Manual Worthy to Escape: Why All Believers Will Not be Raptured Before the Tribulation

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Zenz, Ivy League academic background these men can make complex subject matter understandable. More to come after I finish. Adrian Zenz , Marlon L. Louis Park, MN "Everyone should become familiar with the fi rst fruits rapture. Scriptural Evidence for the First Fruits Rapture. Rapture Battle and the Appearances of Christ. Focus on the Spirit. Focusing on the Narrow Path. The Origin and Rise of the Antichrist. The Tribulations Begin.

Gods Wrath and the Fall of Babylon. Paul Bible College, has been studying and teaching end times scriptures for forty-seven years. Adrian Zenz holds two master's degrees and obtained his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Cambridge England. In citing these passages, little distinction is observed between references to Israel and references to the church, and passages referring to the second coming of Christ to establish the millennial kingdom are freely applied to the rapture or translation. In fact, many of the points of view of the partial rapture adherents are also held by posttribulationists.

A study of these passages as interpreted by the partial rapturists will show the confusion of interpretation. Matthew —51 ; Mark — The Matthew passage is essentially an exhortation to watch. The one not watching is described as one to be cut asunder and given the portion of hypocrites v. This passage is properly interpreted as belonging to the second coming rather than to the church, though expositors in general are not always of one mind on this.

The people in view are the Israelite nation. Of these, some are watching and are faithful, taking care of the household of God. It is obvious that something more than mere carelessness is in view.

The faithfulness of those watching is evidence of true faith in Christ, whereas the unfaithfulness of those who are drunken is indicative of failure to believe to the saving of the soul. While works are in view, they are indicative of vital faith or its lack. In any case, there is nothing whatever said about the rapture or translation of the faithful. It is doubtful if there is any specific reference at all to the rapture or translation in the entire context of Matthew 24 — A careful study of the usage here, however, however, does not sustain this exegesis. The context is Jewish, and does not refer to the church at all.

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The discussion is dealing with the end of the age, i. The terminus ad quem is the second coming, not the translation of the church. The Greek word paralambano is not specifically one describing a friendly relation.

The act of taking away in Matthew is best interpreted as the same as in verse In both the one taken away is taken in judgment. This is precisely what is done at the second coming of Christ when those who remain enter the blessing of the millennium, and those taken away suffer judgment.

The evidence, then, for a partial rapture in this passage is completely dissolved upon examination of the evidence. The parallel passage in Mark —37 has, if anything, less evidence than the Matthew account, and it is answered in the same way. Luke This passage is cited by Lang as one of the conclusive proofs for the partial rapture theory.

They will stand before Him there. All pretribulationists will agree that escape from the coming time of trial is provided for believers in Christ.

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All also agree that those who believe in Christ during the tribulation itself, while not kept out of the period, may have deliverance from it at the coming of the Lord to establish His kingdom. The point of dispute lies entirely in the conclusion that some true believers will be left to go through the tribulation while others are translated before it comes to pass. While the exegesis of this passage is admittedly difficult, a careful study of the context provides a clue for its interpretation. The context has to do with signs preceding the second coming, obviously addressed to people who will be living on earth at that time.

However, the frequent interchange of the second and third persons in the entire passage does not provide much basis for this distinction cf.

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The larger context deals with those living in the days of the signs and the exhortations largely concern them cf. The safest course would be to identify verse 36 as directed to those in the tribulation who anticipate the coming of the Lord to establish His kingdom. They certainly will pray, for only by divine help will they survive the period.

Note should be taken that this passage does not speak of deliverance from the period or the hour of trial cf. It should be observed that here, as in other passages often used by the partial rapturists, the rapture is not specifically mentioned, indeed is not indicated at all.

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Lang is inserting in the text what it does not say when he states that to stand before the Son of Man must necessarily mean in heaven. All men will stand before Christ on earth at the second coming cf. Matt To press the idea of escaping judgment as indicated in this passage to prove a partial rapture requires invention of the principal components of the doctrine. It is best to conclude that this passage does not teach a partial rapture because it does not refer to the rapture at all.

Matthew — The parable of the ten virgins is variously interpreted by pretribulationists, some taking it as referring to the tribulation saints 8 and others to the church. The answer given to the partial rapturists depends upon the interpretation of the passage as a whole. If Chafer is correct that the passage deals with the end of the interadvent age, the tribulation, rather than the church, then the passage has no relation to the partial rapture doctrine. The church is ordinarily the bride, and in a figure of a wedding feast it would be incongruous to conceive of the church as represented by maidens attending the feast.

The passage itself uses none of the characteristic terms relating to the church, such as bride , body , or the expression in Christ. There is no reference whatever to translation or resurrection. The bridegroom comes to the place where the virgins are waiting in an earthly scene and remains in that earthly scene as far as the figure is concerned. These and many other observations point to excluding this passage from consideration. However, even if the virgins represent the church in the present age, where is the proof that this is the true church, the company of those who are saved?

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As commonly interpreted by such writers as H. Ironside, 10 the virgins represent the professing church. True believers are identified as having oil in their lamps, typical of the Holy Spirit. Mere professors have the appearance but no oil, that is, are not genuinely regenerated and indwelt by the Spirit. This passage would serve to refute the partial rapturists instead of sustaining their viewpoint. Only by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit can one be qualified for entrance into the wedding feast, but all the wise virgins enter the feast.

Luke — The context indicates that the passage deals with the question of the state of those raised from the dead. Those who are counted worthy of the resurrection of the righteous at the beginning of the millennial age indicated in the passage are evidently the saved who have died and are at that time raised from the dead. Not only is the idea of partial rapture foreign to the passage, but the passage does not deal with the subject of rapture at all.

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If the rapture takes place before the tribulation, this scene is related to the posttribulational resurrection. There is no partial rapture here nor is the resurrection of the righteous divided on the principle of being worthy. This passage can therefore be excluded from the argument entirely.

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Philippians — It is the contention of partial rapturists that Paul had in mind the necessity of faithfulness in the hope of meriting resurrection at the time of the first resurrection, i. His hope was that he might attain to it in the sense of being still alive when the event took place, which would mean that he would be translated rather than resurrected. Paul had no doubt that he would be included in the event.

The resurrection of which Paul speaks is not of reward as Govett argues.