People, there will be NO “secret” “rapture” of the church. Every eye will see this event and MOURN as scripture states plainly. Any other description cannot be backed by scripture. Jesus himself said this…if you believe the words of the scripture. If you are trying to make a story that fits your own wants, then you lie to yourself.
People who believe in the pre trib rapture think that Revelation 14:14 and 19:11 are the same thing when they are OBVIOUSLY different. On one occasion Jesus is on a CLOUD and the other He is on a WHITE HORSE. One is BEFORE the WRATH and one is AFTER the WRATH. I believe that these events are almost simultaneous. It is my contention that we can look to the feasts/holy days of the Father for this timing as they are prophetic in themselves.
Mat 24:30 KJV – 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.
Mat 26:64 KJV – Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Mar 13:26 KJV – And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Mar 14:62 KJV – And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Luk 21:27 KJV – And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
1Th 4:17 KJV – 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.
Rev 1:7 KJV – Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Rev 14:14 KJV – And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud [one] sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
Rev 14:15 KJV – And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
Rev 14:16 KJV – And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
Then comes the marriage of the Lamb and the saints.
Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
After that, then it’s time for war…short as it may be.
Rev 19:11 KJV – And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
“pre-tribulation rapture teaching was first proclaimed as a direct revelation by a woman in Edward Irving’s church, and then taken up by John Nelson Darby (and the Scofield Reference Bible) in direct contradiction to the teaching of the Church for eighteen hundred years.” – Oswald J. Smith
I wonder if we have been lulling the Church into a false security? Can it be that we have been preaching an easy escape? Ought we to prepare the Church for the greatest of all ordeals? Should not our teaching harden her for the fires of the Tribulation? What kind of soldiers are we training? I am afraid that we have been very guilty and that God will certainly hold us responsible for the type of Christian our preaching is producing. We need men and women today of the martyr spirit. The test of the Inquisition is coming again and woe betide the pre-millennialists who are not ready. The Church must be purified in the fires of persecution. – oswald j smith