else with every living soul accounted for. And remember, according to you those who are saved will be raptured at the seventh trumpet.
So when the seventh trumpet sounds every Christian alive will be raptured. Who will be left? That's easy, those who worshipped the Antichrist mentioned in the above verse. Well, what does the Bible have to say about their fate? Again, the Bible is clear about their fate. It's found in these verses:
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name (Revelation 14:9-11).
I think the Word of God is very clear what the fate of those who worship the Antichrist and take his mark will be. They will be cast alive in the lake of fire that burns with fire and brimstone to suffer forever. They will be killed by the Lord at His coming. And if you can't accept that they will be captured and cast into the lake of fire. Either way, their fate is sealed. The Word of God is final and it says they will be cast into the lake of fire.
When Jesus comes, there will be a 75 day gap (Daniel 12:10-12) of time between His coming and the start of His one-thousand year Millennial reign. That will be the time of His judgment. It is at this time, He will judge those who are still alive who worshipped the Antichrist, and also, to set up His kingdom.
All Christians who have died up to this point and that were raptured will reign with Him with new heavenly bodies. They won't be citizens of the Millennium who will re-multiply the earth. Remember, those who are citizens will have bodies that will be sexually active (Revelation 20:8). Jesus made it clear that those who are in heaven (Christians) will have a body similar to angels and will not be given in marriage. "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven" (Matthew 22:30). We as Christians are told time and again that we will reign with Christ (II Timothy 2:12; Revelation 5:10). Citizens of the Millennium are not given that promise. Their job is to repopulate the earth, a capability a resurrected Christian's body will no longer have. We will have a new body. "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: or this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality (I Corinthians 15:42; 53)."
So here we are at the sounding of the seventh trumpet with all Christians on the earth raptured with new bodies that can't reproduce. Left on the earth are all who have worshiped the beast. As earlier proven, they will end up in the lake of fire forever. They won't enter into the Millennium. That leaves absolutely no one with reproductive organs left to repopulate the earth. Christians certainly can't, they will have a new heavenly body upon the sounding of the seventh trumpet according to you.
Do you see a problem here? I certainly do! This is why I believe that the rapture of the church can only be a pre-tribulation rapture. It's not a matter of salvation, but it is good Biblical sense. I realize that Jesus said many times that if you choose to take up your cross and follow Him there will be persecution. That's not something you have to ready yourself for...it goes with the territory, and yes, you may die for defending the faith!
Post-tribulationalists have argued for years that today's Christians, who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture are going to be caught off guard and fall away when the pre-tribulation rapture doesn't occur. Let me put one thing to rest, if you are left behind, and you supposedly fall away, you are not and never were a Christian. You can't have the Holy Spirit residing in you and possibly fall away (John 10:27-30). You may fall but you will never fall away. John made it clear that those of the
early church that fell away were never of Christ. They didn't lose their salvation or fall away, they never were of Christ (I John 2:19). If you fall away, it will only be due to the fact that you were never saved. Just saying a prayer of repentance doesn't make you saved. It's the intent of the heart that validates such a prayer.
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