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Will the Church face the Anti-Christ?

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.                                                                  Joel 2:31


The Post-Trib Pre-Wrath Rapture


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Level 1. Terms and Definitions
    Step 2. What Pre-trib proclaims

  What Pretribulational Doctrine says: 

Let's begin by listing out a few of the key principles of pre-trib.

  1. That Christ could come at anytime, known as the doctrine of Imminency.

  2. That the rapture will occur prior to the tribulation, or  the seventieth week of Daniel.

  3. The Church is not appointed unto wrath; therefore, believers cannot go through the tribulation.

  4.  That the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the world prior to the tribulation.

  5. That people will be saved during the tribulation, although the Holy Spirit is taken out of the world.

  6. That the 144,000 elect Jews will be sealed and  lead people to salvation during the tribulation.

  7. That God’s wrath will be poured out during the tribulation, including the Vial and Trumpet Judgments.

  8. The start of the Tribulation marks the beginning of the Day of the Lord.

A Pre-Trib Timeline of Events:

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    The first thing to notice about the Pretribulational timeline is that no other event occurs prior to the Day of Christ or the Rapture. Second, the Day of the Lord starts at the same time as the tribulation. Third, notice that God's wrath is poured out during the tribulation in the form of the vial and trumpet judgments. Last, Christ Second coming follows the tribulation.

    The following are a few questions a pre-trib believer should ask him or herself:

  1. Are there any verses in the Bible which obviously show that the rapture precedes the tribulation?

  2. Are there any other events which must precede Christs return to Rapture the Church?

  3. What verse(s) clearly teach that the Holy Spirit will be removed prior to the Tribulation.

  4. If the Holy Spirit is removed prior to the tribulation, how are believers saved during the Tribulation?

  5. When is the sun and moon darkened, what events come before and follow this dramatic event?

  6. When does the Day of the Lord (God's wrath) begin?

  7. When are the 144,000 sealed, before or after the tribulation.


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