Matt. 24 And The Pre-Trib Rapture

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Lately I’ve been receiving questions again about various rapture positions.  Several of these questions have to do with the claim that in the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25) Jesus in effect said the Church will have to endure all of the seven years of Daniel’s 70th Week including the Great Tribulation. In this study I will attempt to show why He could not have done so.

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Who Owns The Earth?

Q. Psalm  89:11 says both the Heavens and the Earth belong to God.  Psalm 115:16 says,  The heavens are the Lord ‘s, but the earth he has given to the children of man. One verse says both belong to God but the other says earth is man’s.  I don’t believe there are contradictions in God’s Word, so I’m wondering how these two verses can be correct at the same time.
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More On The Rapture And The Feast Of Trumpets

Q.  I believe that Jesus can come back in the rapture any moment but I also believe that the feast of trumpets has something to do with the rapture because of the first 4 feasts that Jesus fulfilled. Wouldn’t He fulfill the next 3 in the exact order and the exact day? We already know from scripture He will fulfill the feast of tabernacles during the millennium.  I understand that’s somewhat contradictory, but can the rapture be imminent and happen on the feast of trumpets?

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The Purpose Of The Lord’s Return

Q.  Regarding Israel and the Jews: The whole purpose of Christ’s Return is to redeem Israel and the Jews right?? Isnt that the sole purpose? Yes, the gentiles also reap the benefits, but that is the ultimate purpose right?
2nd question: During the time of the great Tribulation, are the Jews exempt from making the decision to take the mark of the beast or not? Im confused because it says ” let those flee to the mountains”.. that makes it sound like they wont have to make that decision.   What about Jews here in the US or anywhere else who don’t make it to Israel to ” flee to the mountains”?

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Who Are The Dead In Christ?

Q. I have been pondering about what is written in 1 Thessalonians 4: 16, “…And the dead in Christ will rise first”.   In your interpretation, does “in Christ” refer to:

A. Those who accepted Him as Savior after He was crucified, or
B. does “in Christ” include those before the cross (like Daniel, as an example)?

Also, in Revelation 6:9, it is written, “…I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and …”. In your opinion who are these?

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Before The Rapture Or The 2nd Coming?

Q.  My question is about the things the Bible says must happen before the coming of the Lord. Do these things refer to the Rapture or the Second Coming?  For instance Christ talks about the gospel of the kingdom being preached to all tribes and then the end. Is this a pre- rapture prophecy or a pre-second Coming prophecy.  Also Paul says Christ is coming for a church without spot or wrinkle. Is this talking about a church that has worked out its salvation? What does this mean? And this seems like a pre-rapture condition, too.

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Tribulation Survivors?

Q.  Somewhere you said you thought that there would be people who will survive the Great Tribulation.  Are some of these non-believers?

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Why Teach The Resurrection?

Q.  I have believed in a Rapture for many years now but have this nagging question:  If the Rapture includes the dead in Christ as well as those still remaining alive why do we teach about the Resurrection? Since we will be in Heaven with the Lord and there is no longer death does the Rapture not cancel out the Resurrection? After all only the wicked shall remain to be judged but there are two resurrections: that of the righteous and then the unjust. It is appointed unto man once to die and then the Judgment.

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Chosen Or Elect Or What?

Q.  I’m having a difficult time separating God’s chosen people from God’s elect. I’ve always thought that Israel is God’s “chosen” people, but when we get into verse like cutting short for the Elects sake in Matt. 24 I get a little confused. Is Israel both the “Chosen” and the “Elect” and if so what is a Christian to identify with?  I ask this because I find it nearly impossible to convince post-trib believers that the verses in Matt. 24 are only about Israel and the 2nd coming, not the rapture of the church. Is there a way to convince them with scripture that show clearly that Jesus is speaking of Israel and not the church?

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Who Are The Prophets Of Rev. 16:6?

Q.  In Revelation 16:6 when the bowl judgments are poured out, verse six states “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets.”  I’m assuming saints here speaks of people who are saved after the rapture but who are these prophets?  Also in verse 15 Jesus says, “Behold, I am coming as a thief…..”  That seems a little confusing since the Bible tells us how many days the 7 years of tribulation/great tribulation will last.  It seems that people who are still alive could pretty much calculate when the 2nd coming will take place.  Any thoughts on this?

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