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A House Divided

Article by Michael Johnson, author of

A HOUSE DIVIDED
Seven Events Before Rapture and the Coming Christian Holocaust




12 REASONS WHY THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE BELIEF
& THE DOCTRINE OF IMMINENCY ARE IN ERROR

It is estimated that one-quarter of the estimated ten billion Christians who have lived a life on earth, are currently living in this end times generation. That translates to over 2 billion people, spread out over nearly two-thirds of the nations of the earth. Of those, it is guesstimated that one-third have some understanding of end times prophecy. And of those, an estimated one-third believes they will escape a coming great tribulation by rapture. That is at least 200 million Christians, worldwide, who have been misled by blind leaders errantly teaching their followers, “what their itching ears want to hear”.

In my humble opinion, the pre-trib rapture belief is the greatest lie ever propagated, and sanctioned, by this latter-day end times Church. Therefore, it is absolutely paramount that we understand The Truth concerning the timing of The Rapture. The salvation, redemption, hopes and dreams of untold millions of souls, including non-Christian peoples the world over, all hinge on our proper interpretation of this dispensation.

Follow with me then, as I present to you 12 reasons why the Pre-Trib Rapture belief is in error.

1) The Gathering can only occur after six of the seven trumpets have been sounded. 1 Cor 15:52 states that the Gathering will occur at the sounding of the seventh and final trumpet. The six trumpets have not sounded to date.

2) All three of the Gospel accounts in Mt 24, Mk 13 and Lk 21 show us Christ’s words stating, “...after that tribulation, shall his Appearing take place”.

3) Paul states in 2 Thess 2:1-4 that The Rapture is imminent only after the Abomination of Desolation is committed. The Abomination of Desolation has not happened to date.

4) Rev 14 shows us that The Mark of the Beast, an integral part of the Great Tribulation, is issued to the world by the AntiChrist before The Harvest ( aka: The Rapture ) of Rev 14:16. The Mark of the Beast has not been instituted to date.

5) If the Elect of Christ are raptured before the Great Tribulation, as pre-tribbers believe, whom is Christ talking to in Mt 24, Mk 13 & Lk 21? Johnny-come-latelys? Second-chance Christians?

6) Warnings about The Mark of the Beast are repeated seven times in Revelation. If The Elect are not on earth during the Great Tribulation, who is Christ warning seven times? Johnny-come-latelys? Second-chance Christians?

7) A pre-trib rapture would render Revelation useless to Christians.

8) The AntiChrist must first wage war on Christians for 42 months, as per Dan 7:21 & 25, 8:24, 11:33-35, 12:3, 7 & 10, and Rev 12:17 (along with many other passages). This has not happened to date.

9) Daniel 9:27 states that at the time of the Abomination of Desolation, the AntiChrist puts an end to the sacrifice. The sacrifice is a result of the war He conducts against Christians. Therefore, metaphorically, Christians are the sacrifice. This has not happened to date.

10) Common sense should dictate to anyone that no Christian, in the history of Christianity, has ever escaped trial and tribulation by resurrection or rapture. Those that have lived life as the Poor in the trenches of life, know The Truth inherently: that expectations of injustices in their earthly manifestations supercedes their hopes of divine escape. The Poor inherently know they will not be raptured from harm in the Great Tribulation. The pre-trib rapture idea is a doctrine of the weak-in-spirit, and a product of the lip service of the scholarly-elite.

11) This End Times' generation will be as wicked as it was in the days of Noah. Christians, also, shall generally be less worthy of inclusion in The Elect until they have endured persecution, so that they are refined like gold, and tested in the fire, before they find salvation and redemption by the Grace of The Father, and the sacrifice of The Son.

12) And last but by no means least, Christ’s last days on earth was an example to this End Times' generation, to show us the proper orientation of the timing of a great tribulation relative to the timing of the general resurrection. Christ was betrayed, hunted-down, seized, imprisoned, tried, beaten, killed, and THEN resurrected, in that order. So, as per Christ's example, we shall see great tribulation before we are resurrected, or raptured.

Anyone who has lived their life in the trenches of life will quickly tell you that they “expect the worst, but hope and pray for the better”. Is it not advantageous and wise, therefore, for us as Christians, to expect that we will not escape pain and suffering in a coming Great Tribulation? For if we expect to escape a great tribulation, and that escape does not come, then we could be greatly disappointed, and possibly shrink from our responsibilities to witness The Truth unto our last breath.

A wise person would expect that The Rapture will not come in time to save them from the pain and suffering that comes along with witnessing The Truth, but would be pleasantly surprised when he, or she, were to escape these terrible things, by the grace and mercy of The Father. How could we stand on an equal footing with the multitudes of unknown faithful from previous generations that preceded us, who gave their lives to the propagation of The Truth, and washed their tears in the Blood of The Lamb, if we escaped pain and suffering when they didn’t?

Fortunately for this generation, The Lord has foreseen the struggle before us, and has prophesied the emergence of a series of end time prophets who will awaken us to The Truth in the moment at hand. The critical question remains, however: WILL WE LISTEN?

I leave you with the words of the Apostle Paul as he warns us of the deceptions that will be prevalent in this generation concerning the return of Christ, and at His Appearing for The Elect:

2 Thess 2:11 - And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Tim 4:3 - For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Godspeed to understanding!

Mike Johnson
Email: mjsjj@charter.net


A House Divided

A HOUSE DIVIDED: Seven Events Before Rapture and the Coming Christian Holocaust

Michael Johnson, 2004

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Just as Jesus Christ promised, a book that simplifies and clarifies the End Times prophecies, is finally here. A House Divided chronicles, in easy-to-understand terms, the ENTIRE End Times scenario, including SEVEN easy-to-remember End Events. After years of scouring numerous passages and gathering all the prophecies scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments of The Bible, the author has been able to piece together the prophecies to form a single, coherent picture of the End Times. 293 pages, paper.

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