The pre-tribulation rapture of the church is the most popular rapture viewpoint,but it has problems. The categories...
- Reading too much into Biblical passages.
- The Bible in its clearest sense doesn't support the rapture.
- The rapture is a part of premillennialism, also having problems.
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Problems with the Pre-tribulation Rapture
The pre-tribulational (pre-trib) rapture scenario is within the premillennial end-time viewpoint.
- One common reason theologians give for preferring a pre-tribulational rapture over a mid-tribulational or post-tribulational rapture is based on the Biblical passages saying God will spare the church from wrath;they interpret these passages to refer to the rapture. However, interpreting these passages in that way strains the obvious context which is the wrath of God as He judges all unbelievers in the final judgment. Believers are, of course, spared from that wrath.
- The rapture is viewed by some as the way in which God allows the Antichristto come on the scene at the beginning of the great tribulation; the Holy Spirit who resides in the body of Christ is taken out of the way allowing the Antichristto proceed with his plans. Not every one agrees this passage should be interpreted this way and it is very unobvious from the passage itself. While it certainly is a possible interpretation it doesn't follow directly from the Biblical passage. I should mention I reject the notion of a yet-future Antichrist and 3–1/2 or 7 year Great Tribulation.
- The rapture only makes sense in the context of premillennialism. There are problems with the premillennial scenarioinvalidating all rapture scenarios.
- The Biblical passages presented as evidence for the rapture are better interpreted as referring to the general resurrection immediately before the white throne judgment.