Q. More and more I read there is more evidence Scripturally for a pre-wrath Rapture and many who were pre-trib believers changing to pre-wrath stating there is more Biblical evidence for a pre-wrath Rapture.
It is hard for me to believe the Lord would let His Church go into any of the Tribulation. Is there any explanation for why so many are changing their minds?
A. There is no more evidence for the Pre-Wrath Rapture than there ever was because the Bible hasn’t changed. It’s just that more people are willing to depart from a strict literal interpretation of the Bible to accommodate it. This is also scriptural, as Paul warned in 2 Tim. 4:3.
It’s a crazy phenomenon of human nature that when we’re promised something we know we don’t deserve, we begin hedging our bets as the time draws near, coming up with reasons why it probably won’t happen. And the more important that something is to us the harder it is to believe we’ll really get it.
When the rapture was 100 years away it was easy to believe the pre-trib position because people back then knew they probably weren’t the generation who would experience it. Israel was not in the Land.
But now that it’s close it actually requires a lot more faith to hold the pre-trib view because we know that we are the favored generation. We know we don’t deserve to escape all that’s coming, so we begin to prepare ourselves for the possibility of being wrong and retreat to a fall back position, saying we’ll probably be around for some of the judgments.
These days, it’s more important than ever to understand the theology behind the pre-trib view, which is the Doctrine of Grace. The stated purpose of the end time judgments is to refine Israel and destroy the nations. (Jere. 30:11)
God cannot allow us to be refined in the fire because He said that all our imperfections were dealt with at the cross. Hebrews 10:14 says that by His one sacrifice we were made perfect forever. 2 Cor. 5:21 says that that one sacrifice made us as righteous as God is.
Rev. 4 & 5 show the Church in Heaven. Rev. 6 announces the beginning of God’s Wrath. Rev. 15:1 says that with the Bowl Judgments God’s wrath will be complete. Not begun but ended. In order for the rapture to really be pre-wrath it also has to be pre-trib.