{A quick primer for anyone confused about “pre” or “post” trib rapture, and the difference between the great tribulation and God’s wrath}

Hi there, thank you for sharing some of your valuable time with me.
This morning I had an enjoyable conversation with a saint about these very topics, and so I want to now share this information with you for God’s glory.

Many dispensationalists have been ingrained into dispensational teaching for so long, that they don’t even understand why they believe what they believe. They just know (from what they’ve been taught) that we’re getting vacuumed out of here before the great tribulation hits because… “God hath not appointed us to wrath” And to anyone who challenges their belief in a pre trib rapture, their general attitude frequently is…”we don’t want to be here during the tribulation. We’re dispensational and we’re pre trib, and we don’t want to hear anymore about it. End of discussion”

So here’s my short answer in response to that type of thinking:

Mark chapter 13 literally teaches that Christ will return in the clouds to gather His elect AFTER the tribulation. What’s more, throughout all of scripture we’re abundantly taught how God’s people have never been spared persecution and tribulation. (Just ask John the Baptist who had his head chopped off, or the saints of old who were sawn in half).

Mark 13.24-27

24¶ “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”

But despite plain scripture which teaches that Christ will return to gather His elect AFTER the tribulation, (and the absence of any scripture whatsoever that mentions a rapture prior to any tribulation)…the influence of years of dispensational religious tradition will still cause people to disregard plain scripture about this matter.

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Understand that tribulation does not = wrath, and tribulation will occur prior to God’s wrath being poured out.

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The great tribulation to come will occur at the power & direction of the antichrist upon humanity who won’t worship him or take his mark.
(The great tribulation to come will be persecution at the hand of man).

Revelation 13.5-8

5¶ “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

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Whereas God’s wrath will come after the tribulation… upon those people who did take the mark of the beast.
(Which will be supernatural events in nature at the hand of God).

God’s wrath will be the vials poured out upon His enemies where a horrific disease will inflict the takers of the mark of the beast, and the oceans and rivers will turn to blood, etc.

Revelation 16:2 KJV
“And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.”

Revelation 16:3 KJV 
“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.”

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Not only are the tribulation and wrath not the same thing, but they don’t even happen at the same time.

So question EVERYTHING that you’re taught against the king James Bible, and believe clear scripture my friend.

Thank you again for visiting with me.

All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.