RAPTURE BEFORE '666' OR '666' BEFORE RAPTURE? WHICH IS WHICH?
Although many Christians are anxious of going to their Holy Father in the Heavenly Kingdom without tasting death, their anxiety shall turn into sore displeasure and failure. This is just because the truth of the whole matter in hand regarding the timing of this redeeming process is unknown to many salvation-seekers. As such facts are being distorted regarding the timing of this event. In Christianity today, this expected day of redemption which is now known among believers as THE DAY OF RAPTURE has been a bone of contention as far as its timing is concerned. But it is rather unfortunate that the falsehood being spread about this event of Rapture of the Saints will make a lot of expectant believers of rapture lose their salvation without noticing it and rather express shock and cry for failing.(MATT.24:30; REV.1:7) Most of the expectant believers of rapture would express shock and say "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved,” as is found in JER.8:20
According to page 1366 of Holman’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, there are three distinct views as far as the process through which the redemption (Rapture) for the saints is concerned. In its definition it is explained that there are PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE, MID-TRIBULATION RAPTURE and POST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE. Let us find out the meanings for these three views and see which one best fits the truth for this topic.
In the view of Holman’s Dictionary, the Pretribulational View says "Christ raptures the church before any part of the seven-year tribulation begins.” But the "Midtribulational view also sees the rapture as a distinct event that precedes Christ’s second coming and delivers believers from the last half of the seven-year period, the "great tribulation.” Lastly, the "Posttribulational view holds that the rapture and the second coming occur at the same time. Therefore the church remains on earth during "the time of Jacob’s distress.”
The main reason why all these are prevalent is that, some think there is something known as SECRET RAPTURE, which should occur first before the fateful day of our Lord’s return to this world to climax the rapture of the church. There is also another view that the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ will climax the day of rapture when all His elect shall be caught up to meet Him in the sky. Notwithstanding all these facts about the rapture of the saints, that is the snatching away of both the dead and the living alike from this earth, there is one important event to note: And it’s all about the TRIBULATION or PERSECUTION of the saints of God moving alongside with Rapture, the reward of SALVATION for God’s people. To be honest with you, these two events which should happen before the end comes are the main problematic issues which must be critically examined in this discussion in order to ascertain which one of these events must happen first.
But to be precise, this Tribulation against the saints of God Most High shall be carried out by the ‘666’ people during their turbulent historical period in this end time. Though we may hear of some God’s people going through other minor persecutions, the GREAT TRIBULATION period shall be in the reign of the ‘666’ government and this is my major concern in this discussion.
As a result there is the need to know how these two points of interest about our salvation in the end of the world shall transpire. That is to say we have to know which one of the two events shall precede the other. Is it going to be rapture taking place before the tribulation or the tribulation happening before rapture? This stream of affairs has also become a serious controversy in Christendom today. But you know what? Whatever the case, there is a crystal truth in these two ideologies and that truth must be established. The great preacher would say there is time for everything under the heaven and for that matter we need to resort to his advice and search the scriptures well to ascertain the truth regarding this big problem of fixing these two events at their very positive occurrences or right positions in order to help all those who desire to see these things happen, know the right thing to do at the right time.
(1) "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (2) A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; (3) A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; (4) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (5) A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (6) A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; (7) A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (8) A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (9) What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? (10) I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. (11) He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” ECCL.3:1-11
I am very, very thankful to God for this very scripture above concerning the timing of events that happen under the heavens. Other than that many things would be difficult to understand as far as time is concerned. Please let us reason together to fix the correct time for these two imminent events which according to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself shall occur in this end time. Read His prediction:
( 3) " And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?.................... (29) 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.” MATT. 24:3,29-31
I am sure you now know why I have been dragging you to follow the sequence of how the whole process of redemption would be, rather than hasting to tell you my mind about how these two events would happen in the end time. I just want you to reason carefully to understand the whole passages better. For instance, go back and read what Jesus just said about these events in the above text and you would definitely find the truth there as to which event will take place first before the other happens.
Did you realize that Jesus was trying to inform us that these things will happen in this end time and that the TRIBULATION shall precede the RAPTURE? Well, even if you didn’t notice it, don’t be disturbed: You will soon get to know the truth when other important scriptures concerning this matter in hand are made available. You just first of all put away what you already know about this issue and then make analyses of what I am reasoning with you. But first of all let us try to get the true pictures of what Rapture and 666 Tribulation are.CONTINUE HERE