Post-Trib, Pre-Wrath Rapture
The sun shall be turned into
darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
The Post-Trib Pre-Wrath Rapture
Level 1. Terms and Definitions
The Day of Christ
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
I Thessalonians 4:16,17
From the preceding verse we can easily see that the Day of Christ is equated with the Rapture. Although the word Rapture is never used in the Bible, both pre-trib and post-trib agree that the Day of Christ is the time that Christ gathers believers together in the air following the sound of the trump.
Are there any other verses that Describe the Day of Christ?
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
I Corinthians 15:51-53
Although the preceding verse never says "Day of Christ", its obvious that it is referring to the rapture of the Church. There are six references to the Day of Christ found in the New Testament, from these six verses we can easily obtain the definition of this important event. The following verses give us an insight into the Day of Christ.
I Corinthinians 1:7,8 "Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:"
Philippians 1:9 "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ"
Philippians 2:14-16 "Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain."
II Thessalonians 2:1-4 "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; ."
I Corinthians 5:4,5 "In the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus
Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the
spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
From these verses we can see that the Day of Christ is a day of
blessing for the saints of God. Also, we can see from several of these verses that Jesus
is performing a ongoing work of sanctification in our lives; but we see that at the Day of
Christ that sanctification process ends. Why? Because at the time of the rapture, that
process will be completed. As I John 3:2 says, "Beloved, now
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that,
when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
What do Pretribulationalist say about the Day of Christ?
Both Post-trib and Pre-trib scholars agree that the Day of Christ is the rapture, and that it is a time of blessing and reward for the people of God. The Day of the Lord; however, is very different. This is a day of wrath from God. Let's look at this next.
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