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When Jesus Shall Be Revealed
In this study, we examine the "heart" of the pre-trib
- Jesus will come to rapture his church
before the tribulation;
- His (pre-trib) coming will be "secret" or
go unnoticed by the non-believers;
- The Church will not go through persecution
during the tribulation because they are raptured into Heaven;
- The church must be raptured into heaven
because the word "church" isn't mentioned during the tribulation in
We begin by reading the second letter to the Thessalonians
Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
Christ. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet,
because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of
you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the
churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and
tribulations that ye endure:
Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be
counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: Seeing it is a
righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be
revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking
vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord
Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the
presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to
be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe
(because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
2nd Thessalonians 1:1-10
In this part of scripture who did Paul address
this letter to?
Paul was addressing this letter to the
Thessalonian church. He gave thanks to God because their faith and love
was growing exceedingly. He also boasted about their perseverance and faith in
all the trials and persecutions. And through this the church will be counted
worthy of the kingdom.
we look further God will:
trouble to those who troubled the church
give relief to
those who are troubled (give rest) and to Paul, Silas and Timothy
the Lord Jesus
is revealed from heaven in flaming fire.
As we look at the above, when will this happen? The
Thessalonians will be relieved of their afflictions when the Lord Jesus is
Revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels In Flaming Fire.
After examining the above scripture, does this sound like a pre-trib
coming? Do these scriptures indicate this will go unnoticed? Is Jesus revealed "in
blazing fire" before the tribulation? Are the ones who are persecuting the
church repaid before the tribulation? In summary, does this look like a "secret"
This study goes further in the Book of Revelation:
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. His eyes were as a flame
According to the Pre-tribbers, Jesus will be
seen by everyone at His post-trib coming! And in the above verse John
described the post tribulation scene: Jesus with his eyes as a flame
And as we've seen in the above verses, these
things happen when Jesus will be revealed from heaven "in blazing
fire," clearly an indication this is after the tribulation.
study goes further in Matthew:
Immediately after the tribulation of those days (the Great Tribulation)
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: 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
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.
Jesus stated in Matthew that after the
tribulation, the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all
the tribes of the earth will see the Son of Man coming.
For further thought, There are many who believe
that a Christian can fall from grace, and can lose their salvation. Are the
Thessalonians going through the tribulation because they have fallen away from
the faith, and Paul, too? Remember, Paul commended them for their increasing
love and faith. They were persevering through persecution. They didn't fall
away from the faith!
This was the same church that Paul wrote to that they will be
caught up in the air to meet Jesus at the Coming of the Lord. According to the
pre-tribbers, this meant that they will be raptured into heaven before the
tribulation (We will examine this position in the article "With
If God is to give relief to the church after the
tribulation, then they must remain on earth through that time.
Therefore, there cannot be a "pre-trib rapture," and the church will suffer
persecution through the tribulation.
pre-tribbers believe the church will be raptured out before the tribulation
because the word "church" isn't mentioned during the tribulation in Revelation.
Is this the right conclusion? Are there any books of the bible that show the
church will go through the tribulation? As we've just seen,
Paul addressed the Church at Thessalonica and he said they will be
relieved of their persecution after the tribulation (and this position will be
examined more in other articles).
gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end
Ffor the grace that is to be brought
unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ..."
First Peter 1:13
note to the believers in the pre-tribulation rapture: 2nd Thessalonians chapter
one shows that the church will be relieved of their afflictions after the
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Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they
bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But
the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from
heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall
it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed
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