Concerning Pre-Tribulation rapture doctrine: We can’t help but recognize the mindset of those who adhere to this modern-day teaching and their general acceptance of society’s decline. A very common pre-trib outlook regarding man’s moral decay is that of overarching helplessness, viewing our regression as an unfortunate inevitable. Another prominent pre-trib cliché regarding man’s fall from virtue is usually stated as such: “these types of things just can’t be prevented, so we shouldn’t worry about it– we’ll be raptured before all hell breaks loose”. Is this an acceptable Christian mentality towards society’s plunge into the abyss?
The concept of avoiding physical persecution is a natural tendency. (Who really wants to suffer if there is an option for escape?) Those who are in Christ Jesus will escape the snares of Death– yet with our faith in Christ, we must accept the very real possibility of fated persecution just as He warned. Furthermore, adherents of such state-driven doctrines are unavoidably weakened as their hope for escape inhibits the spiritual resilience needed to fight against the Enemy.
We generally find such controversial theory almost automatically discredited as it only surfaced within roughly the past century. If this doctrine is fundamentally sound, then why has it only been in circulation over the past few generations? If such theory is legitimate, why did the Apostolic descendants never plainly teach of an escape from persecution? What’s more: the Scriptures of the Apostle Paul allude to tribulation as a refining gift, arguably worthy of God-centered praise.
We do know that those belonging to Jesus Christ will be caught up with Him in the clouds at His return, but this occurs after the final trumpet blast and just before the Wrath of God is poured out– this is the rapture moment, but it happens long after much suffering has been inflicted upon the Saints.
[Additionally: If one studies the root of Escape Theory, they will discover long-standing ties to political and financial anti-Christ circles.]
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.