Q. I’ve listened to a tape by a man (didn’t catch a name) who states mainly that because of John 6:39-44 that there will not be a pre-trib Rapture. Because Jesus said in those verses repeatedly that the dead in Christ would be raised on the last day. He also used the story of Lazarus where Martha said in John 11:24 she knew the resurrection of the dead would be on the last day. He also used in I Corinthians 15:50-52 the words “at the last trump” stating that this means after the tribulation. What most concerns me is his point about Jesus stating the dead would be raised on the last day. Have you any idea of what I’m talking about?
A. There are lots of anti pre-trib viewpoints around, and the only explanation is that those who promote them don’t really understand what went on at the cross. At some level they believe the Church should endure the Great Tribulation because it needs to be purified, when in fact the Church was purified at the cross, becoming as righteous as God Himself in His eyes (2 Cor 5:17,21) They begin with the conviction that there is no pre-trib rapture and then pick and choose verses that when looked at all by themselves without the benefit of context, can be used to support their position
In John 6:39-44 the correct phrase is “at the last day”, not “on the last day”. It’s a phrase used only by John and is considered to mean at the time of the last day not on the day itself.
Martha knew only what the Old Testament had taught her, and was referring to Daniel 12:1-2 where the resurrection of Old Testament Jews is mentioned as taking place at the time of the Great Tribulation.
The phrase “Last Trump” has no demonstrable connection to either the 7th trumpet judgment, as some claim, or to the 2nd Coming. It refers to the trumpet of God mentioned in 1 Thes. 4:16.
Please remember that for reasons of secrecy explained in 1 Cor. 2:7-8, Jesus never spoke about the Rapture at all, nor did He teach it to His disciples. That’s why you won’t find it mentioned in the Gospels. We only see hints of it, as in Mark 13, because we already know about it. The Doctrine of the Rapture was first disclosed on Earth by Paul in 1 Cor. 15:51-53 and 1 Thes. 4:15-18 nearly 20 years after the cross.