One of the problems with the rapture theory, is that those who hold on to this false teaching, believe that they will be 'raptured' away before the great tribulation. They believe that God does not want them to go through the tribulation, so they are waiting for God to take them away before it starts. Are they holding on to a false hope? I believe they are and they are in danger of not being prepared for what is to come. We have seen on the rapture page, that this doctrine is false and not Biblical, and I believe that the Bible is very clear on the issue of the great tribulation too, in that we WILL go through it. And on this page you will find out the Bible truth about the tribulation.
Deuteronomy 4:29-31 ...'But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, EVEN IN THE LATTER DAYS, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.'
Notice that the above Bible verse says WHEN we are in tribulation, which confirms it WILL happen for God's people, EVEN IN THE LATTER DAYS.
Let's take a quick walk through history. What did God do with Israel when the plagues came on Egypt? Did He take them away from it? No, He protected them THROUGH it. Did God take the three youths away from the fiery furnace in Daniel, or protect them IN it? Did God take Daniel away from the lions den, or protect him IN it? They all went THROUGH tribulation for their faith.
Now think about this. What about the disciples in the New Testament. They went through great tribulation for Jesus and most of them were killed for their faith. And what about all those Christians who were tortured and killed at the hands of the Roman Church during the dark ages. Why would God let all previous Christians go through great tribulation and be killed, and yet take the end time Christians away from it? It makes no sense. Tribulation has a purpose. It comes to our lives as a refining fire to test and refine our faith and weed out the chaff.
Matthew 13:20-21 ...'But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for WHEN tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.'
Again the word WHEN is used in conjunction with tribulation. And Jesus confirms that we need to have a strong deep rooted faith in order to get through any trials, otherwise we will just fall away. Which is why knowing the truth of this teaching is vital.
Matthew 24:21-22 ...'For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.'
Can you see the clear meaning of the above verse from Jesus? Why would Jesus say "for the elect's sake those days will be shortened", if the elect were to be raptured away before it starts? He is confirming that the elect WILL go through the tribulation, and that those days will be shortened because if they were allowed to continue, then no one would be left to save.
The above verse from Matthew 24 also applies to the period during the reign of the Roman Catholic Church between 538AD - 1798, known as the "dark ages". During that time millions and millions of Christians were slaughtered by the Roman Church. Now, did God take them away from this great tribulation? No, He was with them THROUGH it. Most of them were murdered by the Roman Church because of their true faith in Jesus. So what makes you think that God is going to take you away from the last tribulation? You and I may need to be killed for our faith, but God will be right there with us, helping us through it, just like He was with those who gave their lives for Jesus during the dark ages. He isn't going to take us away from it, as this false rapture theory teaches.
Are you willing to go through tribulation for your Saviour? Jesus Christ went through great tribulation for us, and died for us. Why should we not go through tribulation for Him? The great tribulation is coming for all TRUE Christians and you need to be ready for it, otherwise you may get sifted out like those that fell on stony places as above in Matthew 13. The problem today is that there are too many preachers out there preaching smooth doctrines and nice easy sounding things. They want you to believe that God only wants to give you prosperity and not tribulation. These are but lies from satan to make you unprepared for the trying time ahead.
1 Peter 4:12 ...'Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial WHICH IS to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.'